Community members organize town hall on possible school budget cuts

Posted 2/7/17

Concerns about changes to budgets in the Douglas County School District have prompted the organization of a community forum.

The town hall forum organized by parents and community members will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Southridge Recreation …

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Community members organize town hall on possible school budget cuts

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Concerns about changes to budgets in the Douglas County School District have prompted the organization of a community forum.

The town hall forum organized by parents and community members will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch.

In a letter sent to hundreds of people in the community, the group of parents and community members said “this forum will provide an opportunity for the entire community to directly communicate concerns and questions regarding the most significant cut taken from our schools in the last four years.”

One of the biggest concerns is a district-directed change to how school budgets are calculated that will mean more money for elementary schools and less for high schools.

Interim Superintendent Erin Kane said the change was made because district elementary schools are “struggling to make ends meet” and have had a hard time hiring some positions, such as art and music teachers, full time.

Opponents of the change said consequences of the new budgeting for high schools and middle schools could include larger class sizes, staff layoffs, schedule changes, programming losses and lost opportunities for students.

Kane said there are currently no plans for staff layoffs or cuts to student programing.

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