Board to make bond tax decision

CNJ staff

The Clovis Municipal Schools board meets today to decide whether to ask voters in January to approve a $12.5 million bond to fund a vocational center.

The bond to build a Career and Technical Institute for Clovis High School near the Clovis Community College campus will ask for a 1.25 mil levy for 20 years, which would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $33 a year, according to Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm.

Already on the ballot is the continuation of a $12 million general obligation bond tax for four years. The school uses the money to operate school buildings and for improvement projects. The bond is set for five mils, which costs property owners about $130 a year on a $100,000 house.

The Institute, which would be located near Clovis Community College, would allow Clovis High students to take vocational classes as part of their high school curriculum while also earning college credit.

The college would provide instructors for vocational courses such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning courses and construction skill courses, according to CCC president John Neibling.

Seidenwurm said students who have earned college credits while in high school would be more likely to go to college.

Fast facts
What: Board of Education meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. today
Where: Clovis Municipal Schools Administration Building, 1009 Main St.