by Lisa Crockett
Douglas County School District is looking for much-needed funds and is asking voters to bolster their bank accounts by approving a four mill increase in the upcoming election. In August, the School Board decided to place a $395 million bond and $17 million override measure on the November ballot.
The override measure, which will be called “3A” on the ballot, will provide funding for student achievement improvement, work force recruitment and retention, improvements for technology at all schools and necessary means to respond to continued student enrollment growth. The bond issue, which will be called “3B” on the ballot, will provide funding for the construction of 10 new elementary schools, renovations and repairs to existing buildings and improvements to the District’s technology infrastructure.
In a letter to the Douglas County community, School Superintendent Jim Christensen asked for support of the measures.
“Our goal is for 100% of DCSD graduates to be prepared for college or the workforce,” he stated. “We must maintain student achievement, improve technology, and continue to provide opportunities for all students. Additional resources are necessary to accomplish these goals.”
The District made its decision to call for the funding increase after careful consideration of how voters would react. Voters approved bond measures in 2003 and 2006.
“We are one of this community’s most valuable assets – providing a positive impact on home values, ensuring students achieve, and preparing a future generation to give back and lead,” stated Christensen. Learn more at www.dcsdk12.org.