RESOLUTION 2016-35

 

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF WELD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-3J BALLOT INITIATIVES TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR LOCAL EDUCATION

 

           WHEREAS, the Weld County School District Re-3J Board of Education is a public entity that provides educational services to children in the Weld County School District Re-3J, including the communities of Lochbuie, Hudson, Keenesburg, Prospect Valley, and Roggen; and

 

           WHEREAS, the State of Colorado has faced multiple years of budget shortfalls resulting in more than $1 billion in cuts and lost funding to K-12 over the past six years; and

 

          WHEREAS, despite slight increases in K-12 spending, Colorado school districts continue to experience financial difficulties due to persistent economic constraints, declines in revenues and increases in fixed costs such as insurance, fuel and utilities;

 

           WHEREAS, reduced funding is directly impacting the district’s ability to provide meaningful educational opportunities for all students and to implement existing and proposed education initiatives; and

 

           WHEREAS, Weld Re-3J Ballot Question 3F for a bond proposal will provide funding for:

  • Upgrading safety and security in school buildings;
  • Improving school buildings by repairing and/or replacing outdated lighting, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems and roofs to reduce energy costs, extend the life of existing buildings, and reduce costly emergency repairs;
  • Improving instructional spaces to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction and provide early childhood and full-day kindergarten spaces;
  • Constructing, furnishing and equipping a new elementary school in Lochbuie, rebuilding, renovating, furnishing and equipping Hudson Academy of Arts & Science, and constructing and equipping a new transportation facility in Keenesburg to improve safety and efficiency;
  • Making paving and concrete repairs district-wide and improving playgrounds at elementary schools; and

           WHEREAS, Weld Re-3J Ballot Question 3G for a Mill Levy Override will provide funding for:

  • Attracting and retaining quality teachers and reducing teacher turnover;
  • Replacing outdated textbooks and materials and updating instructional technology;
  • Properly funding the ongoing maintenance of district facilities to extend their useful life;
  • Restoring staffing levels to reduce class sizes and restore programming at elementary and secondary levels;
  • Providing full-day kindergarten; and
  • Restoring the district’s transportation fleet to improve safety and enhance reliability; and

           WHEREAS, Issue 3F, an investment of $1.97 per month per $100,000 of a home's actual value, will address $61 million in capital improvements, and Issue 3G, an investment of $2.29 per month per $100,000 of a home’s actual value, will provide $3.3 million annually in funding;

            WHEREAS, this increase in public education funding will significantly benefit the children of Weld County School District Re-3J by enabling the District to better provide educational facilities and services to children in the District;

 

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees of the Town of Keenesburg, Colorado officially declares its support of Weld County School District Re-3J Ballot Questions 3F and 3G to increase property tax rates for the purpose of increasing funding of public education in Weld County School District Re-3J

 

INTRODUCED, READ, and ADOPTED this 19th day of September, 2016.

 

           

                                                                                    TOWN OF KEENESBURG, COLORADO

 

 

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                                                                                    Danny Kipp, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

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Toni Pearl, Town Clerk