Mountains Near Los Alamos

SONDRA WYMAN

SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 5

GO BOND

VOTE NOVEMBER 7

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About

Sondra

Sondra Wyman and her husband moved to Los Alamos in 1994 with their three kids in-tow. All three children went through the Los Alamos Public School system, with their primary years spent at Mountain Elementary School. Sondra currently serves as the District 5 representative on the school board and is an invested member of the community. While serving on the board, Sondra was the only board member to vote with the majority of students, staff and parents on the 23/24 calendar. She is endorsed by the Committee on Political Education (COPE), a subgroup within the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE).


Join Sondra for a Meet & Greet, Thursday October 5th at SALA 4:30pm


LAPS School Board Candidate Meet & Greet, Friday October 6th at Bathtub Brewery 5:30pm


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Sondra’s commitment to you

Sondra is committed to being a compassionate, thoughtful, and well-rounded voice on the board. She is a proponent of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and unconditional acceptance and consideration of all.

Sondra is currently serving on the following School Board Committess

Budget, Finance, and Audit

Policy Review

Facilities Master Plan Work Group

Superintendent Evaluation

Student Liaison Application Review

New Mexico School Board Association Excellence in Student Achievement Award

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Connect with Sondra

Via email or in-person

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Meet & Greet Thursday October 5th 4:30pm-6:30pm

SALA

2551 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544



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LAPS School Board Candidate Meet & Greet, Friday October 6th

5:30pm-7:30pm

Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op

163 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544



Los Alamos, NM: View Toward Santa Fe, Rio Grande River

Voting Information

While serving on the board, Sondra was the only board member to vote with the majority of students, staff and parents on the 23/24 calendar. She is endorsed by the Committee on Political Education (COPE), a subgroup within the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE).

Sondra’s Responses to the League of Women Voters of New Mexico Candidate Questions

How have you prepared yourself for serving on the School Board?

My preparation evolved organically by raising kids in Los Alamos, volunteering in their classrooms, and working as a substitute teacher, an instructional aide, and the Athletics secretary for the schools. My children each had different educational experiences which gives me a well-rounded perspective. We have an exceptional school district with excellent educators and a community that cares about its kids. I would like to contribute toward resolution of the issues that need attention.

How can the school district address academic performance disparities among students?

The district will need to determine the root cause of disparities, and work with the teaching staff, site administration and district administration to develop a plan to address this issue. Lack of consistency across schools and at individual schools has emerged as a concern from parents and students and may contribute to the disparities in academic performance. Improved consistency would be a good starting point for addressing the issue.

What can the school district do to reduce the incidence of bullying and racism?

On-going education of acceptable behavior, community, and consequences is key at all ages. Students and parents don’t have much faith in the current reporting systems, although they appreciate that systems are in place. I would like to see the district develop a comprehensive plan for all sites with articulate and significant consequences for offenders, and then implement the plan swiftly and consistently. It is also important to understand why such behavior is present.

How do you envision the lease and/or sale of school property for optimal benefit to the school district?

I am a member of the Facilities Master Plan Work Group and am looking forward to participating in this group. I think a balanced approach is best. Lease of school property provides on-going revenue while sale of school property should be thoroughly researched with the assistance of experts. The district must weigh the cost of maintaining school property against the benefit of sale. School property typically has great value and should be managed carefully and transparently.

What are the main challenges for the school district for the next 5 years?

The main challenge for the school district the next five years will be to identify and implement methods to meet the Superintendent’s goal of 100 percent success in academics, social emotional well-being, and civic responsibility. It may take several attempts, but I think we have an excellent team of teaching staff, school-based administration, and district administration that are up to the task. We all want each and every child to be safe, respected, and successful.

Sondra’s Statement for the League of Women Voters

Hello to everyone attending tonight’s Candidate Forum:


Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. I represent Los Alamos Public Schools District 5, which includes Mountain Elementary School and Los Alamos High School.


My husband and I moved to Los Alamos in 1994 with our three kids, ages one to five years old. All three of our children went through the Los Alamos Public Schools, K through 12, and all three attended Mountain Elementary School.


While our kids attended Mountain Elementary, I actively participated in their classrooms as a volunteer. In 2007 I began substituting for Los Alamos Public Schools, primarily at the High School, and soon realized I was drawn to Special Education. That experience led to a much-loved position as an Instructional Aid at LAHS working one-on-one with students and working in the Living Skills program. I was then hired as the Athletic Secretary which became another cherished position, often involving a gaggle of students hanging out in my office as I worked. I left the schools in 2011 to return to the Procurement career field, which I joined after graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Production and Operations Management, emphasis Procurement. I continue to work full-time in that field today.


In addition to volunteer and employment positions within LAPS, I have also held volunteer and employment positions in various non-profit organizations within the Los Alamos community that mostly involved support of youth. Those positions were with Hope Pregnancy Center, Casa Mesita Group Home and YoungLife. Sweet and often difficult issues and relationships were experienced during that time, where patience, trust, and unconditional acceptance were key.


My experience as a parent, volunteer, and employee in the Los Alamos schools and in Los Alamos non-profit organizations demonstrates that I am an invested member of the Los Alamos community and not simply a resident. That experience also provides the School Board with a compassionate, thoughtful, and well-rounded perspective.


Finally, I am a strong proponent of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and unconditional acceptance and consideration of all. I want to participate in the process that guides a safe and excellent education for our community kids, and that supports our exceptional Los Alamos educators.


If you live in District 5, please consider voting for me for Los Alamos School Board.

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Thank you for your consideration & support!