RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT 73
WHEREAS, the South Conejos School District RE-10, Board of Education believes that every student should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential and to participate meaningfully in the civic and economic life of the community; and
WHEREAS, the Colorado way of life provides every student the chance to succeed regardless of their zip code or their learning needs; and
WHEREAS, quality public education develops a competitive workforce that will drive a vibrant Colorado economy for decades to come; and
WHEREAS, Colorado is experiencing a teacher shortage crisis and many teachers in rural districts do not make enough salary to meet the cost of living; and
WHEREAS, Colorado’s investment in education is lagging behind other states — Colorado ranks 48th nationally in personal income invested in education; and
WHEREAS, education funding has not recovered from the recession; in the 2018-19 school year alone, Colorado schools are underfunded by $672.4 million; and
WHEREAS, the loss to the South Conejos School District has been over $ 2,819.420 since 2009, which could have been used to purchase school buses, build a bus garage and textbooks and classroom supplies.
WHEREAS, reduced funding is directly impacting the District’s ability to provide meaningful educational opportunities for all students; and
WHEREAS, the reduced funding also limits the Board’s ability to respond to parents and community input on the District’s programs and services, despite the Board’s great desire to engage with and respond to its community; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 73 builds on the successes of Colorado’s public schools by expanding students’ educational opportunities to prepare them for success in college, career and life; preparing a qualified workforce for decades to come; and ensuring that Colorado’s economic prosperity is shared with every community from corner to corner of the state; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 73 will bring Colorado’s investment in public education closer to the national average by raising $1.6 billion dollars annually; provide sustainable support for schools by stabilizing school property taxes; provide additional funding for all students and address the most pressing needs of Colorado’s public schools — specifically, funding for full-day kindergarten and a significant increase in funding for Early Childhood programs, Special Education programs, At-Risk students, English Language Learners and Gifted & Talented students; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 73 gives local school boards greater ability to respond to parent and community input and provide programs and services to meet the needs of all their students; and
WHEREAS, if Amendment 73 passes, the Board commits to focusing on the following priorities:
Short term goals (6-12 months)
Academic– Accredited- Off watch
– To provide high quality instructors and administration
Policy- Board Policy (within year)
-B Board Policy
-G Personnel Policy
-All Legal Policy
-Garage/Fleet – Bus Barn
-Compliance Finance Audit
Academic- Accredited with Distinction
Policy – Fully Functioning Board Policy Manual
while acknowledging that priorities will evolve as community engagement is an ongoing process and revenue from Amendment 73 is annual funding; and
WHEREAS, the Board declares that Amendment 73 is a matter of official concern;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the South Conejos School District Board of Education officially declares its support for Amendment 73 for the purpose of increasing funding of public education in the State of Colorado; and
The Board authorizes the expenditure of District funds to distribute a factual summary regarding Amendment 73, in accordance with the Fair Campaign Practices Act, C.R.S. 1-45-117.
ADOPTED AND APPROVED THIS 16th day of September, 2018.
The South Conejos School District will provide the formal education foundation that capitalizes on the educational opportunities whenever and wherever present, and supports informed and productive student life choices.