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Levy, bond both pass

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By Tris DeRoma

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.
Steinhaus and Rooney, who were both at the County Municipal Building to hear the vote announced, hugged each other when they heard the news.

"I'm excited and pleased that both the schools and UNM-LA passed," he said. It's an investment in the future of our youth, from prekindergarten all the way to college."

In a written statement, Steinhaus also laid out which programs the bond will help.

"This is an investment in the future of our youth. The bond vote assists LAPS in further modernizing facilities as outlined in our 20-year master plan," Steinhaus said.