APS Board to ask voters for $368 million in February

Posted at: 11/16/2012 1:08 PM
Updated at: 11/16/2012 1:10 PM
By: KOB.com staff

The Albuquerque School Board will ask voters to consider a $368 million bond and mill levy package for Albuquerque Public Schools building and maintenance in an election on Feb. 5, 2013.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the question at a meeting Friday.

The capital improvements package includes a $168 million mill levy and about $200 million in general obligation bonds to fund APS’ 2011-17 capital master plan.

Most projects will be renovation and remodeling of older existing schools that include new classroom construction and infrastructure upgrades like drainage and site improvements. Voter approval of the package will not raise taxes.

“We plan to continue to address the needs of some of our 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.” Board of Education President Paula Maes said.

“We’ve accomplished a lot, but more is needed to restore the old and maintain what we’ve done.”

If approved, funding would go into construction and maintenance for classrooms and other educational facilities at numerous sites. The average age of an APS school building is about 45 years.