Community Invited To School Safety Improvements Meeting At Chamisa Elementary Dec. 12

Chamisa Elementary School at 301 Meadow Lane in White Rock. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The community is invited to a Q&A session regarding school safety improvements at Chamisa Elementary School 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Chamisa in White Rock.

Los Alamos Public Schools is focused on providing a safe environment for its students while at school, and one way of doing that is by upgrading school facilities.

LAPS was awarded more than $64,000 from the state Public School Capital Outlay Council for safety and security upgrades at Chamisa. This money will be used to implement a recommendation from Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, School Resource Officer Chris Ross and Poms and Associates Risk Management that includes an upgrade to the current fence around the school.

Chamisa was the first of the Los Alamos schools to receive a safety walk-through from Poms and Associates Risk Management and the Public Education Department’s Safe Schools Coordinator Lisa Hecker, which resulted in a detailed report back; one of their suggestions was fencing. A perimeter fence helps increase security and also creates a single entry point into the school.

“We will make every effort to make it aesthetically pleasing,” Chamisa Principal Suzanne Lynne said.

In addition, Chamisa’s playground will remain available to the community after school hours and on weekends.

Lynne understands that Chamisa has been a part of the White Rock community for 50 years, and this will be a change for students, parents and community members.

“Anyone who wants to contribute to this process will have a voice,” Lynne said, adding that her goal is to listen to ideas about how to make the transition as smooth as possible.

For questions, call Lynne at 505.663.2470 or District Safety Committee Chair Jennifer Guy at 505.663.2222.