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Join Us!

posted Aug 1, 2016, 8:08 PM by Michael Clark   [ updated Aug 1, 2016, 8:08 PM ]

We are always looking for passionate people who want to make a difference in the community.  We have positions available that require as little as an hour per month of your time.  Right now we are looking for the following:

Click on any position to learn more.

Email us at JeffcoCRE@gmail.com, and let us know what position you are interested in.  Please include the word 'volunteer' in your subject line.

School Board Discusses Moving Forward on Mill and Bond

posted Aug 1, 2016, 8:04 PM by Michael Clark   [ updated Aug 1, 2016, 8:05 PM ]

The BOE met last Thursday to get more input from the community regarding a mill and bond. They have asked Superintendent McMinimee for potential ballot language.  The board will meet again on August 2nd to discuss the matter further.  Below is a brief synopsis of the discussion so far.

  • The Jeffco Board of Education has been considering whether or not to place a mill and bond proposal on November 2016 ballot since they approved the school district's Facilities Master Plan.  
  • Before considering a mill and bond, the BOE reviewed the Facilities Master Plan proposed by Superintendent McMinimee’s cabinet.  An online survey, 12 community meetings, and two community phone calls were used to solicit feedback from the community.  Based on that feedback, the BOE approved changes to the Facilities Master Plan.
  • The BOE has discussed the mill levy and bond at three board meetings (6/14, 6/16, & 7/28).  Public comment was available at the last two of those meetings.  You can find the proposed allocation of a bond and mill here.  Video of these meetings can be found here.


The BOE will have another opportunity for public comment regarding the mill and bond at the August 2nd meeting.  Signup for public comment can be found here.  


We will have an article on the specifics of the mill and bond later this week if the board moves forward on 8/2/16.  We highly encourage everyone to email the board with their comments or concerns. 


Jeffco billed over $168,000 in PR Expenses

posted Apr 13, 2016, 8:58 AM by Jeffco Citizens For Responsible Education   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 9:31 AM ]

  • Jeffco paid Novitas $84,830 for services between August 2015 to December 2015
  • The district was charged $77/hour on average, and Novitas provided about 57 hours of work each week.
  • Novitas was paid $168,892 for services over ten months last year.

        Back in August we wrote about the initial expenses Jeffco had incurred by using Novitas instead of hiring one or two people for the Communications Department.  Last week, we received a response to our recent CORA request that asked for the recent invoices from Novitas invoices.

        During the second half of the year, Novitas charged the district $84,830.  The charges overall are fairly consistent with prior invoices.  During this time, Novitas continued to handle emails sent to the board, and they charged $60/ hour for this service.  We will note that the district did receive a few more hours of work in the second half of the year compared to the first half.  This variance occurred because Novitas bills the district based on who completes the work.  Work completed by Novitas' CEO, Michelle Lynn, cost the district $200/ hour.  Work completed by Novitas' associates was billed at $60/ hour.  From August to December 11th, the average cost to the district was about $77/ hour.

      Month
 Amount paid by
district to Novitas
 August$21,730 
 September $17,867
October  $22,568
 November $16,125
 December 1st-11th $6,540
 Total $84,830


        We definitely understand that the district needs a Communications Department in order to get information out to the community in a timely and professional manner.  That said, we are very disappointed with the hourly cost for Novitas' services.  The district could have done the work internally for much less than $77/ hour, or they could have had more manpower for about the same price.  We hope our superintendent, Dan McMinimee, will consider this in the future.

        Overall, the district received services from Novitas for ten months.  The total expense to the district came to $168,892.  According to the records we received, Novitas has not provided any services to the district since December 11, 2015. 

Thank You Jeffco!

posted Jan 18, 2016, 3:51 PM by Jeffco Citizens For Responsible Education   [ updated Jan 18, 2016, 4:19 PM ]



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