Letter to the editor: We cannot delay on 5A and 5B

Posted 11/2/18

In the course of my life, I have been a Jeffco student, teacher, principal, and now proud school board member. This November, a YES on 5A & 5B helps secure quality education today and for …

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Letter to the editor: We cannot delay on 5A and 5B

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In the course of my life, I have been a Jeffco student, teacher, principal, and now proud school board member. This November, a YES on 5A & 5B helps secure quality education today and for generations to come.
We are seeking support to competitively pay educators, increase mental health and counseling supports, improve safety and security, and create quality learning environments for all students. In 2016, Jeffco was one of six metro area districts that asked voters for an investment in schools. Five passed. Jeffco’s did not. We cannot fall further behind.
Jeffco cannot afford to be a world-class training ground for teachers who leave our classrooms for higher pay in nearby districts. Nor can we delay in supporting the best learning and life opportunities for students — including STEM and college and career pathways. 5A provides ongoing dollars to bring classrooms to life, while 5B invests in school buildings.
The average age of our schools is 50 years. It is time to renew and repair existing schools. We also have high growth areas that require new schools, and several buildings that simply must be replaced. The good news is our investment can result in savings in ongoing energy and repair costs, at a time when borrowing rates are reasonable.
I urge voters to vote YES on 5A & 5B. We are thankful for the support and endorsement of multiple business organizations, school communities, local newspapers, and citizens. It is time for this important local investment!
Ron Mitchell
Jeffco Board of Education President

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