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CCSD Board of Education approves call for bond and budget election
 

"We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet."

- Margaret Mead

 

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The Cherry Creek School Board of Education unanimously approved a call for a bond and budget election that will chart the course for students, teachers, staff and community members in the coming decades.

Following a presentation last month that detailed an extensive budget, bond and innovation recommendation, board members approved the resolution during its regular meeting held April 11 at Independence Elementary School. The plan addresses the district's anticipated facility, budget and programmatic needs through the near future, as it offers a framework for a budget and bond election that will go to the voters in November.

Read the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education's resolution approving the election

The bond issue would provide funding for a new elementary and middle school, and there will be a host of facility improvements and safety and security updates.

Specifically, the plans call for a stand-alone career and innovation academy that would be open to all high school students in the district. With curriculum rooted in real-world skills and trades ranging from automotive technology to computer science to aviation and aerospace, the facility would offer students a new kind of bridge into viable careers.

 

 

The building would not serve as a new high school, and it would not replace the existing Career and Technical Education programs across the district, which play an essential and important role in the education of hundreds of Cherry Creek students. Rather, the proposed facility would expand the district's commitment to preparing students for the academic and professional demands of the 21st century. High schools will continue to host a wide range of CTE programs, while the new building will be home to more advanced and sophisticated educational opportunities for students.

In addition, some of the funds would be used to create customized spaces for innovation and collaboration in every elementary and middle school across the district.

CCSD is facing a shortfall of more than $20 million in 2017-2018. To protect class size, recruit and retain a quality classroom teaching staff for students, and continue to prepare all students for college and career post-secondary success, CCSD requires new operating funds or faces drastic reductions.

CCSD is facing a shortfall of more than $20 million in 2017-2018. To protect class size, recruit and retain a quality classroom teaching staff for students, and continue to prepare all students for college and career post-secondary success, CCSD requires new operating funds or faces drastic reductions.

 

The budget override also will provide funding for important updates to the district's security systems and technology.

The board's vote comes as Cherry Creek continues to face historic underfunding from the state of Colorado. Chief Financial Officer Guy Bellville pointed out that the district is being underfunded by $50 million annually; since 2008, $306 million has been withheld from Cherry Creek. In that context, the measure would seek $23.9 million in a budget (mill levy override) issue, and $250 million in a bond issue. The cost for a home valued at $350,000 in the district would be approximately $8 per month.

The complete budget, bond and innovation plan incorporates input from the district's Long-Range Facility Committee, as well as recommendations garnered during the Cherry Creek 2021 process. Cherry Creek 2021 engaged the entire community over an extended period to garner feedback about what students should know, understand and be able to do when they graduate.

 

 

 

 
 
Click on the image below to view Budget, Bond and Innovation Recommendation presentation to the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education.


 

2021 cherry creek diagram of budget, bond, and innovation reccomendations.
Posted 4/12/2016 8:40 AM

 2016 Bond Construction Updates

The plans call for a stand-alone career and innovation academy that would be open to all high school students in the district. With curriculum rooted in real-world skills and trades ranging from automotive technology to computer science to aviation and aerospace, the facility would offer students a new kind of bridge into viable careers.

 Budget, Bond & Innovation Recommendations

2021 cherry creek diagram of budget, bond, and innovation reccomendations.  

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