Money problems are everywhere. The recession in America is no new story. Neither is the State’s shortfall, and depending upon which county you’re in, you did or did not pass your Bonds, resulting in positive or negative “cash” flows. Douglas County is in negative cash flow mode. Again, no new “News” to any resident living here.
Many of us are still reeling from the shock of not having passed an issue which would have allowed the School District to refrain from drastically cutting its budget. With a community ripe with families new and growing, education, it’s options and performances, are at the top of our priority lists. If it weren’t, many of us may not have chosen to live in one of the top two performing districts in the Denver Metro.
Now we’re in the position, rather the School District is in the position of balancing its budget. With already having cut millions of dollars over the last school year, having to return a percentage of this years budget back to the State, as well as slashing another $32-$34 million again, no program will go untouched. This includes the Special Education Program, which is on the chopping block for an additional $1,000,000.00s in cuts. This means larger class sizes with a reduction in qualified staff for the population of kids that need the most.
What can you do? This is the time, if any, to become involved. So many of us have stopped at knowing that we’re in a good School District, or that our selected home school is considered good (or not) for special needs. We have our complaints about administrators, teachers, programming issues, class sizes and if our child’s needs are being met. This issue is even larger than those and only trickles down to effect those that are most vulnerable, our special needs children. We shouldn't let them sit alone to feel the effects of this; this is the time to do something more.
If you haven’t already put in on your calendar, it’s time to snap into action, juggle, ensure last minute coverage and attend the Board of Education Community Forum held Tuesday, January 19, 2010 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Rock Canyon High School. **Little known….the Board will actually convene at 5:00 pm to review issues where your voice may not be heard, but our presence should be felt.
I will be there. Will you?
Need More Information:
District Website with Flyer
Map to Rock Canyon High School
Report showing $1,000,000.00 reduction~
go to District Site
scroll to bottom to District Publications
click on 2009 The ONE Report
go to last page....