Results of school board election raise some questions
Re: Conservatives take control of Jefferson County school board, Nov. 13.
My wife and I are fairly new in Jeffco, and while we don’t have any children in school, we did vote for the three losing candidates for the school board.
We’re confused by what the parents in Jeffco apparently want in their schools. Our impression before this election was that parents were pleased with the makeup and direction of the previous school board, especially with the election two years ago of Leslie Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman, and particularly with all the bad publicity about the next-door Douglas County school board. Do the parents in this county want their schools like those in Dougco, with all the strife over vouchers, teacher evaluations and the teachers union?
My understanding is that because Dougco parents voted in their conservative board members, the county is now strapped for cash to support its non-charter public schools and is losing all its best teachers. Why would Jeffco parents want that?
Adding bike lanes on Bowles makes a lot of sense
While Arvada, Golden and Lakewood continue to add bicycle lanes to make their cities even more bicycle friendly, Jefferson County Commissioners Rosier and Griffin have shown reluctance to follow suit by adding bicycle lanes to West Bowles Avenue — a key east-west route connecting residential areas and activity centers that is currently unsafe for bicyclists.
Analysis by county staff has shown minimal degradation in the level of service to motorized vehicles by these additions.
Years ago, area residents voted to pay a local sales tax for transportation improvements, including road widening and new bicycle facilities. Drivers have enjoyed the widening of Bowles Avenue for years, yet some of our commissioners are hesitant to implement the bicycle part of the agreement.
This short-sightedness is contrary to the current trend in transportation thinking away from the dominance of the single-occupancy automobile to a more balance multi-modal approach of pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation and automobiles.
New charter school offers a classical approach
I recently became aware of a brand public charter school in Jefferson County and wanted to inform other parents about it. Addenbrooke Classical Academy was approved in November 2013, and was unanimously approved by all five board members. Addenbrooke is the first and only classical education school in Jeffco, and is centrally located in the district and the second school in Colorado to become a certified SMART school.
By utilizing the Trivium in classical instruction, students typically score in the top 10 percent nationally on the ACT. Addenbrooke teaches students through primary sources in their English and history classes. A major motivating principle is to empower students with knowledge and the ability to form their own thoughts and opinions. Charles Wright, founder and principal at Addenbrooke, has a vision to keep the school small, allowing students to receive more personal attention and creating an atmosphere where students form strong bonds with the other students and faculty. This is one of the features my son particularly enjoys.
You can learn more about this new choice we have in Jefferson County at http://www.addenbrookeclassical.com.