Voters in the Las Vegas City School District agreed to continue a 2-mill property tax levy, approving the measure 221 to 186 during Tuesday’s General Election.
The tax levy will remain in place through 2027 and property taxes will not increase.
Voters also supported borrowing up to $8.5 million for remodeling and furnishing buildings, improving school grounds and buying computer hardware. The vote was 301 to 158 to approve.
“We are elated and grateful to the community for passing the bond and mill levy,” said superintendent Larryssa Archuleta. “Many projects addressed are 15- 20- 25-plus years overdue. We are going to continue on this path and remedy as many district needs as possible.”
Board president Dennis Romero thanked voters.
“I’m very excited,” Romero said. “Now we can move forward with our projects to improve our district.”
Planned improvements include:
• Safety and security upgrades, including cameras and antiquated fire alarms throughout the district and playground equipment at Los Ninos and Sierra Vista elementary schools for $900,000 to $1.2 million.
• Upgrading heating and cooling systems district-wide, including for the Marr Gymnasium at Robertson High School.
• Completing the design and planning for renovating Sierra Vista. Vigil and Associates of Albuquerque has been hired to carry out the nine- to 12-month planning process for upgrading the mechanical, electrical and technology systems and classroom renovations for the more than 30-year-old building. Students will remain in the building during construction; no timeframe has been set.
• Upgrades to cafeterias, including heating and cooling systems, at Sierra Vista and Mike Mateo Sena Elementary School in Sapello and the A+ Grill at Robertson.
In related matters, David Cordova, 47, who is self-employed, and Michael Quintana, 43, also self-employed, received 337 and 319 votes, respectively, in their unopposed bids for school board. Cordova and Quintana will replace Leroy Lujan, owner of LNM Heating and Cooling, and wholesale food distributor Gabriel “Gabe” Lucero. Both chose not to run again. Lucero served for 12-plus years and Lujan for 8-plus years.