Letter to the editor: Wait six years for safety?

Posted 1/30/19

I was astounded with the newspaper article on Jan. 17, where the Jeffco school district man in charge of facilities and construction that it will take six years to complete the recent bond issues …

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Letter to the editor: Wait six years for safety?

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I was astounded with the newspaper article on Jan. 17, where the Jeffco school district man in charge of facilities and construction that it will take six years to complete the recent bond issues that passed in Nov. 2018. The article goes on and on about the cosmetic renovations starting with Green Mountain High School and how thrilled Principal Colleen Owens is to get new desks. What about the money to go toward security and safety of the schools in light of potential harm that can be done by allowing anyone to enter the schools? The bond money should go immediately to all schools to add proven protection and security people inside the schools.

This was not presented that safety would be dragged out over a period of six years — it was the second bullet point in the ballot measure language. By that time the district will of course be asking for more money like they always do if not sooner. In the meantime, will this new money be used to secure the safety and entrances of all of our schools? This should be the priority of the district’s new bond money, then renovation.

The article gave just one sentence to security after elaborately describing Green Mountain’s renovation. “This (referring to the renovation) is also in addition to security and technology updates expected.” No further explanation was provided as to what this security would be and absolutely no mention that all the schools in the district were promised to be safeguarded.

This is why the district’s money requests are routinely rejected by the property owners of Jefferson County and would have been again if, in my opinion, the unlawful practice of ballot harvesting more than 10 ballots at a time had not been employed in the November election.

Elise Brougham,
Wheat Ridge

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