Highlights From School Board Retreat And Training Session

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board met Thursday, July 22 in the School Board Room and on Zoom for a School Board Retreat and Training. 

The meeting began with the appointment of Erin Green to fill a board vacancy representing District 5 through Dec. 31. Board members said Green brings a wide range of diversity and fresh perspective to the board.

“I am so grateful to the board for selecting me and the community for supporting me,” Green said.

She was sworn in by the Honorable Judge Elizabeth Allen. 

The board also unanimously appointed board member Christine Bernstein secretary.

Former board president and current Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Jennifer McCumber led School Board members in a strategic planning review and training. She told board members that they should not only write a strategic plan, but actually use it. Members discussed the focus of the strategic plan, including the upcoming school year, the vision and mission of the strategic plan, the priorities listed in the plan, and strengths to build on from last year. 

Board members cited the resiliency and resourcefulness of both staff and students as strengths which resonated from this past school year. Student well-being and student learning remain as high priority focus areas. Board members also agreed that the vision of preparing capable and confident life-long learners is still relevant.

McCumber concluded the training with a review of policy versus administrative decisions, and how the board makes decisions based on the strategic plan. Board members agreed they have a good, solid plan in place and will continue using it for now.

The next School Board meeting is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 in in the School Board Room. Board members also will participate in a training session Aug. 14 for the superintendent search.

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