FIND OUT WHERE EVERY DOLLAR ENDS UP
For the monthly cost of a Netflix account, our school board has asked voters for a Bond and Mill Levy to repair our schools, equip our kids, and rebuild the Grand Valley's future. See where every dollar is going and find out how your neighborhood schools benefit.
$3.2 MILLION FOR FIVE ADDITIONAL SCHOOL CONTACT DAYS
Our kids go to school the legal minimum of 162 days each year. Across Colorado and the nation, the average is 180 instructional days. This means that over a career spanning K – 12, a kid in our district will receive one year less instructional time than the average student. Adding 5 instructional days to our calendar will greatly benefit kids.
$2 MILLION FOR CURRICULUM MATERIALS (BOOKS AND DIGITAL)
As the result of the budget cuts in 2010 and 2011, the District has had no budget line item to purchase curriculum materials. We have books in use that were printed in the 1990’s. Teachers are often tasked with sourcing their own materials and then printing copies for students. The Board of Education thinks it is time to invest annually in curriculum materials, both paper and digital, that are up-to-date and to provide modest amounts of training of staff in the use of the new materials.
$300 THOUSAND TO SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY
Currently, District 51 operates with minimal IT support staff. For example, the District has one IT technician to support every 1500 devices. Although managing with these numbers, if the bond is successful and District 51 doubles the number of devices in classrooms, District 51 will need to hire staff to support the new devices and provide training on their use.
$1 MILLION FOR ONGOING SCHOOL REPAIRS
District 51’s current capital budget for repairs is $950,000 to cover 45 buildings with 2.8 million square feet of space. This sum is not sufficient to even replace the failing HVAC system at Palisade High School. The Board of Education decided to ask for $1M in additional money each year to supplement the current budget amount so that our staff is better able to keep up with repair and maintenance needs of schools.
$40 MILLION TO REPLACE ORCHARD MESA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Orchard Mesa Middle School needs to be replaced. It is unsafe and falling down. Every aspect of the school’s dilapidated infrastructure needs a complete overhaul which would cost at least $29,000,000, and the District would still have an old building. Replacing OMMS is the only fiscally responsible thing to do. OMMS is the same vintage as the old Bookcliff Middle School which the community replaced as the result of a bond effort in 2004.
$55 MILLION FOR PRIORITY ONE MAINTENANCE/REPAIRS
The $30,000,000 of budget cuts made by the District in 2010 and 2011 were the result of the recommendations by a committee of community members with the goal of cutting items that were “away” from classroom instruction. As a result, the brick and mortar part of District 51 has not seen the repair and maintenance investment needed over the last several years. Our schools average 44 years of age and need help. This sum represents the cost to address only the “priority one” issues. An itemized list of individual school repairs has been assembled by the District and approved by the Board of Education so that the community knows specifically what this $55M will be spent on.
$11 MILLION FOR TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM
Currently, District 51 has one computer device for every 3.2 students. This $11M will be spent to purchase additional devices for use in classrooms, bringing District 51 to a ratio of one device for every 2 students.
$2.5 MILLION FOR SECURITY IN SCHOOLS
The security needs of our schools are vast considering the age of our schools. We will greatly improve the situation by using this $2.5M to install keyless entries and security cameras, and to build secure vestibules at the entries of elementary schools.
$5 MILLION FOR GYM AT DUAL IMMERSION ACADEMY
DIA is the only school in District 51 without a gym. The students at DIA use the outside blacktop area for gym class and recess year around. The addition of the DIA gym will be an asset for the entire Riverside community.
$5 MILLION FOR AUXILIARY GYM AT PALISADE HIGH SCHOOL
Palisade High School is the only high school in the District without a second gym. Palisade athletic teams now use schools located across the valley for daily practices. Athletic teams now use Palisade’s single gym starting very early (6:00 AM) each morning and long into the night.