Bond election will decide $5 million for schools

Ryan Lengerich

A special school bond election will be held Feb. 3 and $5 million for school renovations hangs on its outcome.
The bond money would be directed to the replacement of roofs, building renovations, replacement of heating and cooling systems, parking additions and the addition of fiber optic networks in Clovis public schools district wide.
All registered voters in the Clovis school district boundaries are allowed to vote in the election.
If the bond passes, property taxes will remain steady.
“We have tried to keep (taxes) at a constant level so that our citizens can accept that this is what it is going to be,” said Clovis Schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall.
Most of the $5 million at stake would come from state matching funds. The state’s Capital Outlay Program provides a 78 percent match.
Nuttall said a 60-member task force was created to develop priorities for the bond money.
“The most pressing issue would be our roofs,” Nuttall said.
Among the schools slotted for roof repair is Yucca Junior High, where school principal Jody Balch said roof leaks are widespread. The leaking water damages floor tiles, books and desks, he said.
“The roof leaks badly and it has been for the last 10 years,” Balch said. “It is glued together and being exposed to the sun — the glue begins to deteriorate.”
Nuttall said improvements to several schools’ heating and air conditioning systems will be addressed with the possible funding. About half of the schools have a fiber optic network and Nuttall said the bond money would help implement the network in the remaining schools.
“It is very exciting when you look at how many doors it will open for us,” he said.
The most recent bond issue election was held in 2000, when $8 million was approved. There are no other issues on the election ballot, something Nuttall said may prevent many people from going to the polls.
“You want people to have an opportunity to express their will,” Nuttall said. “You know people who are against something will go out and vote, we really care about people expressing their opinion.”

General Obligation Special School Bond Election
When: Feb. 3
Time: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
More information and for election sites: 769-4300
Absentee voting continues through Friday.