WHERE WE'VE BEEN

History & Process

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

To ensure that we're meeting the facility needs critical to our students' learning environments, as well as ensure that we are responsive and proactive to the growth of our community, our Board of Education collaborates hand-in-hand with members of our community.

This is done through a variety of ways, including the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, the Bond Steering Committee, Design Advisory Committee, regular demographer reports, community meetings, and community surveys. The Board uses the recommendations, data, and information provided by these groups to make thoughtful decisions that will impact our community for generations.

LONG RANGE PLANNING

We thoughtfully plan decades in advance to ensure that our students' learning needs are met.

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 21 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.



DESIGN PRINCIPLES

The following principles were developed by the Bond Vision Committee to guide the Design Advisory Committee conversations.

1. Environment

2. Configuration

3. Flexibility

4. Outdoor Learning & Building Exterior


DESIGNING LEARNING SPACES

Community input has been and will continue to be a critical component in 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.


Taking the community feedback into consideration, the Bond Steering Committee met in June to develop a final recommendation for the Board that included the following projects for a total package of $294M:

  • Two new elementary schools

  • A new 1,200-student middle school

  • An addition on Severance Middle School

  • An addition on Severance High School

  • A new Career and Technical Education Center at Severance High School

  • An expansion at Windsor Charter Academy

  • Repair and replacements at schools across the district

BOARD OF EDUCATION

At the June 20 work session, the Board of Education received recommendations from the Bond Steering Committee, and listened to presentations on the bond survey results and taxpayer impact. The Board decided to meet again on June 24 to fully discuss all of the information.

After careful consideration and thoughtful discussion, the Board provided direction to continue moving forward with the 2022 bond measure in line with the recommendations from the Bond Steering Committee with two exceptions: a new 900-student middle school and a refined list of building repairs and replacements. This reduced the bond package from $294M as recommended by the Bond Steering Committee to $271M.

At its August 15 meeting, the Board of Education approved the placement of a $271M bond measure and $5M mill levy override on the November 8, 2022, general election ballot.

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.

Election Results

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.

Election Results

Yes/For - 47.98% - 5,859

No/Against - 52.02% - 6,352