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Today's News

  • School board scraps kindergarten assessment program

    The Jeffco school board, on a 3-2 vote, has stopped teachers from assessing kindergartners using the Teaching Strategies Gold program because the board said the program collects too much data and because of concerns about privacy issues regarding data storage.

    To that end, it told district officials to turn down a $56,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Education that was helping to finance a pilot program.

  • Goals, union relations discussed at board retreat

    New policies, goals and the search for a new superintendent were discussed during the Jeffco Board of Education’s twice-yearly retreat last Saturday.

    Also discussed, in the wake of a conservative majority being elected to the board in November, were the district’s relationships with its unions.

    Representatives from the Jefferson County Education Association, the Jeffco Classified School Employees Association and Jefferson County Administrators Association were invited to speak to the board during the morning portion of the retreat.

  • More public comment planned at beginning of school board meetings

    Jeffco Public Schools’ new board is putting its stamp on how meetings are run.

    During the Dec. 11 meeting, the board voted unanimously to change the public-comment portion of meetings and the structure of the consent agenda, which contains routine district matters that are approved by the board in one vote.

  • All-conference football, cross country

    The following is the 3A Metro Conference football team and 4A Jeffco League cross country teams for the 2013 season:

    3A METRO FOOTBALL
    FIRST TEAM

  • Smith stepping up for Lady Cougars

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — After years with Lexie Malazdrewicz as the indisputable poster child for Evergreen girls swimming, the door is wide open for a successor. Though a team picture might be a more proper replacement, Bailey Smith would be a leading early season candidate.

  • Nations learning on the fly for Cougars

    Evergreen freshman wrestler Thomas Nations is also part of the school’s jazz band. So for some wrestling practices, he’s only there for half the time. Two other days a week, he’s there for the duration. But what he has learned with those limited reps is paying off.

  • New school board majority votes to hire law firm

    In a decision that brought boos from the audience, the Jeffco school board’s new majority voted Thursday night to hire an attorney to represent the board — not the school district — with little time for discussion and many unanswered questions.

    Board members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman said after the meeting that they dissented not because they oppose the board having its own attorney, but because they objected to the way the motion was introduced and voted on.

  • Fire destroys home on Lodgepole Drive

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue responded to three house fires in a recent 24-hour period, with one home destroyed by the flames.

  • IMHS’ new shelter director gaining traction in job

    Carrie David, the new shelter director for the Intermountain Humane Society, has not only been getting settled at her new organization, but also acclimatizing to mountain living.

    “I had my first experience driving in the snow,” David said, referring to last week’s subzero temperatures and heavy snow. “I was going pretty slow and was probably irritating a lot of drivers here because I still have my Arizona plates on my car.”

  • Menorah lighting warms hearts at Lake House

    Hanukkah is not among the most prominent holidays on the Jewish calendar, but it's local importance was obvious last Wednesday evening when scores of residents turned out for the annual menorah lighting at Evergreen Lake.