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CCSD Board of Education approves call for budget and bond election in the fall

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The Cherry Creek School District Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the call for a budget and bond election in the fall that would help offset a looming $60 million deficit.

The Board unanimously approved the proposed election measures during their regular meeting on Aug. 3. The decision to call for a budget election in November comes as the Cherry Creek School District faces catastrophic funding cuts from the state. The Cherry Creek School District is facing a $60 million budget deficit over the next two years. This loss of revenue will be even greater than cuts the district saw during the Great Recession in 2008, and would pose serious risks to the district’s ability to deliver on its promise of excellence for every child.

The Board approved an election plan that reflects months’ worth of discussion and input directly from members of the CCSD community, including Budget Task Force and Council of Chairs, two volunteer committees made up of parents, teachers, administrators, district staff, students and other CCSD stakeholders. Specifically, the Board approved a call for a budget election to raise $35 million for operational expenses to stave off some of the worst impacts of the budget deficit, and a $150 million bond election for costs including deferred maintenance, security upgrades, innovation-focused renovations at our high schools, a mental health treatment facility and a potential new school in the eastern part of the district to alleviate overcrowding.

The combined impact of the measures for homeowners in the district would total $1.65 per month for every $100,000 of home value.

“The structure of this bond and budget election reflects feedback from every corner of the Cherry Creek School District community,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried. “Thanks to their hard work and insights, we’ve come up with a plan that will allow us to meet the unprecedented challenges of the moment.”

If approved by voters, the bond and budget measures would help stave off some of the worst impacts of state budget cuts already finalized for the 2020-21 school year, and further, more significant reductions planned for the 2021-22 school year.

“We are giving our voters the opportunity to approve the bond and budget questions in November, and thus save hundreds of jobs in the district,” said CCSD Board President Karen Fisher. “It is our duty to allow our constituents to weigh in with their vote.”

District officials have already identified more than $14 million in savings through measures that include a reduction in Central Office support personnel and administrators, a reduction in front office staff supports centrally and in schools, the elimination of in-person professional development and all staff travel, the implementation of strict energy saving guidelines at all buildings and furlough days for staff across the district.

For more information about the budget measures and status, visit the district’s Planning Forward Budget Page.

Posted 8/5/20 at 3:30 PM