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Letter to the editor: New bond money spending priorities

Posted 11/28/18

Jeffco schools presented a lot of information on what upgrades schools would receive if this $567 Million bond passed. Board members talked a lot about having “equitable schools” and making …

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Letter to the editor: New bond money spending priorities

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Jeffco schools presented a lot of information on what upgrades schools would receive if this $567 Million bond passed. Board members talked a lot about having “equitable schools” and making “equitable investments.” I hope this translates into the prioritization of updating schools with the lowest FCI numbers such as Alameda, Jefferson and Green Mountain High schools and investing in schools in our lower income neighborhoods. Of the $567 Million bond tax increase ask, only 30 percent of the bond was allocated to schools with low FCI and many schools would not be moved up to “good” category rating after renovations. For example, Vivian Elementary has a 63 percent FCI and after renovations, it will only have a 44 percent FCI rating, meaning it will still be in poor condition. I ask that the school board prioritize schools with low FCI scores and renovate them so all schools move up at least one rating. This seems to be a much better decision than using debt for new landscaping and fake grass.
Please contact the Jeffco School board at board@jeffco.k12.co.us and ask them to make “equitable” investments in Jeffco schools.
Leonor Lucero,
Littleton

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