Since the approval of ballot measure 3C, the $300 million bond measure in November, the APS Construction Management and Support Department has begun to develop the master project schedule and bond implementation timeline. The 2016 bond implementation timeline will be presented to the Board of Education for review and approval in February 2017.
The bond projects will fund facility, technology and security improvements at every APS school, with a higher percentage of funding allocated for schools with high enrollment growth.
The $300 million bond measure is based on the recommendations of the APS Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee (LRFAC), a group comprised of community members, parents, City of Aurora planning staff, and school and administrative staff. Bond funds can only be used for capital construction or technology improvements. Funds cannot be used for any school district costs such as staffing, educational programs, materials or operations. If additional funds become available from bond savings, that money will be allocated to additional construction and technology improvements.
APS will share regular updates with the community on bond projects, including on-time and on-budget status. For a full list of bond projects, please visit bond.aurorak12.org/projects.
I am happy to report that APS voters approved ballot measure 3C, our $300 million bond. On behalf of our Board of Education, students, parents and staff, I would like to thank voters for their support. Our bond program will fund facility, technology and security improvements at every APS school and benefit every student.
We could not have accomplished this victory without the hard work of staff, parents and community members. I would like to extend a special thank you to the Aurora Citizens for Excellent Schools campaign committee, led by William Stuart and John Britz, for their dedication to the success of Aurora Public Schools.
We are planning to schedule some projects to begin this school year, including the start of construction on our new Mrachek Middle School. For a full list of projects please visit: http://bond.aurorak12.org/projects/. As we move forward with projects, we will provide regular status updates to community members and staff.
The APS bond program will make a difference at every school and help us in achieving our mission to increase academic achievement and opportunities for all students.
Thank you again for your support and dedication.
Aurora Public Schools
“My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day. I do my job by making sure we have the right people, doing the right work, with the right resources in the right way. My community needs me to do my job.”
At its Aug. 2 meeting, the APS Board of Education directed staff to place a bond question on the November ballot. If approved by voters, the bond would fund building and technology improvements at every school in the district. To learn more about how each school would benefit from the bond program, visit the 2016 bond website at bond.aurorak12.org.
The $300 million bond measure is based on the recommendations of the APS Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee, a group comprised of community members, parents, City of Aurora planning staff, and APS school and administrative staff. The LRFAC conducted a three-year study to prioritize the most critical projects out of $511 million in identified facility and technology needs.
The following is a list of key projects included in the 2016 bond proposal:
- Adding classroom space at overcrowded schools
- Completing roof replacement projects and other critical repairs
- Adding security cameras and new building security systems to enhance student and staff safety
- Modernizing computer and internet technology at all schools
- Repairing or replacing aging heating and air conditioning systems with energy efficient systems
- Building a new school for Mrachek Middle School
- Building a new 6th through 12th grade school in northwest Aurora and a new preschool through 8th grade school in east Aurora
- Remodeling and making classroom improvements and additions to older schools
- Constructing a building that APS may lease to a state institution of higher education to provide students with more postsecondary learning opportunities
- Making repairs and improvements to every school district-wide
Aurora voters will decide on the bond question on Nov. 8. The proposed $300 million bond would cost homeowners an additional $1.93 per month for every $100,000 of home value.
A campaign committee called Aurora Citizens for Excellent Schools is leading the advocacy efforts for the APS bond measure. ACES members will be sharing information at school and community events during the next few months. To learn more about ACES, visit Yeson3C.com beginning Aug. 10 (NOTE: This link is pending approval by the Arapahoe County Clerk).