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'Sick-out' closes two high schools

An empty parking lot symbolizes more than a school closure. Late Thursday evening, Standley Lake and Conifer high schools canceled classes for Friday, Sept. 19, following a … more

New school construction speeds ahead

Construction crews recently topped off the superstructure of the town of Elbert’s new $20.6 million school and the project remains on track to welcome students in the fall of 2014. “It’s really going up quickly,” said Bev McGuire, the … more

Judge rules school district violated campaign act with report

A Denver judge ruled the Douglas County School District violated the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act when it sent a district-financed report to 85,000 parents and community members less than two … more

Library dropping fines on some kids' books

In a move aimed at deepening a childhood love of reading, Douglas County Libraries plans to stop charging overdue fines on many children's books. The new policy applies to illustrated juvenile books and takes effect Jan. 17. more

Teachers union VP promoted to top spot

New Douglas County Federation president Courtney Smith takes the reins at arguably the most difficult time in the union's history. The DCF, which represents both teachers and other Douglas County … more

Tides turning in Jefferson County

Elections, budget constraints and developments pretty much sums up the year for Jefferson County. Here is a list of the Top 5 stories of the year that made a huge impact on the county: School board tide turns The Jefferson County school board … more

Jeffco board raises eyebrows

It only took until the first full meeting of the new Jefferson County School Board for fears to be renewed about changes the new board will make. New board president Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams outvoted Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill … more

Play Center teaches cognitive skills

After several attempts to find a play center for her son, Stacy Graham, decided to take matters into her own hands, and created a functional play center for children with sensory disabilities. A Place 4 Me play center, LLP, 11651 W. 64 Ave., … more

School district to appeal judge’s finding

The Douglas County School District will appeal a judge's ruling that it violated the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act and attempted to influence the outcome of the recent school board election. more

Three Douglas County seniors ace ACT

Three Douglas County seniors scored a perfect 36 on their ACTs. The national college admissions test typically is taken in April, during a student’s junior year. Fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of those who take the national college … more

Top stories of the year

It has been a year of change for Golden with well-respected community leaders stepping down to new faces on city council next year. There was a lot to report on this year but here is a list of some of the top 10 stories listed in no particular … more

Jefferson County schools' mill levy override focuses on bringing classrooms to life

In addition to the $567 million bond Jefferson County Public Schools is seeking to address facility needs within the district, it is also asking voters to approve a $33 million mill levy override … more

Year of new beginnings, old battles

Presented here are the Lakewood Sentinel’s top 10 stories of 2013. W Rail Line opens After years of work and waiting, the W Rail Line began running through Denver, Lakewood and Golden on April 26. RTD estimated that there were 35,000 … more

Elementary launches its reading relay

One book, two books, red books, blue books, oh the places you’ll go with reading. In an effort to combat childhood illiteracy, KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm, in conjunction with Allendale Elementary, 5900 Oak St., held a Dr. Seuss … more

Kerr named Senate Education Committee chair

Sen. Andy Kerr was named as chair of the Senate Education Committee on Dec. 16, taking over from Evie Hudak, who resigned in November. “I’m very honored to have been chosen for this position,” Kerr said. “I think it’s very appropriate … more

Field of Dreams coming true

“If you build it, they will come.” That is what Foothills Elementary, 13165 W. Ohio Ave., is hoping will be the case with it’s new Field of Dreams project, which just received a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). The field was … more

Top five stories of the year

A missing woman turns up dead. The city welcomes a new mayor. And, oh those 38th Avenue road diet blues. These are just a few of the biggest stories that came out of Wheat Ridge in 2013: ‘Annie’ Meyer murdered; killer convicted LeAnne … more

Gubernatorial candidates talk education

School funding, achievement gaps, tax breaks and educating a diverse group of students were all topics Colorado gubernatorial candidates Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton weighed in on Sept. 24 when … more

Jeffco school board legal costs may rise

Jeffco Schools Board of Education's recent hiring of a Colorado Springs attorney Brad A. Miller, could cost the district an additional $90,000 this year. Hired by a 3-2 vote (Ken Witt, Julie … more

Academy to get bigger, better visitor center in coming years

As part of the City For Champions project, the Air Force Academy will get funding for a new visitor center. But when or exactly where it will be constructed won’t be determined until at least … more
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