Op-Ed: Suggestion For LAPS Calendar Solution

Los Alamos

Dear School Board Members, LAPS Staff and Los Alamos Community,

Please accept the following HB130 solution for LAPS:

  1. MINIMAL 23-24 Calendar changes approved by April 18, 2023 that won’t bear additional costs.
  • HB130 requires 1140 Hours of student instructional time.
    • Add 78 hours (1140 – 1062 current) for Elementary
      • Use 2 hours on Wednesday afternoons (currently Professional Development, no students) and rest continues as Professional Development.
    • Add 25 hours (1140 – 1125 current) to High School
    • NO CHANGES to Middle School (1170 current hours, which is well past the required 1140 hours)
  1. Engage the whole community this next year to determine the best path forward for this community.
  • Unbiased options and discussions
  • Legitimate pros and cons
  • Allow fair and balanced representation

Please, only add the mandated HOURS right now and let us spend next year determining the best path forward. This is NOT the time to cram additional school Days upon the students without open and honest discussions.

Thank you for your consideration in this extremely important issue.


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