Resolution recognizes school-county partnership

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By Carol A. Clark

President Steven Girrens of the Los Alamos Board of Education presented a resolution Thursday evening recognizing a partnership between the schools and Los Alamos County.

Girrens made the presentation during a special school board meeting, open to the public and attended by one person, inside the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

“The Los Alamos School Board and the Los Alamos Public School District recognizes that forging a strong partnership with the County of Los Alamos is beneficial to the entire community of Los Alamos,” he said. “The board and County Council have entered into a partnership to continue to strengthen our community in becoming the best it can be for our residents. The strength and attractiveness of a community depends upon the quality of its schools.”

The resolution adds that the quality of a school district is defined by excellent teachers, strong instructional programs and modern facilities available to its students.

Short- and long-term collaborative planning and support between the schools and the county are marks of a functional, healthy community.

The board unanimously adopted the resolution, which states the schools and county assert that the schools’ bond election must pass and that the school tax rate must be maximized to support capital-renewal projects for the schools.

The schools and county will aggressively use its tangible resources to the greatest potential in order to secure the revenue needed to achieve the goal of being a premier school district.

The schools also affirm to identify additional opportunities to partner with the county to secure alternative revenue for the district.

Los Alamos County passed a similar resolution Aug. 21 stating it recognizes the schools have a “well-developed. long-term schools facilities capital plan.”

The county’s resolution also encourages all citizens of Los Alamos to support the upcoming LAPS bond election “so that critical and long overdue schools facilities projects can proceed.”

The county resolved to continue its partnership with the schools by exploring ways it can assist the schools in maximizing its revenue. The county also resolves to proactively evaluate increasing its future financial support of the schools capital program, within appropriate, legal, financial and public policy constraints.

Board members also discussed the Trinity Development Project and 20-year Facilities Renewal Plan Thursday and reviewed a request for proposals to secure a firm to help the district locate qualified superintendent applicants.

Last year’s efforts did not develop an adequate pool of qualified applicants.

During the work session portion of Thursday’s meeting, the board heard presentations regarding a quality of education report and a comparison of budgets from other school districts.