• School board candidate Brad Rupert, District 1

    Arvada resident and attorney Brad Rupert said his concern about departures of Jeffco teachers and administrators prompted him to run for the school board. He said his outcome-focused approach would help him make good decisions. 

  • Spokeswoman for Jeffco Schools resigns

    Jeffco Public Schools chief communications officer Lisa Pinto has submitted a letter of resignation and will be stepping down from her position effective June 19, according to the district’s superintendent.

    Pinto wrote in her May 28 resignation that she is leaving the district for another job.

  • Three longtime teachers leaving Wilmot Elementary

    Wilmot Elementary is losing more than 70 years in experience as three teachers say goodbye to students for the last time on Thursday. But the retirees won’t really be far away.

    Kym Shaffner and Kit Snyder, both fifth-grade teachers, and third-grade teacher Marty Schuler still plan to work with children, whether as school volunteers or by tutoring.

  • Curtain coming down on Arniotes’ teaching career at EHS

    Theater and Spanish teacher Fran Arniotes figures she’s taught more than 2,500 students in her 17-year tenure at Evergreen High School.

    Arniotes has directed dozens of shows at the school, and she discussed some of the most recent while reminiscing about her time at EHS before her retirement.  

    She has a long list of plans that will keep her in the theater world but on a different level.

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

    Negotiators for the Jefferson County Education Association and Jeffco Public Schools met for an extra session to discuss the topic after a district judge issued an injunction against the school district a week earlier that prevented it from moving forward with recently approved entry-level salaries.

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

    The flier, which was re-published May 20 on website CompleteColorado.com, answers frequently asked questions about strikes, urges teachers to attend an event Friday called “Rally to Take Back Our Schools,” and states that the Jefferson County Education Association is still committed to bargaining with the district.

  • Bergen Meadow preschool honors teacher who died of cancer

    The Bergen Meadow preschool community said a final goodbye and an emotional hello to one of its teachers who died in May 2014 of cancer.

    “She was one of the most caring, devoted teachers I’ve ever known,” preschool director Marianne Temple told about 50 people assembled outside the school on May 13 to dedicate the Terri Hessner Memorial Garden and Playground. “She had an amazing impact on students.”

  • Union, district spar over release of names of teachers absent during sick-outs

    Jeffco’s teachers union argued Friday in district court that the school district should be prevented from releasing the names of teachers who were absent during “sick-outs” last fall, claiming that would violate teachers’ privacy and could hurt teachers who were actually sick.

    Attorneys for Jeffco Public Schools countered that records of sick leave don’t meet the definition of personnel records and that the Colorado Open Records Act requires release of the information.

  • Judge issues injunction against school district's new-hire pay level

    A Jeffco district judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the school district from paying newly hired teachers at a higher rate until a lawsuit against the district by the teachers union goes to trial.

  • Dahlkemper won't seek re-election to school board

    Jeffco school board member Lesley Dahlkemper has announced she will not run for a second term this fall, citing home and work responsibilities.

    Dahlkemper, who was elected in 2011 and is one of the board’s two liberal members, said the decision is not related to frequent friction with the board's conservative majority over everything from facilities and budget to teacher pay and union relations.