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Education

  • Search for new superintendent to continue as planned

    Even though Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson will be leaving her position four months earlier than expected, it won’t change the process for finding a new leader for the district.

    “We are still on course and will continue to search for a new superintendent,” Witt said Saturday.

    The Jeffco Board of Education was tasked with finding a new superintendent after Stevenson announced her retirement Nov. 7. Her last day was slated for June 30, but she announced Saturday her last day will be Feb. 21.

  • Class sizes, teacher pay top parents’ priorities

    Keeping class sizes low and increasing pay for teachers and staff were the top two priorities of about 100 mountain area parents, teachers, administrators and community members as they considered what should be included in the Jeffco Public Schools 2014-15 budget.

    Also high on the list were early literacy programs, elementary math instruction, infrastructure in schools to operate necessary technology, and elective classes.

  • Stevenson gets $204,194 in separation agreement

    Former Jeffco schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson received $204,194 in her separation agreement with the district after her last day Feb. 21.

    On Nov. 7, two days after the new conservative majority was elected to the school board, Stevenson announce she would retire effective June 30. On Feb. 8, she said she wasn’t trusted by the new board majority and asked the board to approve an earlier exit.

  • School board doesn’t appoint interim superintendent

    Jeffco Public Schools’ core leadership team will continue to act as superintendent for the rest of the school year as the Board of Education moves forward with its search for a successor to Cindy Stevenson.

    After discussion at the board’s meeting last Thursday, no change was made to the previous week’s decision not to appoint an individual to serve as interim superintendent. 

    On Feb. 18, the board voted 3-2 not to make a temporary appointment, with the agreement that the board would discuss the topic again Feb. 27.

  • Board members at odds on assessment tool for preschoolers

    The Jeffco school board reversed a decision made in December and approved use of the Teaching Strategies Gold program for Colorado Preschool Program students, but an accompanying request for a waiver on student evaluation could imperil several million dollars in state funding.

    The board had voted to end the district’s use of TS Gold at its Dec. 13 meeting because of the behavioral data that are collected. Board President Ken Witt said he was uncomfortable that students were videotaped as part of evaluations.

  • Stevenson to work for state association after leaving Jeffco district

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson has been hired by the Colorado Association of School Executives to fill a new director position.

    “(Stevenson) will play a critical role in CASE’s ongoing work to assist school administrators as they seek to improve student results,” Bruce Caughey, CASE executive director, said in a statement.

    Caughey said Stevenson will serve as director of the CASE Leadership Initiative and will provide support to school leaders and districts for teaching, learning and improvement.

  • Glee Club empowers EMS students with message of strength

    If there’s one thing that members of the Evergreen Middle School Glee Club have learned this year, it’s that it’s OK to be themselves.

    And they have brought that message to the rest of the school.

  • School board politics dominates discussion

    Jeffco school board member Lesley Dahlkemper said in an Evergreen appearance Saturday morning that, amid the board’s new political orientation, the focus should remain on educating kids.

    But a substantial part of the morning was spent on audience questions about board politics.

    Dahlkemper spoke at the Mountain Area Democrats’ monthly breakfast and was greeted with questions and concerns about the future of education in Jefferson County.

  • Former board members voice concern about open governance

    Several former Jeffco school board members attended last Thursday’s meeting and signed up for public comment, including Jon DeStefano, Judy Pierce, Dave Thomas, Debby Oberbeck, Sue Marinelli and Rick Rush.

    Former board member and president Dave DiGiacomo spoke for all the former members. DiGiacomo served on the board from 1991 to 1999.

    “We care deeply for the students, teachers, staff and administrators of this district,” DiGiacomo said. “We have become concerned with the actions of our newly elected school board members.”

  • School district plans ‘classroom dashboard’ for data

    Jeffco Public Schools announced plans to move forward with equipping teachers with a “classroom dashboard” to access student data at last Thursday’s school board meeting.

    To the relief of many Jeffco parents, the plans didn’t include the words “inBloom” or “cloud.”

    Since 2012, the school district has been planning a classroom dashboard for teachers, who use numerous systems and access large amounts of student data daily.