Letter to the Editor: Vote Andrea Cunningham For School Board

By TIM and SUSAN O’LEARY
Los Alamos

We’re writing to ask that you take some time to participate in the Los Alamos Public School Board election. This coming Tuesday is Election Day and your last opportunity to vote.  There are three school board positions representing districts in the Town Site that are up for election, as well as two positions on the UNM LA Advisory Board.

This is a very important election for our community. Our school district is facing many issues that require strong leadership and careful oversight by the School Board. At this critical juncture, we need a full slate of School Board members who understand community goals and priorities so that they can set policy for the schools, acquire the resources to fund the quality education our community expects, and provide oversight to drive continuous improvement in school operations.

Through their authority to set the district’s budget, Board members will make decisions about teacher compensation, class size, the types of enrichment programs offered to students, and about how to best manage school district assets. Their hiring and supervision of a new Superintendent may be the most important role the Board will play in the coming years, and that decision will impact the community for years to come. 

Because most of the funding for our schools comes from a cash-strapped state treasury and because of differing views at the state level on the best educational path forward, this is a difficult time for public education in New Mexico. Our schools need a board that can lead in this situation and one that is aligned with the community’s educational goals.

We’d like to thank all the dedicated, capable people who’ve put themselves forward to serve our schools.

To those of you living in the Barranca/North Mesa District, we encourage you to take a hard look at candidate Andrea Cunningham.

Our support for Andrea comes down to two things. As a parent and long-serving community volunteer, Andrea understands that our community demands a rich, engaging educational and developmental experience for students of every ability level; she has clear qualitative goals.

We also think that Andrea will work tirelessly to help the School Board make good decisions and operate effectively. She’s both leader and collaborator; energetic and compassionate; astute and tenacious.

We hope she’s elected and has the chance to use her talents to serve all the students and families of Los Alamos County.

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