Wow! Our kids, our schools, and our community are so grateful to everyone for the passage of 4C! Our Citizens for LPS “Yes on 4C” campaign recognized from the onset that this was not the most ideal time, economically or otherwise, to ask for financial help from the community, and 4C’s passage shows how we can all come together to keep our schools strong, even in the most challenging of times. We appreciate the concerns of those who voted against 4C to ensure that funds are spent wisely and targeted to key district priorities. As committed community members and school district volunteers, we too share principles of financial transparency and accountability to keep not only voters’ but the whole community’s trust in LPS’s actions. Ballot measure 4C set out to keep our schools strong, and though the election is behind us our campaign’s unwavering support for LPS continues, especially as the state continues to chronically underfund public education. We commit to work with LPS to do all we can to mitigate impacts of state budget shortfalls. Thanks to our many donors and hundreds of volunteers who share this commitment to strong public education. Your gifts of time, energy, and money meant so much to our campaign, but more so the heart you showed in getting 4C passed.
Thank you, everyone, for your support!
“Littleton is home to one of the top-ranked school districts in Colorado. Without passage of a local mill levy override, Littleton Public Schools will be forced to make severe cuts to programs impacting every student. With the looming budget cuts of $12 million in the 2021-2022 school year, there are no other options.
We understand that this is not the most ideal time, economically or otherwise, to ask for help, but a quality education is what we have come to expect from LPS and we want to ensure that continues. More than ever, we need to come together as a community in support of 4C and keep our schools strong.”
–Citizens for LPS Campaign Co-Chairs
Angela Christensen and Erin Weaver
You need a sign and YOU need a sign!
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Thank you to the many voters who supported 4C. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped support 4C. Thank you for your belief in Littleton Public Schools & the many resources necessary to support the students and the Littleton community.
Keep supporting LPS! Contact your local PTO. Support your neighbors and your teachers and your community. Not sure how? Contact us and we are happy to help connect you with an opportunity.
Thank you Littleton.
Littleton Public Schools want our kids back in the classroom in a safe environment with mental health supports and high-quality teachers earning what they deserve, but they also need to ensure that every child has the ability to learn remotely with the same high quality of support and instruction if necessary. Unfortunately, this need comes while the state of Colorado is dramatically slashing funding to schools.
“We have LPS kids graduating with career and technical education certificates like CNA, cosmetology, or automotive technician and walking directly into the workforce. We have other LPS students winning national history day awards. Our district is top-notch. I’d like to keep it that way. I support a mill levy increase.”–MONICA FUGLEI, Community Leader and Concerned LPS Parent
Community Investment to benefit our students
Passing 4C will provide funds to help maintain the very things our schools and community values:
- Excellent teachers
- Variety of quality programs for students of all ages
- Physical safety
- Mental health supports
- Expanding career, technology and skilled trades classes that provide students with real world job skills
Potential changes if 4C does not pass include:
- Program reductions to, among others, specials/electives, career tech, athletics, activities, alternative education, and preschool programs
- Increased class size by changing the staffing formula and reducing staff
- Increased fees for athletics and activities
- Reductions in transportation services
- Reductions in employee compensation
“I have far more faith in our community to figure this out than I do the Colorado Legislature.”–JACK REUTZEL, Board of Education President, Littleton Public Schools
There is no other option
LPS is facing an ongoing $12 million budget shortfall caused by the COVID-19 economic downturn and the State of Colorado’s chronic inability to adequately fund its public schools. Colorado has shortchanged LPS more than $156 million over the past decade, which has placed tremendous and increasing pressure on the district’s budget.No state solutions are in sight. If local solutions are not found, people and programs – the very parts of our schools that the LPS community values most – will face drastic cuts for the 2021–2022 school year and beyond.
The Board began exploring local solutions last January and made $4.2 million in cuts for the 2020–2021 school year. These cuts included eliminating 17 central office positions, reduced employee pay, increasing fees for preschool, reducing subsidies for high school athletic and activity funds, and canceling selected software subscriptions.
This is a small price to pay to maintain a solid educational foundation for our community. Good schools are vital to creating good communities.–LISA EDWARDS, Concerned LPS Parent and Littleton Resident
It is a small price to pay for the return on investment
The cost to LPS taxpayers is less than $43 a year for every $100,000 of actual home value.
There are no easy solutions, as TABOR continues to restrict the amount of state tax dollars collected for education, roads, and social services. That means that school funding will fall further and further behind, and the $156 million the state owes LPS will likely never be paid. The only way public schools in Colorado can meet the needs of its students is through the passage of local elections. Thanks to the generosity and collaboration of LPS voters, mill levy override elections in LPS continue to keep the level of excellence the community expects and our children deserve.