Meet School Board Candidate Sheryl Nichols

Los Alamos School Board District 3

I was born and raised in Los Alamos, and after successfully navigating through the Los Alamos school system moved away until 1990. Upon returning home was hired by Los Alamos County and worked in the County Clerks Office until August – 2014, when I retired.

While working for the county I observed various interactions between the LA School Board and Administration, and Los Alamos County such as: budget issues; coordination of physical building allocations in the development of Trinity Site and Airport Basin; and of course elections. My hope is that bringing a deeper understanding of the synergy of county and school district operations will provide insight in maximizing opportunities, while minimizing budget impact to both.

One example would be the school / county bus systems and routes. A coordination of efforts could reduce capital outlay in equipment and personnel costs as an example of a shared efficiency, providing a cost savings to the community. 

I think teachers are the most important people in the schools. Studies have supported the importance of good teachers and their abilities to have a lifelong impact on students. Clearly attracting and retaining talented teachers has to be considered the highest priority for our students.  

I would like to promote the use of volunteers in our schools, to support teachers and to make use of our growing population of highly educated retirees. Engaging the retiree population to create or expand curriculum would be mutually beneficial. 

I believe in transparent and open communication. 

The children in our schools today are dependent on us getting this right. The community expects us to do this well, while keeping an eye on the bottom line.