FACILITIES MASTER PLAN
This year marks the 150th birthday for Colorado Springs and is the 149th birthday for Colorado Springs School District 11. Being the oldest school district in El Paso County provides our District 11 schools with a storied legacy that we are proud to remember. However, that storied legacy also means our schools are much older than the average school in El Paso County.
The core of our District 11 schools was built nearly 60 years ago during a very different time in our country. We were in the middle of the Cold War and The Beatles were dominating the Top 40. The world has changed a lot since then and so have the needs for schools to be able to provide students with a 21st century education.
Many of our schools still lack air conditioning. Older schools also weren’t built with internet connectivity in mind, meaning these schools aren’t optimized for digital access and learning. Science and technology have come a long way in the last 60 years, too, and we need to make sure our science and technology labs are designed in a way to provide space for modern tools and equipment. Also, with an identified back log of over $700 million in maintenance needs and repairs, and the rising costs of construction materials, the maintenance and repair costs on older schools is a constant drain on budget and district resources.
District 11 has the opportunity to, without raising taxes, issue approximately $350 million in bonds to bring every school up to 21st standards, and ensure learning environments are designed to prepare students for the world of today and tomorrow. Our students deserve to have learning environments that are comfortable and have air conditioning, are equipped with modern tools to prepare them for tomorrow’s world, and to have learning spaces that inspire them to become life-long learners.
Click through the links along the side bar to learn more about District 11’s facilities plans and how a tax-free $350 million bond will bring our schools into the 21st century and provide inspiring learning spaces for every student