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CNM Local Bond Election Set for Feb. 1

On Feb. 1, CNM will ask voters to support a $70 million bond issue for the college that would fund projects intended to improve learning environments for students, further reduce energy costs and provide much-needed renovations to some of CNM's oldest buildings.

Aug 30, 2016

December 2010

On Feb. 1, CNM will ask voters to support a $70 million bond issue for the college that would fund projects intended to improve learning environments for students, further reduce energy costs and provide much-needed renovations to some of CNM's oldest buildings.

Some of the projects would improve the instructional resources in the classroom, providing instructors with more effective technology to reinforce their teaching efforts, and other projects would improve the general work environments in the buildings slated for renovations.

There would be no tax increase associated with the bond's passage.

"This will be a critical bond election for CNM," said President Kathie Winograd. "CNM has been tightly strapped by state budget cuts. To provide our students and faculty with the technology they need in the classroom for an optimal educational experience, and to improve the working environments in our older buildings, the college needs the funds that this bond issue would provide. Feb. 1 will be an important day for CNM students and the CNM community. I encourage everybody in the CNM community to vote on the CNM local bond."

CNM's last local bond election was in 2006, when voters approved a $60 million bond issue that included funding for the recently completed Student Resource Center and the Westside Phase II building.

In November during the General Election, the General Obligation Bond for higher education institutions across the state was voted down. CNM would have received $16 million for the renovation of Jeannette Stromberg Hall if that statewide bond had passed. The defeat of the statewide bond in November and the series of state-mandated budget cuts absorbed by CNM over the last two-plus years makes February's local bond election even more important for CNM.

CNM has experienced three straight years of record enrollments while state funding has been cut by more than $7 million, with the biggest state-mandated budget cut expected to hit in July 2011.

This bond issue would greatly help CNM to provide a growing student body with more optimal learning environments and it would help CNM address some of its most pressing infrastructure needs.

Some of the larger projects that would be funded if the bond passes include:

  • Renovations for High Demand Healthcare Programs – CNM would renovate one of the largest buildings on Main Campus, which would allow for much-needed facility upgrades for the high-demand nursing and healthcare programs. The renovation would include the installation of upgraded labs and a simulated hospital environment, which would better prepare students to deliver the best healthcare possible to citizens in hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities around the state. The building that would be renovated – Jeannette Stromberg Hall – was built in 1985. The proposed renovation would be the first opportunity to significantly upgrade the facilities for the nursing and healthcare fields on Main Campus in many years. CNM produces more nurses than any other higher education institution in the state.
  • Mechanical and Technology Upgrades to Reduce Energy Costs – CNM would install energy conservation technology systems and replace aged mechanical systems with more energy-efficient systems.
  • Biology and Chemistry Lab Renovations – CNM would renovate outdated chemistry and biology labs on Main Campus to provide more optimal student learning opportunities.
  • Technology Infrastructure Upgrades – CNM would upgrade its technology infrastructure on Main Campus, improving the technological capacity of all buildings. This would allow classrooms to receive the level of technology that's necessary to provide the educational experience students need to succeed in class and in today's workplace. The project would include installing high-capacity cables underground.
  • South Valley Campus Building Renovations – CNM would renovate two 50-year-old buildings on the South Valley Campus that are in need of structural and mechanical improvements.
  • Montoya Campus Technology Improvements – CNM would renovate the J Building on Montoya Campus to create more technology-rich classrooms and upgrade the library to provide students with more optimal learning environments.

CNM also has a long list of replacement and maintenance projects to keep the college's facilities up to acceptable standards.