LAPS: Recap Of Feb. 14 Board Meeting

Members of the Los Alamos High School Jazz Band, Ravijit Khalsa, piano; Finley Inglis, bass; Kevin Erives-Bojorquez, drums; Remy Patterson tenor saxophone; and Matthew Patchett, alto saxophone, performed at the beginning of the School Board meeting held on Valentine’s Day. Photo Courtesy LAPS


The LAPS School Board met on Tuesday, February 14 in the School Boardroom. Members of the Los Alamos High School Jazz Band performed at the start of the meeting.

President Antonio Jaurigue read a statement recognizing and celebrating Black History month. The School Board also recognized LAPS School Counselors as part of School Counseling Week, including:

Kim Pulliam, Aspen Elementary

Alyssa Romero, Barranca Mesa Elementary

Victoria Roybal, Chamisa Elementary/Los Alamos Online Learning Academy

Jennifer Schmierer, Mountain Elementary

Yvette Byers, Pinon Elementary

Michelle Bane, Los Alamos Middle School

Emily Gartz, Los Alamos Middle School

Cara Michel, Los Alamos Middle School

Gayle Eustis, Los Alamos High School

Cristin Haake, Los Alamos High School

Colby Holland, Los Alamos High School

Michelle Sullivan, Los Alamos High School

Cindy Black, Topper Virtual Academy

Acting Superintendent Jennifer Guy presented Certificates of Appreciation to School Board Members for their service to LAPS as part of School Board Appreciation month.

Robert Cordova, of Cordova CPAs LLC, presented the audit report for the fiscal year ending 2022. He reported that, for the second year in a row, there were no findings in the audit report.

Acting Superintendent Jennifer Guy gave an update on the 2023 legislative session and which bills LAPS is monitoring, including HB130 and HB 194 which address learning time. She also touched on HB 125 which seeks to adjust graduation requirements; HB 102 which would expand health insurance premium coverage for educators; and HB 127 which would raise the minimum wage for instructional assistants. She also mentioned SB 193 which would increase the contributions to the NM Retiree Healthcare Authority, and SB 4 which would provide a free breakfast and lunch for all students. Superintendent Guy said that she is concerned how these bills would impact LAPS and state funding. The 2023 Legislative Session ends at noon on March 18, 2023.

The School Board approved a leased funds request by Acting Superintendent Guy for an additional $50,000 for the Grow Your Own Professional Degree Program. The program was budgeted for $150,000 but there has been an increase in staff participation in the program. 

Business Manager Teresa Gatewood reviewed the annual budget planning process with School Board members. The Finance committee has already begun meeting to discuss the 2023-2024 budget. The schedule would have the budget presentation to the School Board in mid-April.

President Antonio Jaurigue discussed the Excellence in Student Achievement Award nominations which are now being accepted. Submit nominations for the New Mexico School Board Association’s 2023 Excellence in Student Achievement Award using the form here. The deadline for nominations is March 3, 2023.

School Board members moved into an executive session to discuss union negotiations.

The next School Board meeting will be hosted by Los Alamos Middle School on Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 pm.