LAPS June 11, 2019 School Board Meeting Update

At the school board meeting Tuesday, School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim, left, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church for providing a space to host AP exams this year. Nan Holmes and Fr. John Daniel were on hand to receive this recognition. Courtesy/LAPS
 
Data Analyst Erin Middleton presents latest results of Climate Survey during school board meeting. Courtesy/LAPS
 
LAPS News:
 
The Los Alamos Public School Board met for a regular session Tuesday evening in the School Boardroom. While the agenda for the evening was brief, it was mighty.
 
In a nod to the motto of “promise made, promise kept”, the board voted to approve Piñon and Chamisa as the priority for schools for the 2021 bond funding.
 
The board cited the importance of making a public commitment to the White Rock schools. Community meetings will be held quickly to garner input from residents in White Rock.
 
The General Obligations (GO) bond will be included on the ballot in the upcoming November election. Ideally, funding will be shared to cover improvements at both Chamisa and Piñon Elementary schools.
 
“Let’s just get this done,” Board Secretary Jenny McCumber said. “We should go for funding for both schools.”
 
The board also heard the results of the 2019 Climate Survey, as presented by Data Analyst Erin Middleton.
 
“The climate survey is a useful tool to look at,” Middleton said, adding that it is a way to see trends at each school.
 
The survey results indicated that, as a district, its strengths are reflected in individual attention, clubs/activities/projects and professionalism. This is the fourth year the district has utilized the climate survey, which is sent to all LAPS staff. Areas for improvement indicated through the survey for each individual school will be reviewed and addressed.
 
The board approved the Title III application requesting funding for additional instructional materials for the district’s ELL (English Language Learner) students.
 
“I only see pluses and no minuses,” Board President Ellen Ben-Naim said in referring to the intent of the application.
 
The board also presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Fr. John Daniel and Nan Holmes from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church for their support and generosity for the 2019 Los Alamos High School Advanced Placement Program. The church opened the doors of the Parish Hall to 390 LAHS students who took more than 600 exams in the space in May. It was the first year that exams were administered off site.
 
The next School Board meeting is scheduled for July 16 in the School Board Room.
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