Board hopefuls face issues

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Education > LAPS still projecting drop in its student population

By Tris DeRoma

At a recent League of Women Voters of Los Alamos forum, Los Alamos residents got a good look at the Los Alamos School Board candidates running for the three seats up for grab this election.
Those candidates are Nan Holmes, William Hargraves and Sheryl Nichols in District 3, Andrea Cunningham and Michael Fassbender in District 4 and Jennifer McCumber in District 5.
Many questions were asked of the candidates, and most of them were about funding.
Barbara Calef, president of the LWVLA forum, kicked off the money questions asking about how the district can maintain a steady flow of funding.
All of the candidates agreed that the expansion of community and county partnerships was the way to go.
Hargraves told the audience that one has to be realistic, and that “they aren’t going to get a lot of money from the state.”
Fassbender suggested forging as well expanding partnerships with local entities that already have limited partnerships with the schools, such a UNM-LA, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the county in general.
Holmes agreed with this, especially in the face of what she said were some upcoming challenges being faced by the school board this year due to a shortfall in the state budget.

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