Letter to the Editor: Jeffco wants another billion

Posted 9/19/18

Jeffco already has a billion-dollar-a-year budget and that is not enough! Jeffco’s school board wants:

Another $33 million in local tax dollars. Additional $134 million a year in statewide money …

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Letter to the Editor: Jeffco wants another billion

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Jeffco already has a billion-dollar-a-year budget and that is not enough! Jeffco’s school board wants:
Another $33 million in local tax dollars. Additional $134 million a year in statewide money in perpetuity (Amendment 73). A billion-dollar bond/new debt.

This is on top of the 10 percent increase in funding that Jeffco has already received over the last six years. I find it very difficult to support any of these tax increases because there is no conversation about how any of this money will improve student achievement.

We know Jeffco’s administrative growth is out of control.

When reviewing the 2018/19 school budget I learned:

There will be 43 less teachers this year while money budgeted for teacher salaries is up 10 percent over last year. There are a lot of new, highly paid admin positions, including one for technology ($108,000), director of enrollment ($119,000), strategy officer ($137,000), research position ($111,600), two achievement directors ($163,400), two JCEA community supports ($100,000).

And Jeffco just hired another communication director so now Jeffco has two communication directors, each making over $100K a year. Human resources added two positions, and finance has added 11 positions over the last two years. Did I mention the number of teachers is down by 43?

Vote NO on Jeffco’s billion-dollar-tax asks this November: Vote NO on 5A, 5B and Amendment 73.

Deb Eigenbrod,
Littleton

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