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Board of Ed Comm Forum: Don't let your child sit alone - $1,000,000.00 more to be cut in Special Ed

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....


  • R. Gaunt 4 years ago

    Why not have Douglas County school system move to a charter system and stop relying on the government for education? Charter schools have shown in other areas of the country to reduce costs and raise education levels. I agree that special education students are most prone to theses kinds of cuts, but education can usually be done for much less when bureaucracy takes a back seat to actual classrooms. Education is in the heart and in the head, by finding ways reduce costs elsewhere in theses tuff times, hopefully those who need money the most can get it.

  • Lori, Open Adoption Examiner 4 years ago

    What great insider information! Not only the alert to make voices heard, but also the true starting time of the meeting.

    I am intrigued by what R Gaunt says. Could charter schools be part of the solution for how to do more with less public funds?

  • Gina St. Aubin 4 years ago

    I too am intrigued by what R. Gaunt says. In all honesty, all of the school-related issues are so very new to me. For the last 6 years, we've been drowning in the fight to find the right diagnosis for our child that school "options" hasn't been the highest priority. However with R. Gaunt's comment and a conversation with an AP, I'm wondering what more charters would look like, how they operate and how it would effect or benefit special needs children. BTW- the school board is made up of pro-charter people.

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