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Education

  • Search for new superintendent to continue as planned

    Even though Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson will be leaving her position four months earlier than expected, it won’t change the process for finding a new leader for the district.

    “We are still on course and will continue to search for a new superintendent,” Witt said Saturday.

    The Jeffco Board of Education was tasked with finding a new superintendent after Stevenson announced her retirement Nov. 7. Her last day was slated for June 30, but she announced Saturday her last day will be Feb. 21.

  • Board members at odds on assessment tool for preschoolers

    The Jeffco school board reversed a decision made in December and approved use of the Teaching Strategies Gold program for Colorado Preschool Program students, but an accompanying request for a waiver on student evaluation could imperil several million dollars in state funding.

    The board had voted to end the district’s use of TS Gold at its Dec. 13 meeting because of the behavioral data that are collected. Board President Ken Witt said he was uncomfortable that students were videotaped as part of evaluations.

  • Ute Meadows tops them all in box-top contest

    Saving thousands of cereal box tops has paid off big time for Ute Meadows Elementary School.

    Last month the school received $75,000 as the grand-prize winner in the Super Cool School Contest Boxtops for Education, a fund-raising program started by General Mills. 

    The school will use the money to update its playground with disabled-accessible equipment, said principal Steve Weigum.

  • Stevenson tenure ends early on acrimonious note

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced Saturday that she will leave the district at the end of the month, ending her 12-year tenure amid friction with the new conservative majority on the school board.

    “I cannot lead and manage because I am not trusted or respected by this Board of Education,” Stevenson said. “I approached the board about this, and said I can’t make decisions and I cannot lead if they do not trust or respect me.”

  • Stevenson to work for state association after leaving Jeffco district

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson has been hired by the Colorado Association of School Executives to fill a new director position.

    “(Stevenson) will play a critical role in CASE’s ongoing work to assist school administrators as they seek to improve student results,” Bruce Caughey, CASE executive director, said in a statement.

    Caughey said Stevenson will serve as director of the CASE Leadership Initiative and will provide support to school leaders and districts for teaching, learning and improvement.

  • School district’s negotiations with teachers will be open to public

    In a break with longtime practice, contract negotiations between the Jeffco school board and the district’s teachers union will be open to the public this year.

    “We are all about transparency and accountability for all aspects of our district,” said Ami Prichard, president of the Jefferson County Education Association, the teachers union. “We think it will be interesting for the public to see.”

  • Board president discusses school choice

    In an appearance in Evergreen on Jan. 27, Jeffco school board President Ken Witt said each of his four children had different experiences going through public schools.

    “One loved school for school and excelled no matter what the environment or teacher was like,” Witt said. “Another really struggled and found it a challenge to focus in a classroom setting. I put value on the breadth of choice for educating children.”

  • STUDENT PROFILE: Dakota Ridge junior looking for opportunities to bring smiles, support to others

    Teachers and parents challenge students to engage in opportunities of community outreach in the belief that education extends beyond the mastery of content and accomplishment in athletics or activities. Working toward positive contributions as citizens in the community, students should experience an education that promotes empathy for one another as well as exemplary academic achievement.

  • The tale of the tape

    The third-graders at Powderhorn Elementary School gave their faculty members a lesson last week in the many uses of duct tape.

    Such as imprisonment and mummification, to name just two.

    Students lined up after lunch on Jan. 24 to take a turn duct-taping principal Jennifer Carroll, vice principal Zak Martin and third-grade teacher Megan Reyes to the cafeteria wall. 

  • School board politics dominates discussion at Dems’ breakfast

    Jeffco school board member Lesley Dahlkemper said in an Evergreen appearance Saturday morning that, amid the board’s new political orientation, the focus should remain on educating kids.

    But a substantial part of the morning was spent on audience questions about board politics. 

    Dahlkemper spoke at the Mountain Area Democrats’ monthly breakfast and was greeted with questions and concerns about the future of education in Jefferson County.