Elizabeth School Board members are eagerly awaiting this year’s Election Day — and with good reason. Since Aug. 21 at the its regularly scheduled …
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Elizabeth School Board members are eagerly awaiting this year’s
Election Day — and with good reason.
Since Aug. 21 at the its regularly scheduled meeting, the board
decided to place a $1.2 million override measure on the Nov. 4
ballot. The board is asking Elizabeth voters to approve a 7.034
mill levy override to add funding to the Elizabeth C-1 School
Ballot initiative 3A will cost Elizabeth residents $4.67 per
month per $100,000 of actual home value. But board members believe
the benefits will out-weigh the costs.
Ballot initiative 3A is broken down into three areas. The
majority of the money, 86 percent, will be used for retaining and
attracting high-quality teachers, counselors and support staff. Ten
percent will be used for providing students with the necessary
curriculum and instruction needed for success in college and the
workplace, and 4 percent will be used for technology upgrades to
also promote student success.
Dan Hill is the school board secretary and he said with the
school districts existing available salary for teachers, the
district loses 30-40 teachers per year. He said because neighboring
districts have better resources and higher salaries, it is hard for
the district to keep teachers.
“We don’t try to compare ourselves to Douglas County or Cherry
Creek districts because there is no comparison,” he said. “But when
we compare our district to the smaller districts like Woodland
Park, we are still below them.”
Hill said because the district loses so many teachers per year,
it is losing the core of the experienced teachers. He said it is
important for young, talented teachers to have mentors and be
taught beyond the textbooks. Ballot initiative 3A will give
administrators the resources to attract new teachers to the
district by allowing for more comparable pay and also help retain
Hill said if 3A is passed, the schools’ technology also will be
improved by allowing students to use up-to-date computers, better
software and the latest textbook materials.
“We have to think competitively and we have to have the
technology to benefit the kids,” he said.
The school board was sensitive to today’s economic situation and
is making it clear to taxpayers what the goals are in the ballot
For more information on ballot initiative 3A, visit www.esdmlevy.org.
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