MONTEVIDEO FORWARD

Montevideo Forward
Posted on 02/06/2020
Montevideo Forward

Montevideo Public Schools launched MontevideoForward.org, a new website dedicated to informing residents about the bond referendum on April 14 to improve school facilities. 


“We encourage residents to explore the website and learn about the needs of our students and our school buildings and the plan to address them,” said Superintendent Dr. Luther Heller. “Our schools are at the heart of our community. We want every resident to feel connected to what’s happening in our buildings and how the vote will impact them as taxpayers.” 


MontevideoForward.org will function as the community’s central hub for communications around the referendum request. It contains details about how the plan was developed, the ballot questions, voting information and tax impact on local property owners. 


The Montevideo Forward plan is the result of nearly two years of professional engineering assessments and community engagement, including 12 listening sessions and two district surveys. Input from all interested community members was key as the school board developed the plan. The findings concluded that the district’s aging buildings require investments to meet today’s standards for safety, space, educational best practices and maintenance.


Ballot question one requests $47.75 million to replace Sanford Education Center and Ramsey Elementary School with a new elementary school for students through grade 4. Question one also remodels the current middle school to accommodate grade reconfiguration and improve security. Ballot question two adds a performing arts center and band and choir classrooms to the current high school for $13.28 million. Question one must pass for question two to pass. Residents can learn more about the plan at MontevideoForward.org.


“The Montevideo community has a strong tradition of supporting our schools, and I’m grateful to everyone who has been instrumental in shaping this plan,” Dr. Heller said. “Through Montevideo Forward, we can advance education for our students today and for years to come.”