Imagine coming into school (or work) and being greeted by puddles and floods, having water drip down your back or ceiling tiles collapsing and hitting you on the head during a lesson (yes, it’s happened), or dodging trash cans in your classroom that fill up with rain water as the roof drains and leaks during and after storms.
These are just pictures of a couple of our high schools. In some, you can see light through the walls when it’s sunny outside.
The average age of our school buildings in Jeffco is 50 years. Some older, a few newer.
Think about your home and imagine 500 students and 40 staff members walking through it every day throughout the day to your various rooms, Monday through Friday. Then invite community partners in for the evenings and a few weekends – Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troops, etc. and let them use your house as well. You can only have yourself to clean it and one person for a few hours in the evening to help out. Can you imagine the impact to your home after just a few years?
Just a reminder – the following video was taken in 2012 of facilities throughout the district. They haven’t improved with age and the 2012 bond covered only the extreme needs. Voters said no in 2016 and voters said no in 2008. The last significant investment in our schools occurred in 2004. Children born in 2004 are now in 8th and 9th grade.
They say, if you want to know what a community values, look at how its children are treated. If you want a sense of what a community hopes for the future, look at how it values its schools.