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Bond and Capital Improvement Program

Students holding a thank you #fivestarbonddelivered sign

Five Star Schools will periodically ask voters to approve the borrowing of money to support capital construction needs including the building of new schools and renovations/upgrades to existing buildings and facilities. These construction bonds generate money that can immediately be used for school and facility improvements that are then repaid over time with interest through a property tax. 

The Five Star community made a significant investment in students and schools with the passage of a $350 million bond issue without a tax rate increase in November 2016. This multi-year bond program allowed the district to:

2016 Bond Program Logo
  • Build and open a new P-8 school (Thunder Vista P-8).
  • Build and open a second district career and technical education campus (FutureForward @ Washington Square).
  • Build classroom expansions and eliminate mobiles at two existing district schools (Arapahoe Ridge and Cotton Creek elementary schools).
  • Improvements at each district school and facility, including critical renovations and investments at aging school buildings.
  • Critical safety and security improvements including expanded digital camera installation, secured entrance vestibules and expanded electronic building access.
  • Technology improvements including a new self-provisioned district network, interactive technology in a large number of classrooms and a new district phone system.

In 2021, the Five Star District began the process to develop a long range academic plan as well as a long range facility plan. This plan, called Blueprint, will allow the district to identify programming priorities and needs as well as a way to optimize facilities to match these priorities and needs.