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Voters Decide on Education Ballot Issues

  • Three big-city school districts received good news on Election Day.

    A $1.2-billion bond proposal for Texas’ Fort Worth Independent School District was approved. Funds from the bond will be used to renovate and upgrade the district’s middle schools and build four elementary schools.

    “We are thrilled that voters are in support of our plan to bring our aging middle schools up to standard,” said Fort Worth Schools Superintendent Kent Scribner.  “These funds will renovate some of our oldest campuses and bring them into alignment with our high schools.” 

    Voters in New Mexico’s Albuquerque Public Schools approved a bond/mill levy that will provide $630 million for the district, which will be used to repair and renovate aging school buildings and make improvements in technology, school security, and cooling, heating and air quality systems. 

    Albuquerque Schools Superintendent Scott Elder expressed gratitude on behalf of the entire district and said he was grateful to everyone who voted to support the district’s students, staff and schools.

    “It was important to get it passed. Our focus right now is rebuilding the norm of attending in-person school. We need our schools to be safe, comfortable and welcoming learning places,” said Elder.

    And voters in Iowa’s Des Moines Public Schools approved a Revenue Purpose Statement ballot measure, which will enable the district to continue to spend state sales tax funds that Iowa has dedicated to public schools. District officials will use the funds to improve technology, student safety, building construction, and implement energy conservation measures.