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Education

  • More public comment planned at beginning of school board meetings

    Jeffco Public Schools’ new board is putting its stamp on how meetings are run.

    During the Dec. 11 meeting, the board voted unanimously to change the public-comment portion of meetings and the structure of the consent agenda, which contains routine district matters that are approved by the board in one vote.

  • Goals, union relations discussed at school board retreat

    New policies, goals and the search for a new superintendent were discussed during the Jeffco Board of Education’s twice-yearly retreat last Saturday.

    Also discussed, in the wake of a conservative majority being elected to the board in November, were the district’s relationships with its unions.

    Representatives from the Jefferson County Education Association, the Jeffco Classified School Employees Association and Jefferson County Administrators Association were invited to speak to the board during the morning portion of the retreat. 

  • New school board majority votes to hire law firm

    In a decision that brought boos from the audience, the Jeffco school board’s new majority voted Thursday night to hire an attorney to represent the board — not the school district — with little time for discussion and many unanswered questions.

    Board members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman said after the meeting that they dissented not because they oppose the board having its own attorney, but because they objected to the way the motion was introduced and voted on.

  • Mane event: a show of solidarity

     It wasn’t charity. It was a sign of solidarity.

    Throughout the halls of Dakota Ridge High School last week, sign after sign delivered the message: Everyone is affected by cancer. It’s a fact students and faculty at Dakota Ridge know all too well.  

  • Online sign-up now required to speak at school board meetings

    Parents and community members who wish to speak during the public-comment portion of Jeffco school board meetings now must sign up online.

    The change comes after the board’s Nov. 21 meeting, when newly elected board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk announced their desire for the board and its meetings to be more accessible to parents.

    It’s the latest in a series of changes, as meeting times have been moved from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and meeting locations have been moved to different high schools to increase community engagement.

  • New school board members take seats

    Jeffco’s three newly elected school board members wasted no time getting comfortable in their positions at last Thursday’s meeting.

    After Julie Williams, John Newkirk and Ken Witt were sworn in, the new board elected officers, addressed the community and tried to put at ease parents and teachers, who raised concerns during public comment.

    How we got here

  • School board votes to scrap inBloom pilot

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday night to scrap plans to test and implement the inBloom system for storing student information.

    “It was such a great sense of relief to hear that our voice was heard and that our concerns were recognized,” said Jeffco parent Rachael Stickland.

    The district’s controversial plan to test the system was a prominent issue in the campaign for the Nov. 5 school board election, in which three conservative candidates won seats on the five-member board.

  • Stevenson to retire as superintendent of Jeffco Schools

    After more than a decade as head of Jeffco Public Schools, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced her plans to retire at last Thursday night’s school board meeting, two days after a slate of conservatives won election to the board.

    “Working with Jeffco as superintendent has been the best 12 years of my life,” Stevenson said at the board meeting. “I’m taking this opportunity to thank the people here tonight and our community that have given me incredible support.”

    Stevenson’s last day will be June 30, 2014.

  • The kindest cut

    Usually people don’t get in line to go bald.

    Yet several dozen people packed the Great Clips at Ken Caryl Avenue and South Simms Street on Sunday night, waiting to forsake their follicles for a good cause.

    The assortment of students, parents, teachers and coaches from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge and Columbine high schools who lined up to get their hair buzzed were there to support Todd Glasser.

  • Concerns over inBloom aired at town hall

    Jeffco Schools’ plan to store student data in the inBloom cloud-based system continues to cultivate controversy and doubt among some Jeffco parents.

    Nearly 50 people gathered to discuss inBloom at a town hall meeting Saturday at The Peak Community Center in Littleton. Jeffco school board members Paula Noonan and Laura Boggs sponsored the event.

    “A group of parents had asked Paula and me to see if we could schedule a meeting like this to discuss these issues,” Boggs said. “There was a great deal of info tonight.”