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“We would like to say a big thank you to our community! The fact that our voters approved a tax increase to make this bond possible is a huge endorsement of LPS (Littleton Public School). This continued and unrelenting support from our community is what has allowed LPS to preserve its reputation as a district of excellence and is exactly what will allow LPS to continue providing the quality educational experience our community’s children need and deserve,” said Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert, after voters approved a $298 million bond issue Nov. 6.
Unofficial results indicate that bond election 4A passed last night with 55.5 percent approval and allows LPS to raise use the funds for capital projects, including: replacing aging schools with new construction, continued repair and upkeep of others, the creation of a Career and Technical Education and Innovation Center, and new furniture in LPS schools.
“We take our partnership with our community members very seriously. They expect a comprehensive education in a safe and caring environment. In return, we count on their support for various bond measures, and we are grateful for their decision to pass 4A,” said LPS Board of Education President Jack Reutzel. “The age of our facilities is impacting the educational experience in our district and 4A will remedy this. We heard from our community a need for a career and technical education pathway that will allow LPS graduates to walk right into a living wage without the need for a four-year degree – and with 4A we will now be able to provide that.”
Bond Measure 4A was placed on the November 2018 ballot after a 5-0 vote by the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education, as recommended by the district’s Long Range Planning Committee. The committee – comprised of community members representing various stakeholder groups – carefully studied the safety, access and instructional challenges of aging facilities, increased transportation challenges and the need to provide the appropriate instructional space for all students. The committee also worked through several bond package scenarios in an effort to determine which solution best meets the district’s goal: “One hundred percent of LPS students will graduate prepared for meaningful post-secondary opportunities.”
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