• Student survey at middle school irks parents

    A survey given to Evergreen Middle School students that asked questions about their sexual orientation has ruffled feathers in the community.

    The survey, which has been administered by the school’s counseling office for several years, this year is part of a grant application focusing on school climate, according to Jeffco Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Balch Lyng. Previous surveys did not contain questions about sexual orientation.

  • Hearing date set for campaign finance complaint

    The state has set a hearing date for a complaint filed by a Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization accusing groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws.

  • Student performance on PARCC test falls short of expectations

    More than half of the Colorado third- through 11th-graders who took the controversial PARCC exams last spring did not meet expectations in math and English language arts, according to data released by the Colorado Department of Education.

    Last fall, thousands of Colorado high-schoolers made headlines by refusing to take the Colorado Measures of Academic Success exams, which were developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a multi-state group that uses Common Core standards.

  • Regan Benson, candidate in District 5

    School board candidate Regan Benson, a former Jeffco parent and a longtime vocal critic of past school board members, said her rocky relationship with the board spurred her candidacy and her call for higher academic standards.

    Benson is running for the District 5 seat currently held by recall target Ken Witt. Also in the District 5 race are veteran Jeffco educator Ron Mitchell and former school board member Paula Noonan. 

  • Susan Harmon, school board candidate in District 2

    Lakewood resident Susan Harmon said she wants to bring a reconciliatory voice and more thoughtful decision making to the Jeffco school board. 

    Harmon, a family law attorney and mother of two Jeffco students, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Physician assistant Matthew Dhieux of Littleton is also a challenger for the seat.

  • Targets of school board recall speak on camera

    Jeffco school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, who are the target of a recall, were interviewed on camera recently at Evergreen Newspapers about the major decisions they’ve made since being elected to the board in 2013, and about their thoughts on the recall.

    To see the video interviews, click here.

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  • 12 candidates running for 5 seats on school board

    Jeffco residents could see a slate of 12 candidates for five school board seats this fall, as three current board members who are the target of a recall face off against five challengers, and four other candidates vie for the two seats up for regular election.

  • School board candidate Ron Mitchell, District 5

    Veteran Jeffco principal and teacher Ron Mitchell said he would bring an understanding of Jeffco’s various communities, an emphasis on respect and years of problem-solving to the school board if he is elected.

    Mitchell, a Lakewood resident, is running for the board seat in District 5 currently held by Ken Witt, one of the targets of a recall effort. Former school board member Paula Noonan is also vying for the District 5 seat.

  • School board candidate Matthew Dhieux, District 2

    Littleton resident Matthew Dhieux said he wants to bring a non-political voice to the Jeffco school board, rebuild a relationship with the teachers union and find a way to ask for more accountability from district charter schools.

    Dhieux, a physician assistant and former elementary teacher in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Attorney Susan Harmon is also vying for the seat.

  • School board candidate Paula Noonan, District 5

    Paula Noonan, who was a Jeffco school board member from 2009 to 2013, said her professional relationships with all sides in the politically divided school district would help her foster stability. She is running for Ken Witt’s seat in District 5.