From left, QNM’s Bill Wadt, LAPS School Board Member Nan Holmes, Megan Baldrige, LAPS School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and School Board Member Nan Holmes, along with Superintendent Gene Schmidt and Quality New Mexico Board Member Bill Wadt attended a Quality New Mexico Recognition Ceremony hosted at the Governor’s Mansion Dec. 3. Megan Baldrige, daughter of Malcolm Baldrige (for whom the Baldrige Award is named), was on hand to congratulate the award recipients.
Included in the presentation was a certificate, which stated, “The House of Representative of the State of New Mexico Congratulates 2014 New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Program – Los Alamos Public School District – Piñon Recognition Recipient.” The certificate went on to state the House of Representatives, “Does hereby extend its congratulations and acknowledgement; and further does herein direct that this official expression of its pride be forthwith sent on behalf of the people of the State of New Mexico.”
New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran spoke on behalf of Gov. Susana Martinez. Duran congratulated Performance Excellence Award recipients for their accomplishments. She complimented award recipients for striving for excellence and creating a culture of continuous improvement.
Los Alamos Public Schools, which submitted an application for a 2014 Piñon Performance Excellence Award earlier this year, was the only school district in the state to be recognized. As part of the application process, a Quality New Mexico external site review team examined the school system’s organization profile, which consists of seven categories. Among the categories are leadership, strategic planning, customer voice and results.
Three other Los Alamos groups also were recognized at the Performance Excellence Ceremony including:
- Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group, LANL (Piñon);
- Quality and Performance Assurance Division, LANL (Piñon); and
- Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (Roadrunner).