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Education

  • Good, clean fun: Columbine volleyball team holds annual car wash fund-raiser

    After patiently idling in a line of cars in line for several minutes, it’s finally your turn. You ease your car into the designated spot, and suddenly a dozen high-schoolers surround it, sponges in hand. A parent volunteer sprays a sharp jet of water on the hood. And, after a few minutes’ cleaning, a barrage of towels descends, swirling around the windows and creating a brief respite of shade from the hot August sun.

  • Schools in South Jeffco poised to kick off the new year

    With summer ending and the school year beginning, students, parents, teachers, administrators and other school staff are preparing for another year of recess, tests, lesson plans, field trips, athletic competitions and special events.

    At some South Jeffco schools, few changes will be in evidence when classes begin Thursday. At others, some changes will be quite noticeable.

    Ken Caryl Middle School, for example, will have more support staff.

  • School board votes to put tax increase, bond on ballot

    After months of deliberation, the Jeffco school board on Aug. 2 formally approved resolutions to put a proposed $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase that would generate $33 million annually on the November ballot.

    At last week’s special meeting of the board, members voted unanimously to put both measures on the ballot this fall, saying it’s time for the district to put its financial future into its own hands.

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • School board OKs budget, contracts with unions

    The Jeffco school board on June 2 wrapped up two key priorities for the end of fiscal 2015-16: approval of agreements between Jeffco Public Schools and its two primary employee unions and approval of the district’s budget for fiscal 2016-17.

    In a unanimous vote last week, the board formally approved the ratified contract agreement between the district and the Jeffco Education Association. The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises and $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase.

  • Columbine High PTSA president honored for years of service

    Since her children were kindergartners, Marnie O’Connor has taken an active role in parent-teacher associations, working to raise funds and helping with projects to support students.

    “I’ve always been someone who has been involved,” she said. “I have volunteered all the time, ran for office.”

    “You get to find out things about the school,” she added.

  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the Jeffco school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.

  • School district employees cite concerns with workload, pay

    Overall positive feedback from parents and students was offset by some employee concerns about workload and pay in a recent survey taken by Jeffco Public Schools.

    The district’s Make Your Voice Heard survey, which polled students in second through 12th grades and was completed by about 77 percent of the district’s students, found that most students felt cared about and respected by teachers and school staff; furthermore, about 90 percent of all students said they had friends or people they felt connected to at school.

  • Student artwork lands in high-profile exhibit

    The walls of the student services office at the School of Education at Metropolitan State University are now the permanent home to 15 pieces of artwork by students at Normandy Elementary.

  • School district, teachers union reach contract agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement after months of negotiations.

    The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises, $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase and a transparent pay schedule. It retains a slightly modified version of the controversial pay-for-performance system instituted by the previous school board.