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Despite having award winning students, schools and programs, 27J Schools remains at the bottom of the stack for funding per student.

The result: 27J students must settle for less than their peers around the state.

27J Board places 5B mill levy override on November 8 ballot


What would the mill be used for?

Better protect students from gun violence and threats
• Safety officers at every district-managed school including elementaries, which have none.
• Train and coordinate 27J safety officers with law enforcement and first responders.
• Provide uniforms, materials and updated equipment for school safety at every school.

Pay teachers and support staff more to hire and keep the best
• Improve teacher & support staff pay to compete with other districts

Staff new STEM/Career and Technical Education centers
• Staff new centers to provide promised courses so students have skills to be career-ready.
• Provide teachers and students with needed materials and supplies so students have hands-on training and are ready for the workforce.

What’s at risk if the mill doesn’t pass?

There will be cuts to:

• School bus routes

• Middle school and high school sports

• Extra-curricular activities which have a paid sponsor

In addition to those cuts:

• No improved safety for students including at elementary schools, which have no safety officers.

• No additional teachers hired for STEM/Career and Technical Education classes, and no additional programs at the new STEM/CTE centers to meet increased student needs.

• Class sizes will go up.


Every 27J student receives far less in local funding than students in nearby districts.

When it comes to local (mill levy) funds for schools, 27J falls far short of nearby districts like ours.

Decades of local (mill levy) underfunding means 27J is forced to:

  1. give students fewer resources,
  2. pay teachers less, and
  3. invest less in keeping students safe.

While Adams 12 and Adams 14 respectively receive more than $1,800 and $800 for each student annually, 27J students are only given $41 per year in local, mill funds.

Currently, the 27J community covers the cost of only about one day of school a year for its students.


27J is third from last (176 out of 178) in all of Colorado when it comes to funding per student.


Decades of underfunding continue to challenge 27J’s ability to support students’ needs.

27J students

can’t get into the STEM, career and technical courses they need, because schools lack the funding to offer and staff enough programs.

27J teachers

are paid significantly below the market average. They make, on average, $10,000 less per year than other metro area teachers.

27J loses

more experienced teachers to higher-paying districts just 20 minutes away. This means students miss out on the benefits of having high-quality, experienced teachers.

27J safety

and security investments are limited by underfunding. 27J cannot designate a trained safety officer at every school site.


“What can my community do?”

Education is essential for our communities to thrive.

But how do our communities ensure schools have the resources needed to prepare students for future success?

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  • Brian Devine
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