Jeffco is coming together for our kids, our schools and our community. Together we can improve safety in our schools, attract and retain quality educators, provide mental health supports for our students and ensure that every student is ready for college or career. Great schools lead Jeffco’s economy to flourish with more skilled and productive workers.
Great schools protect Jeffco’s property values and attract business.
A strong, vibrant, and successful school system allows Jeffco to remain a destination for families, businesses, and customers. Funding challenges make this more difficult.
Jeffco receives fewer dollars per student than most surrounding districts. Neighboring districts have passed mills and bonds that Jeffco has not. As a result, students in neighboring schools receive $900 more per pupil. Denver students get $950 more, Boulder $901 more, Cherry Creek $732 more, and Littleton School District $526 more. Without Jeffco-specific dollars, we will lose families and business to Denver and Boulder.
Jeffco does not offer competitive salaries. Jeffco’s starting teacher pay is lower than Denver, Littleton, Boulder and Cherry Creek. Salaries for mid-career educators lag by as much as $10,000 to $12,000 behind our neighbors. We are losing many of our best educators to higher paying districts located only a short drive away.
Jeffco schools are 50 years old, on average. Our schools and facilities are a community investment. We can continue to invest in additions and renovations to protect these assets. Quality school districts maintain safe buildings that support learning experiences for 21st century careers and attract students.
A mill levy override and bond package would be used to:
- Ensure more students are ready for college or career by expanding STEM and career/technical education options, including a new career/tech site in South Jeffco.
- Increase competitiveness with surrounding districts to attract and retain the highest quality teachers and staff
- Increase school safety and security, including mental health supports and counseling
- Prepare all schools and classrooms for 21st century learning, including major renovations to high schools built prior to 1980
- Expand full-day early childhood education
None of the dollars will be spent on senior central administration and spending will be monitored by a citizen oversight committee and subject to an annual external audit. Contracts will be given to local firms.
The best part? This plan would only cost Jeffco home owners about $3.91 a month per $100,000 in assessed value (~$1.81 for the bond and ~$2.10 for the mill levy override). For a $300,000 home that is just $11.73 a month.
That is a win for kids, families, community members and businesses in Jefferson County.