Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAPS
The Los Alamos School Board this evening adopted a $60.7 million budget for the 2017-18 school year.
The budget reflects parent, student, staff and community priorities and is designed to meet the mission and eight focus areas in the LAPS Strategic Plan. The first three focus areas are:
- Student Well-Being;
- Student Learning; and
- Teacher and Staff Well-Being and Excellence.
Due primarily to one-time administrative cost savings, the Board plans to provide a much needed 3% raise for all staff. Administrative savings at the School District Office included streamlining operations, reducing the number of positions, and re-negotiating contracts such as those for Internet access. Over the last two years, LAPS has increase student enrollment by more than 100 students, which added additional revenue for the district. Due to hiring at Los Alamos National Laboratory, LAPS projects a small increase in students for the 2017-18 school year.
School Board President Jenny McCumber said, “I extend sincere thanks and appreciation to our competent staff for building a balanced budget designed to meet the Strategic Plan.” She also thanked the New Mexico Legislature for their hard work in passing a public education budget that increased the School Funding Formula allocation by 0.5 percent for next year.
Other legislative changes that helped were an increase in funds for transportation and broader definition of how HB33 funds can be used.
The budget for next school year includes an additional science teacher and librarian at the Mid School and an early childhood teacher at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Last week, LAPS submitted a Reads to Lead competitive grant proposal that could provide additional literacy assistance in all five elementary schools.
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