"I just can't say thank you strongly enough to the voters of Denver for investing in our schools, investing in our kids," Tom Boasberg, Denver Public Schools Superintendent, said.
Denver voters approved a $466 million bond issue for capital projects and a $49 million mill levy override to expand enrichment programs and student support services. The result will be increase in property taxes for about $140 for the year on a $220,000 home.
"It sends a very strong message about the value that our community places on our schools, and I think the confidence that they have in Denver Public Schools," Boasberg said.
In Cherry Creek, voters approved a $125 million bond issue for renovations and a $25 million mill levy override to offset cuts in previous years. The impact is about $96 more in property taxes for the year on a $300,000 home.
Four years ago, Jefferson County lost both ballot questions. This year, voters approve a $99 million bond issue for maintenance projects and a $39 million mill levy override to keep programs such as elementary school orchestra or school teacher-librarians. The increase is about $44 for the year on a $300,000 home.
Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson is grateful for the public support.
"They thought about our kids. They thought about our traditions of excellence. Our great teachers, our great leaders and we're ready to move ahead," Stevenson said.
She says the campaign's strategy of a "ground-based" approach helped win the election this time.
"We had an incredible election committee," Stevenson said. "They had volunteers in every part of the county, in every neighborhood, in every community, from every age group."
Aurora Schools is celebrating a victory in its ballot measure of a $15 million mill levy override to increase classroom budgets. The Sheridan School District passed its $6.5 million bond issue allowing it to receive a $23 million grant from the state to build a new state-of-the-art school facility. Voters in the Greeley-Evans School District passed its $8.2 million bond issue to build a new school.
In the St. Vrain Valley School District, the $14.8 million bond issue was leading late Tuesday night.
Boasberg is excited that school districts around the state are getting the help that they asked for.
"We're headed in the right direction," Boasberg said.
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