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Education

  • School board candidates discuss funding, vouchers at forum

    Education funding and voucher programs were at the center of the discussion at last Friday’s Jeffco school board candidate forum in Arvada.

    Six candidates are vying for three open seats on the Jeffco school board in the Nov. 5 election. Tonya Aultman-Bettridge and Julie Williams (District 1), John Newkirk and Jeff Lamontagne (District 2), and Ken Witt and Gordon “Spud” Van de Water (District 5) discussed why they’re running and their future plans for Jeffco’s public schools.

  • Parents can opt out of system for storing student info

    Parents of students in Jeffco Public Schools will now be able to opt out of the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

    That announcement came at a school board meeting Sept. 19, after months of controversy related to parental concerns about the security of the cloud-based data storage system, and about the student information that will be collected.

  • Gordon ‘Spud’ Van de Water vying for Jeffco school board seat

    Gordon “Spud” Van de Water, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and education matters, is running for the Jeffco Board of Education. 

    Van de Water will vie with Ken Witt for the District 5 seat, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Paula Noonan announced in April that she would not run for re-election.

    “I’m running because I want to see every kid be successful,” Van de Water said.

    The election is Nov. 5.

     

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  • Parents can opt out of system for storing student info

    Parents of students in Jeffco Public Schools will now be able to opt out of the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

    That announcement came at a school board meeting Sept. 19, after months of controversy related to parental concerns about the security of the cloud-based data storage system, and about the student information that will be collected.

  • Teacher receives DAR award for work with blind students in Africa

    For the past three summers, Evergreen resident Nancy Knight has traveled to a remote area of Sierra Leone, where she has worked with blind students at a school in the impoverished country.

    As a teacher of visually impaired students at Heritage High School in Littleton, Knight said she has had many memorable experiences. However, working with students in a remote African village has been incredibly rewarding, she said.

    “It’s a huge gift to me,” she said. “We feel like we are really making a difference.”

  • Five seek appointment to vacant seat on school board

    Five residents have submitted applications to fill the Jeffco school board’s vacant District 1 seat, said Helen Neal, chief of staff for the school board.

    The five applicants are Dan Green, Samantha Hockenbery, John M. Horan, Beverly McAdam and Michele Patterson.

    Neal said the board will discuss interview questions for the applicants and set a decision date at the board’s next meeting Sept. 19. The board has until Oct. 10 to fill the vacant seat.

  • Five seek appointment to vacant seat on school board
  • High school students have a go at government

    The Littleton City Council is giving high school students in Littleton Public Schools a chance to run things for a day.

    Youth in Government Day, Sept. 26, will give 20 to 25 students in grades 9 through 12 a chance to learn how city government functions and come up with their own solutions for problems that many city governments face.

  • Johnson resigns from Jefferson County school board

    Robin Johnson resigned from the Jeffco school board on Monday night, said Helen Neal, chief of staff for the board.

    The resignation is a result of Johnson moving out of the county. Johnson represented District 1, which covers the north part of Jefferson County.

    “I didn’t hear anything about it until Monday night … when Johnson sent a letter to each board member,” Neal said.

  • DeAngelis announces plans to retire from Columbine

    Goodbyes can be bittersweet.
    As he enters his 35th year at Columbine High School, including 18 years as principal, Frank DeAngelis has announced he will retire after the upcoming school year.