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Early Voting for the APS Bond Election

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Jan 18, 2010 08:00 AM to
Jan 23, 2010 05:00 PM
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Early voting for the School Improvements Election begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, Jan. 29, at the following locations:

The Albuquerque Public Schools will ask voters in its district to approve a $616 million capital improvements package in Feb. 2, 2010.

The capital improvements package includes a $391 million mill levy and about $225 million in general obligation bonds to fund APS’ newest capital master plan. Approval of the mill levy and bonds would not increase taxes.

For the first time, the plan includes $40 million specifically set aside for projects for charter schools. Voters will be asked to approve funding for classroom and school construction for six charter schools, and distribution of funds to be used for construction and educational equipment at 19 more qualifying charter schools.

APS Board of Education President Marty Esquivel said that after concentrating on new buildings to alleviate overcrowding in the last bond cycle, the district plans to address the needs of some of the district’s older schools that have been waiting for upgrades as well as working with six charter schools that have chosen to be part of the capital master plan.

If approved, funding would go into construction and maintenance for classrooms and other educational facilities at 120 sites. The average age of an APS school building is 42.5 years.

Technology upgrades are also included. About $50 million would go toward new computers for students and teachers, while one-third of classrooms will receive smart boards, which can be used for a variety of instructional purposes.

“Safe, healthy learning environments are critical for the continued success of APS students, and bond funds will help the district meet those needs,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said.

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