LAPS Takes Steps To Address Stipend Issue

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus


Los Alamos Daily Post

Readership response to the story published Sept. 10 in the Los Alamos Daily Post on the salary and stipend policy issues at Los Alamos Public Schools is much appreciated.

The published salaries of LAPS employees included stipends, which account for a portion of the disparity of salaries among some employees.  Other factors include, tenure, education, certifications, hours worked and evaluations.

A dialog has opened up on the issue and Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus shared the steps being taken to rectify the situation, particularly with stipends for which there was no written policy.

“Once the new administration became aware of the issue we immediately took action to put in place a set of steps to address it,” Steinhaus said.

Those steps include:

  • analyzing data and best practices;
  • seeking input from those whose salaries were impacted; and
  • drafting criteria and procedures for stipends for the 2015-16 school year.

“We presented the draft of the stipend criteria and procedures at three consecutive school board meetings to seek public input and once the board voted we’ve been implementing this new stipend criteria and procedure at each school with the help of the principals,” Steinhaus said.

Steinhaus said the district intends to conduct an analysis midyear and year end to assess how the program is working in an effort to make continuous improvements.