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FOR RELEASE Immediately
September 20, 2006

For further information contact:         
Bruce Caughey
303-762-8762; 303-762-8697 (fax)

Schools Seek Over $1 Billion in Construction Bonds
2006 Colorado Bond and Budget Election Summary

Voters in 14 school districts will decide on whether to approve more than a billion dollars for school construction bonds this fall. Last year, only a quarter of that amount found its way onto ballots across the state (the lowest number since 1991). The funds are needed to build new schools and additions as well as to maintain existing facilities and take care of other capital needs.

"While a billion dollars represents a significant total dollar amount for construction funding, it doesn’t come close to matching the need that districts face, especially in the more rural areas," said CASE Executive Director John Hefty. "Many districts are unable to raise taxes even to maintain existing schools."

Twenty school districts are seeking mill levy overrides to help with day to day operating funds. These funds will support district efforts to improve student achievement focusing on literacy, mathematics, technology, and the ability to hire highly qualified teachers and expand course offerings.  

County District Amt. Requested
Adams Brighton 27J  $89M
Adams Commerce City 14 $78M
Adams Westminster 50 $98.6M
Arapahoe Sheridan 2 $12.865M
Boulder/Broomfield Boulder County Re-2 $296.8M
Douglas Douglas County Re-1 $200M
Eagle Eagle County Re-50 $128M
El Paso Lewis-Palmer 38 $57M
Garfield Garfield Re-2 $74.9M
Garfield Garfield 16 $35M
Grand West Grand 1-JT $11.5M
Larimer Park R-3 $22.4M
Montrose West End Re-2 $.248M
Routt Steamboat Springs Re-2 $29.7M



Mill Levy Overrides
County District Amt. Requested
Adams Commerce City 14 $.458M
Arapahoe Sheridan 2 $1M
Baca Campos Re-6 $.15M
Douglas Douglas County Re-1 $5M
El Paso Lewis-Palmer 38 $2M and .362M for Monument Academy
El Paso Manitou Springs 14 $1M
Elbert Limon Public Schools $.25M
Garfield Garfield Re-2 $1.6M
Gilpin Gilpin County Re-1 $.271M
Grand East Grand 2 $.6M
Larimer Park R-3 $.74M
Larimer Thompson R-2J $4.15M with a cap of 6.73M
Las Animas Primero Re-2 $.3M
Montezuma Mancos Re-6 $.0578M
Montezuma Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 $1.589M
Routt Steamboat Springs Re-2 $.6M first 2 years, increase $.025 per year until it caps out at .8M expires 2015
San Miguel Telluride $.408M
Weld Ault Highland Re-9 $.9M
Weld Fort Lupton $3.095M
Weld Prairie $.075M



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Established in 1969, the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) is an organization of more than 2,000 school administrators committed to improving student achievement through promoting and building quality education leadership in all Colorado schools.


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