Overcrowded Poudre Schools Seek Voters’ OK For $375M Bond

Population growth in northern Colorado means many of the district's schools are at or exceed capacity, and now the Poudre School District is asking voters for help to address overcrowding.

The district has plans to add two new high schools and other facilities if voters decide to approve a $375 million bond on the November ballot.

Poudre Superintendent Sandra Smyser says modular facilities have been added to many of their campuses to fight the issue, but it’s not a good permanent solution.

“They cost about $200,000 dollars, to purchase them and place them and run utilities to them. So it’s not a cheap endeavor to add a modular to a campus, and we’ve been adding them every summer.”

Smyser said the district usually likes to give parents choice on what school their kids attend, but that’s also getting harder to do.

“With several of our schools gotten to the point where they’re full to capacity, simply with the children that live inside the boundary of that school, and so our choice is getting limited, and limited and limited.”