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Today's News

  • Spokeswoman for Jeffco Schools resigns

    Jeffco Public Schools chief communications officer Lisa Pinto has submitted a letter of resignation and will be stepping down from her position effective June 19, according to the district’s superintendent.

    Pinto wrote in her May 28 resignation that she is leaving the district for another job.

  • Teacher pay concerns take center stage during district budget talks

    Concerns about teacher pay dominated the first public hearing May 25 for the Jeffco school district’s 2015-16 budget, and school board members disagreed about how to allocate some funds.

    The $1.1 billion budget, which has been discussed for months and is about 2.5 percent larger than last year’s, will likely be finalized at the end of June.

    The board’s two liberal members said the $12.1 million earmarked for pay increases was inadequate. That amount includes:

    • A 1 percent raise for qualifying teachers totaling $5.2 million.

  • Spokeswoman for Jeffco Schools resigns

     Jeffco Public Schools chief communications officer Lisa Pinto has submitted a letter of resignation and will be stepping down from her position effective June 19, according to the district’s superintendent.

    Pinto wrote in her May 28 resignation that she is leaving the district for another job.

  • Chargers come up short in state championship game

    DENVER — Lightning flashed in the distance, and the rain inexorably approached All-City Field. It was a fitting way for the 5A state baseball championship game to wrap up, considering how the weather had already impacted the postseason, even delaying the finals by four days.

    The near hour-long delay on May 27 also allowed time for reflection on what the Chatfield Chargers had accomplished. Though they were on their way to a 9-2 defeat to Rock Canyon, the simple fact that this team, which eight weeks earlier was 1-8, was in the game spoke volumes.

  • Telephone town hall to focus on flooding, wildfire concerns

    A telephone town hall meeting with Jeffco’s county commissioners on May 27 will focus on the upcoming wildfire season and the county’s emergency preparedness.

    Some 50,000 telephone numbers in the county will be called to participate in the hour-long meeting, although anyone can call in. The commissioners typically take questions from callers after making opening remarks.

  • Littleton lands on two top-10 lists

    Littleton finds itself on two top-10 lists: for safety and for prospects for young professionals.

    Littleton was ranked as the ninth-safest city in Colorado and the ninth best place for millennial job-seekers in the state.

    “We’ve been recognized as being an attractive place for millennials to work and for being a safe community,” said city spokeswoman Kelli Narde. “It’s been a good week.”

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

    Negotiators for the Jefferson County Education Association and Jeffco Public Schools met for an extra session to discuss the topic after a district judge issued an injunction against the school district a week earlier that prevented it from moving forward with recently approved entry-level salaries.

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

    The flier, which was re-published May 20 on website CompleteColorado.com, answers frequently asked questions about strikes, urges teachers to attend an event Friday called “Rally to Take Back Our Schools,” and states that the Jefferson County Education Association is still committed to bargaining with the district.

  • Decision not to host governor unrelated to politics, schools superintendent says

    Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee says that rejecting an offer from Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign testing legislation at two Jeffco schools was related to safety, logistics and protocol — not politics.

    Hickenlooper’s staff reached out to both Bear Creek and Lakewood high schools as locations where the governor might sign House Bill 1323, which reduces the number of standardized tests students are required to take. The district said no thanks.

  • Council to vote on amendment to construction-defects ordinance

    An amendment to Littleton’s new construction-defects ordinance providing for a cash-settlement option instead of repairs is set for a public hearing and vote at the June 2 City Council meeting.

    The new ordinance, approved May 5, gives builders of condos, townhomes and other multifamily housing a “right to repair” faulty work before facing legal action. Also, it requires that a majority of homeowners approve legal action — not just a majority of HOA board members.