Bond 3B Updates

  • Computer Science Programming

    Posted by Sam Briggs on 2/5/2018

    Education Programming
    We are excited to announce the educational programming for the new preK-8 school in Lorson Ranch. The new school will be a Computer Science school with a focus on integrating technology into all major core content classes.
     

    Bond Oversight Committee
    The Bond Oversight Committee held its first meeting on January 25, 2018. Members of the Bond Oversight Committee are as follows:

    1. Amy Dunavin (Parent)
    2. David Bates (Parent)
    3. Jason Withycombe (Parent)
    4. Gail Hill (Resident)
    5. Michael Blair (Resident)
    6. Carlos Gonzalez (Resident)
    7. Kalie Shaw (Staff)
    8. Dolly Handel (Staff)
    9. Heather Knight (Staff)
    10. Josh Tutje (Staff)
    11. Kirk Vsetecka (Facilitator)
    12. Laine Babcock (Secretary)

    Naming Committee
    The Naming Committee for the new prek-8 school met on January 27, 2018. The committee will be in charge of collecting input from numerous sources in order to ultimately select three names for consideration. The names will be presented to the District Advisory Accountability Committee (DAAC) before being presented to the Board of Education for final approval. Members of the Naming Committee are as follows:

    1. Cheri Smith (Staff)
    2. Christine Sgro (Staff)
    3. Tara Archuletta (Staff)
    4. Carla Borck (Staff)
    5. Bernadette Rayman (Parent)
    6. Michelle Kammerer (Parent)
    7. Corrina Lang (Parent)
    8. Liz Rosenbaum (Parent)
    9. Mark Laborde (Resident)
    10. Annie Roberd (5th grade student)
    11. Kaleena Lance (6th grade student)
    12. Cami Carmody (7th grade student)

    Boundary Committee
    The Boundary Committee has been selected and the first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The committee will study the current district enrollment boundaries and prospective future boundaries needed as a result of the new school construction. The committee will use a collaborative input model to make boundary recommendations to the superintendent. Ultimately, the decision about boundary changes must be approved by the Board of Education.  Members of the Boundary Committee are as follows: 

    1. Melissa Ardolf (Parent)
    2. Kimberly Carracedo (Student)
    3. Alissa Coleman (Student)
    4. Gayla Cotner (Staff)
    5. Jamie Ducworth (Parent)
    6. Valerie Ford (Parent)
    7. Dave Gish (Staff)
    8. Jenny Kofoed (Staff)
    9. Corrina Lang (Parent)
    10. Ryan Medlin (Parent)
    11. Vanessa Montgomery (Student)
    12. Michael Quintana (Parent)
    13. Ursula Reese (Staff)
    14. Blair Reeves (Parent)
    15. Shirley Rudd (Parent)
    16. Jessica Rupp (Patron)
    17. Scott Sage (Staff)
    18. Angela Trevino (Parent)
    19. Rheya Vasquez (Student)
    20. Tracy Vsetecka (Staff)
    21. Tricia Wurmstein (Student)
    22. Asia Zanders (Parent)
    23. Robert Zanzig (Staff)
    24. Connie Florell (Facilitator)
    25. Dennis Neal (Facilitator)
    26. Sheri Watts (Secretary)

    Bond Communication Specialist
    We are excited to announce the hiring of our part-time, temporary Bond Communication Specialist position. Carolyn Stephens, a UCCS graduate, will be charged with internal and external communications related to the bond.

    Bonds Sold
    Due to Widefield School District’s enhanced bond rating, the bonds sold at a premium to many large investors such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, State Farm, UMB Bank Trust, and Wells Fargo Trust.

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  • Construction Company Hired

    Posted by Sam Briggs on 1/10/2018

    Construction Company

    We have recently contracted with Nunn Construction as our CM/GC building partner for the new PreK-8 school. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Nunn Construction is an education-focused general contractor, with over 100 school facilities built in Colorado. They have worked with WSD3 for over a decade on projects including the new Transportation Facility, Sproul Junior High remodel, and the King Elementary remodel. 

     

    Architect Company

    In February 2017, the district's Long Range Planning (LRP) committee started working with LKA Partners, a local architect firm in Colorado Springs that specializes in public education facilities. This group met six times prior to the bond election. With LKA's assistance, LRP's charge was to determine the educational program requirements and associated square footage for a new PreK-8 school. Once the type and number of spaces, and their physical sizes, were determined this information was molded into a conceptual design for a new school. Since the bond issue, LKA has been working with the LRP, various district technical committees (mechanical, electrical, technology) as well as staff and teacher user groups to refine the design and determine the buildings technical requirements. 

     

    Bond Rating & Issuance

    The district met with members of the Standard and Poor's (S&P) bond rating team in December 2017 to present WSD3's case for an upgraded bond rating based on our financial history. The S&P issued an improved rating which has the potential to gain taxpayers a better interest rate on sale of the bonds. The district received this rating, which is better than the state's rating, because of strong fiscal responsibility and excellent financial practices. Bonds are scheduled to be sold on the open market in the last week of January. 

     

    New Homeowner Cost

    During the election process, estimates on the average WSD3 homeowner increase in taxes was estimated to be approximately $9.25 per $100,000 of the home's value. After taking into account the change from the Gallagher amendment and including all taxes paid by the homeowner towards the school district, the increase was less than $7.00 per $100,000 of the home value for the average homeowner. 

     

    Bond Oversight Committee

    The Board of Education will act on a resolution to establish the Bond Oversight Committee on January 18, 2018 at the regular board of education meeting. The committee is charged with monitoring bond projects to assure all projects are completed in concert with established priorities. This district will announce the names of the committee on January 19. 

     

    Boundary Committee

    The Boundary Committee will stude current district enrollment boundaries and prospective future boundaries needed as a result of the new school construction. The committee will use a collaborative input model to make boundary recommendations to the superintendent to address the new school that will be built. Ultimately, the decision about boundary changes must be approved by the Board of Education. This committee will be comprised of parents, staff, students in 10th and 11th grades, and residents. The Boundary Committee will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Applications are due on January 22, 2018 by 5 p.m. Here is a link to apply: https://tinyurl.com/wsd3boundary

     

    School Bond Project 

    During the 2017 election, an amount of no less than $25,000 was allocated to each school site to be used when passed to support educational opportunities. The amount has been modified to $31,250 per site. During the next few months, each school will form a committee comprised of students, parents, and staff to determine a bond project for its' building. Project plans must be submitted by May 15, 2018. Approval for plans will be made by August 1, 2018. 

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  • 3A & 3B Passed!

    Posted by Sam Briggs on 11/29/2017

    On behalf of Widefield School District 3 and our board of education, I, Scott Campbell superintendent, would like to thank our supportive community for helping to pass 3A and 3B. It has been 16 years since we’ve asked voters for a mill levy and 22 years since we’ve asked voters for a bond. I think that spoke volumes to our fiscal responsibility in being good stewards of our taxpayers money.

     

    We are beyond grateful to the Widefield Information Network (WIN) who volunteered their time to campaign for WSD3. Thank you to district staff who also volunteered their time to help tell our story and communicate with voters on why we needed these ballot measures to pass.

     

    The mill levy will allow us to attract and retain high quality staff and to continue funding innovative programming. The bond will allow us to make critical repairs to current buildings and build a new pre-k through 8th grade school in Lorson Ranch.

     

    We have a lot of work ahead of us which we embrace and are thankful to take on.
    The next few months will consist of planning and organizing oversight committees and creating timelines for the new school and maintenance projects.

     

    Our goal is to have a plan in place after the first of the year and to be as transparent as possible with our taxpayers dollars. We will keep our community informed through our websites, social media, parent emails, meetings, and the media. I encourage anyone with questions to reach out to the administration building by calling us at 391-3000 or sending us an email at info@wsd3.org.

     

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