November election critical to SJC
Bond approval will enhance education options
The upcoming November election will include a vote to approve Higher Education Bond C and Library GO Bond Issue B. Higher Education Bond C is about ensuring that our higher education students have the facilities and tools they need to excel, and Library GO Bond Issue B provides public, school, academic and tribal libraries necessary funds to remain exceptional resources of information.
Nearly every public college and university in the state will receive funding for much-needed improvements and renovations. San Juan College is calculated to receive $4,000,000 from 2014 Bond C Funds. This money would go to plan, design and renovate the School of Science, Math and Engineering. These renovations and additions will provide modern classrooms and laboratories to more than 5,000 students who use the space. The current space that is hoped to be renovated was built in 1975.
“Passage of this bond is critical to the continuing excellence for students at San Juan College,” San Juan College Foundation Executive Director Gayle Dean said. “More and more students are entering science, technology, engineering and math fields. The passage of this bond is critical for students in helping prepare them for these careers.
Higher Education Bond C will also bring jobs, money and opportunity to New Mexico by creating approximately 1,400 new jobs in communities throughout the state. In fact, the economic impact of Bond C is estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars, which will benefit the economy and our students and improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans.
Library GO Bond Issue B provides $10,800,000 for all academic, public, school and tribal libraries in the New Mexico. Those funds will be used to purchase a range of resources from desktop computers and books to multi-media and digital items.
With voters’ approval of Bond B, school and academic libraries will each receive $3,500,000; public libraries will receive $3,000,000; and tribal libraries will receive $800,000. Academic libraries in the state have agreed to set aside one-third of their total allocation to be used for a joint, state-wide purchase. This is modeled on a similar and successful project from the 2012 GO Bond B, in which funds were used to purchase 10 academic research databases that are available for higher education students across the state. Collaborative projects of this type are beneficial to both students and colleges by providing access to quality resources at a lower cost.
The remaining funds for academic libraries would be distributed among colleges and universities statewide to assist in purchasing library materials such as print and digital resources, computer equipment and other items. San Juan College is projected to receive $87,177 and libraries across San Juan County are projected to receive $529,849.44.
Absentee voting began October 7 and early voting runs from October 18 to November 1. Election Day (in-person voting) is on November 4, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information about Higher Education Bond C, visit www.higheredbondc.com . For more information about Library GO Bond Issue B, visit www.bondsforlibraries.org.