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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 8:23pm
CHAPARRAL, N.M. — Gadsden Independent School District serves an area in Dona Ana County the size of the state of Rhode Island and with growing communities like Chaparral the district needs new facilities to meet the demand.
Tuesday's upcoming $38 million bond election could benefit students as the money would be used to build new campuses as well as renovate existing buildings districtwide.
"We want to make sure our students are getting what they need because we see their growth," said Brenda Mejia, a teacher at Chaparral Early College High School.
Mejia has been with the school since it was first established and has seen the progress over the last two years.
With 66 students sharing classrooms at Chaparral High School, an independent campus next to the Dona Ana Community College branch in Anthony would provide easier access for students.
Mejia said some students from the Sunland Park and Santa Teresa area spend about an hour traveling to Chaparral on a daily basis.
"Another campus would allow us to be more centrally located within the district," Mejia said.
The bond issue set for a vote Tuesday could bring the district $38 million for a new campus as well as other projects.
Gadsden ISD Chief Financial Officer Steven Suggs said bonds are the main source of funding projects throughout the district.
Among other things, the district plans to build a new elementary school in Chaparral, refurbish one of the existing elementary schools and finish construction at Gadsden High School.
All the while the tax payer would not see the impact.
"The way we manage our bond issues, is we make sure there's no tax rate increase," Suggs said. "The rate stays the same."