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Education

  • Education briefs

    Outdoor Lab Foundation donates $900k to Jeffco
    Jeffco’s Outdoor Lab Foundation provided Jeffco Public Schools with more than $900,000 in support during the 2017-18 school year.
    During a presentation of a check to the school board on Thursday, the foundation’s executive director Shannon Hancock announced that the organization was able to provide $910,916.58 in support to Jeffco’s Outdoor Lab schools at Mount Evans and Windy Peak — largely due to the generosity of community donors.

  • Jeffco Schools puts $600 million bond and mill package on ballot

    Taxpayers will see a $600 million ask from Jeffco Public Schools on the ballot this November after the school board voted last week in favor of pursuing a $567 million bond issue and a $33 million mill levy override this fall.
    In a decision that came after more than an hour of public comment Aug. 23 and applause from meeting attendees, board members said the ballot measures were long overdue and called upon voters to invest in their local schools by voting for them.

  • Glass, Jeffco join education bill lawsuit

    Jeffco Public Schools, along with five other school districts and two education industry organizations, has filed a lawsuit against the State of Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper and two others over the passage earlier this year of legislation aimed at better meeting the needs of students in foster care.

  • Jeffco Schools hires new chief of communications

    Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass has hired Tammy Schiff, his former colleague at Eagle County Schools, as the new chief communications officer for Jeffco Public Schools.
    In an e-mail exchange and phone call on Aug. 3, Glass said the decision to hire Schiff occurred in July and stemmed from a desire to round out the school district’s communications team — namely in terms of marketing, design, “impactful publications” and branding.

  • Ballot initiative aimed at boosting school funding makes ballot

    A ballot initiative aimed at boosting school funding in Colorado by raising the state’s corporate tax rate and increasing incomes taxes for the wealthy has made it on the November ballot.

  • Jeffco Public Schools likely to put bond issue on November ballot

    Taxpayers in Jefferson County will likely see a bond issue from Jeffco Public Schools on their November ballots after the Jeffco school board formally directed Superintendent Jason Glass and other district officials June 11 to bring a proposed bond package to the board later this summer.

  • Jeffco Public Schools hires new HR officer

    Jeffco Public Schools has promoted David Bell, currently the district’s director of employment services, to chief human resources officer after a lengthy hiring process that began in May. Announced June 19, Bell replaces Jeffco’s longtime CHRO Amy Weber, who resigned in early May after more than 12 years in order to spend more time with her family.

  • Educators, parents rally for more funding at the Capitol

    The teachers are not all right — they’re mad as hell about education funding, and they want legislators to do something about it.
    On Thursday and Friday, thousands of educators and other supporters from more than a dozen school districts across the state — including Jeffco and Clear Creek — descended upon the state Capitol in hopes of sending a clear message to lawmakers about how they feel about teacher compensation and school funding in Colorado.

  • Governor’s Ranch lands new principal

    Elk Creek Elementary School’s longtime principal Ryan Lucas will depart at the end of the 2017-18 school year to take a job as principal of Governor’s Ranch Elementary in Littleton.
    Announced late last month, Lucas’ departure was motivated, in part, by a desire to work closer to where he lives down the hill.
    Prior to joining Elk Creek in 2012, Lucas taught at Belmar Elementary School in Lakewood and Evergreen Middle School, and was the director of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen for two years.

  • Colo. superintendents endorse new funding formula for schools

    More than 170 superintendents across Colorado, including those at Jeffco Public Schools and Platte Canyon Schools, have backed a legislative proposal that could dramatically alter how the state funds its schools — namely by changing the formula that determines how funding is distributed to school districts.