Bond Options Information


Town Hall Meetings

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Community Members:

Pueblo School District No. 60 seeks your thoughts and recommendations on two funding proposals, one of which may appear on the November 2019 ballot to address our highest priority facility needs.

Nothing is final until we hear from you, our taxpayers. The District will be gathering public input through a mail survey and hosting community outreach meetings over the next few months. The days, times and locations of community outreach meetings will be posted on our website at www.pueblocityschools.us.

District 60’s school buildings face many critical challenges. Almost half of our school buildings are in critical or very poor condition. This is not surprising given that 82 percent of our schools are 51 years or older. The District is also experiencing declining enrollment, resulting in unused space in many of our schools. In fact, our four high schools are 48 percent underutilized.

Following is a summary of the two options being considered:

Four-High-School Proposal
This proposal would ensure that District 60 remains a four-high-school district.
  • Two new high schools would be built to replace Centennial High School and East High School, with each new high school sized for 1,200 students (about two-thirds the size of the existing high schools).
  • Emergency repairs and priority upgrades would be addressed at Central High School, South High School and 11 other schools. In-district charter schools would also receive funding for building improvements.
  • Five schools would be consolidated, reconfigured or closed (refer to enclosed fact sheets).
  • The estimated total cost of the proposed improvements is $311.8 million, resulting in an estimated tax impact of $9.97 per month per $100,000 of a home’s actual (market) value as determined by the County Assessor. Future cost savings through the proposed consolidations is estimated to be
  • $163 million. Operations and maintenance costs would also drop by an estimated $2.4 million annually.

Two-High-School Proposal
This alternative proposal would transition District 60 from four high schools to two high schools.
  • •Two new 2,000-student high schools would be built. One school would replace Centennial High School and East High School and the other school would replace Central High School and South High School.
  • •Emergency repairs and priority upgrades would be addressed at nine schools. In-district charter schools would also receive funding for building improvements.
  • •Seven schools would be consolidated, reconfigured or closed (refer to enclosed fact sheets).
  • •The estimated total cost of the proposed improvements is $336 million, resulting in an estimated tax impact of $11.01 per month per $100,000 of a home’s actual (market) value as determined by the County Assessor. Future cost savings through the proposed consolidations is estimated to be
  • $247.6 million. Operations and maintenance costs would also drop by an estimated $3.3 million annually.

An aquatic center and centralized production kitchen are part of both proposals. In cooperation with the City of Pueblo, an aquatic center would be built near the River Walk. The center would include a 25-yard by 25-meter, 8-lane pool with dive tank to serve the needs of students and our community. A centralized production kitchen would also be built. This facility would receive, store, prepare and package food for school breakfast, lunch, dinners, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Program and summer lunch.

Both proposals would improve the use of instructional space district-wide, with the two-high-school proposal utilizing space most efficiently. For example, by downsizing from four to two high schools, it is estimated that 92 percent of the space at the new high schools would be used. In comparison, 60 percent of the space would be used if the four-high-school proposal is pursued. In both cases, taxpayer dollars would be saved by using space more efficiently.

In addition to enhancing space efficiency and saving taxpayer dollars, there are many other anticipated benefits. The District is confident that either proposal would extend the life of existing facilities district-wide, reduce costly emergency repairs, improve safety and security, enhance energy efficiency, improve handicapped accessibility, create modern instructional spaces that leverage technology, promote collaboration and enhance instruction for our 16,000 students, and protect property values.

These are your schools. You have the final say as to how we move forward in addressing our highest priority facility needs.

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Renee Hahn,
May 20, 2019, 11:51 AM
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Renee Hahn,
May 16, 2019, 3:08 PM
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Renee Hahn,
May 16, 2019, 3:08 PM
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Renee Hahn,
May 16, 2019, 1:45 PM
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Renee Hahn,
May 20, 2019, 11:51 AM