The St. Vrain Valley School District is growing rapidly. Enrollment projections for next year expect an increase of 775 students. Within five years there is a potential gain of 3,754 students which would push the total enrollment of the district to nearly 34,000 students. For the first time since 2005, more students open enrolled into our district than those who left for other districts. This is good news for our district. Strong schools result in strong, safe, and prosperous communities.
To support this growth, it may be necessary for the SVVSD to ask voters to approve a capital construction bond in 2016. According to the SVVSD website, “a school bond generates revenue for ‘bricks and mortar’ projects through a promise of repayment of the bond amount, plus interest.” The last bond was passed in SVVSD in 2008 and resulted in two new schools plus many additional classrooms and much needed updating and maintenance at existing schools. A timeline of completed 2008 Bond funded projects can be found on the SVVSD website.
Brian Lamer, SVVSD Assistant Superintendent for Operations, says the 2008 bond program came in under the projected budget of $189 million. As a result several projects were able to be completed that were not originally scheduled for the 2008 bond. A few of these projects include:
- Significant remodeling of Erie Middle School
- Remodeling of Mountain View Elementary to add a STEM Discovery Preschool Program
- Building Timberline K-8 to combine two elementary schools and one middle school
- Installations of projector systems in every classroom in the district
Looking at the projected growth over the next five years, the Board of Education is currently considering asking the voters to approve a bond initiative in 2016. This bond would have an impact on virtually every part of our school district, including adding new buildings as well as renovating, enhancing, and adding on to existing buildings. In addition, safety enhancements would be added. The school district will assemble a bond task force to make final recommendations to the Board of Education next school year.
Grassroots St. Vrain will continue to monitor progress as discussions unfold to keep our schools strong far into the future.