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Education

  • 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.

  • Parent wants to switch start times of middle, high school

    Principals at Evergreen High School and Middle School say a parent’s suggestion to switch the schools’ start times so EHS starts later likely will not happen by August.

    They say there are too many groups to get on the same page before any changes could be made, including bus schedules and after-school activities. In addition, there is not enough time to make sure that parents would agree to such a switch.

  • King-Murphy parents outraged when board doesn't renew teacher's contract

    King-Murphy Elementary parents threatened to pull their children from the school after the Clear Creek school board voted 4-1 Tuesday night not to renew the contract of beloved sixth-grade teacher Beth Cavanaugh for the 2016-17 school year.

    About 40 parents and teachers spent more than 60 minutes pleading with the board to keep Cavanaugh at the school. More than 20 people spoke, including three students, all emphasizing that Cavanaugh is a great teacher who sparks excitement for learning.

  • Weather precipitates creativity among young writers

    It was ironic that several students at the Young Writers Conference last Thursday titled their books “The Crazy Weather.”

    The plots weren’t about a huge snowstorm like the one that hit the mountain area over the weekend. Instead, they were about taco and rotten-banana rain, rainbow sand and fog, and marshmallow and book precipitation. Second-graders at Bergen Meadow told a facilitator that crazy weather had been a writing prompt in school.

  • Evergreen High branches out at Diversity Day

    Imagine a world where men and women are equal.

    Imagine a world without hearing anything about racism or hate.

    Imagine a world where the desire for peace is stronger than the desire to win.

    Imagine a world where people are kind, generous and amazingly supportive no matter who you are.

  • School board won’t change former superintendent’s separation pact

    Jeffco school board President Ron Mitchell said the board will not change the separation agreement of former superintendent Cindy Stevenson, but instead will “clarify” parts of the pact that banned her from volunteering in schools.

    School board members in March considered renegotiating Stevenson’s separation agreement to let her volunteer at district schools.