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Education

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • School board approves budget, contracts with unions

    The Jeffco school board on June 2 wrapped up two key priorities for the end of fiscal 2015-16: approval of agreements between Jeffco Public Schools and its two primary employee unions and approval of the district’s budget for fiscal 2016-17. 

    In a unanimous vote last week, the board formally approved the ratified contract agreement between the district and the Jeffco Education Association. The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises and $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase.

  • Two Evergreen teachers retire after total of 60 years

    Two Evergreen teachers retired at the end of the school year, taking with them a combined 60 years of experience in area schools.

    Sue Queen has been a teacher for 35 years, 17 of them at King-Murphy Elementary and 16 at Wilmot Elementary. She retired after seven years as Wilmot’s instructional coach.

    Yvonne Bader spent 35 years as a primary teacher, working with 3- to 6-year-olds at Montessori School of Evergreen.

  • Mixed response to school district’s facilities plan

    Community reaction to Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan is mixed, based on questionnaire responses from more than 800 community members since the plan was presented at a school board meeting last month.

  • EMS students take the right steps on Day Without Hate

    If dance is a universal language, then Evergreen Middle School students spoke it eloquently during an assembly last month.

    Students learned African dance movements from a Boulder-based group called Logo Ligi as the culmination of the Day Without Hate.

    “I always say that the best way to get rid of stereotypes and prejudices is to have a relationship with people,” said world languages teacher Kim Parfitt.

    This was the fifth time Parfitt brought the group to EMS in the last four years, and she says Logo Ligi is always well received.

  • EHS principal will become athletic director

    Evergreen High School’s new principal has a familiar face. And so does EHS’s new athletic director.

    Assistant principal Brandon Brekke has been hired to take the top spot, while current principal Ryan Alsup will be the new athletic director.

    Alsup, 40, who has been principal for three years, said he's making the move to spend more time with his family, not because he’s burned out on the job.

  • Jeffco school district, teachers union reach contract agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement after months of negotiations.

    The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises, $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase and a transparent pay schedule. It retains a slightly modified version of the controversial pay-for-performance system instituted by the previous school board.

  • McMinimee: Alternatives exist for addressing district’s facilities needs

    If Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan isn’t approved next month, the district will have to consider other solutions to the issue of its aging buildings and the capital needs associated with repairing and replacing those facilities.

    According to Superintendent Dan McMinimee, year-round school, a split-shift schedule and a bond issue focused on deferred maintenance all are possibilities.

  • Kids at Rocky Mountain Academy confront cancer

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen set out to make cancer an uplifting topic for its students April 27.

    Because the school has been touched by cancer in several ways this school year, officials decided to make its annual community service day all about helping to make cancer patients’ days a bit brighter.

    From writing and taping skits that cancer patients could view while undergoing chemotherapy, to talking with children who have cancer, to making care packages for patients, everyone in the school got involved.

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools.

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.