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Lewis Palmer District 38 To Study School Bus Fees

December 21, 2011

 

Lewis-Palmer School District #38 will begin studying budget reductions including bus fees for the 2012 – 2013 State funding reduction

Lewis-Palmer Parents and Staff:

As you may know, preliminary budget reductions from the State of Colorado combined with increased projected costs indicate that school districts around the state will again be facing budget reductions for next year. Based on the Governor’s budget, submitted to the state legislature, the total additional reduction for our district is approximately $1.2 – $1.5 million at this point, or 3.5 – 4% for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

We are in the process of determining how to balance our budget in light of these reductions. The work completed by the 2011-2012 Citizen Planning Task Force will be used as a starting point. Many options will be considered and, no doubt, many changes will be needed to make the reductions a reality.

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  1. Direction 38! Editor
    January 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

    The comment page for this post is now restricted. Comments have drifted off the subject area. No new comments will be approved if they are not directly related to this post.

  2. William B. Blue
    January 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Dear Parent,
    You have posted this comment about Direction 38 and done it in a contentious manner. I have found that if you are really interested in answers, its easier to get them if the questions are asked in a respectful manner. As an oldtimer living now in Colorado, in this school district and paying taxes so your children can get a good public education, I know I might bridle up if I were told to be honest. If you are really interested in knowing more about Direction 38, why don’t you just go to the public coffee house you mentioned, during one of their meetings, open the door, stick your head inside and say hello. Introduce yourself and say you are a concerned parent. I’ll bet they will be happy to introduce themselves and be hospitable. Ask them if they supported politcal candidates, ask them what their goals are and why they are protecting their privacy. Its kind of like you using an anonymous email address. In today’s world I don’t blame you one bit for protecting yourself. I don’t use my regular mailbox for things like this either. One last thing. I am happy to support public education, I just want my tax dollars spent efficiently.

  3. Parent
    January 12, 2012 at 7:33 am

    You need to be honest with the community. You do not list your membership and you absolutely have private meetings; you meet all the time behind closed doors at the local coffee shop. Direction 38 is not a group wanting to help the school district, but rather a group of individuals who all have personal issues against the district. Direction 38! supported and endorsed candidates in the last election. That makes them a political group. It’s my understanding all three are members of Direction 38. Of course we can’t be sure because there is no membership list. You ask for transparency from the district; can you do the same?

  4. Jody
    January 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Let me briefly respond to the previous comment:
    1. “membership secret”  – Direction 38! is registered with the State of Colorado 
    2. “finances secret”  –  Self-funded and welcome donations
    3. “group meetings secret” – Meetings are posted publicly
    And as for Ralph Reed?  I had to Google to find out who he is.  
     
    Of course we have an agenda.  Who doesn’t?  Check out our home page!  Over the last several years, D38 School Board meeting minutes, as well as local newspapers, have covered DIRECTION 38! info., which is all accessible to the public.  We have continually encouraged you and everyone else to do your own independent research.  
     
    Although we may not agree on everything, I am sure that we all want what is best for our children and also for the taxpayers of this district who support them.  Thank you for taking the time to keep the discussion open!  And please attend our second round of forums this summer.

  5. James
    January 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    As to Direction 38’s position, since they keep their membership secret, their finances secret, and their group meetings secret, it’s difficult to discern Direction 38’s real intent. After attending their public forums and assessing the literature they distributed at them, I’ve reached some conclusions. I believe Direction 38 is working from the “stealth campaign” playbook developed by Ralph Reed in the 80’s. I don’t believe the group is without an agenda.

    Since I’ve had several conversations with current members of the school board where we discussed the approaches of other districts, I know the board takes every opportunity to learn from other districts. I also know they are committed to finding a strategy that takes the unique things about the community into account. So I don’t think they are “re-inventing the wheel,” just looking for the best solution.

  6. Jody
    January 5, 2012 at 8:36 am

    James,
    Where in any of the above comments or anywhere else on this site does Direction 38, which sponsors this website make any editorial comment about agreeing or disagreeing with bus fees? The only thing I see is a copy of the notification published by Lewis-Palmer School District and then public comments, including yours. I personally am grateful to a group of citizens who donate their time to make available this avenue for anyone to comment. I personally don’t have a problem with bus fees if necessary, but it would seem to me that utilizing the knowledge already garnered by two neighboring districts would be more cost and time effective. Why are we trying to ‘reinvent the wheel’?

  7. James
    January 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Personally, I have no problem with considering user fees for buses. This is an area where families can choose between many options in addition to buses. If a family would prefer to avoid the fee, they can join with other like-minded families to carpool, they can use a family vehicle, or a bike, or they can walk (try it, it’s good exercise). I trust the school board to follow an orderly process making this decision, and the memo from the school district indicates the community will have a chance to comment.

    I’m surprised to see Directions 38 take an anti-choice position on this.

  8. Anonymous
    January 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    The voters in D38 overwhelmingly supported the incumbent school board in the last election. The incumbents won by a mile. That tells me the community is happy with the decisions the board has made. They’ve done a good job keeping the district healthy during a very challenging period.

    • Anonymous
      January 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Please check the State of Colorado Constitution paragraph on “Refunding Bonds”. It specifically restricts refinance of financial vehicles and also specifically requires NO additional debt, fees, interest, or other commissions or cash-outs that will increase a voter approved bond above the initial total $ obligation.

      • James
        January 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        The district does not say what the fees would be used to pay for, if collected. Maybe they would be used to pay for increased fuel costs for the buses.

    • Steve
      January 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

      “…won by a mile”? In today’s elections, 58% might be considered a significant win. It also means that 42% of voters are unhappy with the current BOE. In schools, 58% was never a passing mark.

      • James
        January 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        In elections, 51% is a passing mark. Elections are not graded classwork. Winning with 58% indicates the support of the voters. The incumbents asked for, and got, the support of the community, because the community thinks they are doing a good job.

  9. Long Time District Observer
    December 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Regardless of the amount of future cuts, how can the district justify operating 8 schools plus a central administration building? The largest campus, LPHS, currently has a student population of fewer than 60% of its capacity. Consider all the duplicated services at all campuses. Why not look at innovative restructuring that mandates more efficient use of facilities and would result in the district easily being able to live within its budget and put money into reserves while getting the the teachers and other front line staff members back on track financially.

    • Anonymous
      January 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      What exactly does “innovative restructuring” mean? I can’t tell what you’re proposing.

      From my family’s perspective the restructuring was very successful. My son was in the first 6th grade class at Lewis Palmer Elementary and everything went great. The transition was seamless.

      If you want to argue another structure would be better, you have to be specific about what that new structure would be.

  10. Anonymous
    December 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I agree. I don’t think bus fees should be considered, especially since the budget cuts aren’t going to be as dire as originally predicted.

  11. Ann of Monument
    December 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Anyone notice how the district is now incapable of delivering the same services it has delivered for 40+ years unless parents pony up more money? Too bad the voters didn’t have the sense to vote these people out of office last month.

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