Lakewood schools host info fair for ballot measures Oct. 4

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood School District Board of Directors is considering two important propositions for next February's ballot.

Proposition one would renew the current maintenance and operations levy, which represents approximately 20 percent of the district's total operating budget.

Proposition two would be a capital levy to pay for critical repairs at some of its schools, by replacing failing roofs and electrical, heating and ventilation systems, as well as to continue funding the district's investment in technology, to support student learning and address pre-planning for a future modernization of its high school.

To that end, the district has scheduled a School Finances and Information Fair on Oct. 4, for the community to learn more about these two proposed ballot measures.

This will be a casual open house event, where attendees will be able to meet with members of the committee that studied these issues, review their recommendations and weigh in on the proposals before the school board finalizes the measures this November for next year's ballot.

There will be representatives from the Facilities Steering Committee, as well as all the district's employee groups and board members, on hand to review and respond to questions.

The "table topics" will include information on tax rates, the need for local levies to help run the schools, the tasks of the Facilities Steering Committee and its recommendations, the needs at the high school and timelines for a future modernization there, and facility preservation plans for keeping all the schools warm, safe and dry.

These "table topics" will also address areas in need of minor modernization and renovation at the middle school, and proposed plans for keeping technology a top priority in the schools.

Attendees may visit each table in whatever order they choose and have conversations with one or more people there, to provide the district with feedback and any remaining questions they might have.

The School Finances and Information Fair will run from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the Lakewood Middle School commons area.

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