LAKEWOOD, Colorado (CBS4) – Irwin Preschool in Lakewood is one of many to be closed due to the consolidation of elementary schools into Jeffco public schools. Neighbors were shocked to find the dumpster filled with items they thought were perfectly good and usable.
Sarah Smith, a preschool teacher, says pictures of the items that were thrown away were sent to her.
“They were angry about the waste of money and resources that could have gone to other schools or the neighborhood,” Smith said.
Things like a small red cart, lots of shelves, toys, and other items.
Joette Stewart is a retired director of public schools at Jeffco who helped put together the items for the schools.
She told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger, “I think it’s criminal because I know how much it costs.”
She says it hurts her to see those items she helped buy end up in the trash.
But Jeffco Public Schools says many supplies had been put into storage and no longer met the state’s criteria for use. 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 those books thrown away, I mean there were hundreds of books in that dumpster,” she said.
It’s a similar situation with Litz Preschool in Golden. Objects that children once used to learn and play are no longer available to another child.
Jeffco Public Schools says there are items from the schools that will be cleaned and used in other classrooms.