The board of education has unanimously directed BVSD staff to develop a detailed Educational Facility Master Plan and prepare a question for the November 2014 ballot requesting funds from taxpayers to address $576M in capital improvement needs in the district. The master plan will identify how BVSD needs to invest in existing school facilities to maintain adequate learning environments and develop learning spaces for the future.
The $576 million amount is based on an inventory of facility improvement needs created by district staff and the Capital Improvement Planning Committee over the past two years. BVSD facilities continue to age and condition of district facilities is deteriorating --72 percent of BVSD buildings are over 30 years old. As the school district has lost ground in state funding, we have not been able to maintain the buildings, which is the primary reason why I made the recommendation to the board this spring to ask taxpayers to make an investment in BVSD school buildings.
Over 50 percent of the total package will go to critical repairs and preventive maintenance such as repairing and replacing heating, ventilation and cooling systems, roof repairs, replacing flooring and cabinets, painting, removing asbestos and restroom renovations.
All schools will be included in the master plan which also identifies investments in security and improved learning environment of school buildings, as well as full day kindergarten in all schools and expansion of preschool.
Other highlights of the package are projects to reduce energy consumption, a new school in Erie and investments in educational innovation.
Boulder Valley taxpayers have a strong history of supporting their schools and recent polling data shows over 60 percent of likely voters are willing to invest in improving school buildings.
I know this investment in school facilities will make a dramatic positive difference for students and staff. Now is the time to fund improvements in the learning spaces in which our students and educators do their exemplary work.
For more information about the capital improvement planning process, go to www.bvsd.org/capitalimprovements