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Community Conversations

Our Communities: Our Legacy is named as one of the four priorities of Jeffco Public School’s strategic plan, Jeffco Thrives 2025. The goal of this priority is to create positive, mutually respectful and trusting connections with Jeffco families and community partners to support student success.

Aligned with this, the focus of the Regional Opportunities community conversations, is prioritizing welcoming and inclusive school cultures in communities where two schools are proposed to come together to create one stronger, and more sustainable school.

Community Conversations

Jeffco hosted 90 minute in-person community conversations in September and October at each school recommended for closure. All members of the school community, as well as neighbors, were invited to attend and join the conversation. Topics discussed at these events ranged from enrollment data, building utilization, population data, values and desires for your student’s education, and to bring together the two consolidating school communities.

It is important to know that while District representatives explained the process and factors that led to the recommendations and answer questions about that process or history, community conversations were not being held to assess or debate whether to close any particular school or the process used to make recommendations to the Board. Time for this was available at the Board public hearings in late October.

In addition to hearing from Jeffco about the data and process, a significant amount of time at the community conversations was be committed to looking forward aspirationally about “the possible.”

Families, students and community members engaged in conversations about the potential to build an even more thriving, welcoming and vibrant school community going forward. All attendees were invited to share their vision for the future, to identify new opportunities and the types of supports, resources, and collaboration that they believe will best support their family and the school community.

In partnership with Keystone Policy Center, a report was created to include a summary of the process undertaken, the dynamic of conversations and a high level summary of ideas generated during Community Conversations and the online survey.

READ THE KEYSTONE REPORT 


Schedules and Agendas

The following is a schedule of community conversations around proposed consolidations being considered by the Jeffco Board of Education in November 2022. Meetings took place at schools recommended for closure. Interpretation services were provided at each meeting.

September Meetings

September Agenda: The purpose of the September meeting was for families and community members to learn from the District about the enrollment data, building utilization and population data including historic information and trends as well as the analysis process that led to the recommendations made to the Board of Education. If time allows, the conversation may also include discussing plans to support students joining a new school community.

September Survey: At the end of September, families from the two consolidating communities were asked to complete an online survey to share their values and desires for their student’s education.

  • September 6 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Peiffer Elementary School
  • September 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Kullerstrand Elementary School
  • September 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. at New Classical Academy at Vivian
  • September 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Wilmore-Davis Elementary School
  • September 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Glennon Heights Elementary School
  • September 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Peck Elementary School
  • September 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Witt Elementary School
  • September 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Campbell Elementary School
  • September 13 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Emory Elementary School
  • September 13 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Colorow Elementary School
  • September 13 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Bergen Meadow Elementary and Preschool
  • September 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Green Mountain Elementary School
  • September 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Sheridan Green Elementary School
  • September 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Parr Elementary School
  • September 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Thomson Elementary School
  • September 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Molholm Elementary School

October Meetings

October Agenda: The purpose of the October meeting was for families and community members from the two consolidating schools to get to know each other and raise the challenges and opportunities associated with the proposed consolidation of their school communities.

    • October 4 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Peck Elementary School
    • October 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Molholm Elementary School
    • October 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Campbell Elementary School
    • October 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Bergen Meadow Elementary
    • October 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Little Elementary School
    • October 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Thomson Elementary School
    • October 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Glennon Heights Elementary School
    • October 17 from 5-6:30 p.m. Peiffer at Kendallvue Elementary School
    • October 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Green Mountain Elementary School
    • October 17 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Sheridan Green Elementary School
    • October 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. Emory at Lasley Elementary School
    • October 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Colorow Elementary School
    • October 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Witt Elementary School

    Kullerstrand, Wilmore Davis, and New Classical Academy at Vivian also held Focus Groups - please contact the school for more information.

    After November 10, 2022: Depending on the outcome of the Board vote on November 10, the District will work with consolidating schools to customize and support future community conversations in preparation for a 2023-24 transition.

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