Clear Creek County voters appear split on whether to give the school district $33 million for school buildings.
Clear Creek County Ballot Issue 4A was passing with a 101-vote margin, or 51.6% out of the 3,175 ballots counted as of the end of election night. The Clerk and Recorder will recommence counting the estimated 60 remaining ballots on Nov. 3.
If approved by voters the $33 million bond money would create a new elementary school and provide improvements to the district’s other three buildings.
The school district intends to spend the money in this manner:
• About $25 million to renovate the former middle school for the new building;
• $1.25 million at King-Murphy Elementary School to expand the pre-kindergarten rooms, gymnasium floor renovation, security improvements, exterior repairs and more;
• $500,000 at the middle/high school for athletic field lights, gymnasium floor improvements and security improvements;
• and $750,000 at Georgetown Community School to finish replacing the roof, install a commercial kitchen so the school can provide a hot lunch program, and exterior and interior improvements.
Property taxpayers would pay an additional $25 per $100,000 of home value and commercial property taxpayers would pay $35 for every $100,000 of commercial property value. The bond would be repaid in 25 years.
Both incumbent Kelly Flenniken and newcomer Jessica North are running unopposed in elections where board members represent specific areas of the school district but all voters elect them.
Flenniken will represent most of Idaho Springs, while North will represent northeast part of the county. North is replacing Mitch Houston, who is term-limited and cannot run for the poition.
Voters are deciding who will represent the southeast portion of the district including King-Murphy Elementary School: incumbent Erica Haag or challenger Yvette Putt.
The initial count gave the incumbent the lead, with 61% of the vote, with 2,312 votes cast.
Both support the district’s $33 million bond request and believe the four-day school week the district is implementing next year is a good idea as long as alternatives can be found for the fifth day.
Haag said masks in school were important while the pandemic was still a threat, while Putt said masks should not be worn in school.
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