Since our inception in January 2014, we (Support Jeffco Kids) have worked hard on behalf of our Jeffco students, teachers and staff, Jeffco parents, and the entire Jeffco Community to support our public schools.
True to our mission statement, “to educate the Jeffco Community on the importance of supporting public education for ALL kids in Jeffco, inform the community on current events, and to support a school board that understands the importance of educating all 86,000 students in Jeffco.”
In 2016 alone, so far, we have shared 26 different posts about funding and the need for a mill and bond for Jeffco. We post that information in a variety of locations to ensure everyone has access to the content. That has resulted in 234 posts about the need for adequate funding across a variety of platforms and that doesn’t include when our friends share the info – that’s only the number that includes two of us. When our volunteers, friends, and readers join in sharing, that number is increased dramatically. Then there are the thousands of emails we send and receive regularly, events we attend, speaking engagements and we still hold info tables and events as well as volunteer for other organizations.
We have covered more than 338 info tables at schools and events since SJK started, hosted or attended 42 House Parties, distributed more than 1000 SJK yard signs (more than double that number with other yard signs), and distributed more than 1200 t-shirts and 350 bumper stickers. We’ve hosted Food Drives, School Supply Drives, Winter Coat Drives, the Love Jeffco and Safety Info events. That’s just what we kept track of and doesn’t include our volunteer activities for other organizations, committee work, or our work for the successful 2012 mill and bond election.
We like to think, by now, the Jeffco Community knows we are passionate, and truly strive to be the Heart of Jeffco and have done a tremendous amount of work to engage and involve the entire community.
These past several months, we’ve been busy sharing information about our Jeffco schools’ needs – about the the facility master plan http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/business/facil_plan_design_const/master_plan/index.html, the extreme over crowding in the Northwest end of our district, and the budget information http://www.boarddocs.com/co/jeffco/Board.nsf/files/AC3TC77572CB/$file/HANDOUT%202016%20BondSummaryandMillOutline%20061616.pdf.
We’ve encouraged folks to attend the FMP meetings and board meetings.
Before the school board voted to refer the mill/bond to the ballot, we urged folks to learn more and sign up to volunteer. Once the mill/bond was placed on the ballot, we invited our Jeffco Community to “Like” the 3A/3B campaign FaceBook page and check out the website.
We know you’re probably tired of hearing this from us. However, this truly won’t happen without you. More people have to step up to volunteer. There are only 77 days until Election Day and 52 days until ballots are dropped, and we are asking our Jeffco Community to step up yet again. Step up and do what you have all done so passionately in years past when our students and schools needed you. The campaign team desperately needs your help to Support Jeffco Kids.
If you haven’t taken the time to read about the mill and bond our school board members have placed on the ballot, please consider taking a moment now and go to http://www.supportjeffcoschools.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/SupportJeffcoSchools/
Sign up to volunteer and share this info with your own email distribution list as well as your personal plea on social media.
We must remind you of the 2013 election when people didn’t show up and thought everything would be just fine without their participation because 2012 was a successful year. That had a lasting and negative impact.
This is important! It can be great opportunity for our school district to be a leader in the state once again, but we must all work together to get there. Don’t wake up on November 9th realizing that you could have made a difference but let other things get in the way. We know it’s a big commitment and we know it’s time away from your family and other activities. There are 86,000 kids waiting for you to volunteer and help advocate their futures.
They get one chance at each grade for a bright future. So here are a few facts that we hope you’ll consider:
- Having a good teacher can make all the difference in a classroom. In Jeffco, we must retain and attract the best teachers. Surrounding districts are paying nineteen percent more than Jeffco. We don’t have the funding to recognize our experienced staff who sacrificed by taking a 3% pay cut during past budget cuts and are being paid below average salaries.
- Maintaining a safe environment where students can learn without worrying about being harmed. (The children in our schools should not have to worry about being harmed while at school. The district is committed to protecting their safety and security, and a review of the facilities has identified high priority safety and security needs at our schools that could be funded by a ballot measure.)
- We must provide students with the instruction and skills necessary for success in college and the workplace.
- This includes promoting the teaching of skills and technology necessary to prepare students to compete for 21st century jobs.
- Providing hands‐on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, sometimes called STEM.
- Continuing the district’s commitment to high academic standards and accountability.
- The average school building in Jefferson County is 45 years old. Many of the heating and cooling systems, boilers, and plumbing are dated and inefficient.
- 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. And there are more budget cuts on the way. We need to work together to support our kids and teachers, and provide them with safe, well maintained classrooms and school buildings. We can do it but it does mean we will have tough decisions ahead of us.
- Looking forward, we must think about expanding our ability for schools being able to provide students with hands‐on, real world experience – whether that is health care training in a vocational program, creating a middle school science experiment that was rocketed into space, or learning computer coding in elementary school. Students need these kinds of skills to go on to college and the jobs of the future.
- Every single school in the district has some repair need, with many of them facing critical ones like leaky roofs, faulty wiring, outdated 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.
- We need to make sure that our public schools continue to be some of the best in the metro area. The value of our homes is increased by the good reputation of our schools.
Spread the word to our community, we’ve created a brochure and handout for you to download, print, share, send to others – whatever opportunities you have! Please volunteer!