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Voters approve education bond issue

Approval of Bond Issue B in Tuesday's general election shows the importance that New Mexico voters place on education, New Mexico State University President William B. Conroy said.

"The universities and colleges in the state will benefit greatly because this is the primary way in which they obtain capital funds for new construction and for renovation and for improvement of their infrastructure," Conroy said.

Bond Issue B, which will provide $62.9 million for higher education and $10 million for public schools, was approved by 55 percent of the voters statewide.

For NMSU and its branch campuses, the bond issue includes:

- $1.5 million for restoration of historic Goddard Hall on the main campus.

- $2.2 million for completion of the Health and Public Services Building at the Dona Ana Branch Community College in Las Cruces.

- $2 million for completion of a multi-purpose building at NMSU-Alamogordo.

- $1 million for improvements to baseball and softball facilities at the main campus.

- $50,000 for planning a college/community library center at NMSU-Grants.

In addition, KRWG-TV, the public television station at NMSU, will share in a $1 million allocation to help the state's three education television stations replace obsolete equipment.

NMSU's main and branch campuses also will receive about $2 million in bond funds for renovating existing buildings, upgrading campus utilities and making facilities more accessible to people with disabilities.