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  • Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

    Jeffco teacher salaries will remain at 2013-14 levels entering September after the school board rejected a fact-finder’s recommendations at Thursday’s school board meeting in Golden.

    A tentative contract agreement reached by bargaining teams would have given raises to educators rated “effective” and “highly effective,” but teachers rated “partially effective” would also have received a pay increase.

  • Consolidation of dispatch services under study

    Will mountain emergency dispatch services remain independent and based in Evergreen in the future?

    Or are they destined to be folded into a metro-area dispatch system being contemplated by several fire agencies as part of a “regionalization study” done recently by a consultant involved with the Jeffco Emergency Communications Authority?

  • School board planning changes to rules for public comment at meetings

    The Jeffco Board of Education agreed to change the rules for public comment at meetings at its Saturday retreat. 

    To be approved at a future meeting, the new system would allow for up to 20 people to speak for three minutes each. If 21 to 30 people sign up, two minutes each would be allowed. If 31 to 60 people sign up, one minute per person would be allowed.

    If more than 60 people sign up to speak about agenda-related items, they will be invited to speak during the second portion of public comment, after the board has taken action on its agenda.

  • Agreement between district, teachers expected to be ratified

    An agreement between the Jeffco school board and the teachers union is expected to be finalized at the board’s Aug. 28 regular business meeting. 

    “Our contract year starts in September for teachers,” said Amy Weber, Jeffco Public Schools’ director of human resources.  “We have every opportunity to provide a salary increase for teachers … if the board takes action.”

  • Friendly overtures, friction at school board retreat

    Jeffco’s famously divided school board made conciliatory noises at its annual retreat on Saturday, though some evidence surfaced of the friction that has prevailed since last November’s election. 

    “I promise there will be clear and concise communication,” said Superintendent Daniel McMinimee, who was hired on a 3-2 vote in June. “I’m looking forward to working together. I think this has been a great start.”

  • Park district board selects interim co-directors, approves loop trail contract

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board of directors is offering interim co-executive director positions to EPRD recreation manager Ellen O’Connor and Lake House supervisor Brad Bednar. 

    O’Connor and Bednar would serve the district in this capacity until a replacement is found for EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson, who is leaving at the end of this month. 

    EPRD board President Peter Lindquist and Robson were expected to discuss details of the offer with O’Connor and Bednar on Wednesday.

  • Parents, students admire renovations at King-Murphy

    The fourth-grade classrooms at King-Murphy Elementary School have that fresh-paint, new-carpet smell.

    “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told the students to look at the carpet,” said fourth-grade teacher Samantha Gorenstein, knowing the carpets won’t be clean for long as students settle into the daily — and sometimes messy — routine of the new school year.

  • Youths give it a tri

    Buchanan Rec Center on Sunday morning was inundated with kids swimming, running and biking in a triathlon that was meant to simply be fun.

    Nearly 130 children ages 5 to 13 swam laps in the pool, ran around one of the Bergen ponds, and biked through Bergen Park. No one timed the event, though lots of parents cheered, waved flags, rang cowbells and took pictures.

  • Park district board discusses priorities for 2015 budget

    Balancing expenses with revenues in the 2015 budget for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District emerged as a top priority for EPRD board members during a work session Aug. 20.

    “We have to have a balanced budget,” board member Janet Doyle said during discussion with other board members and administrative staff. “We don’t (want to) have expenses rising above revenues.”

  • Working in Evergreen

    The workforce in Evergreen is made up of people who prepare food, repair worn shoes, develop social media skills for businesses and individuals, and manage nonprofit organizations that benefit the local and global community. They are among many people who help make Evergreen a thriving, viable place to live.

    A restaurant family

    Hla Win is a sushi chef with a fairly new restaurant in Bergen Park where he, his wife and son spend many hours preparing food and serving customers.