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Education

  • Board ponders next step in teacher talks

    The Jeffco school board will meet in executive session Thursday night to discuss the next steps in contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association, Jeffco’s teachers union.

    At an April 10 special meeting, the school board asked the JCEA to provide a written statement saying what would bring the teachers union back to the bargaining table.

  • On the run — and loving it

    Six-year-old Katy Carpenter has a need for speed, and Powderhorn Elementary’s new Run Club is the solution. 

    “I can’t believe I can run that fast with a fake leg,” Katy said. “I can run as fast as a cheetah. I’m serious.”

    Katy has a prosthetic right leg; doctors had to sever her leg at the knee when she was a baby. 

    “(The Run Club) helps me get better running, because I have to get used to it without a leg,” Katy said.

  • District seeks to revive talks with teachers

    In an effort to restart contract talks, the Jeffco school board has asked the teachers union what it would take for union negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

    “I think it’s in the board’s best interest to keep JCEA at the (bargaining) table,” board member Lesley Dahlkemper said at Thursday night’s meeting.

  • DeAngelis honored for lifetime of service

    Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis received the Norma Anderson Lifetime Service Award at the annual Love Our Schools luncheon last Thursday.

    “I’m truly blessed and humbled to receive this award,” DeAngelis told a packed luncheon at the Arvada Center. “Thank you.”

  • School board approves contentious $3.7 million for charters

    The Jeffco school board has earmarked an additional $3.7 million for charter schools in the 2014-15 budget, a move that sparked cheers and jeers at a packed meeting last week.

    The new board majority, which campaigned last year on giving district parents more school choice, backed the appropriation to address funding inequities faced by charter schools. 

  • Overcoming challenges with work, commitment

    Dakota Ridge High School senior Ian MacDonald has left a positive legacy within our school and community. Beyond the exemplary standard of excellence he demonstrates in the classroom, on the basketball court and within the community, he has learned to succeed and perform at the highest levels despite a significant learning disability.

    Challenges and strategies

  • Community members describe ideal school superintendent

    Being a collaborator and understanding Jeffco’s diverse school district were just two qualities mentioned during community sessions held to gather opinions on the hiring of a school superintendent. 

  • School district abandons legal battle over Lakewood parcel

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 on March 20 to end the district’s legal battle over a piece of property in Lakewood.

    Jeffco Public Schools filed an appeal after a county judge ruled that a 10-acre parcel at 2090 S. Wright St. belonged to Lakewood and not the school district.

  • 250 demonstrate for 'fair' negotiations with teachers union

    More than 250 people, mostly teachers, showed up at Golden High School last Thursday to urge the Jeffco school board to conduct fair and pleasant employee negotiations.

    “We wanted to give our members a chance to make a positive statement that we are standing together and holding our school board accountable,” said Ami Prichard, president of the Jefferson County Education Association, the teachers union.

  • School board won't extend teachers' contract

    The school board will not extend the current agreement between the teachers union and Jeffco Public Schools.

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association asked for the contract to be extended March 10, when negotiations began. District employees gave an update to the school board during an executive session March 13 and informed board members of the JCEA’s desire for an extended contract.

    The current contract expires Aug. 31, 2015.