Ballot Issue 3B: New auxiliary gym + lights and bleachers for the new football field and track

The Rocky Ford School District is proposing a bond issue to the community to fund upgrades to the athletic facilities at the Junior Senior High School. The proposed bond would increase the debt of the district by $4.5 million, with a repayment cost of up to $7.3 million, which would increase the district taxes by up to $362,000 annually. The specific purposes of the bond are:

- Constructing an auxiliary gym and related improvements for school and community use, and

- Installing lighting and bleachers for the new community funded football field and track

The money has already been raised to build a new football field and an all-weather track. More than $775,000 has been raised and we are optimistic that additional grant money will be awarded from two more applications. Construction on this project will begin in June, 2017 with an expected completion date of August, 2017. However, the funding is not enough to cover the costs of installing lights for the new field and new bleachers. The estimated cost of lights and bleachers is between $500,000 and $600,000. The proposed bond would pay for this as well as the construction of a new auxiliary gym.

A proposed site layout and floor plan for the auxiliary gym can be found here: Site Layout and Floor Plan

The tax implications for the proposed bond are as follows:

- Residential: for a home valued at $100,000 the expected tax increase for the year would be $79.71

- Commercial: for commercial property valued at $100,000 the expected tax increase for the year would be $290.41

- Flood Irrigated Farm Land: the expected tax increase per acre per year would be $2.89

- Grazing Land: the expected tax increase per acre per year would be $0.20

A comparison of other bond and mill levy proposals from other school districts from around the state can be found here: 2016 School District Funding Elections

Three public meeetings will be held to answer questions about the proposed bond:

- October 11, 6:00 pm, Gobin Building - Baggage Room

- October 17, 6:00 pm, Gobin Building - Baggage Room

- November 1, 6:00 pm, Gobin Building - Baggage Room


The Election Notice required to be made available to the public can be read here:  Election Notice.

For additional information, here is a great video that explains funding for schools: School Funding


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Welcome to the Rocky Ford School District website. Our purpose is to provide our students with a quality public education so that they may become contributing citizens.

Rocky Ford is fifty miles east of Pueblo on Highway 50 on the plains of eastern Colorado. We are in the heart of the Arkansas Valley's rich agricultural country where melons, onions, and other vegetables are grown.  Farmer's markets are a familiar sight from July through October.

Our district consists of 825 students, 60 teachers, 55 classified, and 5 administrators.  We have three schools:   Washington Primary School serves preschool through 2nd grade; Jefferson Intermediate School is 3rd through 6th grade; and Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School houses 7th through 12th grade.

We are proud of our district!  Our staff is hard working, our students are learning, and our community gives us wonderful support. So please feel welcome to explore our website and learn more about Rocky Ford School District.  In addition, more information about the academic performance of the school district and the associated plans of action can be found on the website which contains a compilation of performance information for all school districts in Colorado. 

The mission of Rocky Ford School District R2 is to ensure individual success and learning of all students, within a safe environment.