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Education

  • Students hold day of unity, courage

    Across Jefferson County and the world, hundreds of thousands of kids made white a symbol of courage last week. 

    Students throughout the Jeffco school district, the state and as far away as Europe wore white T-shirts April 25 to recognize a Day Without Hate. The event began in 2007 at Standley Lake High School in Westminster after shootings on the Virginia Tech campus left 32 people dead. 

  • 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.

  • District’s talks with teachers union will enter mediation

    Bargaining representatives from the teachers union and the Jeffco school board will enter mediation, after the board failed to meet the union’s request for a contract extension.

    After declaring an impasse April 7, the Jeffco Education Association told the board in a letter that only a multi-year contract extension would bring teachers back to negotiations. 

  • 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.

  • Search process begins for new superintendent

    Ray and Associates has begun the process of searching for Jeffco Public Schools’ new superintendent.

    Bill Newman of the Iowa-based search firm said at the school board meeting March 6 that he had interviewed all the board members and was getting an idea of what they are looking for in a new leader for the 85,000-student district.

    The board finalized some details so that Ray and Associates can start recruiting candidates.

     

    $280,000 salary

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.