LAPS: School Board

Vision: We will lead by example and govern a school district in which every child is inspired and learns to his/her full potential.

2017 School Board Members: (left to right) Stephen Boerigter, Andrea Cunningham,
Board President: Jenny McCumber, Ellen Ben-Naim, and Bill Hargraves

Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. Board Meetings are held at 2075 Trinity Drive

President: Jenny McCumber – District 3  –  •  Photo and Years Served

Vice President: Andrea Cunningham – District 4  –  •  Photo and Years Served

Board Member:  Bill Hargraves – District 5  –  •  Photo and Years Served

Board Member:  Ellen Ben-Naim – District 1  –   •  Photo and Years Served

Board Member:  Stephen Boerigter – District 2  –   •   Photo and Years Served

Questions or Need Help? Contact Sandra Osborn at or (505) 663-2228.

The policies and regulation are in PDF format.  You will need a PDF viewer to read them.  The latest version of Adobe Reader is recommended.  This is free to download.

Policy SeriesDefinition
1000 Community Relations Communications with the Public
Participation by the Public
Public Activities involving Staff, Students, and School Facilities
Relations between Local, State, Regional and National
Non-School Sponsored Activities
2000 Administration Central Administrative and Supervisory Personnel
Temporary and Part-Time Administrative Personnel
Administrative Operations
3000 Business & Non Instructional Operations Finance
Non-Instructional Operations
4000 PersonnelAll Personnel
Licensed Personnel
Classified Personnel
5000 Students Elementary and Secondary
Special Education
6000 InstructionElementary and Secondary
8000 Internal Board OrganizationOrganization
Methods of Operation
Responsibilities of the School Board
9000 Board Bylaws Term of Office
Duties of Members and Auxiliary Personnel
Methods of Operation

Open Meeting Policy
Certificate as to Open Meeting Policy  •  Board Bylaws Establishing Standards for Reasonable Public Notice of Meetings.
Please visit the Board Policies & Regulations.  •  9341 School Board Meetings  •  9342 Special School Board Meetings  •  9345 Executive Meeting

Student Involvement on the School Board


Begin “pilot program” for 2015-2016 school year to utilize more student involvement with school board.  The idea would be to spend this year seeing what works and what doesn’t with a plan to create a permanent school board policy for the future.


  • More input from a broader cross-section of high school students
  • Enable school board to make more well-informed decisions
  • Allow students to learn about how the school district and school board works
  • Help students learn about the importance of board decisions and more about civic engagement

Selection Process:

  • “Student liaisons to the school board” will be in addition to student council representatives who currently report at board meetings
  • Two to four students will be selected from an application process created by the school board.
  • Any junior or senior student can apply for a position.  It will not be limited to student council or any particular student group.
  •  The board will try to select students with diverse interests and involvement to get a broader student perspective on issues.  Criteria for selection will include:  interest level, involvement in activities, ability to attend meetings.
  • The board president will assign two board members, the superintendent and a high school administrator to review applications and make a recommendation of student liaisons to the board.


  • The student liaison position is advisory to the school board and a non-voting position.
  • Student liaisons will serve for one school year.  They will be required to attend monthly school board meetings from September to May but will not be required to attend work sessions.  Not every student liaison needs to attend every board meeting.  The students can rotate attendance, depending on the agenda topics.
  • Input from student liaisons will be early on the agenda, and students won’t be expected to stay for the entire board meeting.  The board will strive to accommodate student input within the first 90 minutes of each board meeting.
  • Two board members will come to the high school for a lunch meeting with the student liaisons once a month the week prior to the school board meeting. Other students will also be invited to the lunch meetings to talk informally about issues and give feedback.  (The particular weekday of the lunch meeting will need to be set after school starts to attempt to avoid conflict with other club meetings or lunch activities.)
  • A high school administrator (Renee Dunwoody) will coordinate details between the student liaisons and school board.  After the student liaisons are selected, Dr. Steinhaus and Mrs. Dunwoody will meet with the students for a brief “orientation” prior to the first school board meeting they attend.
Suggested timeline:

Board approves process:  In August
Applications made available to students:  As soon as possible after school starts
Applications due:  September 1st
Review of applications by committee:  In early September
Selection of students:  In early September
Orientation of students:  Latter part of September
First lunch at high school:  First week in October
First school board meeting:  In October

Los Alamos Public Schools are focused on:
Student Well-Being   •   Student Learning   •   Teacher and Staff Well-Being and Excellence   •   Fiscal Responsibility   •   Quality Facilities   •   Innovative Leadership   •   Communications and Collaboration   •   Integrated Technology


Great Schools. Great Place to Live. Great People

Los Alamos Public Schools is ranked as one of the premier school districts in the United States. LAPS serves as the primary school district for Los Alamos County, a county recently recognized as a Top 10 County for public schools. See links below on our outstanding achievements for the school district and our outstanding partnership with Los Alamos County.

#1 School District in New Mexico

Top 10 Counties in America for Education

Best Places to Live Top 10

Los Alamos Country #1 for Quality of Life