In November 2018, D38 had a Mill Levy Override (4A) and Bond (4B) on the ballot. The initiatives were both voted down, but the challenges that drove the need for the ballot measures are still facing the district. This page contains an archive of the campaign materials generated for the initiatives. Find more facts and data on the 2018 Bond and MLO ballot measures here: https://strongd38community.weebly.com/2018bondfaq.html
What is the difference between the MLO and Bond? Why do we need both?
Is the Mill Levy Override forever? Or does it sunset?
How much will this cost me?
How will we pay back the bonds? How much will it cost after 10 years of interest only payments?
How can the new elementary school and reverted middle school be ready by fall 2019?
Is the charter school included in the Bond and MLO Initiative? What about Monument Academy?
Is one elementary school even enough?
Who is paying for the Bond and MLO Campaign?
What about Seniors on a fixed income?
How can I be sure the money will be sued for what the school district has promised to fund?
The "Pro" Statement You Didn't Get to Read...
You may have noticed that there is no FOR statement in the El Paso County ballot flyer (aka "Blue Book"). One was submitted, on time, by a local homeowner, mother of 2 kids in Bear Creek Elementary School, and military spouse. However, there was an unexpected issue after the deadline and the statement could not be used. Here is what she wrote...
PRO for Ballot Measure 4A 7-year Mill Levy Override for $1M per year
1. Threats to safety can come in the form of physical violence from outside sources, from other students, and even from students who seeks to harm themselves. Our current counselor to student ratio is 1:400, while the recommended ratio is 1:250. Across our nine school sites (5 elementary, 1 middle, 2 high school, 1 charter), we share only 4 security personnel.
2. Measure 4A is a balanced approach, addressing both prevention and real-time intervention, with 40% allocated to security, 40% allocated to wellness and 20% allocated to training. Having counselors available to intervene and interact with students before they reach a point of causing harm to themselves or others benefits the entire school. And additional security personnel mean faster response times and a full-time presence at more of our school buildings in the event a security issue arises.
3. Because the MLO sunsets in 7 years, it’s a time-limited investment in our schools and not something that will be paid by homeowners forever. The Board of Education has the option to not apply the MLO on a year-by-year basis over those 7 years, so if funding for security and wellness personnel is generated from other sources (such as the federal government or specific state initiatives), there could be years that it is not applied at all.
4. The community overwhelmingly supports making security improvements at schools including increasing the number of security officers and wellness staff in the district (82% agree, based on Hill Research Consultants May 2018 poll). Truly supporting the safety of our students is something that can only be done proactively and preventatively and voting yes for 4A is the best way to protect our kids. 4A is a smart investment in our kids and our community.
PRO for Ballot Measure 4B $36.5M Bond
1. The Tri-Lakes area is one of the fastest growing spots in the state of Colorado. We’ve added 500 students to our school district since 2013 and are projected to add another 1800 in the next 10 years. Our one 7th & 8th grade middle school is over capacity, with large class sizes and crowded hallways and common areas. All of our elementary schools are nearing capacity.
2. As a district, we are at a critical point and the time for action is now. Our kids don’t get a do-over in their education!
3. Measure 4B is a well-researched, fiscally conservative plan that maximizes the use of existing district resources. Building an elementary school is a more cost effective alternative to constructing a new middle school (savings of over 50%).
4. The plan is fast, with new seats available for our students quickly. With infrastructure and land in place at the Bear Creek site and the design nearly complete, construction can start immediately, with doors ready to open fall 2019.
5. Construction of an elementary school adjacent to the middle school on the Bear Creek site was always part of the plan, going back to original construction of Creekside Middle in 2001. Now is the time to implement that plan!
6. With two middle schools in the district, grade levels will be realigned with 6-8 in the middle schools and K-5 in elementary buildings. We get desperately needed middle school seats immediately and by moving the 6th graders out of elementary, each of the five near-capacity district elementary buildings also gain seats. Building one new elementary on the Bear Creek site is quite simply the most cost effective way to provide the most amount of seats to the district as a whole, positively impacting every single elementary and middle school student in D38.
7. To accommodate the influx of students over the last several years, class sizes have been growing at all levels and buildings are very crowded. There is simply no more classroom space and some buildings have resorted to common areas being used for classes and teacher offices in closets. These crowded learning environments are detrimental to our kids and have a negative impact on the quality of their education.
8. Overcrowded classes make the district less desirable for teachers, meaning hiring and retaining great staff is more challenging. To continue to maintain the high level of excellence D38 is known and awarded for, we must provide more capacity for students. 9. The physical security upgrades included in Measure 4B benefit all of the school sites in the district. Adding things like security cameras and more secure entries make our buildings as secure as possible for our children.
10. The collaboration with the district charter school, Monument Academy, is a win for everyone. Constructing a district-owned gymnasium adjacent to MA’s planned 6-12th campus shows partnership with our D38 charter yet maintains accountability and oversight to the D38 taxpayer. It’s a smart collaboration that not only supports our MA students, but will be an asset and resource for the entire community.
11. D38 is one of the highest performing school districts in the state, and its excellence is cited as one of the primary draws to our area. Our community overwhelmingly agrees that having good schools in the district keeps our local economy strong (90% of voters agree, based on Hill Research Consultants May 2018 poll). Voting yes on 4B to invest in our schools and our kids will not only keep them strong, but keeps our entire community strong.