Officials defend principal’s actions

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Education > Prom plans continuing as scheduled

By Tris DeRoma

The first thing Olivia Lujan, an AP Physics teacher at Los Alamos High School and Student Council Adviser Joanne Ploeger want the community to know is that they hope the organizers of this year’s prom are successful in their endeavor.
However, there are some things they claim the local media didn’t get right about an earlier story regarding a “confrontation” that took place between two Los Alamos School Board members, Lujan, High School Principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist and High School Athletics Director Ann Stewart Jan. 12.
In a story about the incident, the Los Alamos Monitor described the event as one where school board members Nan Holmes and Judy Bjarke-McKenzie were escorted off the campus because Belew-Nyquist didn’t want them there.
Recently, Ploeger and Lujan sat down with the Los Alamos Monitor to tell their side of the story, and what they said happened that day.
“What we really want to see is facts,” said Ploeger. “What we’ve read, up to this time, has been about emotions, and people’s perceptions, not actual facts.”

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