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Education

  • 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.

  • Historic homecoming

    A trip down memory lane led to a sentimental journey at Columbine Hills Elementary on Feb. 26, as the school celebrated its 50th anniversary. The school was decorated in old photos and artistic creations representing the year 1964.

    Through the years, the school has been expanded and remodeled, said current principal, Maureen Kelly, as she busily guided students and visitors through the school. 

  • Residents focus on small classes, teacher pay

    As the 2014-15 budget begins to take shape for Jeffco Public Schools, increasing employee compensation and keeping class sizes small are top priorities for South Jeffco residents.

    “I’m delighted to see how many of you care and want to give feedback regarding Jeffco education,” school board President Ken Witt told budget forum attendees at Chatfield High School on March 5. “Your input today is critical.”

  • 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

  • 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.