By DAVID CARROLL
Between 2003 and 2008, I and several other interested citizens served on the Bond Oversight Committee for Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS).
We were tasked with assisting LAPS in reviewing and prioritizing projects funded by the various bonds, referenda, etc., passed by Los Alamos voters.
The committee was an interesting assignment and offered detailed insight into how the New Mexico PED allocates funding and interacts with local school districts. One fact repeated frequently was that unless local school districts are willing to fund themselves to near the legal limit through bonding, mill levies, etc., the NMPED is not likely to provide their share of support for needed projects. This is a simple fact of life and what drove the Bond Committee and LAPS to work very hard throughout the community to get the previous bond elections passed.
Over the years the Bond Committee walked every LAPS facility and viewed first-hand the aging 65 year old infrastructure. The past few years since retirement from LANL I have had the pleasure of substitute teaching in a number of LAPS classrooms. The need for additional financial support for teachers and students obviously exceeds just the pressing infrastructure needs.
So Los Alamos, what quality of school system do you want? What do your children deserve? Vote Yes!