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Education

  • School district, teachers open talks

    Negotiators for the Jeffco school district and the teachers union waded into collective bargaining last week, and while pledges of cooperation remain in the air, some friction around compensation has already made an early appearance.

    The union’s entire contract is on the table this year, and the district and the union spent most of their first two sessions laying out each side’s specific interests and defining logistics for how bargaining sessions would be structured. Negotiations could run through May.

  • School board urged to refine details of performance-based pay

    The details of Jeffco Public Schools’ recently approved performance-based pay structure for teachers need to be hammered out, and soon, human resources director Amy Weber told school board members last Thursday.

  • Error on flier leaves school district parents riled

    Two parents want the Jeffco school district to vet sponsors of district officials’ speaking engagements after an announcement for an Evergreen Tea Party meeting originally listed a white-supremacist group as a co-sponsor.

    The flier for the Evergreen Tea Party’s Education Night on Nov. 10 originally listed the American Freedom Party as a co-sponsor. The flier was later corrected to list Americans For Prosperity, and an explanation of the error is on the Tea Party’s website.

  • 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.

  • Board approves one charter school, rejects another

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 to approve the charter application for Golden View Classical Academy at last Thursday’s board meeting.

    Board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams voted in favor of the new charter, while Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted against.

    Elected last November, the three-member board majority ran on a platform to increase school choices for Jeffco parents. Golden View Classical Academy is the first charter school approved by the board majority.

  • Board to finalize charter applications, superintendent goals

    The Jeffco Board of Education will vote on two charter school applications at its meeting Thursday in Golden.

    The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Jeffco Education Center, 1829 Denver West Drive, Building 27 in Golden. The board will meet for a study session in the boardroom at 5:30 p.m.

    The school board is expected to vote on the applications from the Alexandria School of Innovation and Golden View Classical Academy.

  • A super effort to honor heroes

    By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    After a summer of superhero movies, fifth-graders at Stony Creek and Mortensen elementary schools learned to honor non-caped heroes through a national essay contest.

  • Jeffco student leaders want to see board majority recalled

     By Gabrielle Porter

    For the Courier

    Student walkout organizers from several Jeffco high schools said they want to see the majority members of the school board recalled but don’t want to lead the charge.

    “We want another organization to make the recall instead of us,” said Mali Holmes, an Evergreen High School senior who was part of a panel discussion held at the Auraria Campus in Denver on Oct. 16. 

  • McMinimee to be graded on academic, student goals

    The Jeffco school board agreed that Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s performance-based salary incentives should align with the board’s academic and student growth goals.

    “It’s important to me that a significant portion of (McMinimee’s bonus) focus on achieving the academic goals this board has set,” school board President Ken Witt said at last Thursday’s study session.

  • 300 protest school board, urge recall election

    A group of Jeffco high school students announced Saturday that they are ready to lead an effort to recall the Jeffco school board majority if enough community members also are willing. 

    “This board will not change. A recall is (necessary),” said Chalen Gordon-McGlone, a senior at Evergreen High School. “I know (a recall) will take a lot of work, but we must work together. We are much stronger together than as individuals.”