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  • School board reverses Indian Hills boundary change

    Met by a sea of Conifer-green T-shirts bearing the message “Do I Count,” the Jeffco school board on Thursday night temporarily reversed its decision to send Indian Hills students to Evergreen schools after they leave Parmalee Elementary.

    Board member Paula Noonan said the board needs to look at all aspects of the proposed boundary change before making a final decision. She said the March 4 decision to have Indian Hills students go to Evergreen schools rather than Conifer schools was made too hastily.

  • Storm closes Jeffco schools

    The spring snowstorm that launched an assault on the area Tuesday afternoon forced closure of all Jeffco schools on Wednesday.

    More than a foot and a half of snow was reported to have accumulated in Evergreen by 6 a.m. Wednesday, leaving road conditions treacherous. Interstate 70 was closed Tuesday evening from Evergreen Parkway to Floyd Hill, and intermittent closures were still possible on I-70 Wednesday.

    The snow was expected to continue until late Wednesday afternoon.

  • Opponents of Indian Hills boundary change mobilize

    A decision by the Jeffco school board to have Indian Hills students attend Evergreen schools rather than Conifer schools after leaving Parmalee Elementary School has drawn the ire of the Conifer community.

    About 100 people attended a swiftly arranged meeting at Conifer High on March 16 to hear updated information on the recent boundary change for Indian Hills students. On March 4, the school board voted 4-1 for the boundary change.

  • Conifer High student to protest move at school board meeting

    One Conifer High student isn’t going to let the Jeffco school board’s decision to send Indian Hills students to Evergreen go unchallenged.

    Carolyn Severino lives in Indian Hills and is a sophomore at Conifer High School. More importantly, she understands the particulars of the boundary change: the distance, buildings and capacity issues. What matters most to her is that someone has made a change that affects her friendships, classes and routine — and nobody asked her.

  • 5 park district hopefuls face off at forum

    Five of the eight candidates vying for three elected positions on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board gave the Curmudgeons of Evergreen a lengthy verbal workout March 18 at the Seniors’ Resource Center.

    With a full house of about 25 group members on hand for the event, Barb Scripps, Kit Darrow, Mark Footer, Pat Callahan and Brett Champine had more than 20 minutes each to tout their qualifications, vent their opinions and answer questions.

    At times, the speechmaking and the questioning got a little heated, but overall, civility prevailed.

  • Drawing the line: Parmalee boundary change rankles many

    A decision to send all Parmalee Elementary students on to middle school and high school in Evergreen has prompted Conifer High students to plan a protest at the school board meeting March 25.

    “We were surprised that the board could make such a drastic change,” said Zach Fuller, who is Conifer High’s senior class president, head of the School Relations Committee and a member of student government.

  • Mountain schools closed today

    All mountain schools in Jefferson County, including all Jeffco schools in Evergreen and Conifer, will be closed Friday because of the snowstorm.

    Check the district website for updates and details.

  • Commissioners apparently violate open-meetings law - again

    The Jeffco commissioners may have violated the Colorado open-meetings law once again by holding at least one closed-door meeting with a lawyer who does not represent the county.

    Columbine Courier attorney and media-law expert Chris Beall sent a letter concerning the alleged violation March 11 to the commissioners and to County Attorney Ellen Wakeman. The board was scheduled to hold on Monday another closed-door meeting specifically to discuss the legal implications of the alleged violation.

  • Park and rec board candidate Casey

    Allan Casey

    Occupation

    Business owner, Strategic Linkages Inc., business consulting

    Election to political office

    Evergreen Park and Recreation District board of directors (elected 2006 to present)

    Experience on nonprofit boards

    WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc., vice president, (1993 to present)

    Educational background

    Southern Methodist University-Dallas, BBA in accounting and MBA

    Family information

    Married to Shirley; one cocker spaniel, Maggie

    Age: 58

  • Forum slated March 27 for EPRD candidates

    The Mountain Area Democrats will sponsor a candidates forum at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the United Methodist Church, 3757 Ponderosa Drive in Evergreen.

    Three members of the current board of directors are up for re-election and are planning to attend. Five other candidates have also submitted their names for the three four-year terms.

    The candidates are: Andrew Adamowski, Pat Callahan, Allan Casey, Brett Champine, Kit Darrow, Roger Hoaglund, Mark Footer and Barb Scripps.

    — Vicky Gits