DPS to ask voters in November to approve $827 million toward wide-ranging measures

Denver Public Schools will ask voters in November to approve a $795 million bond proposal to build and maintain schools, along with a $32 million ballot initiative that includes mental health, nursing and special education funding.

The Denver Public Schools board voted unanimously Thursday to place the bond and mill levy proposals on the November ballot, according to a news release.

A citizens’ committee of 75 community members, teachers, parents and students met over the course of five months and presented a final set of recommendations in June.

The ballot initiative, entitled “Debt Free Schools,” proposes a $15 million allocation for DPS employees, including an increase in minimum wage to $14.77 per hour and cost-of-living increases for teachers. Mental health services would receive $3 million, nursing $4 million and special education $2 million.

The bond measure proposal includes $208 million to update and maintain existing DPS facilities. It also includes

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