Court challenges are rejected, and Poudre (Colo.) district can move forward with school construction

Aug. 22, 2018
Lawsuits brought by a Fort Collins man that challenged the legality of a 2016 bond election forced the Poudre district to put construction projects on hold.

After a nearly two-year delay because of litigation, the Poudre (Colo.) School District can move forward with its $375 million plan to build new schools

The Fort Collins Coloradan reports that the state Supreme Court has decided not to hear a petition by Fort Collins resident Eric Sutherland to review an appeals court ruling regarding the bond proposal that voters approved in November 2016.

"As a result, the legal determination is now final that Poudre School District’s bond issue, mill levy override and corresponding ballot questions are lawful," the district says.

The district says it will issue bonds and proceed with construction "as soon as reasonably possible."

"The board is very excited to move forward with building schools and making the improvements our community voted for," says Christophe Febvre, president of the Poudre School Board. "The board has stayed very focused on what we feel is the best interest of the students, families and the communities in our district."

The district says that new facilities proposed in the bond issue— a new elementary school, two new middle/high schools and an athletic complex — should be completed by 2022. 

Last year, the school district and Sutherland faced off in three cases related to the bond in district court. All rulings were in the school system's favor.  

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