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Los Alamos Public Schools have the resources for a world class education. 

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning.

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation operates with: 

  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Stewardship


  • Fund innovative opportunities and materials for our schools.
  • Create a school environment in which students are inspired to learn.
  • Provide quality professional development opportunities for district educators.
  • Develop a high performing Board of Directors and organization.

Core Values

  • Excellent public education is every child's right.
  • Excellent public education systems depend on:

    • a well-informed and supportive community
    • caring and competent educators
    • supportive and responsive school environment
    • sufficient financing to achieve educational goals
  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation can accelerate improvements in public education through the judicious use of private resources.

Recognizing the need to address growing financial pressures, the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS), Board of Education formed a "Financial Stability Task Force" in June of 2004. After several months of study, the task force made several recommendations to the Los Alamos Board of Education. One of the recommendations, ultimately adopted by the Board of Education, was the creation of a charitable non-profit corporation, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation (LAPSF), whose purpose is to raise community and corporate funding in support of the Los Alamos Public Schools. The Foundation, from its inception, planned to raise funds to support educational programs, promote professional development of teachers and other school staff, defray operating expenses and help fund school capital improvement initiatives.

The Board of Education received assistance from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, to help develop a strategy and structure for the LAPSF. The LANL Foundation offered all schools districts in Northern New Mexico the opportunity to receive training from a nationally recognized firm, The Clements Group. The training addressed the role and function of school foundations as well as approaches to fundraising. Several area school districts participated in the training. Costs associated with the training were split between the participating school districts and the LANL Foundation.

Articles of Incorporation were filed with the New Mexico Public Regulations Commission. On November 28, 2005 the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation was incorporated, as a New Mexico Nonprofit corporation. An initial Board of Directors comprised of the following individuals was formed.

Sharon Stover-President, former Los Alamos County Councilor, LAPS parent

Cheryl Pongratz-Vice-President, Kiwanis Club member, retired school administrator

Kenneth Johnson-Treasurer, LAPS Board of Education, President

Dr. James Anderson-Secretary, Superintendent, Los Alamos Public Schools

Christine Chandler-Director, Attorney for Los Alamos National Laboratory

Mary McLoed-Director, Curriculum Coordinator, Los Alamos Public Schools

The Los Alamos Public Schools provided significant monetary and in-kind support to advance the creation and development of the Foundation. Before and after the Foundation's incorporation the Los Alamos Public Schools provided: salary and benefits for a part-time employee, whose job assignment is to act as the Foundation coordinator; office space; a computer and office equipment; telephone service; meeting room space; supplies and postage; and travel expenses incurred by the coordinator to attend meetings and training. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation hired its first employee in January of 2008.

    Laura Loy
    Executive Director
    1900 Diamond Drive, Suite 1
    Los Alamos, NM 87544
    Phone: (505) 500-6501

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