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Today's News

  • Citizens Budget Academy trains volunteers to help balance school district budget

    Jeffco Public Schools’ Citizens Budget Academy teaches volunteers the ABC’s of running the largest school district in Colorado.

    The academy is a series of six classes that started in early September, taught by district leadership. About 75 citizens learn about every aspect of the district in the hope that they can come up with viable solutions to budget problems. Their feedback will help structure Jeffco Public Schools’ 2012-13 and 2013-14 budgets.

  • Elite hockey academy proposed for Foothills land

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    An elite hockey academy for high school athletes could open in South Jeffco as early as 2013, and programs for soccer and lacrosse could follow.

  • Schools’ new pay structure will be tied to student performance

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A Jeffco Public Schools panel is working to draft a new compensation plan for teachers, and the Board of Education instructed it on Sept. 15 to initially dream big and spare no expense.

    A new pay-for-performance compensation structure will eventually need to be implemented to make the district compliant with Senate Bill 191, legislation passed last year that ties teacher evaluations to student performance.

  • Election pivotal for school district

    When Laura Boggs was elected to the Jefferson County Board of Education two years ago, it caught a lot of people by surprise. It looked like incumbent Sue Marinelli was headed for re-election in an uncontested race until Boggs pulled and returned candidate papers just before the deadline. Running under the radar, Boggs upset the incumbent and has been a controversial and polarizing member of the school board in her first two years.

  • Carney adds Liberty Bell to accolades

    Don’t get Danny Carney wrong. He was happy to win the 2011 Liberty Bell Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 16 at Heritage High School. After all, the prestige in itself is worth the victory. But the Dakota Ridge senior has bigger fish to fry.
    Coming off a season in which he won the 5A Jeffco League and a regional championship before finishing second to Columbine’s Woody Kincaid at state, the stars definitely seem to be lining up for Carney this year.

  • Dakota Ridge uses 8-run third inning to pounce on Columbine

    Nothing seemed to cooperate with the Columbine Lady Rebels’ softball team last week. Not the weather and certainly not the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles.
    Rain forced their game to be played a day later than scheduled at Columbine. But home-field advantage wasn’t exactly on the Lady Rebels’ side.

  • FRCS fails to capitalize on chances

    It’s hard to fault Jacob Kozanecki. After all, his Front Range Christian Falcons had their opportunities Sept. 17 to topple 10th-ranked Resurrection Christian. A blocked punt, a high snap over the punter’s head, a couple of turnovers. There were chances.
    But the Falcons couldn’t contain Taylor Dewald or do enough with the ball offensively when they had it. Thus, the Falcons’ upset bid turned into a 42-21 defeat on a fickle weather day at Front Range Christian School.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Rebels dominate Douglas Co., improve record to 3-0
    LAKEWOOD
    — Cameron McDondle rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of 48-yarders, as Columbine improved to 3-0 with a 48-7 homecoming victory over Douglas County on Sept. 15 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    Noah Thompson rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries, while Ceasar Lopez and Michael Burns also rushed for scores for the Rebels (3-0).
    Douglas County got its lone score on a 17-yard, second-quarter run by Trey Smith.

  • Library’s search for new exec director stalls

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The top candidate for the executive director position at the Jefferson County Public Library declined an offer last week, leading the board of trustees to extend interim director Pam Nissler’s term.

    Several of the trustees gave widely varying accounts of the hiring process, leaving no clear answer about whether the board extended an official job offer to Cynthia Kolaczynski, deputy director of the Maricopa Public Library District.

  • 10 years later, pain and remembrance

    Whether they were in Colorado or New York on Sept. 11, 2001, people came to Red Rocks on Sunday to walk the stairs and remember the first-responders, friends and family who died on that tragic day.

    Approximately 3,000 firefighters and community members from 22 states participated in the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. People climbed the amphitheater’s stairs nine times to commemorate the 110 flights that New York City firefighters climbed to try to save the occupants of the World Trade Center.