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    I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who supported me in my run for the school board.
  Though we didn’t achieve the immediate goal, we fought a good, clean campaign. 
  To put it in perspective, as of October 27th Kathy, Theresa and I had raised $42,500 through individual donations, while our competition had received $305,000 - 75% from special interest groups and 25% from individuals.* That kind of money buys a lot of direct mail post cards.
  That being said, I hope the new board will focus on academic achievement, steward-ship of tax payer dollars and honor parent choice. Let’s strive for excellence in education again!  It needs to be about Jeffco students and their future.
Best, regards,
Jeff Wilhite

*CO Sec of State Tracer Reporting System

STEWARDSHIP
  • Stewardship is at the heart of my priorities as a board member, including:

    • Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars

      •  $1.4 billion dollar budget. Over the course of three years Jeffco increased its overhead costs while student enrollment decreased. We need to ensure we are using taxpayers’ dollars first and foremost to address students’ needs.

      • The $705 million dollar capital program approved by voters in 2018 has grown to over $800 million without public conversation about priorities for the extra funds made available through bond sales and without proper disclosure to the Capital Asset Advisory Committee or the Board of Education to oversee the funds effectively.

    • Stewardship of our Children’s Future

      • Student achievement results are getting worse at an accelerating rate, even before COVID-19. This is no way to prepare our children to thrive in the 21st century economy.

    • Stewardship of Parents’ Choice

      • We need to provide parents with all the information they need to make well-informed choices for their children, whether about the school to attend, the courses to take, the credentials to earn, or various health issues.

    • Stewardship of Board Governance

      • Governance is not management.  It's about asking tough questions of the district’s leaders regarding Jeffco’s declining performance, rather than telling them the answers.  And it's about holding them accountable for substantially improving the results we’re getting in exchange for the $1.4 billion we spend on our schools each year.

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