BF gives LL Schools go-ahead to paint Jag on village water tank

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There's going to be a Jaguar on the loose in the Farm soon.

Last week, the Bosque Farms village councilors and mayor gave their blessing to Los Lunas Schools to allow the district to paint the water tank along N.M. 47, proclaiming the village the "Home of the Jaguars."

Los Lunas Schools Board of Education President Charles Tabet said there are two water tanks in the village of Los Lunas sporting the Los Lunas High School Tiger.

"We want to support Valencia High School and their feeder schools," Tabet said.

He continued, saying any drawings would be brought to the council for its approval.

"The money to do this wouldn't come out of operational funds," he said. "It would be from community support or fundraisers. This won't effect students."

A few students from the east-side high school spoke in support of the mural on the tank, and asked the village for its support.

A VHS junior who is involved in band, soccer and softball said it was "Valencia's time to shine."

Shaye Lucero, student body president, said Valencia has "a lot of school spirit and we would like to be recognized for that in the community."

Sophomore Jason Tabet said the mural would help the school have pride in itself.

"It would let people know this is the home of the Jaguars, not the Tigers and stuff," Jason Tabet said.

Councilor Wayne Ake said he liked the idea, asking if there could be a "little corner for Bosque Farms Elementary?"

Tabet said that was absolutely possible.

"This is just the first step, getting the water tower. We want to include all the feeder schools," Charles Tabet said. "This is not just Valencia High School."

Councilor Dolly Wallace said she also supported the project, and agreed with Ake that the elementary school should be included in the design.

Wallace asked what kind of maintenance would be needed for the mural and how long it would last before it needed touch ups.

Tabet said he wasn't sure how long the mural would last before it needed to be touched up, and said there were many groups and booster clubs for various sports who were willing to put money and maintenance efforts into similar murals.

"Sometimes graduating classes will do them. We've had businesses interested. Their kids go to school there and they want to keep it fresh and nice," he said. "We want to bring all the great things VHS and the feeder schools are doing into the design."

Councilors Bill Kennedy and Russ Walkup, along with Mayor Bob Knowlton voiced support and enthusiasm for the project.

Village resident Lillie McNabb called the project "the most awesome thing since we incorporated. I am so proud to hear you are all behind this."

Tabet said the district would come up with some preliminary designs for the mural, and bring them back to the council.

He took his seat to a round of applause from the audience.


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