JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Some parents in Jefferson County won’t only see their child’s grades on their report cards. They’ll also see advertising.

Jefferson County is trying to bridge the gap in the budget shortfall.

The school district has limited the advertising to one non-profit organization, CollegeInvest.

The ad will appear along the bottom of every elementary school report card for the next three years.

Schools in Jefferson County already have advertising on buses and stadiums, but the report card ads are getting mixed reviews.

“This is new and different and we do understand people have varying opinions. My phone has been ringing and I have been answering questions,” said Jefferson County School District Chief Financial Officer Lorie Gillis.

Gillis sent home a letter to parents explaining the move. The school district is facing $70 million in cuts. The non-profit CollegeInvest will pay $30,000 a year for the ad space.

“Kind of a little surprised, but we need the revenue,” said PTA President Keri Lee.

Lee said she feels better knowing the ad is from an entity that helps parents save for college.

When asked if she could envision the day when there are ads in the hallways and classrooms, Lee replied, “Honestly, I can see it.”

“We have to get creative about how we can get some more public school funding,” said parent Kelly Johnson.

Johnson believes creativity should be tempered with caution. In Seminole County, Florida, McDonald’s advertises on school report cards.

“Where is the line? Where do we say, ‘Nope, that’s not appropriate?'” said Johnson.

“I would say the most important filter is what aligns with our mission and what works with our students,” said Gillis.

The ad revenue will be placed into the school district’s general fund.

Comments (9)
  1. Bets are Mest says:

    Please come back when you can afford to make a purchase. Your kids are starving. Carl’s Jr. believes no child should go hungry. You are an unfit mother. Your children will be placed in the custody of Carl’s Jr.

  2. Steveo says:

    Sold your soul to gain $90k when there’s a $70mil shortfall? I . D . I . O . T . S

  3. Steve says:

    Now, who wants some Brawndo!?!

    1. Yeah! says:

      Because it’s got Electrolytes, and that’s what plants need!

  4. Sileste Bianco-Overton Roy says:

    I hardly think that $90k is going to matter in $70mil of cuts. And how dare the school district take money from a non-profit agency. Why not allow local businesses to advertise and charge them more?

  5. rmsbl4 says:

    At $30k/yr it would take 2,333.3yrs to pay of the PRESENT shortfall remember that is PRESENT shoftfall, so in other words they would need 2,333.3 companies advertisins\g on the the report card to wipe out the PRESENT shortfall. How much would it cost for all the handcarts to haul the report home.

  6. Minna Nilanont says:

    Stop spending money on paper report cards. Digitize the reports. Load those pages with multiple ads. It would be like every other website. I’ll pick up my creative commission every other week thank you.

  7. Guest says:

    The only thing that could make this story funnier is if the ads were random and different for all the different kids.
    Like diet ones for fat kids,acne pads,deodorants,something else equally offensive.

    No,that wouldnt be funny at all.

    1. MB says:

      That’s not funny… it’s slightly hilarious.. but wrong, very wrong.

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