49 Voices Survey: Increasing Community Financial Support for D49
For more than 20 years, District 49 has worked to provide an environment that is the best choice in a region that offers many work opportunities for education professionals. Year after year, we find ourselves short-handed and struggling to field (and keep) a staff that blends fresh talent and experienced professionals to best meet the choices of our rapidly growing community. Year after year, we hear our workforce say we need to address compensation in this competitive region.
After sharing data with our closest neighbors, and analyzing that data to ensure true comparability, the real issue is evident: Community supported Mill Levy Override dollars give D11 and D20 a significant advantage over D49. MLO rates in D11 and D20 are 3-4 times higher than in D49.
The result of this difference is an almost 20% gap in the number of teachers and direct service providers who serve D49 students compared to our neighbors. In addition, D49 staff work for, on average, about 14% less pay than their counterparts in D11 and D20, who also significantly outnumber D49 staff in top administrative roles. Although we are proud to achieve a lot with less, as D49 now serves more students than any area district we must ask ourselves, is our model of efficiency keeping up with the demands of a district our size? Can we continue to operate with fewer people working for lower salaries than our neighboring districts of similar size? Does that formula live up to our vision and mission?
Based on this information, D49 is exploring how adjusting the mill levy override could increase salaries for about 2,000 teachers and other direct service professionals. Our process invites community input, and we are committed to host these conversations in partnership with the D49 family.
We invite you to share your voice by completing our survey (click here), which should take less than five minutes.
Please share this survey with your friends, neighbors and others in the D49 community.
We thank you in advance for your trust and your valuable feedback,
School District 49
Building Our Future Community
Now more than ever before, we are seeing our future community taking shape around us. Families are buying homes and building new ones in rapidly expanding neighborhoods across District 49. The Colorado Department of Education calls D49 by name as the fastest growing district in the state.
As a school district committed to serving current learners and those to come with a commitment to building firm foundations, launching successful students and sustaining enduring trust as our guiding priorities we have the opportunity and obligation to ensure our district remains the Best Choice to Learn Work and Lead. We clearly see why the future should be the topic of present conversations.
When we began the Building our Future Community plan with the 3B Mill Levy Override question in 2016, we made a commitment to put your financial support into visible action, earning your trust by remaining clear with our intent, transparent with our planning as well as efficient and precise with the resources you’ve provided. Our community’s overwhelming support of nearly 27,000 votes in favor of 3B moved it forward by a two-to-one margin.
Your continued support will see us through to the next phase of the Building our Future Community Plan in which we’ll create the best environments for families who will learn with us and candidates who will work and lead with us. We invite you to take a few moments to go over the projects that, with your support, have come to life on-time and under-budget. We are also excited to share more information with you about the road ahead.
3A and 3B have allowed D49 to increase teachers’ pay by $1 million, though we are still working toward a more competitive salary.
More than $20 million was invested into all our school campuses in 2018 to refresh, update and renovate the classrooms, buildings and other facilities.
D49 spent $17 million on additions to our three largest high schools in 2018 to provide better educational opportunities for our students.
Two new elementary schools were built from funding from 3B. Bennett Ranch Elementary School opened in the fall of 2018 and Inspiration View Elementary School opened in the fall of 2019.
D49 Chief Business Officer Presents Salary Disparities and Comparisons Based On MLO
D49 Chief Business Officer, Brett Ridgway, presents to the Board of Education (June 23, 2021) the current salary financing for district teachers and staff and shows the disparities compared to other similar school districts based on current mill levy override funding in order to start a discussion with the community about possible actions to address the disparities.
* This video was edited for time, to see the full presentation with some questions and discussion with the board of education, you can watch it on the BOE Youtube channel here... https://youtu.be/QNxSzOcDKCU?t=6318
PDF Presentation: CBO Salary Presentation to the BOE, June 23
PDF Document: Cause-Effect One-Pager D49 Look at Salary