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Education

  • 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.”

  • School board approves tech upgrades

    The Jeffco school board approved a $1.2 million contract to upgrade the school district’s data storage technology at the board’s study session Oct. 24.

    The $1.2 million will upgrade digital storage hardware and software through the technology company EMC. District staff members said Oct. 3 that the technology upgrade is unrelated to the inBloom system for storing student data or its classroom dashboard. 

  • Education blooms at FestiFall

    Hudson Gardens will open its doors Saturday to bring back FestiFall for a second year. 

    The festival, which debuted in 2011 before skipping last year, gives people a chance not only to roam the gardens but to celebrate fall from an environmental and educational standpoint, said Melanie Feddersen, educational manager at Hudson Gardens. 

  • PTA president appointed to school board

    Jefferson County PTA president Michele Patterson has been appointed to the vacant seat on the Jeffco school board.

    Board president Lesley Dahlkemper made the appointment after the school board deadlocked in trying to name a replacement for Robin Johnson, who resigned from the District 1 seat in August after moving out of the county.

    Patterson's stay on the board will be short — the District 1 seat is up for election next month, along with two other seats on the five-member board. 

  • School board candidates discuss teachers carrying firearms

    Editor’s note: With numerous forums scheduled for the six school board candidates, the Columbine Courier will focus each story on one single issue that arises in each debate. Visit www.columbinecourier.com and click on “Politics” under the “News” tab for candidate profiles and for coverage of the candidate forums.

     

    Jeffco school board candidates shared their views on whether arming teachers with firearms would make classrooms and schools safer at a candidate forum on Sept. 24.

  • Williams wants to bring parent’s perspective to school board

    Julie Williams, a Colorado native and a product of Jeffco schools, is running for school board.

    Williams, who is making her first bid for public office, is vying with Tonya Aultman-Bettridge in District 1, which covers the northern part of the county. Robin Johnson, who had held the District 1 seat since 2009, resigned in August after moving out of the county.

  • Teens tackle challenges during Youth in Government Day

    Classroom learning took a back seat to real-world experience last week when a group of Littleton students experienced the challenges of starting a home business. 

    Fifteen high school students traveled to city hall as part of Youth in Government Day on Sept. 26. The program is designed to give students a first-hand look at how local government operates, and the goal is to make sure the next generation is active in charting the city’s future.