Letter to the editor: Right choice for future

Posted 10/3/18

Right choice for future Recently, I read several well-reasoned, articulate letters in support of ballot measures 5A and 5B. They clearly argued the urgent need for competitive teacher pay and …

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Letter to the editor: Right choice for future

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Right choice for future

Recently, I read several well-reasoned, articulate letters in support of ballot measures 5A and 5B. They clearly argued the urgent need for competitive teacher pay and building repairs, the growing disparity between Douglas County schools and those in our neighboring districts, and the connection between school reputations and property values.

I support this measure because the district has been demonstrating thoughtfulness, transparency and accountability we haven’t seen in many years. I have confidence that our hard-earned money will be well spent. For example, any resident can go to dcsdk12.org to see how their dollars will be used across the county. In addition to making teacher pay more competitive and hiring desperately needed counselors, my neighborhood elementary school would spend the money on replacing the generator for the emergency system and repairing the heating and cooling systems. My neighborhood middle and high schools would spend it on replacing and repairing roofing, door hardware, bleachers, and plumbing and electrical systems. The district has also made a clear case for why it can’t raise more money through cutting administrative costs, by selling land, or by using marijuana taxes. And, the district has worked to ensure it will get the most for your dollar by implementing zero-based budgeting, investing cash to maximize returns and refinancing prior bond issuances.

The decision to ask for a bond/MLO was made with great thoughtfulness and care. I will be voting yes on 5A and 5B. It is the responsible choice for our kids, our community, our future.

Kelly Allan

Highlands Ranch

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