The future of Loveland City Schools
Posted Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Loveland City School District’s five-year forecast projections show a need for the district to be back on the ballot in the future for an operating levy; during the September Board of Education Business Meeting, this was the information shared with Board Members. After careful consideration in committee meetings, the Board determined during public discussion at the October 17 Business Meeting to set a potential target of May 2019 to have a proposal ready for voters to consider.
“When the Loveland City School District passed a 5.6 mill operating levy in May of 2014 we made a promise that the money from that levy would continue to fund the district until 2018, and that promise was maintained due to compelling overall fiscal stewardship of all district employees and fiscally conservative management of expenditures,” said Loveland Treasurer/CFO Brett Griffith. “Our need for an operating levy is very real, and I applaud this Board for taking the steps necessary now to properly plan for a financially stable future. Of course we will provide updates on details for this levy to our community as they are developed.”
Additionally, during the 2016-17 and present school year, Loveland teachers, staff, administrators and the Board of Education put laser focus on three key areas: academic growth, classroom innovation and Tiger care in an effort to optimize the student experience for the 4,700 Tiger students the Loveland City School District serves. What developed from that focus was the Destination Loveland Task Force – a group of Loveland parents, community members and business leaders who joined educators, staff and administrators in developing future goals. This group spent the better part of the 2016-17 school year developing what the Loveland student experience should look like.
Now the Loveland Board of Education is ready to invest in putting a more formal structure and definite timeline to that important work. At the October 17 Board of Education Business Meeting, Board Members – after hearing reports from the facilities and finances committees – charged Loveland Interim Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse and Loveland Business Manager John Ames with the task to begin to develop a plan for the future facility needs in line with district goals, coupled with a financial plan. The potential timeline is to have a proposal ready for voters to consider a bond issue by May 2019.
“It is the development of a master plan for our district,” said Dr. Crouse. “Our facilities needs are district-wide and growing each new school year; it is both an issue that must be addressed now and an opportunity for the district to think and plan for the future. We will be working with a seasoned team accustomed to the size and scope of the planning that we need to do. This was the right move for the Board of Education, and I’m excited to take the process that was started last year to the next level.”