Invitation To LAPS Community Budget Meetings

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

From the Superintendent’s Desk:

As we wait for news about a Special Legislative Session, here is an update about budget and legislative items of interest to the Los Alamos Public Schools.

First, please join us in extending sincere thanks to our local legislators for their hard work and long hours during the 60-day session. Knowing that New Mexico’s economic situation was serious cause for concern, we can all appreciate their support for our employees and the many attempts to make educational improvements. Thank you!

Let’s also extend sincere thanks to our School Board for developing a set of legislative recommendations that showed strong support for our students and staff.

We are closely watching several bills that require the Governor’s action or “pocket veto” by April 7.

Even though we are headed for a special session, the Public Education Department requires that we meet established deadlines; thus, the LAPS budget for 2017-18 must be submitted to the state by May 17, 2017. 

Here are budget ideas being considered by the School Board:

  • Building a budget that meets Strategic Plan Focus Areas;
  • Assuring that no teachers are laid off (this is unfortunately what many other districts are facing);
  • Reducing District Office staff, paperwork and overhead; and
  • Making staff pay a top priority. This year’s budget will require some hard decisions.

The budget development process includes School Board meetings, regular LAPS Budget Committee meetings, requests for input, and two public meetings.  You are invited to attend the Community Budget Meetings scheduled from 5:30- 7 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, April 20
  • White Rock Library
  • 133 Longview Dr., White Rock

Monday, April 24

  • Los Alamos High School Speech Theater
  • 1300 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos 

The LAPS Budget Committee also invites you to share ideas for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to share your thoughts by Friday, April 7, 2017:  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKhm0erG4wUUkzFSNtGiMxL482s9wc0zDBdicIwVgv6I-qaw/viewform?usp=sf_link 

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