December 16, 2015, Community Connection

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December 16, 2015
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Learn More about Your Tax Dollars at Work

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The 2015-16 Bond and Mill Levy Community Report is now available at aurorak12.org/bond-mill-report. Bond and mill levy programs approved by voters in 2008 and 2012 benefit every student in the district.

The $215 million bond program has funded improvements at every APS school. Due to careful financial management, APS has added more than $41 million in savings and interest to the bond program to fund more projects.

APS mill levy overrides provide nearly $30 million annually to fund educational programs that accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

To learn more about the APS bond program, visit bond.aurorak12.org.

To learn more about Mill Levy information, visit aurorak12.org/about-aps/mill-levy.

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Win Broncos Tickets via the APS Mobile App!

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Who wants to go the Broncos game?!? 

Don’t miss your chance to win a pair of tickets – compliments of our partners at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at The Medical Center of Aurora – to see the Denver Broncos in an upcoming home game.

Download and register the APS app to your mobile device and you will be entered into a drawing for TWO tickets to watch the Broncos play Cincinnati on Dec. 28. After downloading, send us a screenshot of your device to show that you have completed the registration. You can send us the screenshot via our Facebook and Twitter pages.  

We will pick a winner by 6 p.m. on Dec. 22. Unfortunately, APS staff members are not eligible.

Download and register today at http://aurorak12.org/app. iPad users, please download the iPhone app on the App Store. Android tablet users, please download the Android app on Google Play.

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Enrollment and Capacity Update

Due to enrollment growth over the last seven years, APS has experienced overcrowding at many of its schools. Nearly one-third of APS schools are at or above 90 percent of total capacity, even with mobile classrooms on site. APS has engaged stakeholders on a variety of options and solutions to address this challenge for more than two years.

On Nov. 10, the APS Board of Education provided direction to address projected school enrollment and capacity challenges. Prior to determining next steps, the Board considered feedback from nearly 1,600 stakeholders as part of a community engagement process on school capacity options that started in spring 2015.

The district has strategies in place, including utilizing remaining funds from the 2008 Bond Program, to meet capacity and academic program needs through the 2016-17 school year.

To learn more about the Board direction on projected enrollment capacity and academic program needs, visit the APS website at aurorak12.org/2015/11/20/enrollment-and-capacity-update/.

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Proposed 2016-17 APS Calendar

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In October, APS convened a calendar committee to develop options for the 2016-17 Conventional School Calendar. The committee is recommending a draft calendar that is very similar to the one we are currently using, with the following school start and end dates and breaks:

  • July 29 – New teachers report to buildings
  • Aug. 3 – All teachers report to buildings
  • Aug. 8 – First day of school, Grades 6-12
  • Aug. 10 – First day of school, Grades 1-5
  • Aug. 15 – First day of school, Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Oct. 10-14 – Fall recess
  • Dec. 19 – Jan. 2 – Winter recess
  • Jan. 3 – No classes for Grades P-5
  • March 27 - 31 – Spring recess
  • May 25 – Last day of school

The committee is recommending this approach because the calendar worked well for APS staff and families this year and a similar calendar would provide a smooth transition into the next school year. Furthermore, due to enrollment and capacity challenges at several of our schools, the recommendation would allow APS to focus on developing calendar options for 2017-18. This will include a four-track, year-round calendar possibility for overcrowded schools.

The APS Board of Education will consider the calendar recommendations at its Jan. 5 meeting and will likely make a decision on Jan. 19. 

2017-18 Calendar

As a reminder, we will convene a 2017-18 Calendar Committee in January 2016 to develop both conventional and four-track, year-round calendar options and evaluate the logistical aspects of implementing a year-round calendar. The Board has directed staff to develop the year-round calendar option as a possible solution to enrollment and capacity challenges at P-8/K-8 schools east of Buckley Road. The year-round calendar would potentially begin in July 2017 at the following schools: Aurora Frontier P-8, Aurora Quest K-8, Clyde Miller P-8, Mosley P-8, Murphy Creek P-8 and Vista PEAK P-8.

The 2017-18 Calendar Committee will be comprised of staff and parents from schools that have been identified as potential candidates for the year-round calendar (listed above), key department and division staff members, and community members. We will be recruiting committee members in the coming weeks.

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