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The 2015-16 school year is underway and the communities within School District 27J are already feeling the effects, including longer school speed zones, as a result of split schedules for high school students. The district had to implement the split schedules to address the problem of more students than available seats after last year’s proposed bond failed to pass by only 120 votes.
Why should this matter to the community at large, including households without school-aged children? It’s simple—one of the biggest drivers of quality of life in a community is the quality of the schools. It has a direct and far-reaching impact on home values, on primary employers relocating to the area and providing more jobs, which then impacts smaller locally-owned businesses, and ultimately on the availability and quality of community amenities. In a nutshell, the quality of our schools is an integral factor in the overall health and vitality of our community for all residents.

As a realtor, one of the top questions I get from prospective buyers (both residential and commercial) is about the quality of the schools. Though I can answer that 27J has more high achievers, scholarship recipients, and other state or national recognition recipients per capita than larger, and much better-funded districts, the information pales in comparison to outdated and incomplete online data available via real estate and other resource websites. To read the full article, visit my blog at

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.

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