Jeffco Schools Without 3A and 3B

Lakewood High School would lose 8 to 10 teachers which will wipe out several elective programs and high end classes.

In addition the loss of one counselor and one administrator which will greatly impact the services that we provide for our students and parents. The electives that we would lose are those that provide students options and pathways for success in post secondary choices. The lack of funding will over crowd classes and eliminate programs that are proven to enhance future student performance. The elimination of Speech and Debate, Music offerings, Art courses, A world language option, some science electives, Technology programs just to mention a few of the drastic impacts.
Ron Castagna, Principal

Pleasant View Elementary will lose:
1 or 2 teachers
the instrumental music program for 5th and 6th grades (we just received 19 donated instruments so these will go to waste)
we have a half-time librarian so her time may be cut even further
our instructional coach
decreased custodial support (already cut last year)
technology support from the district
curriculum support from the district
Janace Fischer, Principal

It is my understanding that Mortensen Elementary School will lose either one or two classroom teachers, our band and orchestra offerings, and one half of our Teacher Librarian and our Instructional Coach. We are indeed hoping that these measures pass!
Karla B. Hankins, Principal

At Arvada K-8, we would lose critical staff members who have been integral in moving us off of Turnaround status. Our class sizes would also increase making it more difficult to provide intense, small group instruction for all of our students. One of our biggest hits will be in the personnel we have available for our high percentage of student with social-emotional needs. We have 6 mental health providers that are busy all day long supporting students. If 3a/3b does not pass, much of that support will go away, making it hard for us to meet students’ social emotional needs prior to their academic needs.
Susan Chapla, Principal

If 3a/3b does not pass, Oberon Middle School will lose critical staffing needed to sustain its academic growth. We face losing a counselor, teacher librarian, and our instructional coach. It would be difficult–if nearly impossible–to provide elective options to our students: we would likely have to make drastic cuts in our Tech Ed, Intro to Business, Music, and Art programs. We would no longer be able to offer an extended literacy block to students, which has proven to have a direct impact on student achievement. Our class sizes would go from 26-30 students per class to 35+. The cuts would directly impact our classrooms and our students.
Tara Pena, Principal

Pomona High School would probably lose art, music, theatre, and PE
elective choices. Pomona would lose 6 teachers, a security guard, and an assistant principal. Students would have fewer options in the arts and fewer teachers providing support.
Andy Geise, Principal

Campbell Elementary
We have already lost .5 librarian.
We may lose…
2 hours of our Enrollment secretary
Instrumental Music
1.5 teachers
Para support
Free full day kindergarten
Loss of instructional time with students due to furlough days
strong teachers and leaders wanting to stay or come to Jeffco
maintenance of our buildings
Increased class sizes
Carrie Nevins, Principal

As a larger elementary school of 630 students, Mitchell Elementary will be greatly affected if 3A and 3B don’t pass this November. We will lose more than the projected average of 2 teachers per 475 students and probably close to 3 or 3 1/2 teachers (including a section of Kindergarten added this year). Our class sizes will increase from the low 30s in 5th and 6th grade, for example, to the mid-thirties. We will lose our instrumental music program, our Teacher Librarian will go to half-time as she continues to embed technology and 21st century learning skills, and we will no longer have the critical support of our Instructional Coach for our teachers implementing the new Common Core standards. Our already busy office would also lose 2 hours of secretary time. With the Bond Proposal outlined, we would lose key project funding for our HVAC system renovation and Fire alarm/security system(s) needing replacing. Our classrooms will feel the impact directly and unfortunately our students will lose the most if 3A and 3B don’t pass.
Samantha Hollman, Principal

Semper Elementary will lose two classroom teachers, bringing our total staffing down to 14 1/2 classroom teachers. This will increase the overall ratio of student to teacher from 26:1 to 30:1. We will lose 1/2 our Teacher Librarian, perhaps our Instructional Coach, and our Enrollment Secretary will be only working 4 days a week. We will lose Instrumental Music at 5th and 6th grade, which currently serves almost 50% of our current 5th and 6th graders.

In terms of the actual facility, Semper will no longer be warm, safe, and dry to the same extent it is now. Semper will not be cleaned as much as it currently is, and general upkeep and maintenance will no longer occur in the same timely manner as it currently exists.
Chris Goyden, Principal

If 3A &B don’t pass Sheridan Green will lose instrumental music impacting 2 teachers jobs. Additionally we will lose one classroom teacher for sure and potentially two classroom teachers, increasing class sizes at every grade level. We already have a half time librarian and could potentially lose our librarian all together. We could also lose or reduce the Instructional Coach’s position impacting the learning of all classroom teachers at a time when we will be needing to implement the new Common Core Standards. Sheridan Green will be incredibly negatively impacted if we don’t pass 3A&3B. We are not going to be the most impacted of all schools either.
Kurt Freeman, Principal

What I know for certain at my school, Ute Meadows, is we would lose 2 classroom teachers, .5 teacher librarian, 2 hours secretarial support daily, and instrumental music at grades 5-6.
Steve Weigum, Principal

The Manning School will lose 2 teachers, most likely one core teacher and one elective teacher; our Teacher-Librarian; one counselor; and approximately $9,450.00 in instructional money. There is no plan for adding paraprofessional hours so the library at Manning might only be open a couple of hours per day for book checkout. Manning may also lose an additional 4 hours of custodial time along with the 8 hours of custodial time we have already lost. The Manning School is scheduled to have a new roof replacement and an update on the HVAC system. The impact of not passing 3A/B will have lasting instructional effects on our students, staff and community.
Barb Goings, Principal

West Jefferson Elementary will lose band/orchestra for 4th and 5th graders. We may lose our instructional coach and would certainly lose 1-2 teachers. I am not sure of what else.
Wendy Woodland, Principal

Conifer High School has been consistently ranked in the top 600 schools in the United States.  In the past five years, we have added 13 college credit or Advanced Placement courses that have provided our students with additional post-secondary options while they are enrolled at CHS.   For example, a typical senior at Conifer will graduate with 9-12 hours of college credit which means the student is at least a second semester freshmen when they enter college.  To ensure students’ success in these challenging courses, the staff has established support programs (i.e. tutoring programs, reading and math support etc.) that students may access during the school day and after school.  If the mill does not pass, all the support programs will be cut and any elective that doesn’t have an enrollment of 29 students or more will be cut.  This would mean courses like vocal music, newspaper, leadership, yearbook and some of our advanced placement electives would not be offered.  In addition, class sizes would increase from an average of 25-27 to over 30.   This will happen due to the cut of six teachers.  Also, CHS will lose one administrator and one campus supervisor which will impact safety and our ability to effectively evaluate our teaching staff..  Consequently, the total cuts to our staff would be 19%.

CHS is also scheduled to have our drive repaved with the 3B bond funding.  If the bond fail, this project and upgrades to the water treatment plant will be cut.
Mike Musick, Principal

Fitzmorris Elementary is a high priority neighborhood school in the Arvada area. If 3A/3B is not passed our students will lose teachers and class sizes will go up. Our students need the very best literacy and math instruction available. This will be greatly challenged with large class sizes and depleted materials.

Instructional materials, technology and support will be inadequate and our students’ ability to compete globally will be greatly challenged. Students will not have a school librarian. We will lose secretarial support that effects student safety. Our school building will not have the repairs that are needed and student safety will be jeopardized. Teachers will not have opportunities for high levels of training from an instructional coach that allows them to be the best teachers possible for our students. Band and orchestra will not be offered. Our schools will be at a disadvantage comparatively to other school districts.

Last year our school was rated excellent in achievement growth in almost all areas of reading, writing and math. We need the support to continue this path. Our students, who are ages 5-12, deserve our financial commitment to provide the best education possible.
Theresa Ray, Principal

Swanson Elementary will lose .5 teacher-librarian, .5 enrollment secretary, 1-2 teachers (which will increase our class-size) and band & orchestra for our 5th and 6th grade students. If 3b doesn’t pass we won’t get some necessary updates on our safety and security system and HVAC system… And anyone who has been in our building recently knows we need some serious work on our HVAC!
Carla Endsley, Principal

If 3A and 3B does not pass, Mount Carbon is in danger of losing 2 classroom teachers. This is a grave concern since each grade level, besides 2nd grade and kindergarten, has only 2 teachers per grade level. 2nd grade currently has 3 teachers and kindergaten has 1.5 teachers. Mount Carbon will also lose instrumental music in 5th and 6th grade, our instructional coach, 0.5 teacher librarian teacher, and 2 hours of our attendance secretary. There is also a great chance we will lose our 0.5 night custodian as well. Each one of these positions are multifaceted and vital components to student growth, staff development, and the every day workings of our school.
Tracy Haschker, Principal

Wheat Ridge 5-8 will lose between 2-4 classroom teachers, our teacher librarian, a counselor, our instructional coach, the scaling back of our electives offerings, reductions in secretarial staff and less administrative support. These will have a severe impact on instruction, safety and programs for students.

There will be fewer choices for students in Art, Music, PE, World Languages and other elective offerings will need to be reduced. We will have higher class sizes, less individual attention, less opportunities for students and teacher use of technology. Our overall budget will be cut to the point we will have a difficult time even replacing older computers/technology much less adding to an increasing technology need. These cuts will not allow us to maintain our library collection and textbooks will need to be used for many more years.

We will lose custodial support and this will negatively impact the overall health and cleanliness of our building. We will do what we can to keep our school clean to prevent the spread of illness and to keep our students safe. The loss of these staff members and resources will significantly impact the services we provide to keep students safe, in a welcoming environment and focused on learning. I fear that we will not keep pace with the rest of the nation as we move to meet the National Common Core Standards for our students. The Common Core Standards are very rigorous and require more student support to implement, not less.
Warren L. Blair, Principal

If 3A and 3B do not pass, there will be losses to our school’s educational program that will move O’Connell backwards in meeting the needs of our students in the Alameda area. We are looking at losing up to 2 to 3 teachers at our school. Not only will this increase class sizes but it will take away from the electives that we offer. Right now we are able to offer Spanish to all students. Furthermore, all our students take an art, physical education, and technology elective. This will not be possible if 3A and 3B fail. Not only would this limit our students’ elective choices, but it may threaten our ability to continue as the district’s only IB Middle Years Program as we will not be able to meet all the IB requirements. In addition to losing electives, we will most likely lose a part of a school counselor and our teacher librarian. Given the needs of our student population, this will be a tremendous loss in our ability to meet all their needs – social, emotional, and academic. Finally, we will lose school funding. Given all this, the passage of 3A and 3B is crucial to continuing the strong work that O’Connell has done over the past several years.
Marc Nestorick, Principal

Lawrence Elementary will lose two classroom teachers. This loss will increase class size in all grade levels and we anticipate having most students in split classrooms. In addition, Lawrence will not have our enrollment secretary at our school full time. This will impact our ability to meet the needs of students and parents. 3B will pay for a boiler to increase the efficient heating of our building.
Beth Morganfield, Principal

The cuts that are slated at Betty Adams Elementary will come from all of the areas mentioned above. Many of you are already concerned with our larger class sizes. We will lose an additional two teachers from our staff and we will lose our Band and Orchestra. The cuts will also be to our Teacher Librarian Kristen Whitley and our Instructional Coach Michelle Smith. The plan is also to cut a secretary in the office. If there is no additional funding Outdoor Lab will also cease to operate. These are cuts that I cannot fathom, nor can imagine doing this job without the people that we have come to rely on a daily basis. I urge you to do your homework and support school funding in November.
Brendan Feely, Principal

At Bell Middle School we would lose the following positions:
Librarian…this would be a loss of key personnel to maintain our status as a Colorado Department of Education “Power Library” school. In addition, the librarian manages the development of student internet sites, digital citizenship, technology standards, inventory for all school technology and administration of the progress monitoring testing (Acuity) for every student at Bell.

.5 counselor…this would be a loss of key personnel to implement the mandated RtI (Response to Intervention) process for social, emotional, academic and scheduling interventions to address all of the needs of our diverse learners. The counselor also assists the principal and assistant principal with student behavior management, gifted and talented programming, school assessment coordinator for TCAP and transitioning adolescents in the school system.

.5 secretary…this would be a loss of key personnel because I am not sure how the assistance to the principal in maintaining the budget, attendance records, school registration and count, student and parent care and concerns, building emergency managment, general telephone calls and an overall welcoming environment could be maintained with 1 full time and 1 1/2 time secretary to serve our community of over 500 students and families! $13,000 less per pupil funding…This continues the dilemma of not being able to purchase research based texts and/or programs to meet the needs of our diverse learners at Bell. We have some funding for technology, but are unable to keep up with the demands correlated with outdated technology within a 5 year span. 2-3 teachers…

Tough decisions would have to be made regarding the pathways we have started at Bell Middle School. We provide an education with high expectations for the average, gifted, special needs and innovative students of our neighborhood. We implement the core curriculum and district initiatives while also providing higher level thinking pathways in our honors and iSTEM program, interventions for students needing to “catch up” to grade level according to the TCAP standards, Thinking Maps, Olweus Bully Proof programming and a wonderful performing arts department. I wouldn’t even know where to start in cutting the personnel that all make a difference in these programs.
Facilities… We continue to be cut personnel and, as a result, teachers rooms and the building gets cleaned on a rotating basis. Work orders get delayed. I worry about the inability to maintain our building and the deficiencies that need attention. Besides that, our community is exposed to many germs. I have always taken pride in a clean and maintained building, this will get harder each year. 

These are the cuts in my building. We have already lost the personnel in the Jeffco Schools administrative center for support in instruction and I so appreciate the instructional coach in the building. We are able to collaborate and manage many of the mandates together, as an administrative team. As a result of the possible cuts, I will have much less time to spend on instructional leadership; and if I were to lose any more assistance in instructional mangement, I believe I would have hard time meeting the present Federal, State and County mandates to meet our achievement goals at Bell Middle School.
Bridget Jones, Principal

For North Arvada Middle School, the economic impacts the district is facing could have a devastating impact on instruction for our middle school students. The proposed budget cuts that could happen in the event 3A does not pass are far reaching. Two classroom teachers would be reduced which would result in a decrease of elective offerings and an increase in class size in all classrooms. A reduction of a counselor would mean less social and emotional support for students and parents. The reduction of our Instructional Coach would mean there is less support for teachers as we continue to examine ways to improve student achievement. Teacher Librarians would be cut and this impact would be felt in the classroom as this support for teachers directly impacts classroom instruction and support for students with reading. We have already been reduced in our secretary support so we don’t have an attendance secretary this year but we would lose another .5 secretary. Everyone will feel this impact as we won’t be able to serve our community efficiently with only one full time secretary who must manage all aspects of the school office. It’s frightening to consider the face of our schools if these reductions occur!

Dana Ellis, Principal
 
My school is Governor’s Ranch Elementary
 
Here are the things that I anticipate would be lost at my school if 3A does not pass:
  • 2 classroom teachers
  • Our teacher-librarian position would be reduced to a half-time position
  • We would lose our school’s instructional coach
  • 2 hours per day of secretarial time
  • Our students would no longer have the opportunity to attend Outdoor Lab
  • The reduction of two classroom teachers would mean that my school would no longer have the minimum number of sections to maintain full-time teachers in Art, Music, and PE.  These positions would be reduced to half-time, and these teachers would have to split their time between two schools (two of these three teachers are new to the profession and would most likely lose their jobs to more experienced teachers in the district).

This results in a total reduction of up to 5 FTE at my school of just over 400 students (2 teachers + 1 Coach + 0.5 Teacher-Librarian + 0.5 Art + 0.5 Music + 0.5 PE).
 
The project that we have listed as part of the bond scope of 3B is some restoration of the exterior envelope of the school.  This project is intended to improve the energy efficiency of our building.  If 3B does not pass, this project will not occur.
Will Morton, Ph.D., Principal

The students of Foster Elementary School would lose the incredible Instructional coach who has helped our students to grow and flourish.  If 3a does not pass, we would also lose our amazing teacher librarian, who is also our GT expert and technology champion.  We would lose at least two classroom teachers, which would make continuing the dual immersion program as it is extremely difficult, and class sizes would increase greatly.  My deepest concern is how the loss of these people would effect the incredible progress we have been making, and in the end effect the growth of our children.  Our children can not afford for us to lose these positions.
Leigh Hiester, Principal

At Mandalay Middle School we will lose one of our two counselors, our teacher librarian, and more than likely funding for half a teacher. This will be a big impact as we are a small middle school.
John Schalk, Principal
 
Wayne Carle Middle would lose at least one of its eighteen teacher positions along with one of its two counselors.  We would also be among the middle schools that would be considered for losing its instructional coach. 
John White, Principal
 
At Stober Elementary, the passage or defeat of 3A and 3B will have far reaching impacts.  Should 3A and 3B not pass, Stober will face many difficult cuts, including, but not necessarily limited to, each of the following:
1) A probable loss of between 1.5 and 2 classroom teachers.  This will cause Stober’s class sizes to increase, and will also create the necessity for more multi-grade classrooms within the school to keep class sizes from increasing even more.
2) A probable loss of secretarial time.  As you all know, Stober’s secretaries are the face and the backbone of the school.  They work extremely hard to help keep Stober running effectively and to maintain a welcoming environment.  
3) A probable loss of all instrumental music instruction.  This would eliminate the opportunity for Stober 5th and 6th graders to take classes in orchestra and band.  
4) A possible loss of Stober’s full-time instructional coach.  This would greatly impact Stober’s daily focus on high-quality instruction that is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student.  
5) A probable reduction in Stober’s operating budget, which will reduce the amount Stober is able to spend purchasing materials to assist in classroom instruction.
6) Cancellation of scheduled updates to Stober’s fire alarm, paging system, and security system, all of which have a direct impact on student safety.  
Andrew Zapotoczny, Principal
 
What it means to Van Arsdale if 3A does not pass…

These are not listed in order of importance because I believe each cut is essential and all of the following cuts will happen in 2013-2014.  The cuts (me being one) have been made to every place possible outside of the schools.  The last of the reserves we saved from the last mill are being used this year. We didn’t have to make these cuts in 2012-2013 because the board decided to go for another mill increase.  I fear people feel these cuts will not really happen.  I have been in the district for 34 years and went through this budget crisis in the 1980′s and remember teachers and nurses losing their jobs and being placed in every available open position even if they were not qualified.  We had nurses teaching 2nd grade as they pursued a license and high school English teachers teaching Kindergarten.  These had long lasting ramifications on students.  Please pay close attention on how these cuts would have on the people in our Van Arsdale community.

VA would lose a minimum of two teachers.  These would be our new hires Hanna Jording and Ashlee Carvalho.
VA would lose .5 librarian.  Donna would not only work at VA half time but we would have technology support in the building only half time.
VA would lose an instructional coach.  Sometimes parents and some teachers many times do not understand the value of the instructional coach because much of their work takes place behind the scenes.  As a principal in this time of accountability, I do not know if I could do this job without this support.
VA could lose up to five teachers due to the return of instructional coaches and some librarians to the teaching force.
Class sizes in primary probably would go to 27 and intermediate to 30.
The entire instrumental music would be cut which has ramifications for instrumental music at the middle and high school levels.
Laura Orr, our attendance secretary, would lose 2 hours a day and eligibility for benefits.
I believe there would be cuts in custodial service, para aide time and clinic time though this has not been specifically addressed.
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Thanks for listening,
Linda Rice, Principal

“If 3A and 3B do not pass Falcon Bluffs Middle School will lose two elective teachers, our teacher librarian, and one of our counselors.  Fewer teachers will mean larger class sizes, probably 32-36 students per class on average.  No teacher librarian will mean very limited support for technology and limited access to the collections in our library.  A reduction in counseling would mean less guidance and planning as well as social resources for every student in our building.”
Ryan West, Principal

Eiber Elementary will lose:
2 teachers
.5 librarian
.2 secretary
Stacy Bedell, Principal
 
Welchester has lost five and a half teachers in the past three years.
We have 12 classrooms this year when we should have 14.
This has forced us to have multi-grade classrooms.  Next year, we anticipate losing at least one more teacher -thus having only 11 classrooms.  That means even more multi-grade classrooms and class sizes of 30 for primary.  There will be no instrumental music, reduced secretarial support, no teacher librarian and no instructional coach.  With the added demands of implementing a higher level of rigor in the National Common Core Standards and limited instructional leadership, helping teachers get better will be a challenge.
James Younger, Principal
 
Ralston Valley High School would likely lose eight teachers (which translates to one out of every ten teachers), an assistant principal, instructional coach, and a counselor.  Additionally, campus supervisors would be reduced by 33%, and it is likely that there would be support staff reductions such as custodial services and paraprofessionals.  The teacher loss would force us to make difficult decisions as to which elective programs would be sustained and which would have to be eliminated.
 
The remaining staff would no doubt do their best to sustain the excellent ratings (both growth and achievement) earned over the past 8 years, but it would be VERY difficult to do.  No doubt class sizes would increase and some programs would be eliminated.  In addition to the cuts in the regular classroom, we would have to eliminate several support/remediation programs for students who are not being successful.  This would have a devastating effect on our non-college bound students who struggle with school.  At the other end of the continuum, the staff cuts would make it difficult to offer some Advanced Placement and Honors classes as staffing would have to be redirected to regular education programs.There is no question in my mind that these would be the most impactful cuts in my 19 years as a principal in Jeffco and that both students and parents would feel these reductions in a tangible way.
Jim Ellis, Principal
 
At Kendrick Lakes Elementary we stand to lose one to two teachers, which would cause our class sizes to swell. We would lose our instructional coach which would impact support to teachers and students in continuing to focus on a student-centered coaching process that ensures both student growth and adult learning. Our instrumental music teacher’s job would be eliminated which would deny fifth and sixth grade students who have a passion for music and would like to pursue the joy of learning how to play a musical instrument. Our teacher librarian would be cut to half-time which would impact students by decreased library time discovering great books to read, our teachers would lose co-teaching with our teacher librarian through technology and our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program units of inquiry, and our school would lose all the other wonderful “extras” our teacher librarian manages to lead such as our school Spelling Bee contest and Chess Club. The aforementioned losses would impact our students, teachers, parents and our school community immensely and compromise our traditions of excellence at our school.
Barbara Gunther, Principal
 

Wheat Ridge High School expects to lose 7 teachers, a counselor, a security officer.  That would equal one teacher in each core area plus three elective teachers. In addition to larger classes in core classes, we will need to decide which elective programs to reduce or eliminate.  The counseling department will need to reduce services and campus security reduced by a third.
Griff Wirth, Principal

Stott Elementary will lose:
1-2 classroom teachers
instrumental music for 5th and 6th grades
possibly OELS
attendance secretary will go to 3/4 time
instructional coach

We have already lost:
half of our librarian (which affects us daily)
4 hour night custodian
para support hours
Patti Katsampes, Principal

Kendallvue Elementary will be greatly impacted if 3A and 3B do not pass.  Our school will lose two teachers.  This year we have two fourth grade classes, each holding 34 students.  If the mill/bond does not pass we are looking at class sizes being this large in second and third grade for next year if we loose two teachers.  This is our greatest fear.  We also will loose our teacher librarian who is instrumental at providing technology instruction to our students and professional development to our teachers.  In order to implement 21st Century Learning to our students we will struggle greatly to do so without our teacher librarian.  Another impact on Kendallvue will be decreasing the hours of our enrollment secretary.  Our enrollment secretary provides many things to our students, staff and families that goes way beyond her duties for enrollment and attendance.  Losing two hours of her time will greatly impact our ability to function efficiently in the office.  Our community will be impacted and notice these impacts next year if 3A and 3B do not pass.
Vicki Ferrari, Principal

At Deer Creek Middle School, like other middle schools in Jeffco, failure to pass 3A will result in the loss of teaching staff, our librarian, and a counselor.   All are crucial parts of the education and opportunities we provide for students. 

Specifically, loss of teaching staff means the loss of intervention and elective programs.  As our staffing has decreased over recent years, we have lost elective programs such as Home Arts and Tech Ed, while trying to maintain our intervention programs for struggling students.  Further cuts would decimate both electives and interventions. 

It would be misleading to say that the reduction of teachers would increase class sizes – it is more accurate to talk in terms of lost programs.  Classes that serve a smaller population would be the first to go, including math and reading supports, as classes that serve more students get priority because of sheer size and “efficiency”.  Electives that can’t deliver 30 students in each section give way to fewer choices and forced course selection.  The problem is compounded by the need to share teachers across buildings, creating further restrictions on what we can offer students and who is qualified to teach it. 

The failure of 3B to pass will mean that expensive capital improvements will not be addressed, such as replacing our aging and malfunctioning bleachers, our roof, and other projects that are not mere maintenance issues.  Band aids just won’t continue to work.
Rob Hoover, Principal

If 3A/3B do not pass, Blue Heron Elementary would lose two classroom teachers.  Because our enrollment has increased by 50 students over the past year, our average class size would increase by 7-10 students across all grade levels.  For example, our current Kindergarten class has 97 students.  With one less section for 1st graders next year, we would be looking at class sizes of 32-33 at the first grade!

We would also lose .5 of a teacher librarian meaning that both our students and staff would lose out on 20 hours of time to support literacy and technology efforts across our school.  I can’t imagine how this would even look right now.

We would also lose our instrumental music program which means 40-50 5th and 6th grade students would be unable to learn instrumental music and perform in elementary band and/or orchestra groups.  We have an excellent tradition of music education at Blue Heron that would essentially fizzle away.

We would also lose 10 hours of time for our enrollment secretary which would drastically increase the workload for our already very busy office staff.  At a minimum, this would hinder our ability to create a safe and welcoming environment and ensure building security measures are effectively in place.

We would also stand to lose our outstanding instructional coach who is an integral part of teacher support and school professional development efforts which creates the mechanism for improved teaching and learning and student achievement outcomes.

The ripple effect of this long list of potential losses if 3A/3B do not pass would have a tangible and detrimental impact to our kids, our teachers, and our community for many years to come.  Thank you for taking the time to support the widespread effort to maintain our traditions of excellence at Blue Heron Elementary and across all of Jeffco!
KC Somers, Principal 

If 3A/3B does not pass, Prospect Valley will lose 2 teachers; our librarian would be reduced to half-time; our secretary time would be reduced; we would lose instrumental music for 5th and 6th graders; and our building would not receive any updating.
Mike Collins, Principal

Stein Elementary has 733 students and yet will lose:
2-3 teachers
.5 librarian
instrumental music for 5th and 6th grade students
instructional coach
attendance secretary hours will be reduced to 3/4 time
Socorro Alarcon, Principal
 
With the current budget outlook Thomson Elementary would lose:
Minimum of 2 classroom teachers and potentially a 3rd increasing class sizes in many if not all grades.
  • Band and Orchestra for our 5th and 6th graders
  • 2 hours of our enrollment secretary
  • Our instructional coach who helps our teachers become better at their practice
  • Custodial support
  • Our librarian would be reduced to 1/2 time
  • Instructional and technology support from the district which supports our teachers instruction to our students
As you can see this reduction would be a dramatic hit to our ability to provide the high quality education that Thomson students deserve!
Scott Simon, Principal
 
Summit Ridge Middle School will continue to be heavily impacted by reductions in resources and support.  Last year Summit Ridge lost a full time counselor, half an assistant principal, half a secretary, custodial hours, para support, and 1.5 teachers.  If the mill does not pass we will continue to lose even more resources such as 2-4 more teachers, our teacher-librarian, our instructional coach, reduced office support, possibly lose our half time AP, reduced custodial support, and support staff.

What this means for Summit Ridge students is there will be less choices in electives such as art, music, PE, and technology.  Students will have increased class sizes in all areas.  Safety and security of students will be reduced as a result of less teacher to student ratios.  Team concept of student groupings will be compromised and students may not have the team teacher support systems in place.  Technology integration will be compromised.  Choice enrollment opportunities at Summit will be drastically reduced. 
Ari Goldberg, Principal

If 3A and 3B don’t pass the Bear Creek K – 8 School community will lose :
  • 2 – 3 teachers,
  • .5 teacher librarian,
  • up to a .5 secretary (already understaffed in this category),
  • custodial staff
  • band and orchestra for our 5th and 6th grade students
  • interventionists,, and
  • possibly a .5 AP.
Should these slated reductions to our staff come to pass, our remaining staff will be further stressed and stretched in our collective efforts to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.   The result of which is likely to be the demise of many of our extra-curricular programs such as competitive athletics (co-ed soccer, boys and girls basketball volleyball, cheerleading and track and field), Tumbling Teddies, additional choirs, instrumental music clubs, art club, Senate and StuCo, just to name a few.   It’s disturbing to imagine what going to school will be like for our students if our school is reduced to its barest bones and educational opportunities become so limited for our students.  We hope that such a day never comes. 
If 3A and 3B don’t pass the Bear Creek K – 8 School community will lose :
  • 2 – 3 teachers,
  • .5 teacher librarian,
  • up to a .5 secretary (already understaffed in this category),
  • custodial staff
  • band and orchestra for our 5th and 6th grade students
  • interventionists,, and
  • possibly a .5 AP.
Should these slated reductions to our staff come to pass, our remaining staff will be further stressed and stretched in our collective efforts to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.   The result of which is likely to be the demise of many of our extra-curricular programs such as competitive athletics (co-ed soccer, boys and girls basketball volleyball, cheerleading and track and field), Tumbling Teddies, additional choirs, instrumental music clubs, art club, Senate and StuCo, just to name a few.   It’s disturbing to imagine what going to school will be like for our students if our school is reduced to its barest bones and educational opportunities become so limited for our students.  We hope that such a day never comes. 
If 3A and 3B don’t pass the Bear Creek K – 8 School community will lose :
  • 2 – 3 teachers,
  • .5 teacher librarian,
  • up to a .5 secretary (already understaffed in this category),
  • custodial staff
  • band and orchestra for our 5th and 6th grade students
  • interventionists,, and
  • possibly a .5 AP.
Should these slated reductions to our staff come to pass, our remaining staff will be further stressed and stretched in our collective efforts to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.   The result of which is likely to be the demise of many of our extra-curricular programs such as competitive athletics (co-ed soccer, boys and girls basketball volleyball, cheerleading and track and field), Tumbling Teddies, additional choirs, instrumental music clubs, art club, Senate and StuCo, just to name a few.   It’s disturbing to imagine what going to school will be like for our students if our school is reduced to its barest bones and educational opportunities become so limited for our students.  We hope that such a day never comes. 
Victoria Kaye, Principal

I am greatly concerned with the serious impact that an unsuccessful 3A/3B would have on Stony Creek and every elementary school in Jeffco.  This would include lose of: 

  • Two (2) teachers
  • Instructional Coach – This would be a huge lose to a school with close to 500 students and no Assistant Principal
  • .5 Teacher/Librarian – our teacher/librarian would be shared with another school.  
  • 2 hours daily of School/Attendance Secretary’s hours worked
  • Instrumental Music (Band & Orchestra) for grades 4-6

Every area of our school would feel the impact of these loses that unfortunately would include our students.  We can’t afford this!  
John de la Garza, Principal

I am the Slater Elementary School Principal and I would lose my Instructional Coach and AMP support!
Lisa Nolan, Principal

At Hutchinson, we will loose 2 classroom teachers, classroom sizes will increase, the instrumental music program will be gone (this will affect the programs in middle and high school), go to a half-time teacher librarian, our enrollment secretary will be cut to 3/4 time, our instructional coach will be gone, custodial services will be cut. . .
No a very pretty picture.
Beth Bacon, Principal
 
Belmar Elementary will lose:
1. Free Full day Kindergarten.  We would most likely go back to having an AM Kindergarten and a PM Kindergarten.  This meanse we wjill lose one Kindergarten teacher.
2.  We will lose instrumental music (band and orchestra) for our 5th and 6th graders. 
3. We will lose 1 or 2 of our grade one through six teachers.  This means we will have 12 classrooms of kids with only 10 or 11 teachers.  We will therefore have larger class sizes and  multi-age classrooms.
4. We will lose paraprofessional support.
5. The hours of our school secretary, who handles attendance among other duties, will be reduced by 25%. 
6. We will lose our instructional coach.  This is an absoutely vital position for helping teachers improve their craft.
7. We could lose custodial support (we already lost four hours of support this year).
8. We will lose technology support from the district.  This support is vital so that our machines and networks actually function so teachers and kids can use them.
9.  We will lose curriculum and assessment support from the District.  This just adds more to the plate of our busy teachers.
10. We will continue to lose instructional days because of furlough days.
11.  As a District, it will be harder to recruit and retain the best teachers and educational leaders.
Peter Ludwig, Principal
 
If 3A and 3B does not pass, Red Rocks Elementary will lose:
2 classroom teachers
Instrumental Music in Grades 4-6
Instructional Coach
Full time enrollment secretary
We have already lost our full time teacher-librarian.
Wanda Hamilton, Principal
 
If 3A/3B does not pass Carmody Middle School would be impacted by the following;
  • Loss of 2-3 teachers- IMPACT- less offerings for students in both electives and intervention classes.  Larger class sizes and less after school clubs and activities.
  • Loss of teacher librarian- IMPACT- no technology support for teachers to implement new strategies/programs in their classroom, limited access to library for students, web page will not managed as efficiently and timely.  This would be a huge loss for Carmody as our Librarian is critical in our day to day work to support students.
  • Possible loss of .5 counselor- IMPACT-depending on enrollment- huge loss to support our large population of students who need social/emotional support.  Less parent support for parents who have wide variety of needs.
  • Loss of .5 attendance secretary- IMPACT- timely attendance and office support will be less efficient due to increased work load on remaining office staff.  We will lose the quality of customer service we can provide to our community.
  • Possible loss of Instructional Coach- IMPACT- the reduction of our Instructional Coach would mean there is less support for teachers as we continue to examine ways to improve student achievement. 

 As you can see this would be a huge loss to our school and community, we would struggle to provide the same level of service to all of our stakeholders.
Scott Allensworth, Principal

Colorow Elementary students have much to lose if 3a and 3b do not pass. Class sizes will immediately increase because we would lose one to two teachers which is simply unimaginable. Our Instructional Coach is critical to our success in student achievement but this position could be gone. With the Common Core Standards coming up, there is so much to learn and Instructional Coaches will be critical in providing Professional Development and support for this change in Jeffco.

Our enrollment secretary would be cut by two hours and I can honestly say I can’t picture how just one secretary could meet everyone’s needs in those two hours she would be alone. She would need to meet the needs of our children in the clinic, the needs of our parents and visitors, to meet the needs of our staff and to assist us in all emergency situations. We need both secretaries in our schools all day. The Facility Manager at Colorow is busy every moment of every day. If his staff is cut, our children will no longer come to school proud of our beautiful building and grounds. Our older building will receive a new boiler and sidewalk repairs if these measures pass and if not, we’ll see how long the boiler holds up.

Many of our 5th and 6th Grade students currently participate in band and orchestra. This program would be cut if our ballot issues are unsuccessful. We have many talented musicians who state that playing music and being part of band or orchestra is the highlight of their week and they would be denied this experience. Colorow has already suffered from the loss of a full time Teacher Librarian. We currently share our Librarian with two other elementary schools. I can’t fathom further cuts in this position which is so vital in all of our schools. In a time when technology is essential for our students to be competitive in a global market, we must have our Teacher Librarians to lead this charge.

There is much to lose if 3A and 3B do not pass and each school will be seriously impacted. It is not a time to be passive and sit back and see what happens. I will continue to speak to my community, friends and family and spread the word that we need everyone’s support.
Pam Johnson, Principal

Patterson International will suffer greatly if 3A/3B does not pass. We will lose 1- 2 classroom teachers, free full day kindergarten may be lost, our teacher-librarian will be reduced to half time, our instructional coach would be cut, Instrumental Music would be taken from our 5th and 6th graders, our enrollment secretary would lose hours, para hours would be cut, and district support for technology and curriculum would be cut even further. All of this would have a huge impact on student achievement.
Beth Larson, Principal

It is difficult to predict what exactly will be lost at any school as many important conversations and fact gathering will naturally occur following the election.  We have seen the early budget projections (as well as school closures) change significantly from the fall of a school year to the final budget approved in the Spring.  For example, D’Evelyn was preparing to operate the current year with two fewer teachers based on budget projections provided during the 2011-12 school year.  This was adjusted following the final budget that was produced in April.

However, if 3A does not pass and we do not receive significant funding increases from the State, then D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. could loose 5 teachers for the 2013-14 school year.  Additionally, the failure to provide salary increases, which are not guaranteed even if 3A passes, could drive some of our highly valued educators to other school districts or even out of the profession all together.  D’Evelyn voluntarily eliminated the Instructional Coach position three years ago to help with the budget shortfalls of prior years and already operates a comprehensive program for Junior High and Senior High students with only three assistant principals (all other high schools in Jeffco have a minimum for four APs), thus we know the challenge our fellow high schools face with the pending reductions in staff.  Difficult choices will need to made District wide in all areas of our organization.
Terry Elliott, Principal
 
Everitt Middle School will loose a teacher librarian, half of a counselor and between 1.5 to 2 classroom teachers.  The impact of this would greatly impact our ability to meet the academic and emotional needs of the 7th and 8th grade students.
Jeff Gomez, Principal
 
Creighton Middle School will lose a great deal of support if 3a/3b does not pass. This includes cutting 3-4 classroom teachers, our teacher librarian, a counselor, our instructional coach, electives offerings, reductions in secretarial staff, and less administrative support.
Nick Kemmer, Principal
 

Wilmore-Davis Elementary –  If 3A/3B is not passed our students will lose:

2 Teachers, class sizes will increase,  .5 Librarian, Instructional Coach, .5 School Enrollment Secretary, 5/6 Grade Band and Orchestra, Updated Security, Building Maintenance.  
John Martinez, Principal

If 3a/3b does not pass, Drake Middle School will lose critical staffing needed to sustain successful stratigic and academic growth scores that we have had over the past 3 years.  We face losing two classroom teachers, a counselor, teacher librarian, and our instructional coach.  Elective options for our students would likely have cuts, areas such as Tech Ed, Music, FACS and Art programs.  Our class sizes could go from an average of 27 students per class to 35 per class.  The cuts would directly impact our community, teachers and most importantly our students. We simply will be hard pressed to have all of them prepared for the rigors of high schools.
Rod Pugnetti, Principal

Even though Glennon Heights is a small elementary school of 230 students, we would be impacted by losing our Instructional Coach, our Attendance secretary would be cut to half time, one more teacher would be lost (already 3 over the past two years), and possibly could lose our night custodian, who cleans the classrooms. Instrumental music for our 5th and 6th graders would be eliminated from elementary schools, which would be tragic for our students, and our free full day kindergarten would be back to half day. Small schools already have very limited budgets to work with to purchase resources and everyday supplies for the building. More per pupil cuts will further limit our ability to keep up with technology and up to date resources for teachers.
Anne Chenoweth, Principal
 
As principal of Mt. Evans Outdoor Education Lab School (OELS) – one of only two Outdoor Ed. schools in the district – our greatest danger is that the District will no longer be able to fund its portion of our sustainability plan if 3A/3B does not pass.  As you may know, the survival of the very popular Outdoor Lab program is currently dependent on the District’s 3-part sustainability plan. The three parts are student fees, District funding, and private funding provided via the Outdoor Lab Foundation. Without any one of these three parts the Outdoor Lab program would close. Since the program is the only one in Jeffco schools that reaches every student, this would be a loss for the entire District. The program not only serves every sixth grade student in the district, it also offers leadership opportunities to the more than 800 high school students who return as junior counselors with each group of sixth grade students. Upon graduation, many seniors report that the Outdoor Lab experience was their most cherished memory from their entire K-12 education. As a community, we need to restore full funding to this program and the passage of 3A/3B is the first step in that direction.
David Epp, Principal

If 3A and 3B don’t pass, Kyffin Elementary will lose:
1. Its full-time librarian – she will go half-time. Along with this loss, a great deal of capacity in the area of technology will also be lost.
2. Two hours of enrollment secretary time per day – this is the person who takes care of all enrollment AND daily attendance. Furthermore, she handles all paperwork around discipline, and many other duties, as needed.
3. We will likely lose more than 2 teachers. That is what is anticipated to be lost at an average-sized elementary school, but Kyffin has over 100 students more than the average-sized elementary school.
4. The instructional coach. With higher accountability at schools continuing to be a reality, the instructional coach offers support for student learning, assessment, and teacher learning.This has become a critical role in our schools.
5. Instrumental music for grades 5 and 6
6. Custodial hours. This will affect not only the cleanliness of our building, but even our building safety and security as these people play a critical role in keeping our building safe and secure.
Michele Austin, Principal

If 3A and 3B doesn’t pass, Peiffer Elementary teachers and students will feel a tremendous loss.

Our students will lose the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument because our instrumental music program will be cut.

Our students will have inconsistent feedback and less responsive small group instruction due to less teachers and larger class sizes. We could lose 2 to 3 classroom teachers.

Our students and teachers would not have our Media/Tech Specialist to collaboratively plan and co-teach with as well as connect our current curriculum with 21st century learning.

Our students’ learning experiences will not be as rich due to the elimination of our Instructional Coach. Currently our Instructional Coach provides professional learning opportunities for our teachers that improves their instruction and ultimately increases student achievement.
Molly Touher, Principal

Foothills Elementary will lose a minimum of 2 teachers, our teacher librarian, our instructional coach, and 2 hours of attendance secretarial time, in addition, we could lose para hours and custodial hours as well.
Susan Borzych, Ph.D., Principal
 
Bergen Meadow, Preschool through 2nd grade school would lose 2 teachers, 2 hours of secretary staff, and our instructional coach.  With the Common Core Standards implementation beginning for primary children, the loss of our instructional coach will impact teacher performance and the new staff development that will highly impact our students.  These next 2 years are critical to the implementation of the Commmon Core Standards and getting our students ready for the new testing in 2014-2015.  Our Jeffco students run the risk of not being prepared to compete in the global educational system once these new standards are implelmented and tested across the nation.  Larger class sizes at Kindergarten, first and second grades will have a direct impact on individualized education for students that are highly impacted in their learning and for those students that are on the gifted side of learning.  The students that are average learners run the risk of becoming invisible as we try to adjust instruction with little support, more numbers and less days to educate our students.
Peggy Miller, Principal 
 
What we would lose at Arvada High School without additional resources provided by 3A and 3B:
One Assistant Principal
One Member of the Security Team
4-5 Teachers
Loss of additional funding to help with graduation requirements
No summer school for credit recovery
1 Instructional Coach
Loss of athletic teams
The loss of teaching staff will result in larger class sizes and fewer choices for students.
Kathy Norton, PrincipalIf 3A doesn’t pass, McLain Community High School’s mission of providing alternative pathways to a diploma will have to be re-evaluated in light of the District priorities given such a funding shortage.  Our commitment to providing alternative programs for students will be severely limited by the loss of at least 1 Assistant Principal, 1 Counselor, 1 Instructional Coach and 4-5 teachers. This could mean a loss of a whole program.  Potentially, the District dropout rate would increase and the graduation rate would decrease if we were unable to serve the same number of at-risk students as we do now. 
Deborah Gard, PrincipalAt Fairmount Elementary, we would lose 2 or 3 teachers.  2 hours of our attendance secretary time.  Also 5th and 6th grade band and orchestra.  Also, our full time Librarian will be half time.
Brady Stroup, PrincipalHackberry Hill Elementary School will lose 2-3 classroom teachers, boosting class sizes even higher — perhaps 3 – 4 more students in each class.  We will lose a tremendous amount of experience and expertise, which directly impacts our students, through the loss of our Instructional Coach and the reduction of our Teacher-Librarian to half time.  Our Instructional Coach is vital to the daily operation of the school and professional development for our teachers.  Her expertise and support for teachers will be even more vital if class sizes increase.  Our teacher-librarian is also vital to the learning of our students.  Gone are the days when a librarian only checked out books and read to students. Our teacher-librarians are teachers first, and work with students on 21st century skills vital to their education and success.  The loss of hours for our attendance/school secretary truly impacts our front office negatively in terms of accomplishing tasks and reporting attendance issues in a timely manner. We also anticipate a cut in custodial help and paraprofessional time, directly affecting the cleanliness and safety of the school, and additional support for all students.  The work currently being accomplished by these highly trained and talented individuals will have to be passed on to others in the building, who are already stretched to the max. We have a fabulous instrumental music program, and the thought of losing that is nothing less than tragic.

At Bradford Intermediate we stand to lose:

- 1-2 classroom teachers
- 2 instrumental music teachers (band/orchestra)
- 2 hours/day of secretarial time which will impact coverage in the office as well as attention to the needs of the school community
- potential elimination of a stellar Outdoor Lab experience
Sam Palamara, Principal

At Warder Elementary, if 3A&3B do not pass, we will lose two of the highly skilled teachers who make Warder a school of excellence in so many ways. Class sizes will increase to the point that many more multi-grade classrooms must seriously be considered.  Current class sizes in the morning for our 5/6 multi-grade rooms are 32 students.  The funding through which we are able to support additional hours for our para professionals (supporting literacy and math interventions, managing the cafeteria and playground during lunchtime, and providing extra support in our school clinic) will disappear. Our ability to purchase resources to meet the rigorous requirements of the Jeffco curriculum will be greatly diminished, as will our support for student enrichment.  Warder’s roof leaks with any precipitation, causing water damage on a regular basis.  If 3A&3B pass, Warder is slated to receive a new roof. Without the passing of 3B, Warder’s heating and air conditioning system (HVAC) will continue to leave one half of our school nice and warm, while the other half is uncomfortable.  If 3A&3B pass, Warder will have an updated HVAC system and consistent temperatures that support learners and staff alike!  The loss of a full-time Teacher Librarian position has greatly reduced our support for teaching 21st century skills, including technology.  Now more than ever, our students must receive the very best in educational technology.  Not passing 3A&3B would greatly impact the work being done by our front office staff with fewer hours to do the same amount or more work on a weekly basis.  Without 3A&3B funding, Warder’s Instructional Coach position will either be reduced to half time or cut entirely, leaving large gaps in the instructional leadership and staff support within our school.  Her deep knowledge of our curriculum, a wide range of assessments for every content area, and ability to team teach and provide instructional supports would leave large gaps for teachers and students alike.  Instrumental music for our band and orchestra students would be nonexistent at Warder without 3A&3B- something that is well known to support brain growth and academic achievement in study after study! Our students deserve the very best we have to offer!
Jennifer Steele, Principal

I have been at Columbine High School for the past 34 years, and have been blessed to be a member of this fantastic community and great school district.  Our students deserve the opportunity to receive the best education possible.  If 3A/3B do not pass I feel that we will not be giving our students the opportunity that students have in other school districts.

At Columbine High School 7-10 teaching positions will be eliminated, which means we would be forced to offer 35-50 fewer classes, many of the cuts in the elective areas.  I truly believe that what makes Columbine so special is that our students receive a well-rounded education. Our students excel in the core areas of English, math, science, social studies, and world languages but they also do well in our art, business, family and consumer science, music, physical education and tech arts classes.  I would be saddened knowing that our students may not have the opportunity to take the elective classes that they so thoroughly enjoy.  In addition, we would be offering fewer choices in the core area electives.  There is the possibility that fewer Advanced Placement classes would be offered and electives such as newspaper, yearbook, and theatre classes would be cut. 

Columbine High School could eliminate an assistant principal and a counselor.  The elimination of these two positions would be devastating, because of the support that our assistant principals and counselors provide to the members of our school community.

Our students deserve to have the best education possible and your support in the upcoming election would help us to provide a quality education that prepares all of our students for a successful future.
Frank DeAngelis, Principal

At Green Mountain Elementary, it is critical that 3A/3B passes.  We will lose 1 or 2 teachers resulting in increased class size for both primary and intermediate students? As a small school, it may be necessary to have more combination classes. Additionally, we will lose our instructional coach resulting in reduced professional learning opportunities for our teachers ultimately impacting instruction our children receive. Instrumental music including band and orchestra will be eliminated which will reduce choices students have in middle school and high school. We have a half-time librarian now and we may lose additional time. With a reduced budget, it will be very difficult to budget for additional resources to meet the needs of ALL students.
Sharon Ivie, Principal 

We are facing an incredible fiscal challenge which threatens to tear down the positive strides we have made for our students in our schools.  If we fail to pass 3A, Dakota Ridge High School will lose eight teachers, one administrator, one campus supervisor, our instructional coach, and numerous paraprofessional positions – all highly qualified educators currently providing top notch educational experiences to students who themselves are preparing for the comprehensive world beyond high school. In addition to a realized increase in class size, we will witness the loss of academic and elective pathways which will negatively impact our comprehensive and technologically advanced interscholastic opportunities and award-winning programs in athletics, activities, drama, business/marketing, music, technology, and art. 

If you happen to have students involved in athletic and activities, you understand the important influence of these activities on student academics.  Recent statistical data of Jefferson County students comparing grade point averages of participants and non-participants showed students involved in school sponsored activities such as drama, instrumental music, and choir had an average GPA of 3.03 compared to students who were not involved in these activities scoring a lower average GPA of 2.68.  Student athletes mirrored this higher trend with an average GPA of 3.2 – which was well above the 2.53 GPA of non-student athletes.  Continued reductions in funding to activities and athletics will have drastic and profound negative impact upon our collective student academic performance.

It is not just the thought of significantly reducing staffing and programs this coming year, but the reality that we have already made reductions in staffing which have had deep and long lasting negative impact upon our high school students working towards graduation and post-secondary success.  It is pretty common to hear of class size per teacher to be described at approximately 30 students per teacher per class.  However, what is less common is the reality that currently our counselor to student and administrator to student ratios are 375 students per counselor or administrator.  If you have children looking to navigate the complex world of college selection, application, and entrance requirements, try to imagine that ratio and its restrictive impact upon personalized attention to your children.  Reducing staffing further and decreasing individualized attention to students is not what I want for my own children.  Bottom line, we will lose for our students the multiple pathways, options, and comprehensive excellence they deserve in our high schools.
Jim Jelinek, Principal

Q: What happens at Elk Creek if 3A does not pass? 
A: Based on what we know right now, at Elk Creek Elementary the following programs/positions will be affected: 

  • Enrollment secretary hours reduced: this is Val Peterson’s (Mrs. Val) position
  • Instructional Coach position reduced or eliminated: this is Trish Zurlinden’s (Mrs. Z) position
  • Band and Orchestra eliminated at fourth and fifth grade: this is Susan Foster’s (Mrs. Foster) position
  • Possible reduction of library/media specialist time: this is Wendy Bitner’s (Mrs. Bitner) position
  • Loss of one or two classroom teacher’s: positions will be eliminated based on the negotiated contract with JCEA.  The average class size will increase to 31 students per class.

Q: What happens at Elk Creek Elementary if 3B does not pass?
A: Based on what we know right now, the three projects that are slated for the summer 2013 at Elk Creek will be postponed.  These three projects are:

    • HVAC (heating and ventilation but not air conditioning) renovation
    • Septic system restoration
    • Fire hydrant replacement (pending—waiting on appropriate approval)

Ryan Lucas, Principal

Standley Lake High School-
- We would lose around 8 full time teaching staff which equates to 1 per every 10 we currently have
- This would put our building in a very tough situation on deciding what elective programs would be sustained and which ones would be eliminated thus taking away the true comprehensive high school identity that we have been so proud of. 
- Included in those elective programs could be music, the arts, family and consumer studies and both our auto and wood technology programs. 
- We would most likely have to decrease the number or AP and IB courses offered to focus staffing back to the regular education programs.
- This cut would also potentially eliminate some remediation programs/plans we have in place for those middle of the road/catch up kids that struggle in school. 
- We would lose one third of our campus supervisors which means less time monitoring the neighborhood and helping keur side as we share a sense of accountability for students during lunch and on off hours while they are in the community.
- The potential loss of para educator and classified support staff is too a concern. 

The impact this would potentially have on SLHS is unfathomable.  The detrimental domino effect this would have on our community would extend for years to come.  Imagine a neighborhood high school with limited or no music and art programs, limited amount of resources to support remediation programs that help support students strugging in school, depleated or extinct athletic and co-curricular programs, not to mention extremely large class sizes which equates to decreased participation and potentially lower test scores.  This would highly impact the extremely talented teachers that we have in JEFFCO and possibly push them away from possibly looking for work down the road in Jefferson County. 
Jeff Pierson, Principal

Coronado Elementary serves 550 students in Littleton and if 3A and 3B does not pass our school will lose 2-3 classroom teachers, increasing our class sizes to 35 in the intermediate classrooms. Our students will lose the support of a full time librarian which will become a .5 librarian who is trying to implement 21st Century skills everyday! The Instructional Coach at Coronado will be cut which will affect the instructional leadership for our teachers, students, and implementation of the Common Core Standards. The Instrumental Music program provided to our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will be cut and Coronado will lose 2 additional hours of our attendance secretary which impacts an already busy office staff. If the Bond proposal does not pass, Coronado’s parking lot will not be renovated as well as the HVAC system which is in need of renovation.
Marcy Hoefner, Principal

Fremont Elementary
We have already lost .5 teacher librarian, two teachers, and precious instructional time due to furlough days.  If 3a3b doesn’t pass, we may lose: 1.5-2.0 additional teachers increasing class sizes, 2 hours per day of our enrollment secretary, instructional coach, instrumental music, para support, free full day kindergarten, custodial support and maintenance of our building.
Deb Hines, Principal

Bear Creek High School could potentially lose 8 to 9 classroom teachers. This may impact our ability to provide the rich and diverse class offerings that have supported students in discovering their arenas of excellence and areas of passion. Unfortunately, this may include the loss of certain Advanced Placement (AP) offerings as well as elective opportunities. It puts at risk our ability to continue to offer unique programs such as our Project Lead the Way Engineering and Biomedical Science programs.

In addition to losing classroom teachers, there is the potential to lose multiple critical supports including a Campus Supervisor, Assistant Principal, Counselor, custodial and secretarial support. These key supports are vital to our mission of preparing students for successful futures while learning in a safe, secure, efficient, and responsive learning environment.
Kevin Carroll, Principal

At Green Gables, I’m concerned about how the budget reductions will affect us.  Being a small school, we have already been impacted.  We have been cut two general education teachers, and we no longer receive full day Kindergarten funding. Our teachers and staff members work very hard to deliver the best instruction possible. With increased class size, the quality of instruction will be difficult to sustain. Our teacher librarian works very hard with teachers to provide instruction in technology, we may loose this valuable staff member.  We may loose our instructional coach. She provides significant influence on how effective our instruction is as a team. Instrumental music for our fifth and sixth graders has been a  critical component of student success and this may be cut. Another concern is that we may loose great teachers and administrators as they can go to neighboring districts for better pay. Tomorrow’s future is dependent on our success today. 
Kathy Chandler, Principal
 
If 3A/3B do not pass Shaffer Elementary and all other Jefferson county schools will be directly impacted.  At Shaffer we will see a reduction in classroom teachers – 2-3 classroom teaching positions will be eliminated.  If we eliminate 2-3 teachers this will create larger class sizes.  We would loose .5 of our school Librarian, which in turn would cut our technology curriculum being taught by our school Librarian this year.  We would loose our Instructional Coach.   The Instructional Band and Orchestra program will be eliminated.  Our Enrollment Secretary will be reduced by 2 hours per day.  We could lose two instructional days this Spring.  
Gina Rivas    

Mortensen Elementary School is an average size elementary school with approximately 425 students in the southern part of the county.  We are in hopes that the 3A-3B measures pass in Jeffco for the positive future of our students.  If the measures do not pass it appears that our school will lose the following staff members:
 
1. At least one classroom teacher
2. 1/2 of our Teacher Librarian position
3. Half or all of our Instructional Coach position
4. More than likely – our Instrumental Music program with Band and Orchestra opportunities for our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.
 
In addition, our school needs some roof repairs and updates to our HVAC system.  These improvements are important for the prudent maintenance of our beautiful facility.
Karla B. Hankins, Principals

Ryan Elementary will loose:
  • 2-3 teachers- right now that could impact half day Kindergarten and increase class sizes in every grade
  • Our LMC specialist will be cut to half time- we have spent a great deal of time fund raising to get smart boards and iPads for the classroom. This technology will go unsupported. 
  • 5th and 6th grade Instrumental Music(this will effect 2 teachers)
  • Clinic aide time
  • Custodial hours
  •  Secretarial hours
  • It is highly likely that Ryan would not be able to accept any open enrollment applications 
Kristi Shaner, Principal
 

At Dunstan Middle School, we are coming off of a year of tremendous academic growth for our students! This is because each and every staff member is dedicated to supporting our students academic and social development. If 3A and 3B do not pass we will be devastated. We will lose:  our teacher librarian, our instructional coach, two elective teachers, 1/2 of a counselor and possibly 1/2 of a secretary. We will not be able to continue to provide the rich electives we offer now or focus on technology and excellent instruction as we are able to right now. 

Thank you in advance for your support of 3A and 3B – it means the world to Dunstan!
Cheryl Hensley, Principal

Westgate will lose four teachers, an assistant principal, .5 librarian, instructional coach, part of a secretary, and band and orchestra
Susan Hakanson, Principal

If  3A/3b fail, Ken Caryl Middle School will cut a library teacher as well as at least two more elective teachers in our building. We will need to reduce our dollars spent on school supplies and students to cover shortfalls in funding.  Unfortunately, we may also need to reconsider technology and it’s implementation at KCMS.
Pat Sandos, Principal

Lasley Elementary (565 students) will lose:
1-2 teachers,
Our instructional coach who supports teachers with implementing the new common
core standards and alignment of our resources,
Our teacher/librarian who supports teachers with utilizing technology tools to
enhance literacy instruction will be cut to a .5 postion,
2 hours of our attendance secretary,
Para professional staff who support students/teachers in classrooms with
learning and supervision during lunch/recess/after school,
Custodial hours to keep our school safe, warm, and dry,
Our instrumental music teacher who provides our 5th and 6th grade students the
opportunity to participate in band and orchestra,
Class size caps will increase to 35 plus impacting student learning because
management takes away from instructional time,
Our students deserve a high quality education in a setting that is conducive to
learning with opportunities for a well-rounded education.
Leigh Pies, Principal

Normandy Elementary educates approximately 640 students in grades Kindergarten thru 6th each day. We are blessed with more than 80 percent of our teachers having Masters degrees.

If 3A fails in the November election, our school will suffer significant losses
in personnel. Cuts may include the Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach,
cutting the Teacher/Librarian position to half time, 3 (three) classroom
teaching positions, and cutting work hours for our amazing secretarial staff.

If 3B does not pass, impacts could include our aging roof, which leaks in many
locations during rain and snowmelt (including into our library and classrooms)
remaining as is. There are several maintenance issues, as directed by the
district’s master facility plan that would not occur, limiting our capacity in
keeping our wonderful, old building warm, safe, and dry.
Rebecca Chao, Principal
Juli Nieto, Assistant Principal