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One Team. One Goal.

 

August 23, 2017

As the best-kept secret in Colorado Springs, Widefield prides itself with coming together as one team. Our team consists of community members, parents, students, and staff. We rally together in times of celebration and in times of need. Our one goal is to provide the absolute best education we possibly can for students in a safe, caring, and positive learning environment.

A major challenge we face this school year is addressing the future of Widefield School District 3 through two ballot measures. The first ballot question will ask voters to approve a bond to build a new school, make repairs to current schools, and improve safety and security. Something we have not asked our voters to do for 22 years. The second ballot question will ask voters to approve a mill levy override to attract and retain high quality staff and to fund innovative programs in Widefield. Again, something we haven't asked our community for in 16 years. These are big requests. The reality of the community's response to those two questions is going to determine the foreseeable future of WSD3.

We have worked extremely hard to provide opportunities and create career pathways for our students. Our district has brought forth Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation's leading K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics program; robotics and coding, cyber security, STEAM, and music programs that set our students up for success. Many of these are funded through generous grants. While grants are great, they do not last forever.

We have been and will continue to be very respectful of our taxpayer's money. We honor the hard work and sacrifices our community makes to support our schools. WSD3 has been diligent in making sacrifices ourselves and we've taken every opportunity to make frugal financial decisions while never compromising the educational needs of our students.

We now find ourselves at a crossroads where we have exhausted the ability to strategically manage district needs and sustain the level of educational opportunities and resources our students deserve. We encourage our community to research how school districts are funded, to learn about how much we do with how little we have, and of course, most importantly, to vote this November. For more information please visit our website wsd3.org/Believe and call us anytime at 391-3000. Believe In Widefield!

 

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