Jeffco school librarian spends $7,000 to turn RV into campaign billboard

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When the district decided to go after a $99 million bond issue and a $39 mill levy override, McQueen saw his chance.

"Sometimes, you just have to take a risk," said McQueen, a teacher-librarian at McLain Community High School.

McQueen looked at his recreational vehicle and decided to make into a roving bill board in support of Ballot Questions 3A and 3B in Jefferson County, which would raise property taxes to generate money for Jeffco Schools.

If both measures pass, property taxes for a $300,000 home would go up by about $44 for the year.

"It could help save 600 positions," McQueen said. "It could keep class sizes small."

So, McQueen got a $7,000 loan to place 24 large panels across his RV.

"Right after I did it I was very unsure, and I'm still unsettled about it," McQueen said.

The teacher-librarian also taught himself how to wrap the oversized vehicle himself. He spent long hours in his garage after work.

"I bought this humongous printer, created the whole design, printed it off one panel at a time," McQueen said.

But, some people think the RV and the proposals of 3A and 3B are all a waste of money.

"Quite frankly, the people that I talked to are angry," said Tina Francone, parent and small business owner in Jefferson County. "They're angry that Jefferson County's got their hand out again saying, 'can we have some more money please?'"

Francone says not only is it a bad time to ask people to raise property taxes, she says the district should make better use of the money it already has.

"Why aren't we taking a good hard look at administrators and what the salaries are for the administrators and the number of administrators-to-pupil ratio," Francone said.

No matter the outcome of the election, the RV will have undertaken a journey McQueen will never forget.

"If the election doesn't pass, I'm going to look back with my head held high," McQueen said. "I'm going to look back with such confidence and appreciation that I knew I did whatever I could."

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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