LAS CRUCES—Voters in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County overwhelmingly passed a $50 million school bond election on Tuesday, Feb. 6. It was approved by an unofficial vote of 5,030 (89%) in favor to 633 (11%) opposed. The approved bonds will pay for new classrooms, remodeled facilities, safety items, updated equipment, and much more, district officials said.
LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing thanked community voters and also praised the hard work of the 30-member Blue Ribbon Committee. The citizen-led group helped to spread the word about the election and about the various capital outlay needs of the district.
“Each day, the Las Cruces Public Schools works alongside parents and our community to provide the outstanding educational opportunities that our students deserve,” Ewing said. “We appreciate the community’s support in ensuring that students, teachers, and staff have safe and modern facilities, so their primary focus can remain on teaching and learning. We express our deepest thanks for your vote, but more importantly we thank you for your confidence in the Las Cruces Public Schools and commitment to our future, the children of Las Cruces.”
“The bond proposal was well developed by our district leadership and the projects to be accomplished are greatly needed. Each will directly impact, and improve, the lives of our students, teachers and staff,” said Ben Woods, Blue Ribbon Committee chairman. “We are blessed to be part of a great community that steps forward and supports initiatives that are aimed to make tomorrow better than today.”
Brigitte Zigelhofer, LCPS community outreach liaison, said the passage of this bond issue “is proof that this community values education and we appreciate this community-wide investment in our kids and schools.”
The district will sell bonds over the next four years and will organize an oversight committee to give recommendations on which projects to undertake first and to monitor the expenditures of the bonds, said Jo Galvan, LCPS spokeswoman.
“The oversight committee will add another layer of transparency to the entire process,” she said. “We want the community to be kept up to date on how all the projects are going.”
— Jo Galvan, LCPS communications, 575.527.5811, firstname.lastname@example.org