Pros & Cons
- The measure will not raise the current bond tax rate because the district has paid down and refinanced existing debt since the passage of the last bond in 2004.
- Schools are turning away students due to overcrowding. The district is projected to add 1,300 students over the next five years. That’s on top of the 4,200 additional students who have enrolled since the last bond in 2004.
- The average age of the district’s buildings is 30 years. Just like aging homes, critical systems need replaced over time like furnaces, roofs and sewers.
- The district doesn’t have the space to train students in high-demand careers such as skilled trades, technology services, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. Over the last five years, 25 percent of all students (1,213) who applied for career and technical classes and certification opportunities were turned away due to a lack of space.
- This measure doesn’t lower the tax rate.
- The state has defunded education in the Five Star District to the tune of nearly $40 million. The state should pay its fair share instead of local communities.
- This measure is much like a home mortgage and allows the district to issue debt that will need to be paid off for multiple years.
- The district can cut employees and reduce or eliminate educational programming in order to pay for critical building needs.
Planning is reaching the final stages on more than 30 construction and improvement projects planned for Summer 2019 as part of the ongoing 2016 Bond Program.
Projects range from new construction such as the start of work on a new district Career and Technical Education Center to ongoing projects, including the completion of a two-year renovation of STEM Lab in Northglenn and larger ...
As a new calendar year began, interior work on the second of two, 25,000-square-foot expansions to the building got under way as exterior work continued.
By mid-January, the new main entry to the building was being framed, providing a look at the final shape of the building. Exterior brick work was more than a quarter complete with much of the building wrapped in a thick sheet of ...