April 20th Board Meeting

Another Board meeting this week! Complete details and links below!

“Please find the special meeting agenda for Thursday, April 20, 2017 for the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education online and available, here.”

First on the agenda is the public hearing on the budget.

The Financial Oversight Committee (comprised of community members and industry experts) has issued the following recommendation to the Board: “The FOC supports the staff recommendation to fund up to 1% of the COLA increase, using reserves if necessary, in the event state funding falls short of providing the budgeted 2% increase. We also support the use of reserves, to a level no lower than 8 percent, for capital expansion projects necessary to support the 6-8 school model as a strategy to provide some immediate relief to the district’s serious capacity problems.”

Teacher turnover in Jeffco increased from 10 percent to 15 percent between 2013-14 and 2014-15, according to Chalkbeat Colorado. Jeffco has a turnover rate that’s higher than more than half of the metro area districts on the list.

Jeffco Schools must offer competitive compensation to ensure we don’t lose our highly effective teachers, principals and support staff to other school districts. Our district ranks 9th overall, trailing Boulder, Cherry Creek, Littleton and Westminster.

The link below is the 2017-2018 proposed budget.

http://www.boarddocs.com/co/jeffco/Board.nsf/files/ALEQQ66A5CB2/$file/2017-18%20Jeffco_Proposed_Budget_4.14.17.pdf

***There will be public comment on the budget during this special session.

Capital Construction Updates to the Middle School 6-8 transition follows the budget discussion.

Of particular note, the demanding and overwhelming growth in Northwest Arvada and Lakewood continues. “The additions to Drake and Dunstan middle schools are critical to alleviating growth trends being experienced in the northwest corridor and central areas of Jeffco Public Schools.  Ken Caryl and Creighton middle school additions support the ongoing implementation of the 6-8 grade middle school model.”

The last item on the agenda is regarding the Superintendent Search.

This will cause the Board to enter into Executive Session as the documents reviewed are, at this time, confidential and attorney advice is necessary to ensure they conduct this business appropriately.

“The Board of Education will meet in executive session to confer with legal counsel for the purpose of receiving legal advice regarding compliance with the Colorado Open Meetings Law and the Colorado Open Records Act during the superintendent selection process, pursuant to C.R.S. § 24-6-402(4)(b); and, C.R.S. § 24-6-402(4)(g), for consideration of documents submitted by applicants for the position of superintendent which are protected by the mandatory nondisclosure provisions of the Colorado Open Records Act, C.R.S. § 24-72-204(3)(a)(XI)(A).”