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Capital Improvement Planning Process

Thanks to BVSD voters, who approved the unprecedented bond issue on the November 2014 ballot, BVSD will be able to make significant and lasting improvements that will benefit every student. The $576.5 million bond program will enhance the learning environment in every school and support the strategic plan​ goals in learning, talent and partnerships.​​​​​

How we got here​​

Over a period of two years, district staff and the Capital Improvement Planning Committee​ (CIPC)​ completed a comprehensive assessment of the physical condition of district facilities to identify capital improvement needs. The data collected was used to update the Educational Facilities Master Plan​ which will be the guiding document for the district's long term capital improvement planning. 

The Board of Education approved the Educational Facilities Master Plan​ ​​and a resolution ​placing a question on the November 2014 ballot asking voters to authorize BVSD to sell bonds totaling $576M to fund capital improvements to all schools. BVSD's Educational Facility Master Plan describes a strategy to address the need for facility improvements and capital investments to support current and future educational programs. It also provides the community with objective information about the district's facilities. ​

At a special study session on June 17, the board of education endorsed the superintendent’s recommendation to put a question on the ballot in November to authorize the school district to incur debt to fund $576M in capital improvements. This is the full amount of the priority three package developed by CIPC. Over the summer, staff will develop the full Educational Facility Master Plan and a resolution with specific ballot language for the board to consider in August.

CIPC Priority Packages​

The Capital Improvement Planning Committee identified $576 million in capital improvement needs for the district which were presented to the board in three prioritized packages at the May 20 work session. The board will continue its discussion from the May 27 meeting​ of the superintendent’s recommendation to consider including all of the CIPC identified needs in the Educational Facility Master Plan. In August, staff will present to the board for approval the Educational Facility Master Plan which will provide school by school detail of capital construction needs. At that time, the board may direct staff to develop a resolution to authorize a bond measure ballot question for the November 2014 election.​

At the May 27 regular board meeting​, the superintendent recommended​ the board consider the largest of three prioritized packages of capital construction needs identified by the Capital Improvement Planning Committee totaling $576 million for inclusion in the Educational Facility Master Plan. Follow the link above to watch a video of the meeting. 

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the board engaged in a work session​ with staff to discuss the inventory of capital improvement needs identified by the Capital Improvement Planning Committee. 


In April 2014, Boulder Valley School District hosted a series of seven community meetings to allow members of the community the opportunity to provide input and help shape the district’s Educational Facility Master Plan. In the meetings, participants were given information about the district’s facilities and the effort to inventory capital improvement needs. Then participants were asked to share their thoughts about what they value in BVSD school buildings via survey and small group discussion.

Meetings were held in the district’s comprehensive high schools in Nederland, Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville and Broomfield. Spanish interpreters were provided at two meetings and one meeting was conducted entirely in Spanish. 

BVSD also provided an opportunity for community members to share their thoughts online via BVSDListens. 

Capital Improvement Planning Committee

The purpose of CIPC was to advise the Boar​d of Education regarding the long term facility needs of the District. CIPC worked with staff to identify and prioritize capital improvement needs and update the Educational Facilities Master Plan.

The membership of CIPC is representative of characteristics of the Boulder Valley School District including all social, economic, ethnic, geographic, and age demographics as well as constituents with and without school-aged children. The membership represents a broad background of knowledge and experience including but not limited to general business; real estate; information technology; development/construction; architecture/engineering; and financial management/banking/accounting. ​

Community input and involv​e​​ment is an important part of the capital improvement planning process. CIPC meetings are open to the public and there is time for public comment on each agenda.    

May 1, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Board Room, Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder​

June 5, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Black Diamond Room, Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder​

July 10, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Black Diamond Room, Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder

August 14, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aspen Room, Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder

September 4, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Flagstaff Room, Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder

October 2, 2013, 5 -7:30 p.m., Louisville Middle School, 1341 Main Street, Louisville

November 6, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Creekside Elementary School, 3740 Martin Drive, Boulder

December 4, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Centaurus High School, 10300 S. Boulder Rd., Lafayette

January 8, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Emerald Elementary, 755 W. Elmhurst, Broomfield

January 22, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Bear Creek Elementary, 2500 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder 

February 5, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Casey Middle School, 1301 High Street, Boulder

March 12, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Road, Boulder

April 23, 2014, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Road, Boulder

May 7, 20145:30-8:30 p.m., Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Road, Boulder​

May 20, 2014, 5 p.m. Board of Education Work Session​, Education Center Board Room, 6500 Arapahoe Road, Boulder


To allow for in-depth discussion of select topics, the committee created subcommittees to develop recommendations for capital improvement needs which extend beyond the scope of work for a single school