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.
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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threat

Threat to area schools ends Wednesday morning

April 17, 2019

A “credible threat” that closed schools in Jeffco and all along the Front Range ended Wednesday morning after the 18-year-old woman in question was found dead near the base of Mount Evans. Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said that the FBI confirmed that Sol Pais was found deceased of an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” He said […]

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D'Evelyn

D’Evelyn 6-12 proposal tabled after questions about governance, sustainability

April 15, 2019

The Jeffco School Board tabled a proposal to add sixth grade to option school D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School while also keeping sixth grade at Dennison Elementary due to questions about cost, governance, and sustainability at their April 4 regular meeting. The revised proposal from the D’Evelyn Steering Committee called for sixth grade at both schools […]

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delayed start

School Board discusses snow days, mental health resources, preschool

February 27, 2019

Jeffco Schools will premiere a two-hour delayed start pilot in March as a potential option to a full-closure or regular school schedule for hazardous weather days, Superintendent Jason Glass told board members at their Feb. 7 regular meeting. “The question frequently comes up, ‘Why doesn’t Jeffco have a delay?’” Glass said. Several metro-area school districts […]

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5A

What’s next for 5A, 5B funds?

January 16, 2019

With voters approving additional funding for Jeffco Schools in the November election, school officials are now starting to make decisions about how those funds will be used. A community survey is currently available for the community to indicate funding priorities for $33 million in 5A mill levy override funding. Here’s what else you need to know. […]

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