2017 School District 27J Mill Levy Override:
Building A Great School Community
School District 27J is committed to filling schools with the talent and tools that students need to achieve success in school and life.
On August 22, the School District 27J Board of Education approved a resolution with ballot language for a November school mill levy override question. 27J will seek taxpayer approval in November to raise additional funds to help schools meet the demands of 27J’s fast growing community so that students can have improved educational experiences and staff can receive a livable wage.
Here's how 27J will use mill levy funds to further our mission:
1-to-Web - $2 million
Mill funds will allow 27J to connect students to the technology and digital resources they need to take learning beyond the classroom.
21st Century Curriculum - $1.6 million
Currently, the average textbook in 27J is 13 years old. To compete and succeed, students need newer materials. Mill levy funds will launch a resource update cycle, beginning with Math and English, that will boost learning and allow 27J to compete with other Denver metro districts.
Staff Compensation - $5 Million
27J currently offers the lowest beginning teacher salary of all 15 Denver metro area districts. To be able to recruit and retain high-quality teachers and staff, 27J has to offer more competitive salaries.
Additional Staff - $1 million
New support staff will help students overcome social and emotional obstacles to academic and personal success. 27J will start by placing a counselor in every elementary school in the District.
Charter Partners - $2.4 million
27J has a long history of working with charter schools in the district. 20% of all mill levy funds will be shared with 27J charter school partners, who will use the funds to bolster their talent and tools, in proportion with 27J's allocation.
How do the current and proposed 27J Mill Levy Overrides (MLOs) compare to other Denver-metro school districts?
Mill levy override (MLO) funds are used for operating expenses such as teacher pay, rigorous instructional programs, in-classroom technology and other high-priority operating expenses. MLO funds are not restricted in their use, but generally are not used to pay for major repairs and renovations to existing school buildings, additions to schools or new school buildings.
Bonds provide money for major repairs and renovations to existing school buildings, additions to schools and new school buildings. The State of Colorado does not provide funds for these building projects. Bond dollars cannot be used for operating expenses.
Current construction and renovation projects within SD27J are funded by the 2015 voter-approved bond issue. These funds have been designated for:
- Renovations and expansions for older schools across the District
- Safety, security and maintenance
- New construction projects
- Reunion Elementary
- Riverdale Ridge High School
- Rodger Quist Middle School
- Elementary School No. 13
A Mill Levy Override is necessary to retain and recruit high quality teachers and improve quality of educational materials and technology resources in all schools.