School bond overwhelmingly passes

CNj staff photo: Tony Bullocks Trudy Cole casts her vote in the Clovis Municipal Schools bond election Tuesday at Mesa Elementary School. The $12-million general obligation bond was approved by 84 percent of the voters.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer

Voters overwhelming approved a $12 million general obligation bond for four years during Tuesday’s Clovis Municipal Schools bond election.

The bond passed by a 1,358 to 263 vote (84 percent), according to the Curry County Clerk’s office.

The bond is a continuation of a 5 mil school tax that costs the owner of a house valued at $100,000 about $130 a year, according to Clovis school officials.

“We are absolutely elated,” Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said as final numbers were tallied at the clerk’s office about a half hour after polls closed. “We really appreciate the support our public schools have always received from our public. We promise to be good stewards of that money.”

The bond is earmarked for repairs and construction of school facilities, Seidenwurm said. With the money, the school district can participate in a state program, which will give it an 80-percent match for capital outlay projects.

The election drew 8.8 percent of the 18,379 register voters in the school district.

Similar bond elections in 2004 and 2000 passed by a 4-to-1 margin, school officials said.

Clovis school board member Mark Lansford said the more than 80 percent vote in favor of the bond surprised him.

“That’s a huge victory for the kids and the Clovis Municipal Schools,” he said. “I was fairly confident that the vote would support the school’s request for the bond issue, but I did not figure it would be by that large of a margin.”

“An 83 percent affirmative vote is a strong vote of confidence by the voters in our school system and their commitment to keeping our facilities up to date and expanding and modernizing our facilities,” Clovis school board President Max Best said.

The clerk’s office has until Thursday to verify the results.