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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; read more from the Colorado state demographer.

On August 25, 2022, Jeffco Public Schools staff made a recommendation to the Board of Education (Board) for school closures and consolidations effective for the 2023-24 school year. On November 10, 2022, the Board voted on and passed the resolution. Read their statement and formal resolution.

A Path Forward to Thriving Schools

Latest News & Updates

Follow along with the Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools process by reading the latest news and updates below or by visiting our news page.

Candid Conversations with our Jeffco Community (Video Series)

As part of our Path Forward to Thriving Schools series, we sat down with various members of the Jeffco community who have experienced a school closure. Watch these candid conversations featuring Jeffco staff and parents as they shed light on their bittersweet journeys.

Click the upper right corner to see all videos from the series or view the playlist on YouTube.

LIST of CONSOLIDATIng schools

Learn more about the plan for consolidating schools and the criteria used for the recommendation.

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FCB Dashboard

Taking into account the district's large ecosystem of schools, Jeffco developed the FCB Dashboard to monitor the health of all district-managed schools as outlined in the district’s FCB-R policy.

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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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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Jeffco partnered with Keystone Policy Center to host 90 minute, in-person community conversations in September and October at each school recommended for closure.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

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SUBMIT A COMMENT

If you would like to make a comment regarding the Jeffco Public School’ Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools initiative, please use this form.

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Latest News, Updates and Information

Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools Community Update
01/19/2023
Since the Board Resolution on November 10, 2022, Jeffco has been working to support impacted staff in securing positions for the 2023-24 school year and working with impacted families to find the right school for their student(s).
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Candid Conversations Video Series

Candid Conversations with our Jeffco Community (Video Series)

View the playlist on YouTube.

As part of our Path Forward to Thriving Schools series, we sat down with various members of the Jeffco community who have experienced a school closure. Watch these candid conversations featuring Jeffco staff and parents as they shed light on their bittersweet journeys.

Check out this candid conversation with Valerie Moreno as she shares some of her thoughts about her own experience with school consolidation.

 

Check out this candid conversation with Sandy McSperrin as she shares some of her thoughts about her own experience with school consolidation.

 

Check out this candid conversation with former Allendale principal, Rob Malling, as he shares some of his thoughts about his own experience with school consolidation.

 

Check out this candid conversation between Matt Palaoro, Jeffco's Chief Student Success Officer, and Jeffco parent, Michelle Miley. Matt and Michelle discuss the transition of her son from one of our special education center-based programs.

 

Check out this candid conversation with Anthony West, a former parent of two students at Allendale Elementary, which closed in the spring of 2021. Anthony shares some of his thoughts about his own experience with school consolidation.

 

Check out this candid conversation with Tessel Stevenson, a former parent of two students at Fitzmorris Elementary, which closed in the spring of 2022. Tessel shares some thoughts about her own experience with school consolidation.

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.

A Thriving Student and Educator Experience

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