The Board of Education acted on a budget reduction plan at the March 26 regular meeting. Over 100 stakeholders turned out to address the Board or listen to the discussion surrounding potential Transportation Fees and the proposed budget reductions. The Board voted not to impose Transportation Fees but did approve the reduction plan which had been discussed over the course of multiple open meetings. This action was necessary to help overcome the nearly $1 million current year deficit and increasing expenditures expected for school year 2014-2015.
Since 2009, State funding for Colorado’s public schools has fallen by over $1 billion. At the same time, the Colorado Legislature has implemented significant unfunded mandates that rely on substantial school district investment. The result of these funding cuts at the State level translates into over $8 million in lost revenue for Weld Re-3J over the past four fiscal years. Certainly there is understanding that during a recession, the State government had a need to limit spending. However, the Colorado economy is improving, and the time has come for our legislators to begin to restore funding for public education like other states across the country are doing. Superintendents across the state have asked for $275 million in recurring funds to go back to Colorado public schools in addition to the governor’s proposed increase.
The Board of Education and I are asking for your support in asking our State legislators to begin to restore funding to education so that our students can directly benefit. The attachment included here provides a brief explanation of Colorado school funding. Our united goal should be to ask legislators to begin to eliminate what is known as the ‘negative factor’ which has led to millions of dollars lost toward educating our students. We are requesting that no strings be attached to this restored funding so that the values and priorities of our stakeholders can be honored in Weld Re-3J.
Thank you for your continued support of our students.
Greg A. Rabenhorst
Superintendent of Schools
Contact your local legislators:
State Representative – District 63
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2906
State Senator – District 1
Capitol Phone: 303-866-6360
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