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Failure of 3A/3B will mean significant cuts
Editor:
Members of the Jeffco school board who referred the $39 million 3A mill and $99 million 3B bond to voters did exactly what the Colorado Constitution requires: They placed the funding decision for the quality of Jeffco schools in the hands of Jeffco citizens.  
If voters do not pass the mill, the district will cut jobs and programs at all levels to balance its budget, including:
• 18.8 elementary instrumental music teachers eliminated ($1.361 million).
• Up to 193 elementary teachers eliminated, with teacher-to-student ratio changing from 40 teachers/1,000 students to 35 teachers/1,000 students  ($14,045,600).
• Up to 130 high school teachers in neighborhood schools eliminated ($9,375,000).
• Up  to 33.4 middle school teachers eliminated ($2,418,000).
• Up to 20.3 teachers at Jeffco’s high school-level option schools eliminated: D’Evelyn, McLain, Warren Tech, etc. ($1,469,000).
• Elementary teacher-librarians reduced to half time and 19.5 middle school librarians eliminated ($3,716,800).
• 48.3 custodial positions, 9.5 trades technicians, 20.8 enrollment secretaries, five maintenance zone leaders eliminated ($3,548,200).
• 11 assistant principals, 17 counselors, 24.8 instructional coaches eliminated ($1,955,400).
• Two school days eliminated for another year. ($5 million)
In total, the district will eliminate 574.1 positions, reducing expenses by $43,493,800 in 2013-14 on top of $20 million this year.  Central administration took $7 million in reductions this year, as part of the $20 million 2012-13 reduction.  Those positions and services will NOT be replaced.  
If the $99 million bond doesn’t pass, kids will dodge leaks in aging roofs, face HVAC deficiencies, see continuing erosion of sidewalks and playgrounds, and risk safety issues related to fire and other hazards. These dollars also affect district charter schools.
In your vote, YOU are the school board managing the district’s resources. Jeffco schools need a dime a day on a $250,000 residential property assessment, or about $36 per year. We voters decide who makes the sacrifice of that dime a day — the adults responsible for educating our children, or the children. I will vote to support the dime-a-day investment.  Please join me.
Paula Noonan
school board member