• Fellman won’t seek re-election to school board

    Jeffco school board member Jill Fellman has decided not to run for re-election this fall, saying she wants to make her family a priority.

  • Parents launch effort to recall conservative school board members

    Three Jeffco parents have filed paperwork seeking to recall the three school board members who make up the body’s conservative majority: John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams.

    Indian Hills parent Wendy McCord, Evergreen parent Michael Blanton and Littleton parent Tina Gurdikian filed the petition format Friday afternoon, according to a news release from a recently formed advocacy group, Jeffco United for Action.

  • Schools’ budget approved on split vote

    The Jeffco school district’s 2015-16 budget, which has proved to be the latest dividing line for the fractured school board, was approved last Thursday with the votes of the board’s three conservative members.

    The conservative majority was pleased that the financial plan avoided added expenses, but the board’s two liberal members say the budget shortchanges teachers on pay, and could have met pressing facilities needs responsibly through an alternative financing method.

  • School board adds $2.4 million to budget for teacher raises

    The Jeffco teachers union’s bargaining team on Monday “reluctantly accepted” the school district’s offer for teachers raises, although it fell several million dollars short of what the union requested last week.

  • Judge refuses to lift injunction on new-hire pay for teachers

    A Jeffco district judge last Thursday denied a school district request to lift an injunction that prevents the district from paying newly hired teachers at higher salary levels.

    Judge Christopher Zenisek upheld his May decision to freeze Jeffco Public Schools’ recently approved new-hire pay levels, saying the policy could widen the pay gap between existing and newly hired teachers, and lead district employees to believe that the teachers union’s input “is not significant” in compensation discussions.

  • ACC lands federal grant for health information technology program

    Arapahoe Community College has been awarded a multimillion-dollar federal grant to expand the college’s health information technology program.

    The four-year, $2.39 million grant comes from the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program. ACC was one of 71 schools across the country to receive funds from the program this year.

  • School board candidate brings teacher’s perspective

    Jeffco parent Amanda Stevens, a former teacher and now a candidate for the school board, says she would bring a dedication to excellence, transparency and cooperation to the deeply divided board.

    The Lakewood resident announced last month that she is running for Lesley Dahlkemper’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in District 4, which includes areas in South Jeffco. Stevens is the lone candidate so far; the election is Nov. 3.

  • Auditor gives Jeffco school district favorable report card

    Jeffco Public Schools met all five financial benchmarks examined in an analysis by the state auditor, according to a report released June 2.

    The Fiscal Health Analysis of Colorado School Districts looked at districts’ ratio of assets to liabilities; levels of debt service; ratio of general funds to general fund expenditures; general fund operating margin; and general fund operating margin over time. Some 40 percent of the state’s school districts fell short in at least one category.

  • Hundreds rally in support of Jeffco teachers

    Speakers at a rally Friday organized by the teachers union raised the specter of a strike as contract negotiations continue between the Jeffco Education Association and the school district.

    Attendees at the “Rally to Take Back Our Schools” filled the hillside around the amphitheater at Clement Park in South Jeffco, and JCEA spokespeople estimated that between 1,000 and 2,500 people attended. A cloudburst dampened the event, but most stuck it out, huddling under umbrellas and intermittently chanting such slogans as “Stand up for kids!”

  • Spokeswoman for Jeffco Schools resigns

    Jeffco Public Schools chief communications officer Lisa Pinto has submitted a letter of resignation and will be stepping down from her position effective June 19, according to the district’s superintendent.

    Pinto wrote in her May 28 resignation that she is leaving the district for another job.