Members of the ballot counting committee were hard at work in the County Clerk’s Office late Tuesday afternoon tallying more than 6,000 ballots for the Los Alamos School Bond Election, which ended at 7 p.m. Tuesday. From left, John Puckett, Linda Fox, Ken Thomas, Norma Puckett, Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Kim Thomas, Deputy Clerk Naomi Maestas, County Clerk Sharon Stover and Cookie Halsted. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Warren Houghting cast his vote Tuesday afternoon for the School Bond. How did he vote? ‘Both my wife and I voted for the bond,’ he told the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Voters approved the Los Alamos Public Schools bond by the large margin of 4,283 to 1,784, according to unofficial results from the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office.
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt shared his delight and gratitude to the community in a statement after hearing the news Tuesday night.
“On behalf of staff and students and the entire community of Los Alamos, I would like to thank you for your investment in the future of our youth,” Schmidt said. “Passage of bond 2013 presents the opportunity that we not only will build better schools but brighter futures for our students. The bond provides funding that will move the district another step forward in the modernization of all of its facilities as intended by the district’s 20-year facilities plan. Bond 2013 allows us to replace the academic wing of Aspen Elementary and to make much needed improvements to schools throughout the district. In closing, I again want to thank voters for their continued support and this expression of the degree to which our community values education.”
Los Alamos School Board President Kevin Honnell also expressed his appreciation to the voters for passing the bond.
“From the Ranch School days, though the Manhattan Project and into the present, Los Alamos has been a community that was founded upon and has consistently valued the lifelong importance of top-notch, quality education,” Honnell said. “This endorsement of the schools revitalization program by the citizens of White Rock and Los Alamos underscores our town’s continuing commitment to quality public schools and demonstrates that this is a community that truly invests its time, talent, and treasure in the best interests of its children and their teachers. We are tremendously gratified that our community is pleased with the rebuilding progress at the high school and middle school to the point of being willing to entrust us with additional hard-earned dollars to continue the rebuilding at Aspen and across the district. We promise to put those dollars to good use for the benefit of your children, their teachers, and the entire community.”