Potential Bond 2021

Through a 2021 bond, Manitou Springs School District (MSSD) has an opportunity to restore its facilities to honor their history and continue their legacy.

2022 will mark our sesquicentennial celebration/150 years since our founding and 100 years since Manitou Springs Elementary School opened its doors. As we celebrate the past, we are preparing to create the future. Every 15–20 years, our community makes an investment in education. With the bonds from the 2002 election paid off and access to $9 million in Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grants, it’s time to prepare our schools to serve students for the next 20 years and beyond.

Districtwide facility improvement projects included in the 2021 bond were identified and prioritized through a six-month master planning process that included the school board, the executive team, the visioning team, staff, students, and community members. Specifically, a November 2021 bond will include investments in the following:
  • New and remodeled middle school/high school campus facilities.
  • Improvements, safety enhancements, and educational upgrades for each school.
  • Projects that will add valuable amenities accessible to our entire community.
  • Investments in outdoor facilities where students can safely learn, train, and play.
The most recent improvements to our schools were completed in 1988 and 2002. Over the past 11 years, the Budget Stabilization Factor has resulted in $16M of lost funding for MSSD. The Colorado legislature has used the Budget Stabilization Factor (formerly the “negative factor”) since 2009 to reduce school funding by the percentage necessary to balance the state budget. Given the way school funding works in Colorado, MSSD simply doesn’t have the money in its budget to attend to these facility issues or provide the matching funds required by BEST without voters approving a bond.

What’s next? Our district has been prioritized for $9 million in BEST grants contingent upon a successful bond initiative in November 2021. The MSSD Board of Education will consider the total bond package amount (including the 65% match required to receive the BEST grants) on June 21, 2021.
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