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Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools

Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools is Jeffco Public Schools’ response to the Board of Education’s (BoE) request for a comprehensive plan to ensure thriving schools and extraordinary student experiences across our district.

The 2020 Census shows a population increase in Jefferson County of an additional 55,854 residents from 2000 to 2020. However, during this time, the population of school-aged children (5-19) decreased by 29,918. In addition, the population of children five and under has decreased. In 2020 the lowest number of births in 15 years was recorded. There are significantly fewer school-aged children in Jeffco today than 20 years ago.

RECOMMENDED SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION

The Jeffco Public Schools staff made the following recommendation to the Board of Education for school closures and consolidations effective for the 2023-24 school year.

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FAMILY RESOURCES

Learn how you can help your child cope with the big and small changes in life. Reduce your child's stress and teach them how to thrive when change happens.

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SUBMIT A COMMENT

If you would like to make a comment regarding the Jeffco Public School's staff recommendation for school closures and consolidations please use this form.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We have put together these frequently asked questions to help the community.

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Jeffco's partners at Keystone Policy Center will host 90 minute, in-person community conversations in September and October at each school recommended for closure.

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FCB COMMITTEES

FCB-R provides, in part, that upon the release of the initial recommendation, a committee composed of three residents from each school recommended for closure will review the recommendation.

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PUBLIC HEARINGS

Per Policy FCB, every school recommended for closure will have a public hearing with the Board of Education prior to the vote. The public comment sessions will be hosted the last week of October.

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CLOSING SCHOOL IMPACTS

Information to help families and staff who are at schools that are recommended for closure starting the 2023-24 school year.

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FCB REPORT

Recognizing that decisions must be made taking into account the district's large ecosystem of schools, the Board of Education has requested a report on all Jeffco elementary schools with data and information related to what is listed in the new FCB-R policy.

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Why Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools

Jeffco has capacity to serve 96,000 students in its traditional district-managed schools and we currently only serve 69,000 students. Thirty-nine percent of the District’s excess capacity is at the elementary school level. The impact of Jeffco’s excess capacity is felt in nearly every corner of our District as we stretch our resources to sustain the number of schools we have, with declining enrollment. It is hard on all school communities when we do not efficiently utilize our resources and take advantage of economies of scale. Most importantly, it creates inequities in the educational opportunities that schools are able to provide to students due to budget limitations.In the past two years, the District has been required to make reactive decisions to close two small schools in the spring, after the choice enrollment period, due to unsustainable enrollment projections for the upcoming school year.

Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools includes a two-phase approach with Phase I focusing on thriving elementary schools. Phase I will include the development of a November 2022 consolidation plan that:

  • Avoids future emergency spring closure decisions for schools.
  • Moves the district toward a future where all elementary schools are thriving with foundational programming that is more equitable across our different elementary schools
  • Lays the groundwork for Phase II Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools with a focus on bringing regional cohesion, PK-12, with a vision toward the future.
  • Authentically engages families, students, staff, and community in the conversation and process.
  • Provides information and time to respect families who will make decisions in the choice process.

 

Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools encourages all of us to consider the  stewarding of our resources in ways that provide exceptional student experiences in support of collaborative and data driven team cultures. It calls for a comprehensive, proactive plan.

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