Recap: School Board Meeting

Posted on: November 13, 2023
Posted By: Christine Wiggins
Posted in: Member Communications

On November 9th we said goodbye to Director Stephanie Schooley and Director Susan Miller. Many Jeffco community members and educators showed up to speak during public comment to say thank you and recognize the work and commitment of Schooley and Miller.

The first presentation to the Jeffco Board of Education was given by Allen Golden Director of Gifted Programming and Matt Palaro Chief of Student Success regarding Jeffco Gifted and Talented Programming and updates. You can view the presentation and details Here

Second, we heard an enrollment and budget update from Brenna Copeland, Chief Financial Officer, Brian Sammons Director of Budget, Jeremy Felker, Executive Director of Student Data Privacy and Reporting and Matt Hanks, Manager, GIS.

Highlights of the presentation were Jeffco enrollment trends, trends in ROFTS closures and enrollment impacts, students withdrawal data, and enrollment revenue impacts. It was interesting that while discussing enrollment the word membership was used frequently. Total district PK-12 membership for the current 23-24 school year is at 64,867, this is a decrease of 10% when compared to the 19-20 school year. Statewide PK-12 membership decreased 3.3% from 19-20 to 22-23. This data for 23-24 school year is unaudited and October Count information will be finalized at the end of November.

ROFTS Enrollment data revealed that 82% of ROFTS students stayed in Jeffco. While 16% chose to move out of the district and 2% to charter schools. The top five receiving schools were Lasley 197 students, Ryan 158 students, Prospect Valley 137 students, Lukas 132 students, and Lumberg 128 students. Retention at receiving school seems promising and you can view these numbers on slide 10 of the presentation linked below.

Student withdrawal data across the district revealed the top withdrawal reason was transfer to another Colorado school district (1746 student withdrawals), and the second highest reason was transfer to a school located in a different state (778 student withdrawals).

How will this enrollment affect our revenue can be found in 19-22. To view the presentation please click Here

Superintendent Dorland gave her monthly report to the board. In her report, Dorland first brought up that the Board of Education will soon study her superintendent evaluation. She then acknowledged the two outgoing board members, Stephanie Schooley and Susan Miller.

Director reports were given, followed by an evaluation of Superintendent Dorland. The BOE gave Tracy Dorland a chance to make remarks in regards to her evaluation.This evaluation was discussed and conducted in executive session on October 25th. The Board moved and approved the evaluation as presented in Board Documents. The consent agenda was approved and the meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.

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