Letter to the Editor: Summer break scrutiny

Posted 7/10/18

In paraphrase, ‘Have we not a School Board that lives in a shoe, which has so much money that it knows not what to do?’

In his first year on the job, has Jeffco’s “Million Dollar …

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Letter to the Editor: Summer break scrutiny

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In paraphrase, ‘Have we not a School Board that lives in a shoe, which has so much money that it knows not what to do?’

In his first year on the job, has Jeffco’s “Million Dollar Superintendent” raised the academic levels in any Jeffco schools, much less been asked to do so?

Did its spending millions to shuttle (a la musical classrooms) sixth graders around the county produce any measurable increases in those students’ achievement levels?

Has the Board’s hiring blitz to load up the District with additional administrators at generous six-figure salaries produced any signs of improved course content, or student knowledge?

If your answer to all three previous is NO, then how might the substantial pay increases for all R-1 employees, announced in the next budget, via COLA adjustments and meaningless ‘step and level’ rewards, be expected to produce anything of value to the students, parents, or taxpayers?

Why has ‘improved student achievement’ never been mentioned, much less required, in any budget or job description since our present Board has been seated?

Isn’t it time for Jeffco’s hard pressed residents to dig in their heals and say No to every attempt to fleece themselves in November’s election via more school bonds or mil-levy increases, until a board demonstrates that it is capable of producing results?

Russell W Haas,
Golden

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