LAKEWOOD, Colorado (CBS4) – Irwin Preschool in Lakewood is one of many to close due to the consolidation of elementary schools into Jeffco Public Schools. Neighbors were shocked to find the dumpster full of items they thought were perfectly good and usable.
Preschool teacher Sarah Smith says photos of the thrown items were sent to her.
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“They were angry at the waste of money and resources that could have gone to other schools or to the neighborhood,” Smith said.
Things like a little red cart, lots of shelves, toys, and other items.
Joette Stewart is a retired principal of Jeffco Public Schools who helped put together the articles for the schools.
She told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger, “I think it’s criminal because I know how much it costs.”
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She says it hurts her to see those items she helped buy end up in the trash.
But Jeffco Public Schools say many supplies were in storage and no longer met state use criteria. Others were either obsolete or damaged. The district said not all school items are thrown away.
Joette Stewart feels a lot is wasted.
“To see all these books thrown away, I mean there were hundreds of books in that dumpster,” she said.
It’s a similar situation with the Litz Preschool Center in Golden. Items that children once used to learn and play are not available to another child.
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Jeffco Public Schools says there are items from schools that will be cleaned up and used in other classrooms.