In November 2008 Aurora voters approved a $215 million bond issue to fund building and technology improvements throughout the district. The bond construction program will provide approximately $201 million for building improvements and nearly $14 million for technology. Construction will be completed over a five-year period, beginning in 2009 and ending in 2015....
At the Oct. 7 meeting, the APS Board of Education recognized the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for their valuable contribution in overseeing the 2008 bond program.
Under the guidance of the committee, comprised of Aurora community members, business leaders and district staff, APS has completed bond projects on time, and in many cases, under budget.
Due to careful financial management and a competitive construction market, APS has added more than $35 million in savings to the bond program to invest in dozens of additional construction and technology projects.
APS will complete the majority of bond projects by summer 2015, with any remaining bond funds budgeted for capacity improvement and facility repair projects.
Aurora Public Schools has completed work on several bond projects over the summer:
- Roof repairs and building renewal at Peoria Elementary
- A two-classroom addition and roof repairs at Sixth Avenue Elementary
- Roof repairs at Vaughn Elementary
- New 8-classroom mobiles at Mrachek Middle School and Vista PEAK Exploratory P-8
- Heating, air conditioning and building repairs at Gateway High School
In addition to construction projects, the bond is funding more than $20 million in technology improvements, including new computers, network and wireless upgrades, and cutting-edge classroom technology.
Bond and mill levy funds approved by voters in 2008 and 2012 are benefitting every student in Aurora Public Schools.
To learn more about APS bond and mill levy projects, view the 2012-13 Bond/Mill Levy Community Report.
Thanks to energy efficiency projects funded by the 2008 bond program and a strong commitment to energy conservation, APS continues to realize a compounding effect on its energy savings. This year, the district expects to save more than $850,000 in energy costs due to incremental improvements made since 2007.
In addition, APS expects to earn Xcel Energy rebates of more than $100,000 for the 2013-14 school year. Since 2007, APS has earned more than $900,000 in rebates from Xcel Energy’s business incentive programs. The district expects to exceed $1 million in total rebates by the end of this school year. APS earned the incentives by installing high efficiency heating, air conditioning and lighting systems in its schools.