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  • New leadership at local schools

    Next year, almost 30 schools in the Jeffco district will see new faces filling assistant-principal and principal positions. Nine of those roles are being filled by new hires, while the rest are school-based administrative transfers.

    Following is a list of new leaders at South Jeffco schools at the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

    • Thomas Burns, principal at Falcon Bluffs Middle School

    • Susan Borzych, principal at Ute Meadows Elementary School

    • Sandy Burch, principal at Blue Heron Elementary School

  • School board OKs budget, contracts with unions

    The Jeffco school board on June 2 wrapped up two key priorities for the end of fiscal 2015-16: approval of agreements between Jeffco Public Schools and its two primary employee unions and approval of the district’s budget for fiscal 2016-17.

    In a unanimous vote last week, the board formally approved the ratified contract agreement between the district and the Jeffco Education Association. The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises and $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase.

  • Community garage sale keeps treasures in circulation

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or so the saying goes.

    Someone buys an item, only to sell it. The next person uses it, and, eventually, sells it again.

    Take Littleton resident Linda Coughlin, who was selling antiques during Ken Caryl’s community garage sale on Friday. Coughlin had a large feather Mandala dream-catcher prominently displayed on the garage siding, hoping to sell it to someone as it had been sold to her.

  • Teen advocacy group promotes tobacco education in schools

    Wyatt Crofoot, a freshman at Golden High School, was considering trying a vaporizer before he joined the Breathe Easy Team, a youth advocacy program led by the Tobacco-Free Jeffco Alliance within the Jeffco’s Department of Public Health and Environment. 

    “I liked that we were educated on vaping,” Crofoot said at the group's end-of-year meeting. “I was actually thinking about doing it, until (I learned) what’s in it.”

  • Mixed response to school district’s facilities plan

    Community reaction to Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan is mixed, based on questionnaire responses from more than 800 community members since the plan was presented at a school board meeting last month.

  • For the county by the county: a re-imagined Jeffco Fair & Festival

    This summer Jeffco is hosting the first-ever county fair planned by residents, dubbed the Jefferson County Fair & Festival.

    The four-day event Aug. 11-14 also will be the first to use the entire Jeffco Fairgrounds. There will be seven “zones,” each with a unique focus of activities and entertainment.

    “We’re taking the same concepts and traditions and putting different spins on them,” said Dexter Foxworth, the fair’s events coordinator.

  • Jefferson County will host two National Trails Day events

    For anyone looking to spend a June Saturday enjoying the fresh air and Jefferson County Open Space’s trails and parks, volunteers are being sought for two National Trails Day restoration projects.

    One will be at Matthews/Winters Park, and the other at Evergreen’s Dedisse Park. National Trails Day, June 4, celebrates trails across the nation, and was started by the American Hiking Society.

  • Plan for BMX track at Schaefer under review by Foothills

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board is once again reviewing a plan to have a BMX bicycle track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex. 

    Residents near the complex at West Hampden Avenue and South Kipling Street have opposed the proposal, citing concerns about parking, light and noise pollution, and the need to relocate prairie dogs.

  • Local legislators look back on 2016 session

    The good, the bad, and the ugly is not just a Western film; it’s also how some local lawmakers felt about this year’s legislative session.

    State Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, and state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, hosted a wrap-up and review of the 2016 General Assembly session at the Evergreen Library on May 26.

  • Get ready to make a splash: Outdoor pools are opening for the season

    There’s nothing like a day spent at the pool to officially kick off summer.

    Deer Creek and Weaver Hollow pools opened Memorial Day weekend, and Columbine West and Sixth Avenue West pools are opening June 4. Admission is reduced to $3 a person on opening day to encourage the community to come out and celebrate.