Author: Lisa Cook

Lisa Cook, Ph.D., is a writer, editor, musicologist and Jeffco resident since 1999 with two children attending Jeffco Schools. Lisa earned a BA from Valparaiso University, a Masters in Music from Colorado State University, and her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When not working, she can be found running (ideally on mountain trails) with Midnight, her miniature poodle. Please visit our "About Us" page to learn more about Lisa and our other writers.
charter school applications

Charter school applications, Restart Plan focus of Jeffco School Board meeting

September 18, 2020

Applications for two proposed charter schools that would serve students on the autism spectrum and updates about the Restart Plan were the focus of the Jeffco School Board’s Sept. 3 meeting. The Jeffco School Board also unanimously approved a contract for Interim Superintendent Kristopher Schuh, whom the board appointed on Aug. 11. The contract was […]

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Glass

Superintendent Jason Glass hired as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education

July 10, 2020

Jeffco Schools Superintendent Jason Glass announced that he had accepted a new position as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education. Glass, a Kentucky native, made the announcement on July 10, after three finalists for the position were interviewed on July 6 and 7. Glass was announced as one of three finalists for the Kentucky slot on July […]

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2020-21 budget

Jeffco Schools 2020-21 budget to rely heavily on one-time funding to fill gaps

June 20, 2020

The Jeffco School Board approved a 2020-21 budget on June 17 after months of uncertainty about state funding levels. The budget includes a $34 million 5 percent cut in state funding. To address the funding gap, the district will rely in part on one-time funds from the CARES Act and other savings. The Colorado legislature […]

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budget projections

School budget projections impacted by COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Budget projections for the 2020-21 school year changed considerably between the Jeffco School Board’s March 5 and April 2 meeting. A month ago, state projections anticipated $16.6 million in new funding for Jeffco. Based on that information, Jeffco school board members recommended that $17 million be directed to staff compensation at their March meeting. However, […]

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school start times

First start times proposal released to Jeffco School Board

February 5, 2020

The Jeffco School Board members will get a first look at what later school start times might look like at the Feb. 5 board study session. Members of the Start Time Task Force will present their proposals for later start times, standard length of day, and a minimum 30-minute lunch. Their presentation will be joined […]

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graduation rate

Jeffco Schools 2018-19 graduation rate tops 85 percent

January 28, 2020

Jeffco Schools on-time graduation rate was 85.3 percent for the 2018-19 school year, including an increase in neighborhood high school graduation rates of 0.9 percent. Some subgroups also saw an increase in graduation rates, including: 1 percent increase in graduation rates for students with limited English proficiency 2 percent increase in graduation rates among Gifted […]

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2019 election

Miller, Schooley to join Jeffco School Board Dec. 2

November 21, 2019

After winning the 2019 Jeffco School Board election, Stephanie Schooley and Susan Miller, will be sworn in at a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 2 at 5 pm in the Jeffco Schools Education Center fifth floor board room. Schooley will replace outgoing member Ali Lasell in the District 3 seat. Miller will replace outgoing member […]

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school board candidates

Meet the Jeffco School Board candidates: District 4

October 17, 2019

This November, four school board candidates are vying for two Jeffco School Board seats. Candidates Rob Applegate and Stephanie Schooley are running for the District 3 seat, currently occupied by Ali Lasell. Candidates Joan Chávez-Lee and Susan Miller are running for the District 4 seat, currently occupied by Amanda Stevens. Both Lasell and Stevens chose not to run for […]

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school board candidates

Meet the Jeffco School Board candidates: District 3

October 16, 2019

This November, four school board candidates are vying for two Jeffco School Board seats. Candidates Rob Applegate and Stephanie Schooley are running for the District 3 seat, currently occupied by Ali Lasell. Candidates Joan Chávez-Lee and Susan Miller are running for the District 4 seat, currently occupied by Amanda Stevens. Both Lasell and Stevens chose […]

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school start times

Consultant hired to work out logistics for later school start times in Jeffco

October 9, 2019

Plans to implement later school start times for middle and high schools continue to move forward. This fall, consulting company School Bus Logistics is drawing up models of what those changes could look like for Jeffco Schools. Jeffco hired the company in August to assess the financial and logistical hurdles involved in changing start times. […]

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