"After $40 million in budget reductions for the last four years, we will no longer be able to sustain and strengthen the excellence that the Cherry Creek School District is known for without a voter-approved budget override," Board President Jennifer Churchfield said when calling for the initiatives. "This election is critical to making a difference in the lives of more than 51,000 students."
According to the Cherry Creek School District, the bond election was recommended by the district's Long Range Facility Planning Committee, a group of citizens and district employees, after it completed a Five-Year Needs Assessment, covering 2012 to 2017.
The budget election will provide $25 million for operating expenses to:
• Maintain class size
• Provide curriculum and instruction necessary for success in college and the workplace
• Continue the district's commitment to academic excellence
• Utilize technology to ensure student success in the 21st century
The bond election will provide $125 million for long-term costs, including:
• Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focused classrooms
• Renovations and building additions across the district
• New technology
• Safety and security
The tax impact for someone who owns a $300,000 home will be an additional $96 in property taxes for the year.
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