Goodbye Old Sink

Imagine being a freshman student, just beginning high school. Now on top of those nerves, imagine washing your hands at the sink and having the sink literally fall off the wall in front of you.

It happened. Now what? (PS, there were witnesses, the student did nothing wrong.)

Our facility staff are doing the best they can to address over $1.5 Billion in facility needs with no resources.

At the Board Meeting on April 21, 2016, one of the highly qualified members of the Capital Asset Advisory Committee noted that the 2012 bond was just to stop the bleeding. He referred to this as a band-aide bond. 

You may also remember a video we produced in 2012 called Ten Thousand Cracks that showed the extreme facility issues throughout our district. While the district addressed the warm, safe and dry critical issues, the majority of needs have continued to go unaddressed due to school funding. Just as a reminder – watch the video below and note that this was produced FIVE years ago:

Just a few items to note – the average age of our buildings is 50 years. Anyone who spends time in our schools can tell you a long list of needs, some critical.

  • The district is committed to protecting the safety and security of our children and a review of the facilities has identified high priority safety and security needs at our schools.
  • Many of the heating and cooling systems, boilers, and plumbing are dated and inefficient. (The district could save tens of thousands of dollars on utility bills if we make investments in upgrading to more efficient systems.)
  • Every single school in the district has some repair need, with many of them facing critical ones like leaky roofs, faulty wiring, out‐dated fire alarms, and other basic needs. Funding approved by voters in 2012 fixed the most urgent needs on time and within budget, but state cuts has caused a growing repair backlog.

In the last five years, JeffCo Public Schools has received 481 million dollars LESS from the state of Colorado than was supposed to be budgeted. We need to work together to support our kids and teachers, and provide them with safe, well maintained classrooms and school buildings.

 

“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.”