What the mill levy and bond question will do | SummitDaily.com

What the mill levy and bond question will do

The Summit School District will be asking voters on Nov. 2 to support the continuation of the Special Building and Maintenance Mill Levy at half of the cost of the November 2001 levy that voters approved.This mill levy sunsets every three years and will appear as 3A on the ballot. The $4 million raised annually for three years through this special mill levy will allow:– The school district to maintain the district’s 12 buildings;– Support the new and expanded career and technical education programs at Summit High School; and– Fund technology improvements at other schools without having to use general fund dollars from the instructional program budget for these types of projects.In addition to mill levy question 3A, the school district will also be asking voters to support a bond referendum – question 3B – in the amount of $32.5 million to renovate and improve four of the district’s buildings.

The amount of taxes collected yearly, if both 3A and 3B are successful, will be less than the current level approved by Summit County voters via the November 2001 mill levy. The bond issue, a $32.5 million debt to be paid over the course of 20 years, is intended to allow the school district to pursue high priority renovations and improvements to four of our buildings. At the top of the priority list is Summit Middle School. Committing $23.1 million to the middle school would create a facility with an improved learning environment and make this facility much more efficient to operate and maintain. The capital improvements to the middle school include:– Renovations as well as 100,000-plus square feet of new classroom spaces added to the school;– Kitchen equipment;– Lighting upgrades;– Heating and ventilation upgrades; and

— Auditorium improvements.A second feature of the bond referendum is the addition of a new wing at Summit High School in which new and expanded career and technical education programs can be offered. Dedicating $5.4 million to the high school would also allow the district to make improvements to the science classrooms and upgrade heating and ventilation systems.The aging Frisco Elementary School is also addressed within 3B. Improvements totaling $3.7 million would provide an addition to include:– New classrooms and an upgraded media center; — A fire sprinkler system; — Upgrades to security, lighting and heating and ventilation systems;

— Improvements to the parking lot and playground; — Remodeled restrooms; and– Exterior siding and internal painting improvements.Finally, allocating $300,000 for a new roof at the old school in Silverthorne will allow this building to continue housing education programs that benefit the entire community for years to come. Additional information about questions 3A and 3B can be obtained by calling the school district office at (970) 668-3011.Dr. Millie Hamner is the superintendent of schools. She can be reached at (970) 668-3011 or mhamner@summit.k12.co.us.

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