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Education

  • EHS will see decrease in funding

    Jeffco Public Schools’ new student-based budgeting policy will mean Evergreen High School will lose about $150,000 for the 2015-16 school year.

    Principal Ryan Alsup is predicting an additional $180,000 reduction for the 2016-17 school year, assuming the district budgeting model is retained and state funding remains as projected.

    For the 2015-16 school year, Alsup is cutting an assistant principal position, the instructional coach position and half of a teacher position to make up the loss, trying to keep the reductions away from classrooms.

  • Teachers union sues over pay-for-performance policy

    Jeffco’s teachers union is suing the school district over its divisive pay-for-performance policy, which is still in its first year.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s lawsuit, filed April 7 amid contract negotiations with the teachers, asserts that the district’s pay plan was unilaterally implemented without union input, and that it will cause irreparable harm to teachers’ interests. The suit also claims the policy violated an existing contract with the teachers. 

  • King-Murphy students revved for repurposing

    King-Murphy Elementary School is sowing the seeds of conservation.

    The school has been celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, which is April 22, with a presentation by the regional administrator from the Environmental Protection Agency and the EPA mascot, Froggy. Students also participated in a repurposing challenge in which they took trash and found new uses for it.

  • School board member apologizes for Facebook post

    A school board member who publicly shared a link on Facebook calling for parents to protest Friday’s LGBT Day of Silence said she didn’t read the post before sharing it and feels “sickened” over its message.

  • Jeffco schools could get less money from the state

    Proposed cuts by lawmakers in the K-12 portion of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2015-16 state budget could mean that Jeffco Public Schools receives $17.5 million less than anticipated.

    Hickenlooper’s funding plan would have provided the district $37 million in state funds; $17.2 million of that would have gone toward ongoing costs, while $19.8 million would have been earmarked for one-time expenditures. 

  • Block party: Wilmot students embrace cubism in Rubik’s competition

    Rubik’s Cubes are back.

    The popular 1980s cube-manipulation game is seeing a resurgence, so much so that Wilmot Elementary conducted a Rubik’s Cube competition last Friday among a dozen fifth-graders.

    The competition was not an official event at the school. Rather, principal Matt Cormier organized it after he saw several students working with Rubik’s Cubes — and they were solving the puzzle pretty quickly.

  • School district negotiating groups raise questions regarding Open Meetings Law

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations this month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two groups announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • School board approves salary guidelines for newly hired teachers

    The Jeffco school board has unanimously approved salary guidelines for teachers hired this year who have teaching experience in other districts, have master’s degrees, or are working in hard-to-fill positions.

  • Study groups take over in teacher contract talks

    Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have agreed to take part of their current contract negotiations behind closed doors.

    The sides agreed early on to form small groups made up of representatives and experts to examine several priority topics. The smaller groups will meet to come up with options before the full bargaining teams gather again to hammer out a final agreement. The next public negotiations are slated for April 13.

  • Through the glass, creatively

    The “big reveal” — as Evergreen Middle School art teacher Ann Simpson called it — of eighth-graders’ projects on Friday was very revealing.

    The art students’ projects — 6-inch-by-6-inch glass dishes that they spent days meticulously creating — were under a sheet on a table in the art room, ready to be seen for the first time. To make the moment even more memorable, Simpson brought a music student with a snare drum to supply a drumroll as the sheet was lifted.