WHERE WE'VE BEEN
History & Process
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
We thoughtfully plan decades in advance to ensure that our students' learning needs are met.
To facilitate this work, we collaborate hand-in-hand with members of our community through the Long Range Facility Planning Committee. This committee provides recommendations to the Board of Education on growth trends within the district and the need for new or remodeled facilities.
At its March 20 presentation to the Board of Education, the Long Range Facility Planning Committee identified that:
Previous recommendations — two new elementary schools, move and expand WMS, expand SMS, and expand SHS to include Career & Technical Education offerings — are still valid, but may not be feasible.
The district is experiencing core capacity issues that impact students.
Potential charter school interest may help alleviate capacity concerns.
There is need to reinvest in existing campuses to extend building life.
Creative scheduling options need to be explored as a way to address capacity challenges.
The district should explore other revenue options with local municipalities.
KEY REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
The following principles were developed by the Bond Vision Committee to guide the Design Advisory Committee conversations.
4. Outdoor Learning & Building Exterior
DESIGNING LEARNING SPACES
Community input has been and will continue to be a critical component to the design of our learning spaces.
The design for the projects outlined in the 2021 and 2022 bond requests began in 2019. A Bond Vision Committee was formed to provide input and recommendations on the potential new construction. The Bond Vision Committee then initiated a Design Advisory Committee (DAC) to support the detailed work on the future learning spaces.
The DAC worked to build on the educational purpose of the buildings constructed and renovated during the 2016 bond, as well as design the elementary and middle school learning spaces to be proposed as part of a future bond package. This group of individuals was comprised of community members, teachers, and administrators. During the spring of 2021, the DAC once again met to revisit the plans for the schools to ensure modern and functional learning spaces.
2022 BOND STEERING COMMITTEE
In April 2022, we formed the Bond Steering Committee. This core committee is representative of the community and includes parents, business owners, Board Members, and teachers. The committee was provided updated information on growth and facility options to address demand. Then, members worked to develop four potential package options to bring before our community for input at a series of meetings. The committee regrouped in June to explore the community feedback and determine a final bond package for the Board to consider bringing before voters.
2021 ELECTION RECAP
Initially, we looked to bring a school funding measure before voters in the 2020 election. Given the uncertainty of the global pandemic, we made the conscious decision to postpone the initiative. On November 3, 2021, we asked residents to support two school funding measures: a bond and a mill; both measures failed to pass. In January 2022, the district engaged the community to better understand why 4A and 4B did not pass, and how the district could best move forward. This was completed through an online survey, two community meetings, and individual stakeholder interviews. The results were presented to the Board of Education at its February 21 meeting.
BALLOT MEASURE 4A: $3M MILL LEVY OVERRIDE
Address the staffing of two new elementary schools, as well as a proportionate share to Windsor Charter Academy.
Yes/For - 42.47% - 5,180
No/Against - 57.53% - 7,016
BALLOT MEASURE 4B: $179M BOND MEASURE
Address overcrowding across the district by building new facilities and expand/update current facilities, including two new elementary schools, new middle school to replace Windsor Middle School, an addition to Severance Middle School, a Career & Technical Education center for Severance High School, existing building facility maintenance, and an expansion at Windsor Charter Academy.
Yes/For - 47.98% - 5,859
No/Against - 52.02% - 6,352