Check-In with Ms. Kovalesky (09/29/23)

Check-In with Ms. Kovalesky

Building a Strong Community Partnership

Thank you to those who have made it to some of our most recent school events. It has been wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new families. The staff enjoys being able to casually check in and get to know all of you better. A special thank you to our PTO for organizing our annual STEM Blast Off event and to the student groups and staff who committed to making it a huge success.

Parent Teacher Conferences are the week of the 19th. Please be sure to read the Parent Newsletters and all emails from your child’s teachers for more information. Conferences provide an opportunity for teachers to highlight your child’s strengths and opportunities for growth, as well as for you to ask questions. Through these discussions we hope to strengthen our partnership with all of our families and provide limitless growth potential for our children. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mill Levy Override Information

On August 8, the Douglas County School District Board of Education unanimously voted 7-0 to place a $66 million Mill Levy Override (MLO) and $484 million Bond on the November 2023 ballot.

If passed by voters, these new funds would be used at our school to:

  • Increase teacher and staff pay
  • Enhance safety and security
  • Refresh student and staff technology
  • Make much-needed repairs and upgrades to our building
    • Roof Replacement
    • Playground expansion
    • Campus fencing

Teachers in the Douglas County School District earn, on average, $19,000 less compared to a neighboring school district. Additional MLO funding, if passed by voters, would enable DCSD to pay teachers and staff more competitively and to increase security staffing support for our schools.

  • DCSD teachers, on average, would receive a 9% pay increase, as reflected in these salary schedules.
  • Support staff, such as bus drivers, educational assistants, custodians, etc., would receive a 9% pay increase.
  • Other staff would receive a 7% pay increase.

A $484 million Bond, if passed by voters, would be used to expand trade, career and technical education opportunities; perform safety and security upgrades; and ensure safe and adequate learning environments for students and staff.

If the MLO and Bond are approved by voters, Douglas County homeowners can expect to pay approximately $200 per year for a home valued at $1,000,000.

You can read more about DCSD’s funding challenges and arguments for and against the ballot initiatives on the District’s website. Thank you for being an engaged and informed member of our school community!

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