Thanks for the help, now the real school work begins
The election is behind us and the Summit School District is a winner on Measures 3A and 3B. On behalf of the district and the Board of Education, I would like to extend a genuine thank you to Summit County voters for your support of public education evidenced through the overwhelming support of these measures.To recap, the passing of question 3A will allow the school district to collect an annual mill levy property tax of 3.37 mills to fund necessary maintenance and technology projects without having to cut instructional budgets.The passing of question 3B has authorized us to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $32 million paid by taxpayers over the next 20 years to renovate Summit Middle School and Frisco Elementary School, replace the roof at the Summit Education Center (formerly Silverthorne Elementary School) and add a new Career and Technical Education wing to Summit High School.Plans are already underway to search for architectural firms to begin the design process for each of these projects. Parents, community members and staff will help shape the future of individual projects through their involvement in the design teams for each project.The timeline for anticipated completion for these projects is as follows:– Frisco Elementary School: Upgrades and repairs including rebuilding of Fun Ground – fall 2005; New addition – November 2005 — Summit High School: Repairs – fall 2005; New addition – fall 2006– Summit Middle School: New addition and demolition of outdated space – August 2007 — Summit Education Center: Roof replaced – fall 2005As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our deep appreciation for those who contributed so much of their time to help us succeed in garnering support of these funding issues.At the top of our list is Debbie Nelson, parent volunteer and campaign coordinator, who guided, inspired and organized our team’s efforts. We are so thankful for the many other parents who assumed important leadership roles, most notably Connie Angell, Julie McCluskie and Michelle Treleven. We also greatly appreciated the support of Roger McCarthy, Bob Craig, Bob Follett, Anne Stonington, Gary Lindstrom, Jeffrey Bergeron and Sioux and Henry Barr who proudly voiced their support in our picture ads. And, what would we have done without the tremendous after-hours efforts of the Summit School District staff. Huge thanks to Paddy Brown for organizing the “Door Drop Saturday” effort.And finally, to those who hosted or attended one of our election presentations, thank you for your willingness to listen and promote our public schools.I look forward to continuing to demonstrate how your support is crucial to our success.Dr. Millie Hamner is superintendent of schools. She can be reached at (970) 668-3011. Regular Sunday columnist Jeffrey Bergeron has been sighted back in the county and should return to this space next week.
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