On Wednesday August 8th, the SVVSD Board of Education voted to put a $14.8 million mill levy override (MLO) on the local ballot in November. What does this mean? It means our school district is asking the community to make sure our schools have the resources they need to be successful. Making sure our schools are strong is our work as a community.
Not long ago, we found ourselves facing a similar challenge; in 2008 funding shortfalls lead to teacher lay-offs and compromised classroom quality.
The good news is, we came together as a community in 2008 to pass a MLO and bond and we were able to build more schools, retain quality teachers and invest in important technology for 21st century schools. It’s now four years and $20 million in cuts later. State funding has shrunk and the recession has impacted important resources for schools. We cannot call a timeout on the thousands of kids getting their one shot at an education today. We cannot send our students back to kindergarten, but we can prevent the shrinking resources available for schools.
Placing a MLO on the ballot in November is an important step towards this end. Public engagement has an incredible impact; it certainly did four years ago. Schools need the community to step in and do something. Let’s make more good news!
Here is what you can do. Please join Grassroots St. Vrain in sharing information with your community, and support informed voter decision-making. Click on the red button to identify areas where you can be a part of the good news. It will take a community conversation to make the responsible choice in funding our schools – please be there for your community by volunteering your time to support 3A.
Thank you…here’s to Good-news!