I am thrilled to tell you that our community passed the mill levy override on Tuesday’s ballot, placing their trust in us to make wise use of their tax dollars to further the education of our children. Many of you said, "YES on 4A."
There are so many people to thank for investing their time, energy and money to support a winning campaign. We had parents, retired teachers, members of the Westminster Education Association and even students making phone calls and knocking on doors to support this important cause.
Though public education has been chronically underfunded by the state of Colorado, the Westminster Public Schools (WPS) community stepped forward to say they believe in us. I think we earned that trust by the work we have done in the classroom. Our achievement and growth scores have steadily risen, and earlier this fall, we celebrated getting off the accountability clock. That success resonated with the community.
The revenue generated by the mill levy override will allow us to move forward with our plans to:
Improve school safety and security
Expand existing vocational/career programs
Create partnerships with organizations like the Boys & Girls Club to enhance learning opportunities for community youth
Attract and retain highly-effective teachers, mental health professionals, and counselors
Utilize Certificates of Participation to invest in infrastructure and building upgrades
Voters, you did your part, and we will continue to do ours as well. These are exciting times for WPS and I am honored to be part of a team that is changing lives.
Kindest regards, Dr. Pamela Swanson Superintendent of Schools