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Education

  • District boosts funding for curriculum, student achievement

    Thanks to increased state funding, Jeffco Public Schools will spend more on curriculum, student achievement and ever-changing technology trends during the 2014-15 school year.

    The school board approved next year’s budget at last month’s final meeting before summer break on a 3-2 vote. The more than $1 billion spending plan is up from last year’s $952 million budget.

  • Jeffco School Board approves 2014-15 budget

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 last Thursday to approve the district’s 2014-15 budget — a $1 billion spending plan that increases teachers’ salaries and funding for charter schools.

    Teachers, who have not had a pay increase in four years, will benefit from the $4.8 million earmarked for salary increases, which will equate to an average 2.5 percent raise per teacher.

  • 11th-hour change to charter-school funding prevents unanimous vote

    A disagreement over charter-school funding prevented the Jeffco school board from giving unanimous approval to the 2014-15 budget at last Thursday’s meeting.

    Board members John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt approved the spending plan for next school year, while members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no. 

    Fellman and Dahlkemper opposed the board majority’s addition of $1.85 million to $3.7 million earmarked to equalize funding for the district’s 14 charter schools.

  • School board OKs new math curriculum

    The Jeffco school board unanimously approved a $4.3 million purchase of the Math Expressions curriculum for next school year at its May 1 meeting.

    Math Expressions will replace Math Investigations, the math curriculum Jeffco had used for the last nine years.

    A panel of 10 district employees gave a presentation on Math Expressions before the board took a vote. District staff said the new curriculum aligns with new Colorado academic standards and that Investigations has run its course in the district.

  • Education forum features board member, superintendent

    Student achievement and Jeffco’s top schools were the two main themes at the Public Education in Jefferson County forum in Marshdale on Nov. 10.

    The Evergreen Tea Party teamed with 13 other Jeffco-based Tea Party and GOP groups to sponsor the education forum. More than 80 people braved the slippery roads to attend the meeting at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park.

    “We wanted to meet to show our support for the board and the direction this board is taking in Jefferson County,” said Ed Sutton, president of the Evergreen Tea Party.

  • Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

    The rocky relationship between Jeffco’s teachers union and Board of Education continued Thursday night after the school board rejected a third-party report recommending that teachers rated “partially effective” should receive a pay increase.

  • School board to vote on budget at June 19 meeting

    The Jeffco school board is expected to approve the district’s 2014-15 budget at a special meeting June 19, when the board also will hear public comments.

    Two issues likely to come up are charter school funding and free full-day kindergarten. 

    On a 3-2 vote in April, the board decided against earmarking $600,000 to fund free full-day kindergarten at schools with 35 percent or more of their students enrolled in free or reduced-cost lunch programs. 

    Board members John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt voted against the expansion. 

  • Jeffco board approves lower pay for new superintendent

    After heated debate and public comment, the Jeffco Board of Education approved a contract for its new superintendent at last Thursday’s regular business meeting, lowering the base salary $60,000 from the salary advertised for the position.

    If Daniel McMinimee signs the three-year contract, he will be paid an annual base salary of $220,000, reimbursed $20,000 for retirement benefits and be eligible for up to $40,000 in performance-based pay. 

  • School board rejects tentative contract with teachers

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday rejected a tentative teachers contract with the Jefferson County Education Association, much to the dismay of association leaders.

    Board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams voted against the agreement because, while it would have granted pay raises to teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective,” it would have also provided raises to teachers rated as “partially effective.” Teachers rated “ineffective” would not have gotten raises. 

  • Board set to vote on contract with teachers

    At the June 5 Jeffco school board meeting, the board will discuss and vote on the contract agreement reached by bargaining teams for the teachers union and the district.

    The agreement, reached last month, includes an average 2.5 percent increase in salary for teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective,” an increase in pay for new teachers, and class sizes remaining the same.