What investments will be made if the referenda pass?

If both referenda pass on April 4, the new revenue they generate will enable us to navigate the continued financial instability and uncertainty at the state level, overcome the lower than anticipated property tax increases that are constrained by the tax cap laws and ensure that we have the resources we need to support a burgeoning student population. We would also be able to make investments that will aid the long-term viability of our schools and help advance our vision for creating a positive learning environment for all students that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child. These investments would include, but not be limited to:

Enhancements to Instruction 

  • Preserve the overall quality of the education that is available to our students
  • Better support student learning
  • Continue to attract and retain high caliber teachers
  • Maintain class sizes that are well below the state average
  • Provide resources (materials, professional development, etc.) that will aid the advancement of the district’s vision and reduce the opportunity gap
  • Help ensure the district’s financial stability through 2022

Capital Improvements

  • Perform maintenance and repairs to support the safety, core functionality and sustainability of our school buildings for the next 20 years (roof repairs, boiler repairs, plumbing repairs, fire alarm upgrades, etc.)
  • Complete upgrades that will improve accessibility for students, staff members, parents/guardians and community members with mobility limitations  
  • Invest in the modernization of classrooms to further promote collaboration, hands-on learning and increased exposure to the key elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Implement a system to support year-round temperature control management and maintenance 
  • Complete expansions at Holmes, Lincoln and Longfellow elementary schools to support growing enrollments