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.
superintendent search

Jeffco Superintendent Search community forums scheduled Jan 14-22

January 13, 2021

Jeffco Public Schools will host superintendent search online community forums this week and early next week, Jan. 14-22. During the online forums, community members can share thoughts about the characteristics, traits, and experience that Jeffco’s new superintendent should have. Forums are organized into five groups: Parents and guardians Thursday, Jan. 14, 9 – 10 am […]

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Rick Rush

Rick Rush appointed to fill Jeffco School Board vacancy

December 15, 2020

Rick Rush was selected to fill the District 5 Jeffco School Board seat vacancy on Dec. 8. Rush previously filled a vacancy for the District 5 seat from October 2008 to November 2009. Rush also sits on the board of the Jeffco Schools Foundation, and most recently is working with their Team Up Jeffco initiative […]

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school outbreaks

Jeffco Schools announces 2-phase pivot to remote learning on Nov. 16

November 14, 2020

Rising case counts in Jefferson County and inside Jeffco schools prompted a pivot to remote learning for middle and high schools starting Nov. 16. On Monday, Jeffco’s middle and high schools will pivot to 100 percent remote learning until winter break. Elementary schools will continue in-person learning for four more days through Nov. 19. Nov. […]

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charter applications

Jeffco School Board update: Restart model, charter applications, superintendent search

November 11, 2020

This fall’s Jeffco School Board meetings have focused on the Jeffco Restart model, two charter school applications, and the upcoming superintendent search after former Superintendent Jason Glass resigned this summer. Restart Plan in light of new Safer at Home – Orange designation Board members met with representatives from Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) at the […]

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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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