SHIPROCK, N.M. — On November 6, 2018, voters in New Mexico backed General Obligation Bonds B and D – affirming their support of libraries and higher education.
From the GO Bond D, Diné College will receive $5 million to build a state-of-the-art Math and Science Building. The 28,846 square foot building will include instructional science and math classrooms, as well as, laboratories for chemical, biological, and physics classes. With a state-of-the-art facility and a STEM related focus, the College’s Shiprock Branch Campus will place Diné College in a strong position to meet student interest in STEM-related higher education, and prepare students to enter local workforce.
Bond D allocates no more than $136.230 million in general obligation bonds for institutions of higher education, special schools, and tribal schools. Projects were to include infrastructure improvements, renovations, planning and construction of new buildings, repairs, and demolitions. A general obligation bond is a public debt and funded through the state, specifically funds from a statewide property tax in New Mexico. It passed with nearly 66 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Dr. Charles Roessel, President of Diné College, thanked voters stating “the voters of New Mexico have helped our Diné College better secure a future in the area of Math, Science, and Technology.”
General Obligation (GO) bonds come before the voters of New Mexico every other year. The Bond funding not only safeguards better facilities for students and researchers; a solid system of higher education affects all New Mexicans by strengthening the economy. According to the NM Higher Education Bond D, funding will create employment for architects, planners, construction workers and provide for equipment, high-tech infrastructure and all kind of businesses.