• School board dismisses federal mediator

    The Jeffco school board has dismissed its outside mediator for upcoming union negotiations because of his organization’s policy banning recording or streaming.

    The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which is free to the district, will not allow its mediators to be recorded or streamed.

  • Keeping their noses in books

    It’s apparent what many Wilmot Elementary School students did over winter break: read.

    More than half the students met the school’s reading challenge, reading at least 200 minutes for the younger kids or 300 minutes for the older kids.  Many exceeded the goal — and some went way beyond expectations, reading for 2,000 minutes.

    One student went on a family road trip and listened to books on tape, which counted for the challenge.

  • Charter schools see growth in enrollment

    Jeffco’s charter schools saw significantly greater enrollment growth than district-managed schools in the last year, and advocates say that greater availability of choice, high academic expectations and options for home-schoolers are responsible.

  • Petition signed by 6,500 seeks resignation of school board majority

    A petition signed by 6,554 Jeffco residents calling for school board President Ken Witt and board members John Newkirk and Julie Williams to resign caused a stir at the board’s meeting on Thursday evening.

    Jeffco parent and petition organizer Molly Snyder told board members she is not affiliated with the teachers union, the Jefferson County Education Association. 

  • Open enrollment begins in Jeffco schools

    Jeffco parents who want to enroll their children in district schools other than their neighborhood school in 2015-16 can begin the enrollment process Wednesday, Jan. 7, according to a district press release.

    Accepted placement depends on classrooms’ available space.

    The district’s first round of choice enrollment will run from Jan. 7 to Jan. 30. A second round — based on a first-come, first-served basis - will run from Feb. 13 to Aug. 31.

    Out-of-district students may also enroll in any Jeffco school that has the space.

  • School district contracts with online therapy provider

    Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists are hard to find in Colorado and even harder to recruit with a cash-strapped budget. 

    To address shortages, Jeffco Public Schools will begin outsourcing some of those services starting this month.

    San Francisco-based PresenceLearning will begin providing physical, occupational and speech language therapy to Jeffco kids via teleconferencing under a $267,300 contract approved by the school board in December. 

  • Parmalee students foil Grinch

    Parmalee Elementary students saw the fruit of their fund-raising labors on Friday when a victim of a car crash — who is the nephew of the school’s instructional coach — visited the kids to thank them for the donations.

  • Food for thought: Jeffco school district’s lunch costs rising

    There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

    Or, for public schools following new federal health guidelines, a cheap one.

    National prices of food — especially for produce — have been rising steadily, compounded by California’s drought-to-flood pendulum. For Jeffco Public Schools, the price tag for meeting national school-lunch standards has been increasing as well.

  • School district must work out details of pay plan, HR chief says

    The details of Jeffco Public Schools’ recently approved performance-based pay structure for teachers need to be hammered out, and soon, human resources director Amy Weber told school board members last Thursday. 

  • 'Principal for a day' at Wilmot Elementary learns lessons in management

    In her role as principal for a day, first-grader Josephine Trinco greeted students, oversaw a fire drill and learned about top-level responsibilities at Wilmot Elementary School on Nov. 18.

    Accompanied by principal Matt Cormier, Josephine visited classrooms and handed out birthday cards to students after leading her classmates in the Pledge of Allegiance and making morning announcements.

    During her tour of the school, Josephine asked students if they would like to create a new rule for the day. One suggestion was to allow gum-chewing in class.