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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 7:33pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Las Cruces voters overwhelmingly approved a $65 million bond and mill levy election Tuesday night that will fund various projects throughout the Las Cruces Public Schools district.
While a lot of the projects consist of major construction and will take time, safety and security improvements will be immediately addressed with the new funding.
"Every school will benefit and it will be one of the first items we will purchase and be putting in place," said LCPS Communications Director Jo Galvan.
Some older schools will have the front office moved to the main entrance in hopes of better monitor traffic as well as add new security cameras and even fencing and gates.
With recent school shootings, Shirley O'brien said there's added peace of mind for parents like herself knowing the bond will also fund nearly $5 million dollars in security improvements.
O'Brien, who was the chairperson for the bond campaign, said a lot of hard work went into making sure they got the word out on the importance of the bond.
She said with the bonds being approved, the community understands the importance of making sure the district has adequate buildings.
"If kids are going to a facility that's well taken care of and that they're proud of, I just think their overall demeanor is better," O'Brien said.
LCPS has allocated $6.5 million for a remodel of music classrooms and a new gym at Sierra Middle School.
A big part of the bond funds will go toward completing the second phase or remodeling Las Cruces High School.
The oldest school in the city will receive $24 million to help bring the school into the 21st century.
"School buildings are part of the legacy and we need to deign them well and they need to be energy efficient so they can be around multiple decades from now," Galvan said.
Galvan added that with bond election passing, Las Cruces voters have never voted down a public schools bond election.
For a list of all the projects click here.