As a Los Alamos resident and an employee of a charitable organization, I am humbled and grateful for the courageous and creative actions of the Los Alamos School Board in regard to setting user rates for school facilities for this next year.
Overall, the Board weighed the need to ensure the facilities were monitored, secure and accessible when lent to community organizations, and was considering new paid monitor fees vs. the current volunteer monitor scenario that frequently left gaps in safety and accessibility.
The Board also discussed that they consider the school facilities to be “the community’s facilities,” and gave importance to keeping them available and affordable to users. They voted to bear 2/3 of the cost of a paid monitor for non-profit organizations in light of serving and being accessible to the community.
I am so grateful that they came up with and settled on this option as they look at next year to monitor service and measure impact to the schools. I appreciate that they heard users concerns, acted to protect the buildings and yet ensured they would be accessible to community users. I thank the LAPS School Board, LAPS Staff Joan Ahlers, Ross Mason and Kristy Vigil, and Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus for being excellent community stewards and partners.