No end in sight for declining enrollment in Estes Park schools

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A voluteer and three students work amid iPad cases and copy machines on Tuesday in what used to be a math classroom.

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may want to meet with home-schooled students and their parents. There is an Options program (which meets once a week) through the school district for home schooled kids which raises a bit of revenue for ParkR3 but the elephant in the room is why are we losing kids to other districts and home school? The culture and climate of the schools and district office should be reviewed along with the obvious and much overused mantra of affordable housing. If you do this a combination of factors that need to be addressed will arise such as staff retention, professional development, safety, test scores, leadership (school board and such), pay,"white flight", etc. This is where Mr. Hickey should be focusing his attention...on what is right in front of him instead of beating the affordable housing drum and pushing for another mill levy. You could have all the money in the world to run a school district but if you do not have everyone on board it is meaningless. There is no better resouce for feedback than your staff, teachers, students, parents and the community at large.
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When the school expansion with it's huge cost(about 40 million, with loan interest) was voted in declining enrollment was already starting.
The school "upgrade" raised our taxes. Now the town board asks for a 1% sales tax increase.
It's up to the voters to decide. Like the hospitable tax increase(another 40 million, or so, loan), we should weigh the long term benefits, rather than lets do it and hope for the best approach.
I come from New Jersey and have seen what this go forward at all costs drum beat has done to the taxes, property taxes are 4 times ours, more or less. And the quality of life, in my opinion, is dubious at best.
Lets be prudent and thoroughly eye these issues...
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Tom H wrote:
When the school expansion with it's huge cost(about 40 million, with loan interest) was voted in declining enrollment was already starting.
The school "upgrade" raised our taxes. Now the town board asks for a 1% sales tax increase.
It's up to the voters to decide. Like the hospitable tax increase(another 40 million, or so, loan), we should weigh the long term benefits, rather than lets do it and hope for the best approach.
I come from New Jersey and have seen what this go forward at all costs drum beat has done to the taxes, property taxes are 4 times ours, more or less. And the quality of life, in my opinion, is dubious at best.
Lets be prudent and thoroughly eye these issues...
And now the taxpayers are paying for the destruction of the old elementary school (with no taxpayer input). I think from 2004 until now there was a delusion of granduer with the then superintendent and school board. Staff come and go like a revolving door. The very population who need us the most are the ones to suffer.
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The community of Estes Park is stuck with same problem that we in Allenspark are experiencing. An aging non very viable population of older folks many of whom are women. There are no teenage kids in town. This isn't an isolated case. Englewood Colorado has loss many students and has to restructure the school district to handle the loss of students.
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We are loosing students to homeschooling. What goes on in many of the classrooms it is no wonder parents pull their kids out to homeschool. Lack of respect within our schools/homes/communities. And with everyone afraid to take a stand - administration/school board and "say no you won't act like this at school/classroom." But the fears of being sued is too much for the Board to handle. So people pull their kids out of the District. Teachers and administration should be banging at our doors to get into this District but lack of affordable housing turns them away.
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Why don't you pro public school people take a closer look at yourselves and what you promote in schools: no one flunks anymore, illegal Mexican kids causing trouble; promoting other religions ( Muslim); teaching gay & lesbian subjects, etc. Look in the mirror people. Public schools are nothing more than Democrat job factories which should be abolished!
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Teachers and administration should be banging at our doors to get into this District but lack of affordable housing turns them away.

The district likes to blame it ALWAYS on affordable housing...This argument is getting very very very old....They are a mediocre school district teaching only to the smartest kids. They really don't care about teaching the kids that are going into the blue collar professions---the true professions that are driving this country...Kids continue to come home to live with their parents after a four year university (speech communication, history, business administration) and consider it below them to take a minimum wage job. This community is reaping what we have sown...Vow to vote down the mill levy until the district proves they will clean house...
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way the town is. Closed, no one can make a living...very few anyway. Sad, but nothing will change unless the town gov. does, allow new business, the old ones will step up... don't see it ever happening.

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I have been looking for a way to move to Estes Park with my children for 4 years and the job situation plus the housing is the major problem. I don't think there's much government can do about that, it's going to have to be the homeowners that start lowering their home prices. I know that sounds stupid but it really comes down to making housing more affordable but be careful because once govt gets into the housing market......oh wait!
Anyway, if there were jobs there that weren't just seasonal jobs, it would be a different story. I have TONS of experience and qualifications but there are no jobs there that could afford to pay me what I'm worth. It's sad because I love it there so. I will continue to look for work and housing there every month until I can find something that will sustain me and my family.

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The district wrote:
may want to meet with home-schooled students and their parents. There is an Options program (which meets once a week) through the school district for home schooled kids which raises a bit of revenue for ParkR3 but the elephant in the room is why are we losing kids to other districts and home school? The culture and climate of the schools and district office should be reviewed along with the obvious and much overused mantra of affordable housing. If you do this a combination of factors that need to be addressed will arise such as staff retention, professional development, safety, test scores, leadership (school board and such), pay,"white flight", etc. This is where Mr. Hickey should be focusing his attention...on what is right in front of him instead of beating the affordable housing drum and pushing for another mill levy. You could have all the money in the world to run a school district but if you do not have everyone on board it is meaningless. There is no better resouce for feedback than your staff, teachers, students, parents and the community at large.
First off, what is "white flight" and secondly the reason you're losing kids to homeschool is because public school are not teaching children what they need to know. They are indoctrinating them with revisionist history and flat out lies. Now they're going to be teaching that getting math problems wrong is ok! If school districts would take the 10th amendment seriously and refuse federal dollars and start being schools again and teaching real history and real math and letting the parents have more control, you would see an influx back into the public school system. If I had it to do over again, I would have homeschooled both of my kids instead of sending them to that government cluster F!
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We would LOVE to be able to live in Estes Park, but with home prices what they are, there's no way we can afford it. We both have good, professional jobs and make a nice living, but young families can't afford to buy homes in Estes, they can't live there and enroll kids in local schools.
My husband is a teacher; he makes nearly twice as much in Iowa as he would make in Estes Park doing the same job.

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