Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and University of New Mexico-Los Alamos CEO Cindy Rooney thanked the community Tuesday night, after they learned residents voted in favor of the one mill levy to help support UNM-LA and to support the reconstruction of Barranca Mesa Elementary School with $13 million in general obligation bonds.
The Los Alamos County Clerk's Office reported that 4,912 residents voted for the school bond and 1,322 voted against it. For the UNM-LA mill levy, 3,928 voted for It and 2,221 voted against it.
Before the vote was announced, Rooney said she was nervous, yet hopeful that a majority of residents would vote "yes" for the levy increase.
Throughout the month, Rooney and UNM-LA garnered much support for the campaign. Funds raised through the levy, once it goes into effect, will pump about $700,000 a year into the school'sprograms and curriculum.
"I'm very pleased with the number people that have shared their stories with me and the press on the positive impact that UNM-LA has had on their lives," she said.