Jeffco Schools just sent out a Press Release. This is basically an update to let the community know what’s going on and decisions the Board has made as of the meeting last night. You can read that below! If you were there or were watching, you probably saw the great work that is happening! Whether you watched it or not, please read this. For those of you who were not able to watch, we are begging you to read this!
We also need to start having a conversation here in Jeffco. Staff gave a presentation on the survey work done in the district with students, staff, and community. While we are pleased to know that community respondents are in favor of the work of our new Board of Education members, our hearts certainly dropped on a few of the other items.
Here’s the first presentation we want to share: http://www.boarddocs.com/co/jeffco/Board.nsf/files/AAJJQT4E381D/$file/PRESENTATION%20District%20Climate%20Surveys.pdf
For students as stakeholders, fewer students participated in the survey than before. Why is this? There is great incentive to gather this info as it tells us when our students feel safe and respected in their communities. We’d like to see more of an effort to gather this data. The voice of our students is critical.
Employees participating in the survey dropped more than 20%. This is additionally alarming because of the data that was received.
Read through the presentation and look for the green, yellow, and orange indicators. Those yellow and orange indicators tell you that there is work to be done in our district. In particular, look at this:
We know that staff exhaustion is a factor from social media. We know that we are extremely far behind in compensation compared to surrounding districts. We have lost so many talented Jeffco staff members and we must join together to address these concerns and ensure that we retain the best employees in Jeffco to serve our children.
Now for our next concern, the Facility Master Plan forums and feedback. In previous years, there have been thousands of individuals responding to budget surveys. This year, fewer than a thousand. In fact, we didn’t even make 800. Two years ago there were more than 13,000 responses!
The number of responses for the FMP: 487 people have attended and only 851 people have provided responses. Those 851 voices will make decisions for more than 86,000 students and about 14,000 employees and they aren’t all education-friendly voices. This is not acceptable.
Here are the dates of the upcoming meetings as well as a link to the survey:
Please get to one of these meetings!
Speak up and learn more about the district’s Facilities Master Plan, if you have not already done so. Please note 2 NEW events to the schedule are Telephone Town Halls – both on June 7th – 855-312-2107
• June 4, 8-10 a.m. at Stevens Elementary • June 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Arvada West High School • June 6, 6-8 p.m. at Golden High School • NEW: June 7, 6-6:30 p.m. Telephone town hall with focus on moving 6th graders to middle school (855-312-2107) • NEW: June 7, 7-7:30 p.m. Telephone town hall with focus on proposed elementary school consolidations and closures (855-312-2107) • June 8, 8-10 a.m. at Bear Creek High School • June 8, 6-8 p.m. at Wheat Ridge High School • June 9, 6-8 p.m. at Stein at O’Connell
After these public meetings conclude, the Board will discuss the plan again and make revisions, as appropriate. If the plan is accepted, changes will likely phase-in over a six year period starting in the fall of 2017 (dependent on funding).
Jeffco Kids can’t wait, friends! They need your advocacy to ensure the BEST possible decisions are made for their futures.
Jeffco Schools Message:
School Board Finalizes Some Big Decisions; More to Come
GOLDEN, CO, June 3, 2016 – The Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education completed several major tasks at the June regular meeting last night. The board spent over five hours tackling the agenda, with the following unanimous decisions:
* Adopted the 2016-17 budget
* Passed resolution of negotiated agreement with the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA); a five-year agreement with annual compensation review
* Passed resolution of negotiated agreement with Jeffco Education Support Professionals Association (JESPA); the annual compensation agreement
* Appointed members to the 2016-17 District Accountability Committee, Performance Evaluation Committee, Technology Data Privacy Advisory Committee, and Capital Asset Advisory Committee
* Heard results from Student Achievement MAP Spring testing and overview of results from three stakeholder surveys (students, parents and employees)
The Board of Education has two remaining meetings this fiscal year.
On Tuesday, June 14 the board will discuss the proposed Facilities Master Plan. There have been six public meetings to gather input on the FMP and there are another eight scheduled. Input may also be submitted on-line through June 9. Go to www.jeffcopublicschools.org/fmp<http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/fmp> for details. The June 14 meeting will include a report on all the public input received and different FMP options that may better fit school communities based on the public feedback.
On Thursday, June 16 the board will consider bond and mill options based on the FMP discussion.
Both the June 14 and 16 meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and are live-streamed (http://livestream.com/accounts/10429076/events/3542310). Public comment will be heard on June 16 only. Detailed agendas and support documentation will be posted on http://www.boarddocs.com/co/jeffco/Board.nsf/Public.
About Jeffco Public Schools
Jeffco Public Schools has been providing educational excellence for more than 60 years. Approximately nine percent of all the K-12 students in Colorado attend a Jeffco school. Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future. The district serves over 86,000 students at 154 schools on 168 campuses. Find Jeffco Public Schools<http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/> on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/JeffcoPublicSchoolsColorado/>, Twitter<https://twitter.com/JeffcoSchoolsCo>, and YouTube<https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIgK0e_ON-Xh16X-05Cyn-w>.
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