Losing Great Educators

Saying goodbye to a Jeffco educator is tough. Actually, excruciating when you think about it in terms of loss to our students. Knowing that they are leaving because they find a situation elsewhere more rewarding is disheartening, to say the least. We want them for OUR kids!

Let’s talk about Jeffco treasure, Ben Reed. He once was a teacher at Standley Lake and helped create A Day Without Hate. “Day Without Hate is a student led, grassroots organization that promotes nonviolence, unity, and respect in our schools. After the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, students at Standley Lake High School asked their classmates to wear white in order to show a commitment and trust in each other to make their school a safer place. The day was an overwhelming success.”

“Since then, students across Colorado and the nation have taken this incredibly positive day to their communities to say that we will not tolerate violence or hate, and we will reach out to friends and acquaintances and say, “We’re all in this together.”

Imagine that passion, a loss for our children. Mr. Reed moved to the GT department as a liaison just a few years ago and missed working directly with our children. Due to atmosphere, environment and salary, Mr. Reed is leaving Jeffco for Boulder this next year.

Jeffco Schools’ commitment to academic excellence begins with attracting and retaining top teachers, principals and support staff who can effectively meet the diverse learning needs of 86,000 students. A great teacher in the classroom and a strong principal can make all the difference in a student’s success.

Teachers and principals are leaving Jeffco for other districts that offer better paying jobs. Teacher turnover in Jeffco increased from 10 percent to 15 percent between 2013-14 and 2014-15, according to Chalkbeat Colorado. Though it has slowed since the recall of WNW, our turnover rate is more than half of the other large Front Range/metro area districts.

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

To Mr. Reed, thank you for your years of dedication to Jeffco Schools students. A personal thanks for the time you spent with Morgan and friends offering extra enrichment every summer at SPARKS. You have impacted more lives than you know and we appreciate the time you took to Support Jeffco Kids.

With the hire of Dr. Glass, we hope to see this trend end! More than 86,000 children are depending on it.