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  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Renewal of superintendent’s contract to be discussed

    Discussions about the renewal of Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s contract are set to begin early next year. While initial conversations will take place in executive session among school board members, those conversations will transition out into public discourse, with a decision by the end of March 2017.

  • Jeffco school district sees slight decline in enrollment

    Early numbers for the 2016-17 academic year show a slight decrease in enrollment in Jeffco Public Schools, and those numbers are expected to drop further next year.

    Some 370 fewer students are enrolled at district schools compared to this time last year. While the decrease is small considering that the district has typically served an average of more 86,000 students since the 2005-06 academic year, the decline in enrollment is expected to continue next year.

  • School district enacts partial hiring freeze

    Effective immediately, Jeffco Public Schools has instituted a hiring freeze on almost all non-classroom positions, and all new hires will have to be approved by a district cabinet consisting of 11 people.

    According to chief human resources officer Amy Weber, the cabinet last week discussed the hiring freeze, which will exclude grant-funded positions and essential positions such as teachers, para-educators, bus drivers and food service employees.

  • Conifer’s Venue Theatre feeling growing pains

    It’s lean times at the Venue Theatre Company in Conifer, but not in the usual sense: the education-based youth theater is in short supply of space, funds and extra hands — all the consequences of success.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve slightly modified ’17 budget

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the county's 2017 budget, which had changed slightly since a draft was presented in October.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning request for Catholic retreat

    The third time was a charm for the Archdiocese of Denver as Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved Tuesday a rezoning request that will pave the way for the construction of the Emmaus Catholic Retreat & Conference Center near Pine Junction.

  • Two-vehicle crash temporarily closes U.S. 285

    Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon when their SUVs collided on U.S. 285 at Kings Valley Road in Conifer.

    According to State Trooper Rob Madden, the accident occurred about 3:11 p.m. in the intersection near mile marker 232 and temporarily shut down northbound U.S. 285 at 3:21 p.m. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.

    The highway reopened before 4 p.m.

  • Wilmot book swap designed to keep students reading

    Wilmot Elementary School students participated in a book swap on Friday — the school’s attempt to keep kids reading during winter break.

    The idea was simple: All last week, students brought gently used books they no longer wanted and received tickets for each book. Then, on Friday, they could look through about 2,000 books to find something new to read. A ticket equaled a new book, and those who wanted more books could buy them for 50 cents each.

  • Happy Hippy Market in Marshdale offers food, healing

    The Happy Hippy Market has a pretty cool name.

    The shop in the log cabin behind The Den restaurant in Marshdale has a bit of everything — and more.

    Marie St. Denis recently opened the shop as a place for local residents or those driving between Evergreen and Conifer to conveniently stop to grab eggs, milk or a quick dinner. Plus, there are locally produced candles, soaps and other items.

  • Holiday performances planned at EHS, CHS

    Evergreen and Conifer high schools are planning holiday performances in December.

    On Saturday, Dec. 10, Evergreen High’s performing arts departments are presenting the 30th annual Madrigal Faire.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Conifer High’s drama department is presenting In A Holiday Mood: CHS Act One Theatre Company and Choirs Perform.

    Madrigal Faire

    The Madrigal Faire is a combination of a marketplace, concert and small-group performances.