What does Salida R-32-J really need?

Sidebar by Martha Quillen

Salida school mill levy election – November 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

In the final analysis, almost all of the numbers support the idea that Salida could use more money — since it certainly isn’t one of the richest districts in the state. The truth is, most of the schools in our region could use more money (some of them far more desperately than R-32-J

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Another set of numbers

Sidebar by Martha Quillen

Salida School Mill Levy Election – November 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

One of the arguments against the mill levy override is that Salidans can’t afford to raise District salaries. Here’s the gist of it — and the numbers.

According to the Salida Comprehensive Plan 2000 the average per capita personal income in Chaffee County in 1997 was $16,082, and the average income for a two person household was $34,400. According to the Colorado Department of Education the average teacher salary in Salida was $34,507 in 2000. That would mean that the average teacher in Salida already makes what it often takes two Chaffee County residents to make.

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How does it add up?

Article by Annie Hays

Salida School Mill Levy Election – November 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

IN MOST PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, voters aren’t nearly as eager to head to the polls this year as they were last year. But in Salida the school board is campaigning to insure that citizens of District R-32-J will be anything but apathetic on voting day 2001. The Salida School Board is asking its voters for a second time in a row to approve a mill levy override for its schools.

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