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August 17, 2018

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Creighton Middle School Receives Alliance Project Grant for 2018-19
  • Facilities & Construction Had a Busy Summer
  • Good News in Jeffco


Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent & Chief Learner Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

Welcome to a new school year! I hope your children were as excited as my two to get back to learning. I am excited too because we have so many opportunities to support our students and enhance our schools.

This past spring and through the summer, Jeffco Public Schools has been engaged in a community conversation about possibly putting school funding questions on the November ballot. The main issues we face include: the average age of our schools is near 50 years, we have $1.3 billion in facilities needs, surrounding school districts can offer higher wages, and as a state, we rank 47th in per-student funding. Through focus groups, surveys, and scientific data collection, it appears there is support in the community to ask voters for additional funding for Jeffco Public Schools.

The Board of Education will decide whether to put forth ballot issues on August 23. District leadership is proposing the following:

Possible Bond - $567M to address capital improvement needs

  • Every school would benefit – neighborhood, option, charter, and outdoor lab schools
  • 60% of funds would support improvements to classrooms, safety/security, career/technical education, and early childhood education
  • 20% would be reinvested in established schools, including many additions/major renovations
  • 10% would address needs in growth areas
  • 10% would be passed through to charter schools
  • Taxpayer cost: $1.81/month for every $100K of home value

Possible Mill Levy Increase - $33M to supplement annual operations

  • 50% of funds would support our ability to compete with neighboring school districts to hire and retain great teachers and staff at all schools
  • 20% for school safety & security and increased mental health support
  • 10% to expand career/technical education and STEM options for students
  • 10% to improve classroom materials and technology
  • 10% expand full-day early childhood education
  • Taxpayer cost: $2.10/month per $100k home value

I invite you to engage your neighbors, coworkers, and children in this conversation. We also welcome public comment at the August 23 Board of Education meeting

Read more.

Note: Public comment on August 23 will be heard at 5:00 p.m. Those wishing to speak to the Board may do so at regular business meetings. Public comment sign-up is available online and on the public comment agenda items at 10 a.m. the Monday prior to the regular Thursday meeting and until 3:30 p.m. the day of the meeting.

Jeffco students, parents, families, staff, and community members may engage with Dr. Glass via Facebook, Twitter @COJasonGlass, and through his blog, advancejeffco.blog.



 

CREIGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVES ALLIANCE PROJECT GRANT FOR 2018-19

SCFD logoCreighton Middle School was selected for the 2018-19 school year to participate in the Alliance Project Grant, along with their partner school Slater Elementary. This is the second year the schools have been selected to participate. Only twelve public schools were selected by application from the seven counties in the metro area.

The purpose of the Alliance Project is to provide educational outreach, partnering the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) science and cultural organizations with teachers in creating curriculum applications and learning opportunities for students. The grant is made available from the Scientific and Cultural Collaborative, a non-profit organization comprised of arts, culture, and science who are funded by the SCFD: a cultural tax in the seven-county area providing support to over 300 non-profit groups.

Read more.

 




FACILITIES & CONSTRUCTION HAD A BUSY SUMMER

Facilities & Construction summer workWhile most of us were enjoying our downtime over the summer, the Facilities and Construction Management departments were busy tackling projects at 70 percent of our schools.

Many of these improvements are easy to see. For example, Secrest Elementary, Bergen Valley Intermediate, Edgewater Elementary, and Lukas Elementary all received new flooring. Conifer High School and Evergreen Middle Schools now have LED lighting in their auditorium and library, respectively. Lukas also installed a new playground, as did Governor’s Ranch Elementary, while Parmalee Elementary installed a new play pad. Elk Creek Elementary’s parking lot was also repaved, which will hopefully make for a more pleasant drop-off and pick-up.

 

 

Good News in Jeffco

BCHS TheatreBear Creek High School students in the limelight on May 22. Read more.

 

 


Ayla CharnessRalston Valley High School student wins video challenge award for a great cause. Read more.

 

 

For more good news, visit the Good News Blog and see Jeffco in the News.

GOOD TO KNOW


Community Engagement Task Force Update

What are the best ways for Jeffco Public Schools to interact with community groups like service clubs, business associations, seniors, and the faith community? How can the district welcome and effectively use volunteers? Which types of programs are best to benefit both students and our community? The Community Engagement Task Force is tackling these question and more -- and they would love to hear your perspective! The Business, Community Partner, and Volunteer committees of the task force are reaching out for input as they craft recommendations to present to the superintendent. Click here for more info and give your input online here.

Check Out the Latest from JPS-TV

Emmy®-nominated JPS-TV is the official YouTube channel for Jeffco Public Schools. It features stories about Jeffco kids, teachers, and staff who are building bright futures! Be sure to check out the latest from JPS-TV here. 

Keep Up with Jeffco Athletics

To get the latest on Jeffco’s high school athletics, be sure to check out the CHSAANow.com/jeffco website, JPS-TV Sports, the Jeffco Athletics Facebook page, and scores and photos via @JeffcoAthletics on Twitter.

HAPPENING IN JEFFCO


Support Jeffco Public Schools & Jeffco Schools Foundation at the Annual Golden Arts Festival
August 18-19

The Golden Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Jeffco Public Schools and Jeffco Schools Foundation to promote the district’s arts programs, highlighting the Foundation’s Elementary Arts Program. Artwork by JPS elementary school students will be featured, and the Chamber supported tent will be accepting donations to fund the Foundation’s 2019 Elementary Schools Art Exhibit. The festival also features the commissioned artwork by JPS Westridge Elementary School teacher, Jesse Crock.

IMPORTANT DATES


  • September 3 - Labor Day, District Closed
  • September 21 - K-8 Early Release

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • Thursday, August 23, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, September 6, 5:00 p.m., Study Session
  • Monday, September 6, 6:00 p.m., Regular Meeting

Meetings are held at the Jeffco Ed Center Board Room, 1829 Denver West Drive #27, Golden. Meeting schedules and agendas are posted on BoardDocs.


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