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Community Invests in WPS as 4A Passes
A grassroots campaign on behalf of the students of Westminster Public Schools (WPS) connected with voters this election season as the community passed a mill levy override, providing an additional $9.9 million annually to the district.
With almost all of the votes counted, "Yes on 4A" received 53.13% of the vote, leading by a margin of 1,463 votes. 12,412 voters approved of the proposal while 10,949 opposed the measure. Voters last approved a mill levy override in 2002 with voters rejecting proposals in 2013 and 2014.
"We are so grateful to the voters of this community for placing their trust in us," said Superintendent Pamela Swanson. "These additional dollars will go a long way to support our goal of ensuring that every child receives a high-quality education and is ready for the day after graduation."
The "Yes on 4A" campaign provided a detailed plan for how the money will be used, including focuses on:
- Improving school safety and security
- Expanding existing vocational/career programs
- Creating partnerships with organizations like the Boys & Girls Club to enable and enhance learning opportunities for community youth
- Attracting and retaining highly-effective teachers, mental health professionals and counselors
"It has taken us a few years to get to the point that we have had the support of our community," said Board of Education President Ryan McCoy. "It has been an uphill battle, but WPS is resilient and we have always put the kids first. I would like to personally thank the Residents for the Advancement of WPS. Their work will provide more opportunities for our kids and will make the community stronger."
2018 has been a remarkably successful year for WPS.
This summer, the Colorado Department of Education notified the district that because of impressive academic progress, WPS is no longer on the state accountability clock. In September, WPS hosted a summit on competency-based education that brought educators from around the world to Westminster, and just last week, the Colorado Association of School Boards announced that the WPS Board of Education had been named the best in the state.
"These are exciting time for Westminster Public Schools," said Swanson. "We have so much to celebrate and build upon as we move forward."