Voters in Aurora and Englewood, Colorado will decide this November on a ballot question asking for funding to build a modern new elementary school.
The project would go up within the Cherry Creek school district, and more specifically, the upscale southeast neighborhood of Blackstone.
Ballot question 4B is asking voters to approve $150 million in funding for the project, money that would also be used to address the development of a mental health treatment center, and various deferred facility maintenance issues in some of the older facilities across the district.
The bond proposal, which has won the backing of the Cherry Creek Board of Education, comes as the district has seen a decline in state support this year of $25 million.
Although the district itself has seen its overall enrollment numbers drop in recent years, studies are projecting a growth in the elementary school population large enough to justify the construction of a new building.
Currently the district, with just under 70 schools, serve around 54,000 children.
In 2012 a $125 million bond for the funding of a school addition and technology upgrades was approved by district residents with 59 percent of the vote.
By Garry Boulard
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