LA Monitor Exclusive: Foster resigns from Los Alamos school board

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School Board looking for interim member to complete five-member quorum

By Tris DeRoma

Long time school board member David Foster recently announced his resignation from the Los Alamos School Board. According to School Board Secretary Matt Williams, the District 3 resident cited the selling of his house and moving out of the district as his reason.   He was elected to the school board in 2010.

Williams said that Foster’s energy and dedication to his position will be missed by the board.

“He was an easy going guy, who was an active member of JJAB (Juvenile Justice Advisory Board). He had a real soft spot for troubled students and helped them whenever he could.

Representatives of the school administration also said they will miss Foster’s work with the school board.

“It was a genuine delight working with David Foster,’ said Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt. “His years of service was very student-focused, and he championed many key projects.”

Schmidt also cited his work with troubled students, as well as as certain projects that were a concern to him.. “He had a definite interest in working with at-risk students, and he was also very interested in promoting hands-on science in the elementary schools,” Schmidt said.

Williams said filling Foster’s seat will be the focus of the next school board meeting, which will be Aug. 12, 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Building, at the board room, located at 2075 Trinity Drive.

Candidates for the position must live in District 3, where Aspen Elementary School is located. Board member duties may include reviewing cash disbursements, construction projects, reviewing and editing school policies as well as working with the school superintendent on school safety. Meeting hours are generally twice to three times a month (one meeting, one or two work sessions) 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. A short statement on why you want to be a boardmember as well as a resume will also be considered. Please send inquiries to:

School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie at j.bjarke-mckenzie@laschools.net

School Board Vice President Kevin Honnell at k.honnell@laschools.net

School Board Secretary Matt Williams at m.williams@lachools.net

According to the JJAB website, Foster retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory after serving as the Program Manager of the Education and Postdoc Office.


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