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Education

  • 12 candidates running for 5 seats on board

    Jeffco residents could see a slate of 12 candidates for five school board seats this fall, as three current board members who are the target of a recall face off against five challengers, and four other candidates vie for the two seats up for regular election.

  • District, teachers approve 10-month contract

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    Conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams praised the new agreement’s prioritization of school-level control. Witt said the contract embodies so many fundamental changes that its 10-month length is justified, despite sentiment among teachers that the brief term of the pact disrespects their contributions. 

  • School board candidate Ron Mitchell, District 5

    Veteran Jeffco principal and teacher Ron Mitchell said he would bring an understanding of Jeffco’s various communities, an emphasis on respect and years of problem-solving to the school board if he is elected.

    Mitchell, a Lakewood resident, is running for the board seat in District 5 currently held by Ken Witt, one of the targets of a recall effort. Former school board member Paula Noonan is also vying for the District 5 seat.

  • School board candidate Matthew Dhieux, District 2

    Littleton resident Matthew Dhieux said he wants to bring a non-political voice to the Jeffco school board, rebuild a relationship with the teachers union and find a way to ask for more accountability from district charter schools.

    Dhieux, a physician assistant and former elementary teacher in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Attorney Susan Harmon is also vying for the seat.

  • School board candidate Brad Rupert, District 1

    Arvada resident and attorney Brad Rupert said his concern about departures of Jeffco teachers and administrators prompted him to run for the school board. He said his outcome-focused approach would help him make good decisions. 

  • School board candidate Paula Noonan, District 5

    Paula Noonan, who was a Jeffco school board member from 2009 to 2013, said her professional relationships with all sides in the politically divided school district would help her foster stability. She is running for Ken Witt’s seat in District 5.

  • Kendallvue students see red on their first day

    The first day of school can be emotional and challenging, but the red-carpet treatment can ease youngsters’ anxieties.

    Students at Kendallvue Elementary School, near West Quincy Avenue and C-470 in Morrison, made the red-carpet walk into class Monday surrounded by their parents and teachers, who cheered them on as if they were celebrities arriving for a Hollywood premiere.

  • Schools ready for changes in 2015-16 lesson plans changes

    As Jeffco students head back to school this week, shifting district- and state-level policies have led to changes that will eventually find their way to the classrooms.

    Testing

    Jeffco students will spend less time taking standardized tests this school year after Colorado lawmakers voted in the spring to streamline some exams.

    House Bill 1323 reduces testing time for Colorado Measures of Academic Success exams, which were developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

  • Jeffco official verifies signatures on school board recall petitions

    Jeffco’s elections manager has verified that the group seeking a recall of the school board’s three conservative members has collected more than enough signatures on petitions to force an election.

    The elections office finished verifying signatures on petitions to recall board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams on Tuesday, according to elections manager Carrie Kellogg.

  • Group supporting recall files complaint

    A Jeffco-based advocacy group that supports the effort to recall the school board’s conservative majority has filed a complaint alleging charitable fraud against an opposing group over a website domain name.