Our school district has been growing for years and it appear this trend will continue. There might be some years of neutral grown, but there will be other years where growth with jump. As a school district we need to plan for the future and be prepared for this growth before it happens to ensure we have seats for every student in our district. The ten year plan suggests two new schools to address the projected growth.
This year the Lewis-Palmer school district closed open enrollment for new students from outside the district. This resulted in curbing growth this year; but it will not solve our long term problems of continuing growth within the district. Adding modulars in front of Lewis-Palmer middle school did provide a short term “bandaid” to address overcrowding; however, it will not solve the issue.
The facts are clear; growth is going to continue. We can ignore it and cause the children to suffer or we can prepare for it and come up with a solution which will allow the district to start building a new school and minimize the impacts to our community. Understand it will take 18 months for a new school to be built. So we need approval now for a new school to be ready for the fall of 2021. We need to plan ahead.
Our school board heard the community’s voice clearly with last year's vote. This year they have addressed many of the concerns people had with the last bond and put together a bond everyone can support. I encourage you to get the facts. TLtalks.com has devoted a page on their website to document the facts around the bond.
This year's bond does not have confusing verbiage and makes it clear where the money will be spent. One bond, one school; that’s it, nothing else. Also the bond is designed to not increase the overall residential school property taxes. How is that possible? Get the facts.
We will be doing multiple podcasts in the future to answer many of the questions our community has around the 2019 bond. We will explain how a new elementary school in Jackson creek will address overcrowding in the middle school, how a new charter high school out East will not address our capacity issues in Monument, how a bond, which is a tax increase, will not raise your overall tax bill for schools, and why remodeling the Grace Best campus was not an option.
We will provide all the facts and you can decide if we need a new school in Jackson Creek.
Thanks for supporting our kids,