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  • Jeffco Schools finalizes budget recommendations

    Jeffco Public Schools is making the final adjustments to its proposed budget for the 2017-18 academic year after receiving final recommendations from the Jeffco school board May 4.

    The proposed $951 million budget accommodates $24.7 million in district-wide compensation increases; a 0.5 percent increase to required Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) contributions; and an $80,000 boost to the base superintendent salary.

  • Jeffco finalizes Glass hiring

    Jeffco Public Schools has hired Jason Glass as its next superintendent.

    After a unanimous vote Tuesday evening that approved both Glass’ hiring and a three-year contract, the school board said it felt it picked the right candidate for the job and was satisfied with the process by which Glass was selected and ultimately hired.

  • Dakota Ridge High teacher under investigation for throwing a chair

    A teacher at Dakota Ridge High School is facing disciplinary action after throwing a chair in frustration during a study hall class.

    “No students were injured, but the incident was quite alarming,” said Jim Jelinek, principal at Dakota Ridge, in a letter sent home to parents. “This sort of behavior by a teacher is unacceptable. (The teacher) is facing disciplinary action and will be apologizing to the class (Thursday).”

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  • Idaho-based Stinker Stores buys Bradley

    Idaho-based Stinker Stores has acquired 41 stores from Bradley Petroleum, including the gas station in Morrison and Evergreen.
    In a board meeting last week, the Morrison town board, which also acts as the town’s liquor licensing authority, approved a liquor license transfer to the new owner of the downtown Morrison gas station.
    Though there was some discussion about the dates of application and official transfer, the board passed unanimously the motion.

  • Longtime Dutch Creek paraprofessional retires

    Ann Benninghoff has been in the education game for quite some time.

    But she is now bidding farewell to Dutch Creek Elementary School, the place she’s called home for nearly 40 years.

    She began volunteering at the South Jeffco elementary school, then became a teacher’s aide until landing in her eventual role of paraprofessional.

  • Learning to protect oneself

    Picture this: You’re pointing a gun at someone and demanding their wallet. And then you hear it.

    “Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior?”

    Probably not what you were expecting, right?

    The words may be unexpected, but it is exactly what Penn Springs of Littleton would choose to say should he ever find himself in a similar predicament. In fact, Springs said, the nonsensicalness of the words is the perfect reason to say them.

  • Community meeting notifies S. Jeffco of sexually violent predator

    Jeffco Sheriff’s officials on May 3 tried to allay the fears of residents living near Deer Creek Middle School because a sexually violent predator has moved into the area.

    Residents could only ask questions via notecards at the public meeting, but the concern of the audience, who packed the middle school cafeteria, was palpable. The ability of a sexually violent predator to move close to a school was a chief concern among neighborhood residents.

  • Deer Creek Middle School students showcase STEM projects

    What does a 21st-century classroom look like?

    This was the question students at Deer Creek Middle School were tasked with when they showcased STEM projects last Thursday to teachers, family members and friends. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    “Our sixth graders have spent the last month working on a problem-based learning project in which they have designed an effective 21st-century classroom,” said Brady Stambaugh, a Deer Creek sixth-grade teacher.

  • One arrested, another suspect at-large in connection with homicide

    One person has been arrested and an arrest warrant has been issued for a second in connection with a homicide in a South Jeffco neighborhood earlier this week.

    Jordan Lemarinel, 27, was arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Samuel Addison Stewart, 26. Lemarinel was initially arrested on unrelated drug and illegal weapons possessions charges and remains in police custody. Kenneth Crise, 55, remains at large.