School bond election ballots go out Jan. 6

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By Carol A. Clark

Based on recommendations from the 20-Year Facilities Renewal Plan developed by the Facilities Planning Committee, a bond election is planned for January to address the pressing facility renewal needs of Los Alamos Public Schools.


The majority of the facilities are at least 45-years-old, with the age of the high school nearing 60. Outdated and ill-equipped, many of the buildings do not provide a learning environment that meets the needs of today’s students, explained School Board President Steve Girrens.


For less than the cost of a soda, residents can ensure area students have the facilities needed to provide a quality education by voting for the school bond, he said.


Ballots for the election are set to be mailed out Jan. 6 and must be returned by Jan. 27. Residents can register to vote at the Office of the County Clerk or at the Department of Motor Vehicles through Dec. 30.


The bond is $40 million, $3 million less than the amount LAPS is allowed by law to put to bond and at 6 percent bonding capacity of the total assessed value of the school district, Girrens said.


Superintendent Mary McLeod conducted research and determined that LAPS ranks about in the middle compared with mil levies at other area school districts.


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