Thursday, September 8, 2022

Frontier Academy Board of Education votes unanimously in support of the MLO Copy

A letter to the Frontier Academy community identifying the need for the renewal of the MLO.

Dear Frontier Academy Community,

Since 2017, Frontier Academy has seen tremendous benefit in the additional revenue provided by the passage of the Mill Levy Override (MLO). With this additional revenue, which now accounts for nearly 10% of our annual budget, Frontier Academy has been able to upgrade security camera systems on both campuses, create a secure entrance at the secondary school, replace classroom carpet on both campuses, provide staff salary increases and incentives, expand our technology infrastructure, enhance our chromebook ratio to provide a device to every student K-12, provide more concurrent enrollment offerings to high school students, and much more. Although we have accomplished a great deal with this funding, the needs of our school continue and the need for MLO funding is important to future success in educating our students. The impact of these funds has undoubtedly been felt not only at Frontier Academy, but also in our community as a whole. Our students, along with all students in Greeley/Evans District 6, use their amazing education to advance business success and other opportunities in our community.

The Frontier Academy Executive Committee acknowledges the following:

● On August 22nd, the Weld County School District 6 School Board of Education passed a resolution asking voters to approve a continuation of the current MLO funding through the 4A ballot question which will be placed on the 2022 November Ballot

● Frontier Academy is a public charter school authorized by Weld County School District 6 and will receive the same per pupil revenue raised by the 4A ballot if passed by voters,

● The Citizens’ Oversight Committee will continue its work to ensure that all Weld County School District 6 schools use the money from the mill levy override to fund programs and learning opportunities as promised. This committee was established after the MLO was originally passed in 2017

● The school district is seeking a continuation of the 10 mills on all residential and commercial property that was approved in 2017.

If approved by voters, Frontier Academy will continue to use MLO revenue to update technology across both campuses, update instructional materials to ensure consistency in curriculum, advance competitive compensation structures for staff so that we can recruit and retain the highest caliber educators, and support the costs associated with deferred maintenance of our school campuses.

While the above information is insightful, the bottom line is that the passage of 4A will better enable Frontier Academy to continue addressing critical areas of our school system and improve the educational experience of all our students. Although state funding has shown slight improvements in recent years, it is still significantly behind adequate funding for schools and we can not afford to wait and hope for the Colorado State Legislature to catch up. Investing in your child’s future is the most important action we can all take together. The Executive Committee of Frontier Academy supports 4A and asks that you vote YES on Election Day.

The Frontier Academy Executive Committee encourages families to educate themselves about this important ballot question and to vote YES in the November election to continue the current MLO funding. More information about the 4A ballot measure can be found on the Greeley Evans School District 6 website or at either of our Frontier campuses.

Yours in Education and Service,
Frontier Academy Executive Committee