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Projects & Programs

Among the specifics in the voter-approved measures:

  • New Capacity and Improved Learning Environments: $65 million to address ongoing capacity needs, including new schools in growing parts of Denver and $31.7 million in flexible funding for 135 buildings to invest in key learning spaces such as classrooms, cafeterias, playgrounds, libraries, gyms and auditoriums. 

  • Montbello Campus: A $130 million investment into a rebuild or remodel of the former Montbello High School

  • Classroom Cooling: $128.5 million for air conditioning and cooling solutions in 24 of the hottest schools in DPS

  • Increased Nursing and Mental Health Staff: A $3 million investment to increase school counselor and psychologist services and $4 million to support an increase in full-time nurses in schools. 

  • Compensation Increases: A $15 million allocation for DPS employees, including an increase in minimum wage to $14.77 per hour and a cost-of-living increase for teachers.

  • General Fund Relief $36.5 million that will help mitigate the budget shortfall the district is experiencing due to the economic impact of COVID-19.


Montbello HS

The Montbello Reimagine Project is being built to serve 1,500 students, beginning in the school year 2024-25.

Ceylon Campus

The Responsive Arts STEAM Academy is being built to serve 600 students, beginning the school year 2024-25.

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Four new buildings with bond premium dollars generated from the 2020 bond.


The 28,000-sq-ft commercial greenhouse is the first facility of its kind providing students with fresh produce.

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The remaining schools from the 2020 package will have their upgrades completed in 2024.

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School Determined Funds

School determined funds (SDFs) account for a special series of school improvement initiatives.

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First adaptive playground for students with disabilities. DPS partners with a design team led by elementary students.

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We have embarked on an initiative to shift schools in grades 6-12 to a one-to-one computer device.

Hands Raised

Learn about the benefits of the proposed 2020 investments for schools.

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Mental Health Programs

Investment in DPS personnel and school programs including mental health services.

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