What the money would pay for:
- The proposed
- The proposed mill levy override would seek voter approval to not raise taxes but would re-direct a portion of the 2005 override for operations instead of repaying certificates of participation the district issued for capital needs. Of the
The board will hold a special meeting at
Questions for the
Since January, the board has whittled a large list of capital needs to bring before voters. Without the charter school, the proposal now includes building the K-8 school for about 1,225 students and an elementary school in the
The board approved the Trail Ridge charter application
During Thursday's public discussion, Harold asked the five-member board whether they wanted to start the conversation with or without the charter school included.
Harold, board secretary
"If we have programs that are for the benefit of our children . and we as a district don't invest in the program, that seems problematic to me," Moore said.
Harold said when the board provisionally approved the charter application, it stipulated that questions about finances and the educational plan must be answered before the application was finalized.
"Those are two big issues, and moving forward without solid plans, I felt this wasn't the right time to include it in the bond," Harold said Friday.
"As a board, we believe our district needs a charter high school because we have four K-8's, and we need somewhere for students to go. But not knowing what the charter was going to look like exactly made it hard for us to ask voters to approve it."
"I think it's a tough decision for the board," he said. "I think they're very aware of what is needed and is best for all kids, which is what we're supporting. We want to make sure every kid has an opportunity to choose their educational path with D-49."
Organizers will work to get the charter high school off the ground by providing financial and educational details to the D-49 board by
The school could open in fall of 2015 or 2016, Franko said.
"I don't see this decision as a setback, but as an opportunity to move forward on a different path," he said.
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