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  • Teacher 'sick-out' closes two schools as tensions mount in district

    Two Jefferson County schools — Conifer High School and Standley Lake High School — were closed Friday because of a high number of teacher absences.

    Friday’s reportedly organized “sick-out” is the latest bump in the road between the school board and the Jeffco Education Association, the teachers union.

  • Two Jeffco schools to close Friday amid rumored 'sick-out' by teachers

    A rumored district-wide “sick-out” by teachers will close two schools and threatens to close more Friday morning in Jefferson County.

    Jeffco Public Schools confirmed Friday morning that classes at Conifer High School and Standley Lake High School in Westminster have been canceled Friday due to the high number of teacher absences.

  • County’s pot task force against retail sales

    Jeffco’s marijuana task force is recommending that the county remain on the sidelines of the state’s new retail marijuana industry spurred by Amendment 64. 

  • Littleton Planning Board OKs two urban renewal plans

    The Littleton Planning Board approved the urban renewal plans for Columbine Square and the South Santa Fe Drive corridor after taking two meetings to reach the decision. 

    The board agreed on Sept. 11 that the two plans presented by the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, comply with Littleton’s comprehensive plan, the document that guides development in the city. The board had extended the discussion of the plans after its Aug. 25 meeting. 

  • Cultural Council seeking three new members

    The Jefferson County Cultural Council, the group that makes recommendations for grants from the metro area’s Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, is seeking three new members. 

    The county is seeking one member from District 1, the northern part of Jeffco, along with two members from District 3, the southern part of the county. Members are selected by the county commissioners and serve a three-year term.  

  • Inter-Canyon board anticipates legal needs

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District might find itself involved in more legal affairs before the end of the year.

    At last Wednesday’s meeting, Inter-Canyon’s Board of Directors discussed hiring an outside attorney to look at the entire department’s actions the previous four years.  

    “We need somebody not currently associated with any of us to review what has transpired and what actions this board should take moving forward,” said Karl Firor, board treasurer.

  • School board to form curriculum committee

    The Jeffco school board will form a committee Thursday night to examine and evaluate the district’s curriculum.

    Details on the direction and role of the committee are now listed on the Sept. 18 agenda, located at www.jeffcopublicschools.org.

    “The charge to the committee is to review curricular choices for conformity to Jeffco academic standards, accuracy and omissions, and to inform the board of any objectionable materials,” according to the committee guidelines.

  • GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes

    The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents’ annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.

    County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.

    The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.

  • Teachers union reps issue no-confidence vote against school board president

    Just a week after the school board approved his performance-based pay plan, Jeffco teachers recorded a vote of no confidence in school board President Ken Witt.

    According to the teachers union, the vote by 180 representatives of non-administrative educators was unanimous.

    "It is evident that educators in this district have had enough of the secrecy, waste, and disrespect of this board majority and its president,” said a statement from John Ford, president of the Jeffco Education Association.

  • Summerset making a comeback

    A year after torrential rains washed out the Summerset Festival for the first time in its 30-year history, organizers are putting the final touches on this year’s festival while keeping an eye on the sky.

    “Literally, we got rain on our parade last year. It was devastating for everyone's morale,” said Lora Knowlton, executive director of the Foothills Foundation, the organization that puts on the event. “Now everyone is excited and on task to finish setting up for the festival.”