Join Your Neighbors! Make Your Voice Heard at Tuesday's Board Meeting

This Tuesday, August 22 the School District 27J board of education will decide whether to refer a mill levy override to the ballot. They need to see your show of support for a funding proposal to help the district attract and retain qualified teachers and instructional staff. The discussed proposal would also provide our kids with updated tools and improved access to technology.

Right now, teachers are leaving the district for other jobs that pay better, materials are falling out of date and technology access for kids needs to improve so that they can be career or college ready.

Here is what you can do to help kids in 27J:

  1. Attend the 27J School Board meeting on Tuesday, August 22 at 7pm at Prairie View High School. Please RSVP so we know you are coming!
  2. Click here to pledge to vote. If you pledge before the noon on the day of the board meeting, your pledge will be delivered to the school board.
  3. Make sure your voter registration is up-to-date so you receive a mail ballot. Just visit www.govotecolorado.org.

 

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It's Time to Plant Shade Trees!

Warren Buffet said “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” A Greek proverb says “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” And B.C. Forbes, the founder of Forbes Magazine, said “It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.” These references are not exclusive to agriculture and gardening. They also relate to children and the fact that they are the future leaders of our world.

Our community and school district are in the proverbial “Spring” of a continuing trend of explosive growth. School District 27J, which covers Brighton, parts of Thornton and Commerce City, as well as a tiny sliver of Weld County, is one of the fastest growing in the state, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. More people means more kids, which means the need for more schools, and schools require teachers and supplies. With the passage of the bond in 2015, we have been able to build the new schools and increase seats and/or perform much needed maintenance and building updates to existing facilities. But bond funding only covers physical structures—in essence empty buildings.

Public schools are funded with tax money. Per pupil funding from the state has been cut several times over the last nine years. According to Colorado Legislative Staff, Colorado ranks 40th nationally in per pupil spending overall, spending an average $2,053 less per student annually than the national average for K-12 schools. In 1993, Colorado ranked 23rd in state funding putting us in the 54th percentile. Today, Colorado is ranked 43rd, dropping us to the 14th percentile.

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We need your Pledge to Vote

If you are a supporter of making sure that School District 27J has the resources it needs to recruit and retain the most qualified teachers, update out-of-date textbooks and curriculum materials, and give our kids access to technology that will make sure they are prepared for the 21st century jobs...

...then there is one thing you need to do right now.

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We have set a goal of collecting as many pledges as possible before the August 22 school board meeting. Iam27J Steering Committee Members will deliver all of the pledges to the school board to let them know that the community will be there to support our kids and mobilize a strong campaign to pass a mill levy override proposal.

If you have already pledged to vote (Thank You!), then we need you to sign up to volunteer, look through our calendar of events, and consider making a donation to the campaign.

If you want to learn more about why we need the mill levy override proposal read the rest of this post.

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