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By Sal Christ

Jeffco schools welcome new administrators for 2018-19

Eight Southwest Jeffco schools will welcome new principals and/or assistant principals this coming fall.

New principals:

• Gene Lewis, Bradford K-8

Scott Christy, Columbine High School

•Josh Griffin, D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School

• Ryan Lucas, Governor’s Ranch Elementary School

• Barb Boillot (interim), Powderhorn Elementary School

• Dawn Morgan (interim), Ute Meadows Elementary School

•Jon Stein, Westridge Elementary School

Assistant principals:

• Patrick Simpson, Columbine High School

• Daniel Wille, D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School

• Kimberly Fowler, Falcon Bluffs Middle School

•Robert Longbrake, Falcon Bluffs Middle School

• Wendy Scott, Bradford K-8 North

Chief HR officer, employee relations director leaving

Amy Weber, Jeffco Public Schools’ longtime chief human resources officer, has resigned from her position after nearly 12 years to spend more time with her family.

According to Diana Wilson, spokeswoman for the district, Weber announced her resignation in early May and will officially leave after June 30. The district anticipates selecting a new human resources officer by July 1.

In addition to Weber, the district’s longtime employee relations director Jan Landry is set to retire June 29.

Jeffco school board to change meeting schedule again

The Jeffco school board meeting schedule is set to change again after a four-month pilot wherein study sessions and special board meetings were moved from Thursday evening to Monday mornings at 10 a.m.

The new board-meeting schedule moves study sessions and special board meetings to Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. the week after a regular board meeting.

To view the full board meeting schedule for the 2018-19 school year, visit: https://www.boarddocs.com/co/jeffco/Board.nsf/files/AZBK4E4E185A/$file/BOE%20Meeting%20Schedule%202018-19.pdf

School district purchases student artwork

For the 48th year in a row, Jeffco Public Schools marked the end of the year with the purchase of student artwork, including work completed by students at three South Jeffco schools.

Announced at the June 7 board meeting, the district purchased an untitled piece of work by Avery Imus, a student at Falcon Bluffs Middle School, as well as “Paranormal,” a piece by Chatfield High School student Andrew Lord, and “Bits and Pieces,” a piece by Aireana Jorgensen, a student at Dakota Ridge High School.

District receives millions in supplemental funds

Jeffco Public Schools has received more than $12 million in grant funding and donations for district programs and projects, including $11.9 million in federal and state funding from the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The district also received:

• a $100,000 grant from the Rose Community Foundation for the district’s new choice online enrollment system;

• a Colorado Department of Education Student Wellness Grant in the amount of $18,400 for “professional learning related to school wellness;”

• $345,874 from the division of vocational rehabilitation in the Colorado Department of Human Services Program to be used in Jeffco’s School to Work Alliance Program, which helps “young adults ages 15 to 23 with mild to moderate needs in finding employment;”

• $20,000 from Project Lead the Way — in partnership with the Toyota USA Foundation — to support an engineering program at both Dakota Ridge High School and Jefferson Jr./Sr. High School;

• and a $75,000 grant from the Buell Foundation for “a principal learning series, school leadership team professional learning, and the early literacy and math cohorts” in Jeffco’s Cultivating Bright Futures program.