Bond Election PSA
On Feb. 6, 2018, voters within the Las Cruces School District will consider a $50 million General Obligation Bond Issue. Voter approval of the bond would not increase the current school tax rate.
If approved, the funds may be used throughout Las Cruces Public Schools to provide new classrooms and multipurpose rooms, safety and security upgrades, major school renovations such as new roofs and heating and cooling systems, new furniture, playground equipment, districtwide technology support, and/or phase I of major upgrades to physical plant facilities.
For additional information on where to vote, call: (575) 647-7428 or for additional election information, call (575) 527-6014.
Jan. 12 – Feb. 2, 2018 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Doña Ana County Government Center
845 Motel Blvd.
Election Day Voting
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 | 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
At any of the voting convenience centers listed below:
Desert Hills Elem. – 280 N. Roadrunner Pkwy.
Doña Ana County Government Center – 845 Motel Blvd.
East Picacho Elem. – 4450 N. Valley Dr.
Fairacres Elem. – 4501 W. Picacho Ave.
Hillrise Elem. – 1400 S. Curnutt St.
Jornada Elem. – 3400 Elks Dr.
Las Alturas Fire Station – 4145 Cholla Rd.
Las Cruces High – 1750 El Paseo Rd.
Mayfield High – 1955 N. Valley Dr.
Sonoma Elem. – 4201 Northrise Dr.
Sunrise Elementary – 5300 Holman Rd.
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library – 200 E. Picacho Ave.
Tombaugh Elementary – 226 Carver Rd.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can bond funds be used for employee salaries?
No. The law prohibits the district from using bond funding for operational expenses such as employee salaries. Simply put, the funds are strictly for capital improvement projects such as maintenance and construction.
Why are there no new schools being built?
After many years of being in a growth phase, the population in Las Cruces has stabilized, which will allow the district to add on to, or renovate, existing schools to accommodate growth during the next five years. The stable student enrollment will allow the district to upgrade critical infrastructure and services needed for future growth.
How will the bond approval affect my taxes?
Voter approval of the bond would not increase the current school tax rate, which is $9.92 per $1,000 of assessed value of a person’s property. Taxable value is one-third of the assessed value of a person’s property. Therefore, a Las Cruces homeowner with a home valued at $150,000 pays approximately $496 per year, or $41.34 per month in school taxes.
If the bond issue does not pass, the district would have to fund the most critical capital projects, on an as-needed basis, using a limited pool of operational funds which are also used for classroom expenses, district programs and employee salaries. Some of the projects would be left undone.
How were projects selected?
A diverse committee of parents, teachers, principals, district staff and community members thoroughly reviewed and prioritized districtwide requests for capital outlay projects. Since all of the requests totaled more than $200 million, the committee identified the projects which would provide the best long-term value and most equitable solutions for schools across the district. Due to the volume of requests received, the district will continue to seek out additional resources to complete the unfunded projects, based on priority.
|Projects that the bond proceeds may pay for:|
Americans With Disabilities Act Compliance
Projects throughout the district: Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliance projects, as needed.
Additions & Remodels
Fairacres ES: Addition of classroom wing and multi-purpose room w/kitchen and remodel of existing multi-purpose room for instructional space; Desert Hills ES* and Hillrise ES: Addition of a multi-purpose room w/kitchen and remodel of the existing multi-purpose room for instructional space.
Camino Real MS: Basketball court; Field of Dreams Baseball Complex: Lighting for one baseball field; Oñate HS: Gym bleachers; Picacho MS: Girls’ gym lockers.
Projects throughout the District: Allocate funds to account for unforeseen bond project expenses (funds may be reallocated to other critical capital outlay needs.); Allocate funds to acquire property for future school district needs.
HVAC – Intercom – Roofs
Lynn MS: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC); Oñate HS: Replacement school intercom system; Valley View ES: New roof.
Physical Plant Complex – Phase I
Physical Plant Complex: Consolidate the Nutrition Services, Physical Plant and Transportation Departments to address safety issues in the old, existing Physical Plant complex and accommodate for future district growth.
Booker T Washington ES, Central ES, Hermosa Heights ES, Sonoma ES: Playground equipment; BT Washington ES, Jornada ES, Loma Heights ES, Mesilla ES, Mesilla Park ES, Sunrise ES, Tombaugh ES: Shade structures; Loma Heights ES and Mesilla Park ES: New swings.
Columbia ES: Major building/roof renovations.
Projects throughout the district: Clean energy projects (including solar); Updates to critical data, phone and network infrastructure to support schools; and new LCPS TV equipment to broadcast events and support student hands-on learning throughout the district.
Mayfield HS: Student and staff furniture throughout the school; Sierra MS: Library furniture: (bookshelves, tables, chairs).
Safety & Security
MacArthur ES*: Enlarge and renovate entrance and nursing area and add security doors; Central ES, César Chávez ES, Desert Hills ES, Doña Ana ES, East Picacho ES, Highland ES, Hillrise ES, Valley View ES: New security doors; Mayfield HS: Outdoor lighting; Picacho MS: Security fencing and gates; Vista MS: Security fencing.
Bond Project Total
*If the bond passes, LCPS could apply for matching funds from the state Public School Capital Outlay Council for the Desert Hills ES and MacArthur ES projects. For every one dollar that local taxpayers approve for these projects, the PSCOC awards approximately two additional dollars. If state funding is not received, the funds allocated for these projects may be used for a partial project or reallocated to other critical district capital outlay needs.
About the Blue Ribbon Committee
The Blue Ribbon Committee is group of citizen-led committee of community members who are helping to promote the bond election.
About the Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman
Ben Woods is currently an administrator at MountainView Regional Hospital, a member of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a member of the U.S. Bank board of directors and just recently completed a four-year term as an LCPS Foundation board member. Prior to his retirement, Woods was formerly the New Mexico State University president’s chief of staff.