From his comments at the SJK Candidates’ Forum in Wheat Ridge last week, Brad Rupert wants us as taxpayers to believe that because of the size of the District, the District’s budget gets very complicated, very quickly. He was implying… Read more >
Publishing a budget so that people can read it does not make the budget transparent. For example, I doubt that anyone, other than someone in District finance, can answer the following budget related questions: Under what budget line item are… Read more >
Should we believe Support Jeffco Kids or the Colorado Fiscal Transparency Website when it comes to Jeffco’s Budget?
A recent blog post by Support Jeffco Kids (SJK) was titled “Unless You Count $ Twice, There is no Billion Dollar Budget”. This post even led with the sentence “We’ve all heard the fictional story about the billion dollar budget… Read more >
What are we to think when only days into a new fiscal year and just days on the job, the new Superintendent commits the equivalent of a full-time teacher’s salary so that he can “supervise” a PhD Education Leadership resident? Didn’t… Read more >
I laughed when a Board member recently told me that Kevin Carroll had told the interim Superintendent that a May meeting with the District’s HS GT community “went well”. I was at that meeting. I don’t know whether Kevin Carroll… Read more >
It’s a great day in Jeffco knowing that Terry Elliott has left the District. You’d be hard pressed to find anything he has done that is either ‘Innovative’ or ‘Effective’ as one would be led to believe from his title… Read more >
Susan Harmon and Brad Rupert don’t think that $20 million in one-time and ongoing teacher raises for 2016-1017 and $19.5M in increases for 2017-2018 are enough! Recent articles in the Canyon Courier regarding Susan Harmon’s run for re-election (June 14,… Read more >
Recently, at the June 1st Board meeting, the District staff egregiously concealed changes to an Alternative Pathways Budgeting For Outcomes (BFO) recommendation in order to obfuscate the impact to Wheat Ridge High School and the District’s HS GT program. It… Read more >
Is the Board capable of thinking out of the Box? Or, Why is the Board not capable of any real discussion?
Over the course of the past 6 months, in response to District staff financial recommendations, I have sent what I think were well researched and well thought out alternatives to several of those recommendations to the Board. There has never… Read more >
Recently the Superintendent’s Cabinet recommended allocating an additional $600,000, or $50,000 for 12 High Schools, in additional alternative Pathways funding. This will supplement the $65,000 each of 17 High Schools already receives for a total of $115,000 per school. On… Read more >