All students deserve safe, secure, modern schools.
SAFETY & SECURITY
Most of of our schools are decades old and operate with outdated life safety systems. Aging fire alarms and sprinkler systems need to be replaced. If a fire were to break out, the amount of water available at many schools does not meet current code. This bond will update or replace these systems so that all schools are brought up to current life safety code standards.
Meanwhile, the majority of our schools were built before the Columbine tragedy. This means they do not have modern security systems designed to better protect students and staff in the event of an emergency. This bond will enhance security at all schools by creating secure entry points, adding new security cameras and automatic locking systems.
Our District has seen tremendous growth in the past 20 years. The addition of full day Kindergarten along with class size reductions mandated by the State has created chronic overcrowding in our schools.
Currently, 25% of Elementary instruction takes place in portable classrooms, which are less secure and more expensive to maintain. Over half of Elementary schools have been forced to eliminate science and other specialist classrooms to accommodate regular classrooms, resulting in science being taught from mobile carts. This decreases learning time for students and robs teachers of proper resources.
This problem will only get worse, as the District projects 22 more classrooms are needed by 2020. This bond will build a new Elementary school and add permanent classrooms space at our most overcrowded schools.
Many of our schools have outdated heating systems that frequently break down. Parts are often unavailable or no longer manufactured, resulting in the District purchasing replacement parts, if they can find them, from services like eBay. This costs extra money and offers no quality controls.
Several schools have deteriorating roofs that frequently leak, leading to water intrusion that destroys insulation, damages interior walls and creates conditions for mold growth.
This bond will upgrade or replace all failing HVAC systems and roofs across the District. New, more efficient systems will save taxpayer dollars on operating and maintenance costs - money that can then be redirected into the classrooms where it belongs.