After months of discussion and review of school building needs, the board unanimously approved placing a school funding request on the Nov. 7, 2023 ballot. The recommendation came from district leadership and was endorsed by community-based committees and study groups that revealed critical safety/security needs, teaching and learning needs, and building space needs with regard to programming and current and predicted population growth.
This is considered to be Building a Better Future, Phase II, which in addition to addressing critical school building needs, expands on efforts already made in Phase I and continues strategic plan work. The priorities in Phase II are:
- Secure learning environments with enhanced safety.
- Spaces for math, science and career programs, specialized learning services and growing student populations.
- Access to similar learning experiences at all district schools, including program opportunities, class size levels and the functionality of spaces.
Community members will be asked to consider addressing these school building needs on Nov. 7, 2023. If approved by voters, the tax increase would be $7/month for the average-value home in our district ($300,000).
“The time to address these needs is now,” said Jackie Mosqueda-Jones, board chair. “This Phase II portion of the Building a Better Future plan ensures we deliver on the promises we made to our community and continue the strides forward in providing scholars the education they desire and deserve.”
It’s been more than 20 years since the community has been asked to reinvest in school buildings. This final phase of Building a Better Future meets the overall needs of our schools for the foreseeable future – equipping students with what they need to succeed both today and in the generation to come.
Please visit district279.org/BetterFuture for a detailed list of proposed projects, a look at both phases of Building a Better Future and answers to frequently asked questions. Reach out to BetterFuture@district279.org or 763-391-8990 with any questions.
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