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CCSD Board of Education hears election recommendation

Chart of projected per pupil state funding 2009-2016 

Excellence in the Cherry Creek School District has always been a moving target -- and it always moves up.

It’s a standard that shifts with the advent of new technology and the changing demands of our increasingly connected world. In the coming decades, excellence will mean connecting students with a brand new level of technology, innovation and preparation for the demands of the 21st century.

Members of the Cherry Creek Board of Education got a glimpse into that future during their regular meeting on March 14, as district officials presented the budget, bond and innovation recommendation. The presentation detailed the district’s anticipated facility, budget and programmatic needs through the year 2021, offering a framework for a budget and bond election that would go to the voters in November.

If approved by the Board of Education during their regular meeting in April, the bond and budget election would set an exciting course for the Cherry Creek School District for the coming decades. In addition to providing funding for a new elementary and middle school, a host of facility improvements and safety and security updates, the election would decide the future of a new approach to career education in Cherry Creek.

 

"Tonight, we set the course for the future of the Cherry Creek School District," Superintendent Dr. Harry Bull said before the presentation. "These recommendations are critical to the continued success of Cherry Creek and represent the next iteration of excellence for our students."

 

Specifically, the plans call for a stand-alone career and innovation academy that would be open to all high school students in the district. With curriculum rooted in real-world skills and trades ranging from automotive technology to computer science to aviation and aerospace, the facility would offer students a new kind of bridge into viable careers.

The building would not serve as a new high school, and it would not replace the existing Career and Technical Education programs across the district, which play an essential and important role in the education of hundreds of Cherry Creek students. Rather, the proposed facility would expand the district’s commitment to preparing students for the academic and professional demands of the 21st century.

In addition, some of the funds would be used to create customized spaces for innovation and collaboration in every elementary and middle school across the district.

 

  

The election would also go toward maintaining class size, attracting and retaining quality classroom teachers, and funding for important updates to the district’s security systems and technology. 

“Tonight, we set the course for the future of the Cherry Creek School District,” Superintendent Dr. Harry Bull said before the presentation. “These recommendations are critical to the continued success of Cherry Creek and represent the next iteration of excellence for our students.”

The election would come as Cherry Creek continues to face historic underfunding from the state of Colorado. Chief Financial Officer Guy Bellville pointed out that the district is being underfunded by $50 million annually; since 2008, $306 million has been withheld from Cherry Creek. In that context, the election would seek $23.9 million in a budget (mill levy override) issue, and $250 million in a bond issue. The cost for a home valued at $350,000 in the district would be approximately $8 per month.

The presentation incorporated input from the district’s Long-Range Facility Committee, as well as recommendations garnered during the Cherry Creek 2021 process. Cherry Creek 2021 engaged the entire community over an extended period to garner feedback about what students should know, understand and be able to do when they graduate.

That feedback played a large role in the information presented to the Board of Education regarding a potential bond and budget election. Associate Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried spoke about updates to the district’s graduation requirements, and how those changes would align with the renovations and new construction, and led to the career and innovation recommendations.

Planning Director David Strohfus explained that increasing enrollment in the Cherokee Trail High School feeder area calls for the construction of a new elementary and middle school.

Assistant Superintendent Sheila Graham also detailed a range of facility needs across Cherry Creek, including updates to Stutler Bowl, the Central Transportation Terminal, school cafeterias and updates to the HVAC systems across the district.

Together, these improvements would pave the way for a meaningful and relevant approach to education for students in the district, even as they took care of important, day-to-day needs. The combined effect impressed board members, who are set to vote on the bond and budget questions at their regular board meeting in April.

“This is one of the best presentations I’ve seen this district make,” said Board Member Dave Willman. “It’s amazing how quickly things have changed.”

 

Click on the image below to view Budget, Bond and Innovation Recommendation presentation to the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education.

2021 cherry creek schools outline for budget, bond and innovation reccomendation.

 

Posted 3/15/2016 1:32 PM
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