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From the Desk of the Superintendent

Nov. 15, 2016

Thank you.

I can think of no better way to formally kick off this letter to the entire Cherry Creek School District community, which showed its generosity and its genuine investment in our future when it collectively passed ballot measures 3A and 3B earlier this month.

To review, budget measure 3A raises $23.9 million in order to maintain class size, recruit and retain quality classroom teachers and continue to prepare our 54,000-plus students for college and career success. Bond measure 3B raises $250 million to upgrade technology, provide innovation areas in all schools, expand professional training through a state-of-the-art career academy and upgrade safety and security systems across the district. The measure will also fund the construction of a new elementary school to alleviate overcrowding at Pine Ridge, Coyote Hills and Black Forest Hills, as well as the construction of a new middle school to alleviate overcrowding at Fox Ridge.

We know that both measures represented a significant commitment for the community. We are humbled and grateful that voters in the district supported these measures that will directly and significantly deepen our students’ education and expand their options from first grade to their senior year in high school. Amid all the noise and distractions of a chaotic election season, our community showed their support for an exciting vision for the future of the Cherry Creek School District, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Their decision will have meaningful results for every student in the district. Every elementary school is going to have the opportunity as a community to make decisions about creating innovation spaces, places where kids can learn and interact in new ways. Every middle school is going to have the same opportunity. The capstone of this project will be our Career and Innovation Academy, where we’re going to be able to prepare all of our children for the work that they’re looking forward to in the future. That means if they want to go to college, we’re going to give them greater hands-on experiences before they get to college. If they want to go into a career right out of high school, we’re going to prepare them so they have advantages as they leave the Cherry Creek School District to go into that career.

These measures will come along with the important work of remaining true to our core values. That means keeping class sizes small and making sure every one of our buildings meets important maintenance standards. It means investing in the latest technology and upgrades when it comes to security systems. It means making sure our cafeterias, recreation spaces and other facilities meet the needs of all of our students.

Less than two weeks after the election, we’re still in the early phases of implementing these plans for Cherry Creek. Even so, our dedicated staff has done its homework, and progress will come at a steady and noticeable pace. In the first quarter of 2017, we will put our bonds out online for a competitive bidding process. We’ve identified two parcels of land for our new elementary and middle school, and the search is on for the site that will eventually host our Career and Innovation Academy.

It’s a great time to be in the Cherry Creek School District, and that’s largely because of the vision, the generosity and the sacrifices of our community. I thank you for your support, and I reassure you that the promise that we made to you, our community, is one we are committed to fulfilling.

Harry C. Bull, Jr.

Office of the Superintendent

720-554-4262​​

 

"We are humbled and grateful that voters in the district supported these measures that will directly and significantly deepen our students’ education and expand their options from first grade to their senior year in high school."

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