In November, voters in several counties approved mill levies and bond issues affecting public schools. Locally, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek School District, Denver Public Schools, and Jefferson County Schools will benefit from an increase in funding.
Money will go towards maintaining reasonable class sizes, building maintenance and repairs, recruiting and retaining high quality teachers, equipping classrooms with necessary supplies, and restoring and enhancing programs such as art, music, and physical education.
But what does the passing of these ballot measures really mean to those on the front lines, the teachers and administrators? Here is what employees of these school districts had to say:
From a press release on the Aurora Public Schools website; John L. Barry, Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools:
“On behalf of the APS Board of Education and Leadership Team, I would like to thank voters for supporting this important ballot measure. Our success is due to the tremendous efforts of our campaign committee, Aurora Citizens for Excellent Schools, our staff, parents and the thousands of community members who supported this measure. Because of our strong community support, every student will benefit from mill levy funding.”
From a press release on the Cherry Creek School District website; Mary Chesley, Superintendent, Cherry Creek School District:
“We have a lot of work ahead of us. These funds will enable us to keep up with advancing technology needed to prepare students for success in college, the workplace and beyond.”
From Megan Marquez, Director, Education Technology, Denver Public Schools:
“Thanks to the passing of the bond, we are very excited to provide schools and teachers the opportunity to more fully integrate technology into their classrooms. By using more multimedia, interactive boards, and access to more computers for students, we are going to improve our ability to engage our 21st Century students.”
From Megan Reyes, Third Grade Teacher, Jefferson County Schools:
“What a promising and hopeful time we are looking ahead to, with the passing of 3A and 3B. As a classroom teacher in Jefferson County, election night brought a sense of relief to those holding their breath, waiting to see if 3A and 3B would pass. With this tax based revenue, Jefferson County schools hopes to maintain its current practices.
3A and 3B will not bring in enough to add anything to the current budget. As a classroom teacher, this means maintaining, not lowering, class size. Our hopes are that we will continue to have a full-time Instructional Coach on the staff, as well as a teacher-librarian, and art, music, and physical education programs. With recent budget cuts, teachers have been faced with the expectation to do more with less time and resources. With increased revenue, teachers will have more instructional time with students and will hopefully have the resources they require to maintain a high level of student achievement.”
How will these mill levies and bond issues affect your school or child? Sound off in the comments section.
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