Dilpreet Jammu, a member of the Long Range Planning Committee, said the community gatherings to discuss possible Douglas County School District …
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Dilpreet Jammu, a member of the Long Range Planning Committee,
said the community gatherings to discuss possible Douglas County
School District feeder plans in Parker, are a “work in
The committee reports to the board of education and examines
population trends to determine the impact on education and on the
education support facilities.
Jammu said that because of the recent failure of the 2008 bond
election, there is not money to build new schools, even though the
district is growing at a rate of 1,500 students a year.
“When we examined the data, we recognized that the Legend High
School feeder and Ponderosa High School feeder were feeling
capacity issues in the elementary schools, but had space in the
middle schools,” Jammu said. He said that by changing the school
configuration from the current kindergarten through sixth-grade to
a kindergarten through fifth-grade overcrowding could be reduced,
and make better use of current facilities. It could also offer
sixth-grade students more educational options.
At two community meetings to discuss these options, Jammu said
that three out of four Ponderosa High School parents favored the
Initial concerns from parents centered on having sixth-graders
riding on a bus with middle and high school students.
“The good news is that this change in the configuration already
exists at Rocky Heights Middle School in Douglas County,” Jammu
said. “And our neighbors in Cherry Creek, Littleton and Boulder
school districts are all doing this.”
Jammu said Douglas County would have a large ‘experience pool’
to draw from, to make sure the the students get the best
Jammu added that parents in the Ponderosa feeder liked the fact
that once the congestion is reduced in the elementary schools,
there may be the option of removing some of the schools away from
4-track, and return to a traditional calendar.
“Needless to say, they do not like the fact that we keep
changing our calendars,” Jammu said.
Parents also expressed to the committee that a big plus would be
to offer sixth-graders an expanded curriculum with more options
like intramural sports, music, language and school council.
Susan Meek, acting communications director for the Douglas
County School District, said there are no more community meetings
scheduled related to the grade configuration changes in Parker. The
district will be presenting the concept and feedback to the board
of education at the Oct. 20 meeting.
“Change is inevitable during growth,” Jammu said. “The board of
education has four seats open this election, and whoever fills
these seats, will have a big say in what happens next.”
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