Mill Levy Override (MLO) Citizens’ Oversight Committee

  • Money School District 11’s Ballot Issues, were approved by voters in 2000 and 2017, which called for the formation of a Citizens’ Oversight Committee to monitor implementation performance and use of the new Mill Levy Override (MLO) funding. 

    The Committee meets monthly at the District 11 Administration Complex (1115 North El Paso Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado) to review and monitor both the 2000 and 2017 MLO monies.

    Committee Members are asked to perform the following:
    •Monitor MLO spending plan progress
    •Make recommendations regarding any program modifications
    •Familiarize themselves with the MLO spending plan and the D-11 business plan and mission
    •Participate in periodic public briefings to inform the community about implementation progress
    •Attend regular meetings, at least six per year

    MLO Audits: Performance Excellence Assessment Reports
    Consistent with the Mill Levy Election Ballot Questions, Colorado Springs School District 11 has conducted a number of biennial audits of the MLO fund to review its progress in meeting requirements of the comprehensive district performance plan or business plan. Available Audits are below for review.

    MLO Annual Summaries
    To maximize accountability, District 11 has prepared a Program Implementation Plan (PIP) for each of the 25 items contained in the MLO spending plan. The PIPs include budget codes, budget amount, item description, quantification of costs, a history of implementation costs, and a breakout of full-time equivalent (FTE) personnel according to employee group to be hired. Also included are any plan amendments, PIP relationship to the election questions and how each PIP fits into the current District 11 business plan. Available Summaries are below for review.

MLO Audits

FY16-17 MLOOC Mtg Notes

FY15-16 MLOOC Mtg Notes

FY14-15 MLOOC Mtg Notes

  • December 2018 Update

    Posted by Mill Levy Override Update Team on 12/31/2018

    At Penrose Elementary, kindergarteners are taking Project Based Learning (PBL) to a new level with their “Kindness Project.” Each project begins with a driving question that guides the students as they strive to brainstorm solutions for positive community change. Penrose kindergarteners have already contributed to the school’s community garden this year and are looking forward to making an impact on a much larger scale. The “Kindness Project” will include kindergarteners collaborating with One Nation Walking Together, a small non-profit assisting Native Americans, as well as local community organizations to provide hats, mittens, toys, socks and water as an act of kindness to those who might need a little boost this season. Ask any Penrose kindergartener and they will tell you, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” This project supports the newly implemented “Kindness in the Classroom” curriculum, which was introduced and made possible with funds from the 2017 mill levy override.

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  • November 2018 Update

    Posted by MLO Update Team on 11/14/2018 7:30:00 PM

    D11 voters passed the 2017 mill levy override request on last year's November ballot. As part of the MLO plan, the District plans to phase back in the presence of Colorado Springs Police School Resource Officers (SROs) at the middle school level. At the regular Board of Education meeting on October 24, 2018, the Board approved a request to amend the original MLO plan. This amendment will accelerate the hire of two SROs for the 2019-2020 school year, as opposed to hiring all five middle school SROs in the 2020-2021 school year. This plan amendment is also preferred by the Colorado Springs Police Department, since it would be difficult for them to train and deploy five SROs in one year, due to the shortage of police officers.

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  • October 2018 Update

    Posted by MLO Update Team on 10/15/2018 1:30:00 PM

    Almost one year ago, School District 11 voters approved the $42 million dollar mill levy override, which is providing critical funding to our schools, students, and staff. Prior to the MLO passage, recruiting and retaining high quality staff was proving to be somewhat difficult, due to the competitiveness of salaries offered by other schools and school districts. We thank our voters who saw the value of providing competitive salaries for our teachers and support staff. Today, thanks to a portion of the 2017 MLO, employees from all three employee groups saw compensation increases that were effective July 1, 2018. This increase also includes raising the starting teacher salary for teachers with a Bachelor's degree to $39,000 from $34,750.

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  • September 2018 Update

    Posted by MLO Update Team on 9/24/2018 11:00:00 AM

    We thank our voters for passing the 2017 mill levy override in November, providing critically needed funds for D11 students, staff, and facilities. As part of the MLO, voters wanted to see funds directed to secure additional school counselors to ensure our kids are receiving the best guidance in order to maximize student success. As part of this promise, D11 has implemented a district-wide social-emotional learning curriculum. Additionally, six new elementary counselors have been placed at Adams, Edison, Fremont, Penrose, Rogers, and West Elementary Schools. Please check back each month, as we will be providing regular MLO updates on this page.

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