Jeffco Schools Return on Investment
As we prepare for the start of another school year, once again we want to thank everyone who helped pass the Jeffco Schools mill and bond issues last November. The funds from the mill levy override have helped Jeffco Schools avoid additional budget cuts, recruit and retain the best teachers, maintain classroom size, continue providing students with the instruction and skills necessary for success in college and the workplace, ensure our students have access to instrumental music, teacher librarians, electives and Outdoor Lab, ensure our teachers have access to instructional coaching, and provide two more school days in the calendar.
When we first discussed asking Jeffco voters to support a tax increase, we decided to ask for a nominal amount – just a dime a day for the average homeowner – knowing that would not enable Jeffco Schools to reinstate cuts previously made to the budget – but would at least stave off further cuts. In the three years leading up to the passage of 3A & 3B, Jeffco Schools cut $63 million and pulled another $73 million from the rainy day fund. In November, voters approved $39 million in annual funding through the mill levy override, and $99 million in one-time bond funds that enable our district to make critical repairs to our schools to keep our kids warm, safe and dry.
All along we pointed out that fees for busses, electives, technology and some classroom supplies would continue. It’s our hope that the state of Colorado will find a way to improve how Colorado funds schools. Until then, Jeffco is in better shape than a year ago, and always gets great return on the investment we Jeffco taxpayers make in education. Just recently Jeffco was again ranked in the top three largest school districts in the country for high school graduation rates, and the growth scores from this year’s TCAP show Jeffco teachers continue to inspire our kids to reach their full potential – Jeffco continues to outperform the state on every test in every academic area.
As you prepare for the first day of school, know how much your support of Jeffco Schools is appreciated, and rest assured your children are benefiting greatly from your investment.
Jeffco Schools: Great Teachers, Great Schools, Great Communities
Community and business leaders are joining together with Jeffco Schools, to ask voters to approve two questions that will be on the November ballot. A strong, successful school district benefits the entire community by providing a well educated work force, attracting good businesses and protecting our property values.
Issue 3A will generate $39 million for operational costs which will help Jeffco Schools:
- Recruit and retain the best teachers
- Maintain classroom size
- Allow Jeffco to continue to provide students with the instruction and skills necessary for success in college and the workplace
- Ensure students have access to instrumental music, teacher librarians, electives, and Outdoor Lab as well as benefit from instructional coaching for teachers
- Restore two school days for students
Over the past three years Jeffco Schools has cut its budget by $63 million. Without 3A, the district will face another $45 million in budget cuts for the 2013-2014 school year. We cannot depend on the state for increased funding for schools. We know funds generated by 3A will stay in Jeffco and benefit our students.
Issue 3B will provide funds for much needed repairs and maintenance on Jeffco School’s buildings and facilities. These repairs are critical to ensure students are safe, warm and dry. They include:
- Upgrade safety and environmental systems, including fire protection, wiring, heat/air conditioning and plumbing
- Major roof replacement on 16 buildings
- Sidewalk and pavement replacement
- Window and door replacement
- Water heater, fire pump and roof drain replacement
Jeffco Schools is nationally recognized as one of the best large school districts in the country. We have a tradition of excellence in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the arts, and most important, in the development of good citizens. Issues 3A and 3B will cost Jeffco homeowners $1.23 per month per $100,000 of home value. For the average homeowner in Jefferson County that’s $3.06 per month or a dime a day. This is a great value for Jeffco Schools and Jeffco citizens!