Members of Castle Rock’s school facilities committee recommended Tuesday that the district wait until February before asking voters to support another bond.
In the meantime, the district should “do an excellent job of maintenance” on its buildings, said John Keatley, facilities committee member, told the school board. A perception of poor building maintenance might have deterred some voters from supporting district bond attempts that failed in April and November last year, he said.
“There was a significant amount of input that the district did not do as much maintenance as (voters) felt was needed.”
The committee unanimously voted earlier this month to forward those two recommendations to the school board.
“I believe it’s the correct recommendation because that gives the community time to really come together with additional information as to what would be best to include in that bond,” Superintendent Jim Mabbott said Wednesday of the facilities committee recommendations. “And also, February seems to be a favorable month for passing bonds.”
Committee members support the February election date because “the stats on passing bonds are better in … February,” said Jessica Lakey, a parent on the committee.
Schools districts can put a bond before voters in four months: February, April, August and November.
It has been almost 20 years since Castle Rock voters last approved a school bond. Last year’s failed bond attempts focused mainly on building a new middle school. The current middle school is at capacity this year, and enrollment at the school is expected to grow next year, based on Mabbott’s estimation in October.
“The ‘portable’ word has been thrown around a few times especially … as we wait for the bond,” District Finance Director Jodi Spahn said Tuesday during her budget and enrollment report.
The facilities committee will now meet to discuss the scope and projects for the bond, Mabbott said. Representatives will return to the board with another recommendation later this year.