The majority of voters in the Cherry Creek School District have voted their support for ballot issues 3A and 3B, measures that will give the district critical funds needed to provide students with the innovative opportunities needed to be successful in college and careers.
"We are very grateful that the community has once again shown its confidence in the Cherry Creek School District's vision of excellence for all students," Board of Education President Randy Perlis said. "This is an exciting time for realizing the true purpose of public education – to ensure that every child has the resources needed and the opportunity to help them become successful in whatever they choose to do."
Issue 3A, the budget override for operating expenses, will allow the district to:
- To protect class sizes consistent with educational programs,
- To recruit and retain a quality teaching staff for students,
- To provide new instructional materials and support for CCSD2021 goals.
- To provide students with the people, programming and other opportunities they will need to be college and career-ready.
- To provide instructional innovation with computers and other technology,
"We have a lot of work ahead of us," Superintendent Harry Bull said. "These funds will enable us to provide the resources and programming needed to prepare students for success in college, the workplace and beyond.
The passage of 3B authorizes the district to sell $250 million in bonds for renovations and new school construction, including:
- Every elementary school will receive $500,000, and every middle school will receive $750,000 to work collaboratively with their community to renovate space to support 21st-century innovation in learning,
- A stand-alone, central facility will be constructed and available to all Cherry Creek 11th- and 12th-grade students to ensure preparation for college and career in the 21st century. Potential areas of study are aligned with the Colorado Workforce Development Council and include: Automotive, Construction, Health, Hospitality, Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Aviation/Aerospace, and Computer Science.
- Information Systems upgrades will include: Wireless Network, Web Filtering and Firewall Systems and Data Center Upgrades,
- A new elementary school will be constructed to alleviate overcrowding at Pine Ridge, Coyote Hills, and Black Forest Hills.
- A new middle school will be constructed to alleviate overcrowding at Fox Ridge.
Major renovations include: A new special education Transition Center, a new gym at Cherry Creek Academy, Stutler Bowl track and turf replacement, Belleview Elementary/Campus Middle/Cherry Creek High traffic redesign, Horizon breezeway and upgrades to identified cafeterias.
"Tomorrow, we will start to work on fulfilling the promises we've made and on implementing our plans to build new schools and expand programming," Board Member Karen Fisher said.
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