In 2010, PSD voters supported a $16 million annual mill levy for specific educational purposes in schools and the district. The impact to taxpayers was phased in over three years from 2011-2013.
Schools receive 2010 mill levy funds each year to support student instruction and academic excellence. Resources provide teachers with professional development and collaborative time for curriculum development work. Mill money has improved technology resources for students and staff at all schools. Teaching and other instructional positions (previously lost to budget cuts) were also restored by mill dollars to increase learning opportunities for students.
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2010 Mill levy money supports:
- School Allocations - $6.1 million allocated annually to schools to restore teaching positions (previously lost to budget cuts) or add staffing, and provide resources to support academic achievement. School plans may include components for physical education, wellness and support for whole child instruction, including specials such as music, art and gifted and talented education.
- School Innovation Grants - $300,000 dedicated annually for schools to apply for grants. Schools can request up to $25,000 per application to support innovative programs that address at least one of the following: third-grade reading proficiency, annual academic growth, successful transitions and post-secondary readiness.
- Colorado standards implementation - $1 million in funding to give teachers time and collaborative opportunities to implement new Colorado content standards ($500,000) and develop common assessments to measure student progress, as well as ensure alignment of standards and 21st century skills integration ($500,000)
- Mentoring Program - $300,000 each year to support new teachers during their first two years to help them be successful.
- Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten Programs: $200,000 each year to Early Childhood Education programs and kindergarten tuition scholarships
Technology Refresh and Support
$6 million allocated annually to improve educational technology for students in all schools
Mill funds allow classrooms to have updated computers and other technology resources, giving students 21st century learning environments. Thousands of computers have been refreshed for students and staff; SmartBoards have been installed in many classrooms; and at the high school level, all students are given a device. Teachers receive professional development annually on technology applications and teaching tools, as well as on how to enhance student learning by using SmartBoards, Netbooks and laptops in lessons.
$1 million annually toward improving the district technology infrastructure
- Mill money supports the network and software, providing connectivity efficiency for the Internet and other applications, including the PSD website and Student Information System.
Workforce Development and College Readiness
* Concurrent Enrollment program - $200,000 for concurrent enrollment opportunities for students to take college classes. (Colorado statute requires districts to pay tuition for credit at a community college for concurrent enrollment classes students complete as part of their four-year high school plan or ICAP).
* School Innovation Grants - $300,000 dedicated annually for schools to apply for innovation grants. Schools can request up to $25,000 per application to support programs that address: third-grade reading proficiency, annual academic growth, successful transitions and/or post-secondary readiness.