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  • Teachers held 'sick-out' to raise awareness for curriculum committee

    Teachers at Conifer and Standley Lake high schools who participated in a “sick-out” last Friday that closed both schools said they did it to raise community awareness primarily about the school board’s proposal to review the Advanced Placement History curriculum.

    Secondarily, the teachers have been protesting a compensation plan being implemented by the board that gives raises based on merit.

  • Columbine High School lockdown over

    Columbine High School was under lockdown Monday morning after the school received a threat. 

    Jeffco Public Schools sent out a tweet about the lockdown about 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 22 and notified parents, said Melissa Reeves, spokeswoman for the district. The school was out of lockdown by noon.

    Reeves said school activities continued as normal inside the school during a lockout, but no one is allowed to enter or leave school buildings. 

  • Jeffco Schools officials concerned 'sick-out' might continue Monday

    Jeffco Public School officials hope that similar protests that closed both Conifer and Standley Lake high schools on Friday do not continue next week.

  • 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.

  • 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.