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Letter to the editor: School funding going up, so why is administration getting so much?

Posted 5/22/18

Jeffco schools board gave initial approval for the proposed budget which has more growth in administrators. In fact administration has grown over 25 percent in the last few years. Included in the …

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Letter to the editor: School funding going up, so why is administration getting so much?

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Jeffco schools board gave initial approval for the proposed budget which has more growth in administrators. In fact administration has grown over 25 percent in the last few years. Included in the budget, our $1.2 Million superintendent needs a “Chief Strategy Officer” with a salary of $138K, a staff person to support the new Jeffco Vision with a price tag of $112K, a theater coordinator for $94K (I love the theater, but schools seem to be putting on fantastic performances without this extra headcount). But wait there is more, our superintendent also wants a “Director of Enrollment” with salary of $119K and another admin for the “student engagement office” at $51K and two more achievement directors at $327K (yep, each director would make $163K a year). Wow – nearly a million dollars proposed for administration, all the while student enrollment in Jeffco is down by 500.

Not one new penny is going to increase the salary for entry level Jeffco teachers. It is time for this Jeffco school board to focus on student achievement, paying teachers what they are worth and stop adding expensive administrators. How can anyone support giving more taxpayer dollars to this board when they are increasing the administrative costs so much?

Attend a board meeting and demand fiscal responsibility from our school board and Superintendent. Tell them no more money until they take better care of the billion dollars a year we already spend.

Leonor Lucero,
Littleton

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