Our schools need a yes vote on 3A Five years ago, my husband and I bought a house in Centennial. The main impetus for our move was our children. We …
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Our schools need a yes vote on 3A
Five years ago, my husband and I bought a house in Centennial.
The main impetus for our move was our children. We had been living
in Jefferson County, and were very concerned about the financial
state of the Jefferson County school system.
After much research, we decided to move to an area served by
Littleton Public Schools. LPS had a strong record of fiscal
management and accountability. The district had a reputation for
hiring and retaining the best teachers. LPS student test scores
ranked LPS as one of the top three school districts in the
While our school district continues to rank at the top today, it
may not for much longer. Littleton Public Schools has been forced
into dire financial straights. Simply put, LPS does not have the
money to maintain the kind of education that our citizens, parents
and businesses have come to expect.
I have spent a lot of time volunteering in my children’s
classrooms, and have personally experienced the impact of the
budgets cuts. In 2007, there were 20 children in my elder son’s
first grade class. Last year, there were 29 children in my younger
son’s first grade class. The state of our schools is becoming
It is no longer possible to depend on the state or federal
government to solve our school funding problems. As a last resort,
the LPS school board has voted to put forth a ballot question this
November asking the community to increase mill levy funding for the
Littleton Public School District.
So far, our community has expressed strong support for the mill
levy increase. This increase would provide an additional $12
million annually to the LPS general fund, helping to offset
detrimental future cuts.
I hope you will join me and others in voting yes for Issue 3A.
Please do not stand by and watch as our schools fall apart and our
housing values drop.
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