• 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.

  • King-Murphy librarian won’t be returning next year

    A retirement assembly on Friday to honor King-Murphy Elementary School librarian Marilyn Pearson was filled with laughs and tears.

    Students, teachers and some parents gathered in the gymnasium to wish Pearson, who has been at the school for 16 years, a fond farewell.

    “We have gathered to celebrate for a very special reason,” principal Heidi Lupinacci told the group. “Mrs. Pearson is retiring.”

    Just as everyone in the room applauded, a thunderstorm unleashed a downpour of rain, which appeared to add to the applause.

  • The devil in the details

    Early negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the Jeffco Education Association have highlighted a long-existing source of tension: How much detail should be written into teachers’ contracts?

    Union negotiators argued for detailed contracts in sessions last week, pointing out that in the high-pressure day-to-day schedule of a teacher, prescriptive contract language can provide stability. 

  • Evergreen students display their tech skills at event

    The Evergreen Schools Tech Extravaganza on April 23 was similar to a school science fair — only with students displaying their technology prowess as they explored a variety of topics from geology to understanding grief.

    More than 100 students from the Bergens and Wilmot elementary schools, Evergreen Middle and Evergreen High set up laptops on tables in the EHS library and two classrooms. Students and parents strolled through to hear about the students’ work. They used a variety of programs to explain their research and display their results.

  • Evergreen Middle School observes Day Without Hate

    While Evergreen High School was celebrating Diversity Day on Friday, Evergreen Middle School was celebrating the national Day Without Hate, a program the school has embraced for five years.

    “Not all schools have embraced Day Without Hate as much as EMS,” said Julie Maus, the leadership liaison to the EMS PTA. “We’ve been trying to make it more intrinsic in the school to promote diversity. We want it to become part of the school culture.”

  • 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.

  • Evergreen High students learn about racism, genocide, alternative lifestyles

    Hard-hitting issues such as racism, genocide and alternative lifestyles were the key focus of Diversity Day at Evergreen High School on Friday. Students participated in a variety of workshops led by people promoting awareness and understanding of societal issues.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.