Jefferson County School District

Why You Should Vote Yes and Support School Bond and Mill Levies This November

At one time in my life I was a DINK – Dual Income No Kids and was asked to vote on a tax increase on my newly purchased home. I mentioned to someone at work that I was voting no on the school bond issue because I didn’t have kids yet and didn’t want to increase my taxes. I was already stunned by the property taxes and costs associated with my new home. My co-worker, who also did not have children at the time, jumped on me and explained that the schools are what hold up a community. You don’t pay taxes for education to support YOUR own children in the district, you pay them to support EVERYONE. Great schools increase property values, decrease crime, encourage families and other residents to stay and be engaged in the community. They also educate children for future positions in the communit...

Think the Budget Cuts Aren’t Hurting Your Children? Here’s a Breakdown in Funding

Part I Budget cuts here, budget cuts there, teachers’ jobs threatened, bond issues considered. The tough economic climate has put considerable strains on Colorado’s state budget. Shrinking tax revenues cause the state government funds to dwindle causing the state to reevaluate their spending plans. In my last post, I explained what Jefferson County Public Schools will do next year to offset the deficit. In this post, I’m going to explain how the district and school budgets work on the elementary school level. In my next post, I will explain how this budget works and how it effects day to day life in the school. The shrinking state budget has directly affected public education funding. Where the state used to give $7,500 per pupil per year to each school district in Colorado, that amo...

Jefferson County School Board Keeps Cuts Out of the Classrooms for 2012/2013 School Year

I have a fourth and a first grader who attend a Jefferson County School. It shouldn’t be a news flash to anyone that our school districts across the state have faced deep cuts to their budgets for the past several years. These cuts have been felt across the board as the economy has waned and the state budget crisis has intensified. I have realized that although I follow the surface information of these cuts and crisis, I haven’t dug deeper to really understand what is affecting our schools and the reasons behind them. This past year I have devoted time to really understanding what is happening with our schools. Jeffco Schools is the largest district in Colorado with almost 86,000 students and 154 schools. It is also the largest employer in Jefferson County with over 12,000 full...