Why 3A & 3B Matter
Issue 3A will add an additional $33 million to Jeffco Schools’ operating budget, enabling Jeffco to offer competitive salaries to attract and retain the best teachers; ensure Jeffco students thrive in 21st-century classrooms that prepare them for college and careers by expanding programs such as STEM, STEAM, Art, Music, and career tech; and, increase safety, security and mental health services.
Issue 3B will enable Jeffco Schools to upgrade safety and security in school buildings; make long-overdue repairs and improvements to 110 schools; renovate or expand 45 schools; build four replacement schools; and build three new schools in high growth areas. Approval of the bond will also ensure Jeffco students have access to updated technology when they’re learning. Remember, the average Jeffco School is 45 years old, and Jeffco has not invested in new space since the 2004 bond.
What’s At Stake
If 3A and 3B don’t pass, Jeffco’s Board of Education will have to make difficult decisions regarding program and personnel cuts. Possibilities, especially in overcrowded areas of the district, include boundary changes, year round or split schedules – where half of the students attend school during the first part of the day and the other half attend school during the latter part of the day. Jeffco also won’t be able to stay competitive with surrounding districts when it comes to hiring and keeping the best teachers, and may have to cut staff, so expect the exodus of great educators to continue. We will also likely see some schools closed and others consolidated. Class sizes will grow, and bus routes will get longer. Most significantly, there will be fewer classroom resources and educational opportunities for Jeffco Students.
Dozens of school districts around our state are asking voters for additional school funding, including six of the seven largest districts in the Metro Area. Already Jeffco is at or near the bottom of those districts when it comes to per pupil funding from the state, per pupil mill levy override dollars and outstanding bonds per pupil. If those other districts pass their measures and Jeffco does not, our district will be solidly at the bottom, and who knows how long we would remain there.
How You Can Help
There are many ways to help ensure Jeffco voters have the information they need to support 3A & 3B:
- Sign up here to walk door to door AND sign up here to call people to talk about the importance of 3A & 3B for Jeffco students.
- Write letters to local newspapers and The Denver Post. Want to write but feeling crunched for time? Email us for more information about how we can make it easy for you. Here’s some info to get you started.
- Contact one of these chairpeople to help with a school information table:
- North Area – Nicole Croy – email@example.com. You can sign up here for a table in the Arvada Articulation Area.
- Central Area – Karyn Peabody – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mountains – Sally Kate Tinch – email@example.com
- South Area – Tina Gurdikian – firstname.lastname@example.org. You can sign up here for a table in the south.
- Contact Katie Winner at Katie.Winner@nyu.edu to learn how to get your school PTA to endorse 3A & 3B.
- Pick up and display a yard sign.
- Share this video on your social media.
Board Community Forums
If you have questions, please attend one of the remaining community forums hosted by Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education members. And consider attending the following forums, which are open to the public to learn about ballot issues and candidates.
Donate to Share the Facts
This video explains why so many districts are seeking local education funding. Donate to the Jeffco Schools mill and bond campaign – Yes on 3A & 3B, to ensure Jeffco voters have factual information about why these measures are so important to 86,000 Jeffco students.
Thank you from all of us here at Jeffco School Board Watch to all of you for anything and everything you can do to help Jeffco pass 3A & 3B November 8.