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 2013....
With the 2008 bond program nearing an end, APS has identified an additional savings of $5 million in the bond fund available for new projects.
During the last few months, several key district groups have reviewed and prioritized the district’s construction needs to determine the best use for these funds. The review process identified an urgent need for more classroom space to meet student enrollment and program growth. Nearly two-thirds of APS elementary and P-8/K-8 schools are more than 95 percent full, and many are expected to be over capacity in the next few years.
Based on the recommendations of the APS Citizens Bond Oversight Committee and Leadership Team, the Board of Education has approved the expenditure of the $5 million in bond savings to create capacity for additional students at schools throughout the district. The funds will be used to purchase or relocate classroom mobiles at schools with capacity needs over the next six years.
In spring 2010, the Board of Education authorized $29 million in bond savings for dozens of additional construction projects. The $5 million authorized by the board for capacity projects brings the total bond program savings to $34 million. For more information about bond projects, visit bond.aurorak12.org.
The bond and mill levy programs approved by Aurora voters in 2008 are funding more than $20 million in technology improvements throughout the district. Since 2008, APS has tripled the number of computers and technology devices used by students and staff.
The bond-funded technology renewal program provides annual funds to APS schools and sites to ensure that students and staff benefit from the most current technology. Other bond technology projects include network and application upgrades, wireless expansion and a digital Voice-over Internet Protocol telephone network.
The 2008 mill levy includes funds to support innovative instructional technology as well as APS charter school technology.