Wednesday night, the SVVSD Board of Education approved the final language to put a $260 million bond on the local ballot in November. Bond dollars are used to repair, renovate, or build new schools.
At our community gathering on Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Don Haddad shared some facts about why SVVSD is pursuing a bond measure. After months of evaluation, a community task force recommended the Board of Education move forward with a 2016 bond measure to address four key areas:
- Capacity: The St. Vrain Valley School District is growing at a rate of 800 new students every year. At this rate, half of St. Vrain’s schools will be over capacity in the next five years, with many near 140% capacity.
- Building Preservation: Dr. Haddad emphasized that the bond is not only for the areas of growth in our district. Many existing schools were built decades ago and, just like our own homes, they eventually need major repairs such as new roofs or HVACs.
- Safety and Security: Safety and security are top priorities for any school district and not all of our schools have the same levels of protection for our students and teachers.
- Educational / Innovation Programs: Dr. Haddad also stressed that to keep up with the fast paced changes in 21st century learning, our facilities must be equipped to support innovative programming.
Bond dollars cannot be used for operating expenses or teacher pay. They can only be used to maintain or build new schools. In Colorado, schools are built by local communities voting to issue bonds….schools are not built by the State.
We will be sharing additional facts about the bond in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, please look for Grassroots St. Vrain to attend your school’s parent group meeting this fall to learn more about how our schools are funded and ask questions!