Posted at: 02/03/2014 9:23 AM
Updated at: 02/03/2014 1:51 PM
By: The Associated Press
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The facilities at Carlsbad schools are among the most inadequate and unsafe for students, a recently released report says.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the New Mexico Public School Facility Authority says Carlsbad and 32 other districts in the state have aging structures that need repair and improvement.
School board members are hoping voters will approve a special bond election Tuesday that would bring in $60 million to build four schools.
Carlsbad Municipal Schools Superintendent Gary Perkowski says new schools would help with overcrowding.
The report says Carlsbad's schools have buildings older than the expected 40 to 50-year life cycle. It also rated Carlsbad "poor" for maintenance effectiveness.
The assessment concludes that new maintenance strategies could save an estimated $27 million.
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