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Education

  • 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.

  • 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.