I have lived in Jeffco for 40 years. I have four children well educated in Jeffco schools. My wife and I have known many Jeffco teachers over the years. These teachers have always impressed us with their skills and mostly their obvious caring about their students, as well as their love of teaching. In the late 1980's and 1990's Jeffco schools were considered to be among the best in the metro area. Sadly, I have followed the ups and downs these last years, witnessing the increasing discord in the Jeffco community.
How the times change. How could anyone not know that virtually everything in life increases in cost as time goes on. So goes the cost of education. Some neighborhoods age and adjacent areas build. New schools in grown areas must be supported. While difficult to downsize or eliminate schools in areas that can no longer "pay" for themselves with student enrollment, it is still a simple fact that there is only so much money to support schools, as Jeffco voters just proved.
Hard choices must be made. Sadly, Jeffco voters decided to turn down both 3A and 3B last November. However, every one of the surrounding school districts (Adams, Cherry Creek, Denver, and Boulder) approved school tax increases. I have heard it for many years that we owe it to the future (especially to our kids) to support our schools. Whatever may be the current situation, it is imperative we still provide for our kids and their futures. I will continue to support our schools. But, unfortunately, this school board now must make very hard choices. Fiscal choices are always very hard. But that's the boards' job and what they were elected to do. The voters have decided what this board must now confront.
Get on with it.