In our post last week, we shared the top challenges that have been identified in the St. Vrain Valley School District. They fell into four categories: capacity, building preservation, safety and security, and innovative educational programming. If voters in the SVVSD pass a $260 million bond this November, the proceeds will be used in the following manner:
- Capacity: 68% of the bond proceeds will be used to address growth, as the District is growing at a rate of 800 new students every year. The bond will provide funding to build three new schools, as well as build classroom additions to 29 existing schoolsacross the District.
- Building Preservation: Bond proceeds will be used to replace outdated building systems in existing schools across the District, including HVAC and electrical systems, plumbing and roofing. These repairs will increase the useful life of older buildings and increase energy efficiencies.
- Safety and Security: A portion of the bond will be used to improve safety and security of school buildings by adding interior and exterior cameras and secure entrances to the schools that do not already have them
- Educational / Innovation Programs: Bond proceeds will be used to build an Innovation Center, with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs that every student in the District can use.
We will be sharing more facts about the bond in the coming weeks, including how the proposed bond will affect taxpayers. Grassroots St. Vrain will be bringing a presentation to many parent group meetings this fall. Join us to learn more about how our schools are funded!
Our vision is a St. Vrain Valley community that is informed about education funding in Colorado and empowered to take action for the benefit of our schools.
- To communicate current facts about education funding in Colorado
- To promote informed decision-making on both state and local school finance issues
- To provide opportunities for participation in education funding decisions
…that impact the school communities of the St. Vrain Valley
Integrity: With honesty and integrity, we will respectfully engage with our community to consistently provide accurate information regarding SVVSD and Colorado education funding.
Leadership: As learners, we will lead by example, seeking out new information with courage and conviction.
Passion: We are committed to pursuing solutions to SVVSD and Colorado’s education funding challenges and will continue to encourage our peers to bring their passion for education to the discussion.
Humility: We will be accessible to our community and listen with open minds, adapting to new ideas, always keeping the greater good in focus.