Nov. 15, 2016
I can think of no better way to formally kick off this letter to the entire
Cherry Creek School District community, which showed its generosity and its
genuine investment in our future when it collectively passed ballot measures 3A
and 3B earlier this month.
To review, budget measure 3A raises $23.9 million in order to maintain class
size, recruit and retain quality classroom teachers and continue to prepare our
54,000-plus students for college and career success. Bond measure 3B raises
$250 million to upgrade technology, provide innovation areas in all schools,
expand professional training through a state-of-the-art career academy and
upgrade safety and security systems across the district. The measure will also
fund the construction of a new elementary school to alleviate overcrowding at
Pine Ridge, Coyote Hills and Black Forest Hills, as well as the construction of
a new middle school to alleviate overcrowding at Fox Ridge.
We know that both measures represented a significant commitment for the
community. We are humbled and grateful that voters in the district supported
these measures that will directly and significantly deepen our students’
education and expand their options from first grade to their senior year in
high school. Amid all the noise and distractions of a chaotic election season,
our community showed their support for an exciting vision for the future of the
Cherry Creek School District, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Their decision will have meaningful results for every student in the district.
Every elementary school is going to have the opportunity as a community to make
decisions about creating innovation spaces, places where kids can learn and
interact in new ways. Every middle school is going to have the same
opportunity. The capstone of this project will be our Career and Innovation
Academy, where we’re going to be able to prepare all of our children for the
work that they’re looking forward to in the future. That means if they want to
go to college, we’re going to give them greater hands-on experiences before
they get to college. If they want to go into a career right out of high school,
we’re going to prepare them so they have advantages as they leave the Cherry
Creek School District to go into that career.
These measures will come along with the important work of remaining true to our
core values. That means keeping class sizes small and making sure every one of
our buildings meets important maintenance standards. It means investing in the
latest technology and upgrades when it comes to security systems. It means
making sure our cafeterias, recreation spaces and other facilities meet the
needs of all of our students.
Less than two weeks after the election, we’re still in the early phases of
implementing these plans for Cherry Creek. Even so, our dedicated staff has
done its homework, and progress will come at a steady and noticeable pace. In
the first quarter of 2017, we will put our bonds out online for a competitive
bidding process. We’ve identified two parcels of land for our new elementary
and middle school, and the search is on for the site that will eventually host
our Career and Innovation Academy.
It’s a great time to be in the Cherry Creek School District, and that’s largely
because of the vision, the generosity and the sacrifices of our community. I
thank you for your support, and I reassure you that the promise that we made to
you, our community, is one we are committed to fulfilling.
Harry C. Bull, Jr.
Office of the Superintendent