Voters passed ballot initiative 3A and 3B in the 2017 November election. The mill levy will help us to attract and retain high quality staff and continue to fund innovative student programs. The bond will help with capital projects across the district including the building of a new PreK-8 innovation school, Grand Mountain.
Each school received $31,250 from the bond that will allow them to choose their school discretion bond project. Watson Junior High School chose to add restroom renovations, water bottle filling stations, benches, and landscaping.
- Bond Oversight Committee
- Boundary Committee
- Believe In Widefield
- Financial Responsibility
- Grand Mountain School
Bond Oversight Committee
The Bond Oversight Committee is charged with monitoring bond projects to assure all projects are completed in concert with established priorities. To meet this charge, the committee will receive reports, no less than monthly, from district construction management, district finance administration, or other appropriate district staff.
The Boundary 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.
BELIEVE IN LEGACY
We believe a Widefield graduate should be life long learner with the skills necessary to succeed after high school. We’ve heard it takes a village to raise a child, and our Widefield village has succeeded in bringing up generations of children who have left a legacy in our community and beyond.
BELIEVE IN OUR COMMUNITY
Widefield School District 3 is more than an education, it's a lifestyle.
Our community supporters provide rich resources that encompass who we are and our mission to make a positive impact each and every day.
- Widefield Parks & Recreation
- Security Public Library
- Fountain Valley Scholars
- Fountain Valley Senior Center
- Fort Carson
The district has a strong and proud military tradition that supports our military personnel, veterans, and their families. We work directly with Fort Carson to provide support services to ensure a smooth transition.
WSD3 is also the only school district in Colorado to own and operate a parks and recreation department that offers fitness classes, sports, swimming, and preschool.
We are proud partners with the Security Public Library and the Fountain Valley Senior Center whom we do several activities and programs with throughout the year.
Each year the district puts on a "Community Day" to highlight our schools and showcase how we make a positive impact. The day begins with a district parade followed by a cookout and football game between Mesa Ridge and Widefield high schools.
BELIEVE IN EDUCATION
"Education is the most powerful weapon in which you can use to change the world." ~ Nelson Mandela
Since 2002, we have been able to create and retain unique programs and opportunities for our students to make sure they are set up for success:
Engineering and Biomedical Sciences - Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
Award-winning music programs
Robotics & Coding
Dual credit courses
Expanded Advanced Placement (AP) classes
Received "Innovation" status by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for FOUR schools including: Talbott STEAM Innovation School, Grand Mountain School, Widefield Elementary School of the Arts, and King Elementary
Created the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MILL) for manufacturing and construction programs
It's been 21 years since Widefield School District went to taxpayers and asked for money. At that time our district was bursting at the seams with new growth. Voters supported the district's need for a new high school, Mesa Ridge High School. The new school helped relieve an abundance of facility and classroom issues creating a more comfortable and positive learning environment for students. The $20 million bond at that time also helped with various other facility projects around the district.
MILL LEVY 2002
It's been 15 years since we've asked voters to approve a mill levy in Widefield School District. In 2002, a $3.95 million mill levy was passed to attract and retain quality teachers and staff, and to create and expand programs for students.
The district prides itself on being financially responsible. We only ask taxpayers for help when its truly needed. Up until now, Widefield School District has been able to use grants, partnerships, and reserves to fund major projects such as the building of our transportation center, the remodel of King Elementary, and repurposing of North Elementary into a thriving preschool program. We've been able to create unique career pathways to include engineering, cyber security, and manufacturing. Everything we have done has been to help students succeed.
STATE FUNDING CRISIS
With the continued state funding cuts, our school district will not be able to continue to maintain the standard of education that your students deserve. The state has cut our school district alone a total of $62 million dollars since 2009. This year that amount is $8.3 million. With no solution in sight, despite numerous attempts by Colorado superintendents and educational leaders, we have to turn to our local taxpayers for help. For more details on school district budget cuts and school finance visit: Colorado School Finance Project or Great Education Colorado.
The board of education approved two ballot questions, 3A & 3B, regarding a Mill Levy Override and Bond.
BOND - The $49.5 million bond would be used to build a new pre-K through 8 school in the eastern part of our school district, make critical repairs to current school buildings, reduce the amount of portable classrooms, and provide upgrades to transportation and technology.
MILL - The $3.5 million mill levy override would be used to provide competitive pay to attract and retain quality teachers and maintain educational programs like our award-winning music and arts, engineering and biomedical sciences, and other career pathways. Both the bond and mill levy will cost homeowners $9.25 a month, per $100,000 of property value.
The above photo is a rendering from LKA Partners of Grand Mountain School (Prek-8) in Lorson Ranch. Grand Mountain School received Computer Science Innovation Status, which will allow them the flexibility in their schedule and curriculum to integrate their focus into the school day.
The new school opened August 9, 2019. Thank you to Nunn Construction and LKA Partners in helping create the building. To learn more about Grand Mountain School's Journey, view their "Our Journey" page.