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Today's News

  • An egg-citing time

    Here one moment and gone the next.

    That’s the best way to explain the lightning speed at which older kids find eggs at an Easter egg hunt. For the younger ones, not so much.

    The 10th annual Easter egg hunt at the Evergreen Elks Lodge on Saturday was no exception. About 40 kids ages 8 and older took less than a minute to collect the 500 plastic eggs spread around the lodge’s back patio and place them in baskets. Then it was time to crack open the eggs to find the candy or coins inside.

  • Six candidates singled out for superintendent job

    Jeffco Public Schools has narrowed its pool of finalists for the job of superintendent to six after the school board screened candidates during an executive session held after a special board meeting last Thursday.

    Disclosed over the weekend, the decision came after executive search firm Ray and Associates recommended 11 top candidates to the board, including individuals from Colorado, Florida, Illinois and six other states.

  • Jeffco to allocate millions for middle school classrooms

    Jeffco Public Schools is considering reallocating more than $27 million from its reserves and 2016-17 underspend to build classroom additions at four middle schools that will be affected by the district’s decision to move sixth graders from elementary school to middle school.

    Discussed at Thursday’s school board meeting, the proposal calls for the school board to approve funding $27.5 million in capital construction projects at Creighton Middle School in Arvada, Drake and Dunstan middle schools in Lakewood, and Ken Caryl Middle School in Littleton.

  • Cistern construction underway on Bear Mtn.

    Construction efforts are underway to increase the water capacity of the Bear Mountain cistern by 30,000 gallons.

    In the works for more than a year, the Evergreen Fire Protection District project is the result of increased development in the area, as well as requests from the Bear Mountain homeowners association dating back to at least 2012.

  • Unconventional seating

    Kristin Whitney’s classroom at Wilmot Elementary doesn’t look anything like you might expect.

    Gone are the rows of desks for the fourth- and fifth-graders. In their place are a couch, high-backed chair, pillows, kitchen table with chairs, a camp chair and tall desks. There are four traditional desks congregated together with balls rather than chairs.

    Whitney’s desk is also gone because she said having her desk as the center of attention made it seem like it was her classroom when it should be the students’ classroom.

  • COMING UP

    ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ performances at Center/Stage

    Tour Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with area middle-schoolers during performances of “Willy Wonka Jr.” this weekend.

    The musical is a collaboration between Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen and Evergreen Players, according to co-director Gretchen Moritz, who also teaches at RMAE.

  • Steered toward reading

    There’s something magical about a good book: Within a few moments or a handful of pages, you’re quickly transported on an adventure to long and far.

    But come springtime, the allure of a book sometimes doesn’t outweigh the prospect of summer break for the average kid, which is why Elk Creek Elementary participates in the Race to Read program every year.

  • Budget cuts causing discord

    Tensions ran high last week as the Platte Canyon school board continued discussing its financial challenges and associated budget cuts — many of which have drawn intense criticism from the community.

    Addressing the school board, director of business services Kelly Varney outlined that forecasts from the state legislature show significant K-12 education funding gaps, including an overall $400 million shortfall in funding across the state next year and a weighty increase to the negative factor.

  • New principal appointed at Deer Creek Elementary

    Jeffrey Lubansky has been appointed as principal of Deer Creek Elementary in Bailey.

    Formally announced and approved by the Platte Canyon school board on April 10, Lubansky was selected over more than a dozen applicants for the job. He’ll take over for Vernita Vallez, who is taking a job overseas later this year.

  • (Not) Alone

    Sitting in her living room, Carolyn C. Ward, 89, is surrounded by ceramic figurines, pictures and collectibles of Beatrix Potter’s characters, antiques, books and photos of her family members and friends. In short, it looks very much like a typical grandmother’s living room.

    Ward and her husband built their house on Floyd Hill in the 70s, she said, as they were both interested in carpentry. Since then, Ward and her family have passed much of their lives in their home.