Future Funding Needs

DCSD Future Funding Needs
Posted on 08/23/2022
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August 23, 2022

As we have previously discussed, the Douglas County School District is considering an initiative to help address funding challenges in our school district. Additional funding would be critical for us here at Legend High School. Our staff is amazing and absolutely dedicated to our students and they deserve pay that is more competitive with other school districts - this will help us retain the amazing teachers and support staff that work with your kids every day. Additional funding would also enable our school to continue to make necessary upgrades and repairs to provide your student with a comfortable and safe learning environment.

What does this mean for Legend?

For Bond and Capital Improvements Legend would receive the following:

  • $ 3,088,808 Controls: Upgrade control system.

  • $ 1,843,853 Exterior Wall Construction: Repair moisture penetration at F pod entrance.

  • $ 9,769 Fire Alarm Systems: Upgrade fire alarm system.

  • $ 617,593 Intercommunication & Paging System: Install new IP intercom system for building.

  • $ 441,155 Safety & Security Upgrades

  • $ *Still TBD - Student & Staff Device Refresh

  • $ **Still TBD - Theater & Stage Equipment: Upgrade lighting and sound systems.

This past summer was one of the most difficult hiring seasons we have ever faced at Legend High School. The competition for pay with surrounding districts caused a lesser pool of candidates than normal. We lost ten employees from last year's staff due to other teaching opportunities in other districts that offered higher compensation. It has been very difficult to hire to classified positions due to low pay as well as retain. We have struggled with hiring front office staff, custodians, Educational Assistants, and security.

We are very proud of all the opportunities and programming that is available to our students at Legend. Continued support with funding will ensure we are able to continue to provide all these amazing opportunities for our students. Thank you for your support should our district move forward with MLO/Bond override.

Please click on this link and watch this video. You can share it on your own social media page(s) so others can understand how schools such as ours are funded. Talking to our taxpayers in Douglas County will take all of us working together!

Please take the time to learn more by visiting www.dcsdk12.org/funding. Want to get involved? Contact Invest in DCSD to help us get the word out!

We are looking forward to an amazing 2022-2023 school year!

Legend High School Administration

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