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 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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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. […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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. […]

Read More
5A 5B winning

5A, 5B winning after days of uncertainty

November 12, 2018

After days of counting and waiting, the fate of Jeffco Schools’ mill and bond is nearly resolved and both 5A and 5B are winning. Voters approved 5A, a $33 million mill levy override with approximately 55 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, the fate of the $567 million bond also looked positive, with the We Are Jeffco campaign reporting […]

Read More
principals

As principal role expands, assistant principals added to support students

October 30, 2018

Evaluating teachers, managing discipline issues, and ensuring a safe, welcoming and warm environment are just some of the roles that principals are responsible for in schools today, according to Karen Quanbeck, Jeffco chief of schools – elementary, and the number of roles a school principal is responsible for has expanded considerably in recent years. “We’ve added […]

Read More
administration

Glass: Administration addresses district goals

September 26, 2018

Although senior district administration only make up 0.46 percent of the Jeffco Schools budget, the district is often asked why there are so many administrators. Part of the answer has to do with federal mandates and state reporting requirements that drive the number of administrative positions, explained Superintendent Jason Glass in a recent interview. The […]

Read More