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Education

  • 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’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.

  • 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.

  • DeAngelis honored for lifetime of service

    Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis received the Norma Anderson Lifetime Service Award at the annual Love Our Schools luncheon last Thursday.

    “I’m truly blessed and humbled to receive this award,” DeAngelis told a packed luncheon at the Arvada Center. “Thank you.”

  • School board approves contentious $3.7 million for charters

    The Jeffco school board has earmarked an additional $3.7 million for charter schools in the 2014-15 budget, a move that sparked cheers and jeers at a packed meeting last week.

    The new board majority, which campaigned last year on giving district parents more school choice, backed the appropriation to address funding inequities faced by charter schools. 

  • 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

  • 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.