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Posted: November 6, 2019

Voters Approve Bond/Mill Levy Measures

Funds approved will help finance urgent and basic repairs across the district.

Raquel Reedy, Superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools, expressed gratitude today on behalf of the entire district for yesterday’s election outcome. “We asked voters to understand the urgency of this election, and they got it. Our students, staff, and families deserve to attend schools where basic and urgent repairs and upgrades are addressed as needs arise,” said Reedy.

Approval of the bond request means the public-school capital improvements tax that recently expired will be renewed, without a tax increase. The funds generated will be used for repairs like fixing leaky roofs, removing lead in drinking fountains, upgrading electrical wiring, and fixing heating and cooling systems.  Funding will also be used to make ADA improvements like wheelchair ramps and accessible restrooms so that APS schools are safe and open for all adults.

A portion of the funds will also be used to enhance school security on all campuses, renovate aging classrooms to serve our students better, and provide musical instruments and art supplies, which are not funded by the state.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, which put the bond on the ballot, reiterated the need for the funds and the board’s commitment to the public.

“The Board of Education very much appreciates the public’s support. This is a win for everyone, especially students. The health and safety of our students is always our priority. The $290M approved will not result in a tax rate increase, nor will it be used for central office salaries. This is a good day for APS and the entire community because improving the educational experiences for our children is a shared goal,” said Board President, Dr. David Peercy.

The complete list of bond projects can be found online.