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Community input on needs guides decision
In a unanimous vote, the Weld Re-3J Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday, Aug. 27 to place a mill levy override question on the November ballot. The District will seek voter approval in November for a $3.3 million mill levy override.
The mill levy override recommendation that the board of education approved was the result of a year-long effort in seeking community and staff input on needs, priorities, and budget reductions. Community and staff input was collected last fall and winter on strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities within the district. Themes were gleaned from the data to identify common needs and priorities across the six schools in the district. Community engagement was strong during a difficult spring season where budget reductions were debated and eventually approved.
The mill levy override provides operational dollars after more than five years of budget reductions due to the Great Recession. It calls for updating instructional materials and technology along with training and support, providing salaries and benefits for teachers and support staff that are competitive with regional school districts, maintaining and enhancing curricular and elective options at all levels, upgrading school security, and funding capital improvements/replacements which have been neglected for several years.
The District is anticipating a dramatic increase in Assessed Valuation due to the continuing expansion of the oil and gas industry. As a result, the average homeowner would see a decrease from $229 to $225 per year in taxes to the school district, even with the passage of the mill levy override.
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