Board places $27 million mill levy override on Nov. ballot

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 4:45pm
Board of Education crowd

Funding proposal will jumpstart district’s new strategic plan

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On Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education approved the placement of a $27 million mill levy override (Ballot Issue 5C) on the November 2018 ballot. In addition to the local measure, the board passed a resolution in support of Amendment 73, the statewide education funding measure that would raise $60 million for Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

The Five Star District will seek voter approval for both the local and state funding measures.

“Together, we have elevated success in the Five Star District,” Superintendent Chris Gdowski said. “We have the highest graduation rate ever while increasing academic rigor as evidenced by our three consecutive years of being rated a Performance District by the state. This funding proposal is a smart and sound investment in a prepared workforce, safe and healthy communities, a vibrant economy and the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and caretakers.”   

The board’s approval of the local measure, and resolution in support of the state measure, come after a successful year of engagement with parents, community members, students and staff to develop a new strategic plan that will continue to elevate student success in the Five Star District.

During the 2017-2018 school year, over 7,000 parents, students, staff and community members came together across every school in the district through in-person collaboration and online surveys to create a new strategic plan called ELEVATE. Building on recent successes and the strengths of the district, the Five Star District collectively determined a plan for the future, including five key strengths of the district and six key focus areas that will drive the learning.

The board of education formally approved ELEVATE as the district’s new strategic plan on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. For more information on ELEVATE, from the process, to the plan and the funding proposal,visit

“Our community is fully behind ELEVATE and making that plan a reality for all of our kids,” Board President Kathy Plomer said. “This funding proposal will accomplish that goal.”

For more information on how the district plans to use the additional funds, review the extensive list of proposed investments (Spanish) that will continue to elevate student success.  

For more information on the proposed $27 million mill levy override (Ballot Issue 5C) and Amendment 73, visit