April 10th Technology Transformation Election

Alamogordo Public Schools
Engaging in Technology Transformation

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMATION IMPROVEMENTS MILL LEVY ELECTION

On April 10, Alamogordo Public School District voters are asked to go to the polls to consider a mill levy  for the purpose of capital technology improvements to public schools in the District. This would include: purchasing and installing education technology improvements, excluding salary expenses of school district employees, but including tools used in the educational process that constitute learning and administrative resources, and which may also include: (1) satellite, copper and fiber optic transmission; computer and network connection devices; digital communication equipment, including voice, video and data equipment; servers; switches; portable media devices such as disc and drives to contain data for electronic storage and playback; and purchase or lease of software licenses or other technologies and services, maintenance, equipment and computer infrastructure information, techniques and tools used to implement technology in schools and related facilities; and (2) improvements, alterations and modifications to, or expansions of, existing buildings or tangible personal property necessary or advisable to house or accommodate any of the tools listed in this subsection.

Passage of this referendum would authorize the district to impose a property tax of $46 per $100,000 of assessed value of the property allocated to the District under the Property Tax Code for the property tax years of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Voter Proclamation located HERE                Election Flyer located Election FlyerHERE

HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED:

THIS SPECIAL MILL LEVY WILL BE USED FOR:

                                                                      
  
$7 Million dedicated to making vast improvements to the educational technology infrastructure and educational programs for ALL APS Students, including:
    * Increased baseline connectivity with new satellite and fiber optic transmission lines for high-speed access
    * Upgraded hardware including computers, tablets, smart boards, servers and network connection devices.
    * New software, tech support services, maintenance and training to implement modernized systems in APS schools and related facilities.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM A BOND ISSUE?

    
   Rounded Rectangle: BOND ISSUESFund major projects, such as building schools or paying for classroom additions or major renovations     APS Logo    Rounded Rectangle: MILL LEVYProvides ongoing funding to take care of things that keep a school functioning: fixing heating and plumbing, installing electrical outlets, replacing computers.


WHO CAN VOTE?


The law states: " a person is a qualified elector of the District if on the day of the Election he or she is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and a resident of the District. In order to vote, qualified electors of the District must have previously registered with the Otero Count Clerk, or any voter registration agent, in accordance with law. Any qualified elector of the District who is not now registered and who wishes to vote at the Election should register prior to 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2018, being the twenty-eighth (28th) day immediately preceding the Election, during regular business hours and days of business, at the office of the Otero County Clerk or by any voter registration agent at a designated agency as provided in NMSA 1978 §§ 1-4-48 and 1-4-49."
IN COMMON TERMS, THIS MEANS; IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED VOTER IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT YOU CAN VOTE IN THIS ELECTION - NOT JUST PROPERTY OWNERS OR SCHOOL PARENTS!

WHERE CAN YOU VOTE?


ABSENTEE VOTERS & EARLY VOTING
    - Will be held at the Otero County Clerk's Office, 1104 North White Sands Blvd, Suite C Alamogordo, New Mexico
during the regular hours and days of business (7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.), beginning on March 16, 2018 at  8 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 6, 2018. 
    - Pursuant to the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act, NMSA 1978 §§ 1-6B-1 through 1-6B-17, a federal qualified voter or overseas voter may vote absentee as provided in that law. Absentee voting shall be by paper ballot, pursuant to NMSU 1978 §§ 1-6-8, 1-6-9, and 1-22-19, or by the procedures authorized by the Uniform Military and Overseas Act.  PLEASE CONTACT THE OTERO COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE REGARDING VOTER QUESTIONS (575) 437-4942.

DAY OF ELECTION:
    
        THE ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 10 FROM 7 A.M. UNTIL 7 P.M. AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
     
VOTING DISTRICT ELECTION PRECINCT POLLING PLACE
     
1 Part of Precincts 14, 15A, 15B and 16, Part of 17, and Part of 34 **
     
2 Part of Precincts 2, 4, 5, 28 and 29 **
  Precinct 3 By Mail Ballot
  Parts of Precincts 8A and 9 High Rolls Fire Station, High Rolls, NM
  Precinct 10 A, Part of 10 B and Part of 12 La Luz Elementary School 99 Alamo, La Luz, NM
     
3 Precincts 18, 19, 20 and 36 **
  Precincts 17, 34, and 35 **
     
4 Precincts 21, 23 and 24 **
  Precincts 25, 39, and 40 **
     
5 Precincts 22, 26, 27, 30, 31 **
  Precincts 32, 33 and 37 **
  Precincts 28 and 29 **

** Electors Voting at Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 may vote at any of the following Voting Center Locations on Election Day:

Sgt. Willie Estrada Civic Center
800 E. First Street
Alamogordo, NM

Tays Special Events Center
2400 N. Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM

Otero County Fairgrounds
401 Fairgrounds Road
Alamogordo, NM


SAMPLE BALLOT LOCATED HERE



WHAT HAPPENS IF THE LEVY DOES NOT PASS?


Technology upgrades would either not be performed or would have to be paid for by taking operational money out of the classroom.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Please contact the APS Superintendent's Office at (575) 812-6001.




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