Board of Education places $350 million bond on ballot

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 4:47pm
Board Approved Bond Proposal

Ballot Issue 3D results in no tax rate increase to residents

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education approved a resolution to place a $350 million bond (Ballot Issue 3D) on the November 2016 ballot.

The Five Star District will seek voter approval while not raising the tax rate for district residents. Ballot Issue 3D does not require an increase in the tax rate because the district has paid down and refinanced existing debt.  

The bond proposal invests in every student, every school and every community, providing funding to address district needs based on community priorities. Nearly half of the bond addresses the natural aging of buildings, as well as renovating classroom spaces, while a third of the bond addresses overcrowding by building a new Preschool-8 school to meet community growth and constructing additions at schools. The bond expands space to serve more students in the areas of career and technical education and provides more classrooms for early childhood education. Investments will also enhance safety and security systems and upgrade technology at all schools. In addition, each school will receive funding for specific instructional upgrades, decided upon by the school community, to meet unique learning needs such as furniture, space modifications and specials/electives.

If the bond is not approved by voters in November, the Board of Education will consider alternative plans to address the district’s most critical needs, which may include budget cuts to education programming in order to provide funding for repairs to aging buildings that pose safety issues and boundary shifts across the district to address overcrowding and community growth.

The board's action to place the measure on the ballot comes after a successful year of engagement with parents, staff, business leaders, local economic development leaders and the Five Star community to identify values and priorities in addressing district needs. This included a number of avenues such as community-based meetings, an online survey, social media and a telephone town hall.

The board of education considered the proposal presented by Superintendent Chris Gdowski, who used community input and the recommendation made by the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC). The LRPAC is a group of parents, community members and district staff who met throughout the year to identify priorities. The committee's recommendation that the district seek a bond was unanimous.

For investments in all schools and additional bond information, including the ballot language, please visit: www.adams12.org/bond.