Letter to the editor: Vote yes on 5A, 5B

Posted 10/9/18

Vote yes on 5A, 5B I am a mom of four kids in Douglas County Schools. My oldest is now a freshman in high school. She feels like up to this point she has served as a guinea pig for new teachers, who …

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Letter to the editor: Vote yes on 5A, 5B

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Vote yes on 5A, 5B

I am a mom of four kids in Douglas County Schools. My oldest is now a freshman in high school.

She feels like up to this point she has served as a guinea pig for new teachers, who after gaining a year or two of teaching experience, leave to either a neighboring district where they can make $13,000 more per year (Littleton), or $19,000 more per year (Cherry Creek).

Other teachers left the profession completely for another industry where they could make more money in order to afford to live in Douglas County.

I’ve heard people say that asking for money to fund schools is some sort of government “cash grab,” and they assume that there is no well-conceived plan for the funds.

Well, you can go to dcsdk12.org/funding and find a school and see specific plans. I can also see on the district’s master capital plan that my daughter’s high school has almost $6 million in tier one needs.

Tier 1 is defined as: “Assets, systems and components that are necessary to occupy a facility and/or may cause large financial costs if a breakdown occurs, along with Federal, State, and Local mandated statutes and code compliance issues.”

Basically, these are things that need to be done to have the building up to code and inhabitable. Please vote yes on 5A and 5B to fund our schools and invest in our community!

Jeanette Crowley Schwecke

Castle Rock

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