A $65 million bond issue and a three-mill capital improvements tax levy will be voted on Feb. 4 that could greatly impact the appearance and security of Las Cruces Public Schools, including White Sands School.
“This year’s bond election will include many long-awaited upgrades to White Sands School if passed,” said Ray Jojola, WSMR School Liaison Officer.
If the bond passes, the Las Cruces Public School District has planned to distribute the funds in 12 different ways throughout the school districts. Of the $65 million, $30 million would go to classroom renovations and nurse center upgrades, with Las Cruces Public High School receiving $24 of the $30 million; $7 million would go to infrastructure upgrades which also includes a district wide wireless network upgrade; and two separate $4 million funds will go to land acquisition for future schools and upgrades for three Charter Schools. According to Jo Galvan, director of Communication for the Las Cruces Public School District, White Sands School will see major upgrades if the bond passes. White Sands will receive over $330,000 in upgrades that include security cameras, security swipe card systems, front entrance camera and buzzer, playground equipment, and playground landscaping.
“Much of what is being voted on during this bond election comes from WSMR community member concerns,” Jojola said.
Jojola said he expressed community issues that were brought up at the Army Family Team Building meeting last year to LCPSD administration. With the WSMR community’s concerns in mind, Stan Rounds, the LCPS superintendent, and his staff worked together to create this year’s ballot. If the items that will be voted on are passed there will be no increase for taxpayers to the current school tax rate.
“The process works and the School District is listening,” Jojola said
Official voting will take place next month but voters who wish to beat the lines can take part in early voting from Jan. 10- Jan. 31 at the Doña Ana County Government Center. Anyone who is registered within Doña Ana County and a resident of the Las Cruces Public School District is eligible to vote. On the official Election Day, February 4, 2014, voters will have from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. to visit one of the 27 consolidated precincts throughout the LCPS District.
For a complete listing of precincts and polling locations visit the LCPS District website (http://lcps.k12.nm.us/) or contact Sherley O’Brien at (575) 649-2373 or Ray Jojola at (575) 678-7090.