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Education

  • 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. 

  • Stevenson gets $204,194 in separation agreement

     Former Jeffco schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson received $204,194 in her separation agreement with the district after her last day Feb. 21.

    On Nov. 7, two days after the new conservative majority was elected to the school board, Stevenson announce she would retire effective June 30. On Feb. 8, she said she wasn’t trusted by the new board majority and asked the board to approve an earlier exit.

  • DeAngelis’ successor named at Columbine High

    Jeffco Public Schools has announced that KC Somers will be the new principal at Columbine High School starting next school year, succeeding longtime leader Frank DeAngelis.

    “We are confident that Somers will continue to model and foster a welcoming climate and culture of excellence at Columbine,” said Dan Cohan, executive director of school effectiveness for Jeffco Public Schools. “He has already developed strong relationships with many families in the south area.”

  • Jeffco schools’ leadership team acting as interim superintendent

    Jeffco schools’ leadership team will act as the district’s superintendent for at least one week, the Board of Education decided on Feb. 18.

    The leadership team is made up of Marcia Anker, chief school effectiveness officer; Heather Beck, chief academic officer; Lorrie Gillis, chief financial officer; and Steve Bell, the district’s chief operating officer.

    The arrangement will most likely be short-lived, however, as the board will discuss and vote on an interim superintendent at its Feb. 27 meeting.

  • Iowa-based firm will search for new school superintendent

    The Jeffco school board has selected a search firm to help find the successor to former superintendent Cindy Stevenson.

    The board heard presentations from two search firms at its Feb. 18 study session, and Ray and Associates was selected to find potential candidates to lead Colorado’s largest school district. 

    Iowa-based Ray and Associates will charge $44,580 for its search, which will include conducting community meetings, recruiting, screening, interviewing and selecting a final pool of candidates.