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Douglas County Reinvests in Schools, Facilities

CASTLE ROCK – While students and many teachers remain on summer vacation, it is a busy month at many schools in Douglas County.

Construction crews are busy replacing aging infrastructure and making Douglas County School District (DCSD) facilities safer for the coming school year.

In all there are 33 projects underway across the District this summer and they are being made possible by the responsible reinvestment of taxpayer money. DCSD is using the interest earned on the 2006 Bond to pay for the needed work.

The projects were chosen as part of the District’s annual Master Capital Plan process. Annually, DCSD assesses every building within the District, determining which repairs may be needed and then prioritizing those needs across the District. Priority is given to items that have reached the end of their usefulness and are a potential threat to the safety and health of students, staff or the community.

The projects include everything from the replacement of cracked pavement in the school’s parking lots to frayed carpet inside. The use of bond funding is strictly limited to capital items within the District. These projects will help to keep existing buildings operating safely, but do not address significant growth within the District. DCSD would require a new bond election to finance new facilities.

October 30, 2013 | By ammclain | Category: Planning and Construction

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