Five million dollar bond needs support in February election

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At the Socorro Consolidated Schools board meeting Monday night school district director of finance Donald Monette talked about the upcoming school board election in February.

With the election, the school district is asking the community to support a $5 million bond for school sites, he said. The bond will not increase taxes, Superintendent Randall Earwood said. Voting stations for the election have already been arranged.

If the bond passes, the ADA accessible request for Parkview’s playground will also go into affect, Monette said. Monette said he and Earwood have a plan to get the bond message out to the community. They will form a bond committee with volunteers to represent them in the outlying areas, and they will meet with City Council and the county commission on what they will be asking for, he said. Vice president for the school board, Dawn Weaver, asked Monette if they had any money to advertise for the bond, so the community will know what the money will be used for.

In the superintendent’s report, Earwood asked the school board about their ideas regarding strategic planning for the school district. Earwood said there are various ways to go about strategic planning to develop a long range plan that the school can put into place for five to 10 years. The plan gives guidance on how to improve the school district, no matter who is on the school board, he said.

Earwood said he will look at resources such as the New Mexico School Board Association and Cooperative Educational Services for ideas for the plan. Earwood also met with all school principals and leaders Tuesday to discuss school safety plans so they could go over their safety plans with staff and have a group discussion on what they can improve.