A wonderful letter of support for 3A and 3B appeared in the print edition of the Arvada Press this week. We’ve obtained a copy from the writer to share with you here:
I support Jeffco Schools 3A and 3B because it is time to invest in the future of our students and community. State-level budget challenges have hurt Jeffco, and our students have received $481 million less than was supposed to be budgeted during the past five years. Jeffco is also not receiving any of the marijuana tax.
The mill and bond will provide a local solution that benefits all of Jeffco’s neighborhood, option and charter schools. The mill levy override, 3A, will allow Jeffco Schools to expand music, art, STEM and vocational programs throughout the district. It will allow schools to invest in more counselors and in-school mental health programs for our students. It will also allow Jeffco to attract and retain quality teachers in our classrooms and continue Jeffco’s tradition of excellence.
The bond, 3B, will allow Jeffco to build schools in parts of the county that are growing, address maintenance and security issues, and move sixth graders to middle school to enhance their academic experience. Jeffco’s schools are 45 years old on average, and every school has maintenance needs. The maintenance backlog is a direct result of the shortage in state funding, and our students will succeed best in schools that are equipped with the technology and equipment necessary to prepare them for 21st century jobs.
We can’t rely on additional state funding to meet those needs, so we must stand together as a community to support our students and our future. Please join this Jeffco parent and homeowner and vote yes on 3A and 3B on November 8.