2016 Bond and Mill Levy Override

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Funding for New Schools Approved

PSD’s 2016 bond, which was approved by voters in November 2016, will pay for planned construction and school improvements.

PSD voters approved a $375 million bond to build three new schools — a new middle/high school in Wellington, and an elementary and middle/high school east of I-25 — as well as an athletic complex, transportation facility renovation, and addition to Zach Elementary School. The bond will also fund $40 million of improvements to every existing school. The $8 million Mill Levy Override will pay for operating costs of the new buildings.  

Litigation delayed efforts but was resolved in August 2018 (see the "PSD prevails in litigation" news release here). PSD's Board of Education will issue general obligation bonds as soon as possible to finance the capital construction.

    2016 Bond

    Timelines for new schools have been revised but are subject to change (see anticipated opening dates below). For more information about the revised plan, see:

    New Construction: $313 million - Anticipated opening dates noted below. 


    Ongoing Facilities Improvements: $40 million - to begin as soon as bonds are sold and funding is available

    • School-based requests: $12 million       

    • Critical deferred maintenance: $28 million

     All school / facility improvements requests are listed in this pdf document.

     Bond Financing Package: $375 million (no increase to current tax rate)

    • New Schools/Addition: $295.6 million

    • New Athletic Complex: $6.225 million

    • Renovated Transportation Facility: $11.3 million

    • Ongoing Facilities Improvements: $40 million

    • Bond Issue Expenses: $2 million

    • Bond Project Coordination: $7.875 million

    • Bond Project Reserve: $12 million


    2016 Mill Levy

    Operational Mill Levy: $2 million - $8 million (phased in over two years)

    • Start-up costs for new buildings

    • Centrally-funded instructional staff salaries (principals, assistant principals, Integrated Services coordinators, ELL staff, mental health staff, SROs etc.)

    • Facilities staff salaries (custodial, grounds workers, etc)

    • Materials and equipment for start up

    • Technology refresh costs associated with growth