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What is a Bond and How Would it Help Our Students?

Bonds are basically voter-approved loans, and are only used for construction and capital improvements.

Voter approval allows the district to borrow money, then property taxes repay the debt over time, usually 20 years.

In 2012 Jeffco passed a bond for $99 million for "warm, safe, and dry" projects.

In 2016 the $535 million bond ballot issue did not pass. That same year, Denver Public Schools (the district nearest Jeffco of similar size) passed a $572 million bond that is currently renovating and improving their schools.

Since the average age of our buildings is now nearly 50 years, there are a lot of needs in Jeffco we will have to consider. Facilities staff has recommended a $650 million Capital Improvement Program that impacts all schools, significantly invests in older high schools to bring them up to par with newer facilities, identifies schools that require replacement, and makes provision for new buildings or additions in areas experiencing growth.

Bonds fund:
  • Better school buildings and improve the educational environment for students.
  • Warm, safe, and dry buildings.
  • Upgrades to support technology.
  • More energy efficient schools.
  • Improvements to building security. 

See our Facility Facts page to see the needs and plans for every school.

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