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Education

  • 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.

  • Federal cuts impact Jefferson County Head Start

    Jeffco’s Head Start program could serve 400 fewer kids during the next school year as a result of across-the-board federal funding cuts known as sequestration. 

    The 5 percent budget cut would mean about $152,000 less for the county’s Head Start program. Lynn Johnson, Jeffco’s human services director, said the cuts would mean laying off three teachers, and 96 fewer families — about 400 kids — would not be able to participate in the program during the 2013-14 school year. 

  • Parents continue to voice concerns about ‘cloud’ storage of student data

    Parents continued to voice their opposition at last Thursday’s school board meeting to the district’s plan to implement the cloud-based data storage system called inBloom.

    “I’m doing my own research, and I’m looking for the list of data that Jeffco will be collecting, and I can’t find it,” said Jeffco parent Rachel Swalley. “I would like to know what (data) would be stored.”

  • ‘13-14 budget restores days, dollars to Jeffco schools

    The Jeffco school board approved a 2013-14 budget totaling $952 million at its meeting May 30, a spending plan that adds $22 million to current-year expenditures.

    The increase comes thanks to a boost in funding from the state and to the tax hike approved by voters last November. The budget still is $45 million less than the 2009-10 spending plan.

    The district avoided $45 million in cuts this year when Jeffco voters approved 3A and 3B on last November’s ballot. The district’s mill-levy rate is 48.721, or $388 annually for a $100,000 home.

  • School district’s ‘cloud’ storage plan criticized

    The Jeffco School District’s plan to test a “cloud” storage system for student data has some parents concerned that vital information about their kids would be vulnerable to hackers and security breaches.

    More than 35 concerned parents gathered at Normandy Elementary School on May 22 to voice their disapproval of the district’s plan to pilot “inBloom” — software developed by an Atlanta-based nonprofit that would centralize mountains of student data and store it off site.

  • Jeffco Library offers free book to 4-year-olds

    This week, the Jeffco Library is giving away a free book to any 4-year-old in the county who wants one. 

  • Boggs blocks filming at school board meeting

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson summoned security at last Thursday’s board meeting when school board member Laura Boggs tried to prevent a district employee from recording video of a speaker.

    Broomfield resident Kelly Scott was addressing the board about his desire for schools to get back to Judeo-Christian roots and teachings when Boggs stood and blocked the iPad camera of communications manager Marlene Desmond.

  • Sotomayor encourages students tp follow passions

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had a simple message for the 100 or so kids gathered in the new Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center in Denver on May 2.

    No matter what you choose to do when you grow up, do something that excites you.

    “What you do best are the things you’re passionate about. They don’t have to be important to anyone but you,” Sotomayor said. “What’s important is, as my mother always said, that you do what you’re doing well and that you like doing it.”

  • Teacher-student relationships highlighted in feedback meetings

    A small group of Jeffco residents decided Saturday morning that quality educators and strong teacher-student relationships are critical when it comes to student achievement and success.

    Paula Noonan, the school board’s District 5 representative, led a discussion on student achievement in Chatfield Senior High’s library.

    “I think it’s great having access to board members like this,” said Rachel Swalley, a parent of three Jeffco students. “I hope (the district does) a lot more of these kinds of meetings.”