Category: Bond & Mill Levy News

2021 Annual Bond and Mill Summary

2021 brought the first phase of bond and mill levy investments to DPS schools. Denver voters approved a $795 million bond measure in November 2020 that helped us get straight to work in adding air conditioning to more schools, making technology more accessible to more students, improving aging buildings, updating athletic facilities, and much more.

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From Denverite: Denver Public Schools will grow students’ salad fixings in a massive new greenhouse

Denverite recently ran an article about the groundbreaking ceremony for the 5-acre greenhouse for DPS Food and Nutrition Services, which will be used to grow produce for school cafeterias and provide student learning opportunities. This project was made possible by bond funds, grants from Healthy Foods for Denver Kids and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn

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Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy Opens with Ceremonial Ribbon-Cutting

On September 17, 2021, a ribbon-cutting ceremony acknowledged and celebrated the opening of Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy. 2020 bond funds allowed for a $560,000 internal renovation of the existing building, which also houses Montbello Career and Technical High School.  Phase 1 of construction built the infrastructure necessarily to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,

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DPS Student Athletes Return to Updated Fields and Facilities

2020 bond funds helped to bring a recent boost to several high school athletic facilities across the district. As students return for a new school year, many high school athletes will be playing on new and improved fields and courts for both boys and girls sports. Recent projects include: North High School – football field

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Air Conditioning Installation to Begin in Summer 2021

Cooling Systems to be Installed in 24 Schools Over Three Years Plans are underway for implementing bond projects in DPS. One of the largest and most critical investments is $128.5 million dedicated to air conditioning and cooling for 24 of the hottest schools in DPS.  In 2019, a temperature study was conducted in the 55

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Promises Made, Promises Kept – A Look Back at Recent Investments

As projects made possible by funds from the 2016 bond and mill levy come to a close, we’re able to look back at key investments made across the district from 2016-2020 and celebrate the impact for students, teachers, and the Denver community. Thanks to Denver voters and taxpayers, we were able to make critical repairs

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Denver Public Schools Sells First Portion of 2020 General Obligation Bonds

In November of 2020, Denver voters approved a ballot initiative of $795 million in bonds to support the capital and facility needs for Denver students.  The measure was approved with over 78% support from Denver voters.  On Jan. 7, 2021 DPS sold the first portion of general obligation bonds approved by Denver voters in 2020.  The sale resulted in $551 million in proceeds deposited to the DPS Bond

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Denver Voters Approve 2020 Bond, Mill

On Nov. 3, 2020 Denver voters overwhelmingly approved bond and mill funding measures for students in Denver Public Schools, agreeing to invest $795 million in bond funding to build and improve schools and a $32 million mill levy for annual operating dollars to increase student and staff support.  Included in the funding packages: Bond Measure:

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From Chalkbeat: “Air conditioning, school nurses: How Denver could spend extra money from ballot measures if voters agree” Chalkbeat Colorado recently ran an article summarizing the Community Planning and Advisory Committee's bond and mill recommendations to the Board of Directors. Learn more details by reading the full article: "Air conditioning, school nurses: How Denver could spend extra money from ballot measures if voters agree" Inspire Elementary students sign their names on a column Read More »