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2013 Capital Improvements Election

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The APS Bond/Mil Levy Election is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Voters are deciding whether to approve $368 million in capital funding that will renovate, renew and restore school facilities. That includes $200 million in general obligation bonds and a $168 million mil levy over six years.

What’s at Stake

Funding will support the APS Capital Master Plan for 2011-17. With overcrowding issues from past years generally under control, the focus of this master plan is renovation and maintenance of older schools. The average age of an APS school building is about 45 years.

Major Projects

Ongoing Construction Projects

Upcoming Construction Projects

Sandia High School

McKinley Middle School

Del Norte High School

Eldorado High School

APS Community Stadium

Adobe Acres Elementary

Chaparral Elementary

Sandia Base Elementary

Inez Elementary

Monte Vista Elementary

Montessori of the Rio Grande Charter School

Jefferson Middle School

South Valley Academy Charter School

APS Central Kitchen




MacArthur Elementary


Southwest Mesa K-8 School


APS Lincoln Complex

Other Recent, Notable Projects

Economic Impact

School construction and renovation projects put local people to work. Some 300 workers are on-site daily at the APS Community Stadium, for example.

In recent years, APS has helped keep the construction industry working. During the district’s recent construction boom in 2007-09, APS projects accounted for about 68 percent of commercial construction permits issued by the city of Albuquerque. Some estimates suggest that share could be higher in the near future, when more of the projects on the above list begin.

Charter Schools Included

APS continues to work with local charter schools that it authorizes to help them secure permanent facilities by 2015, as state law requires. Projects at several charters are included in the Capital Master Plan, including Montessori of the Rio Grande and South Valley Academy listed above.

APS has dedicated more than $34 million exclusively toward the design and construction of district-authorized charter schools over the next four years. The district currently houses six charter schools in APS-owned facilities and already has spent more than $14 million for their acquisition and refurbishment.

Learn More about the Election

The nonprofit Yes! For Our Children’s Future has information on the election and the Capital Master Plan. To learn more, check them out on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @GrowingEdu.

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