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.
mill and bond

‘Our students deserve better’: Jeffco School Board puts mill, bond on 2018 ballot

August 24, 2018

The Jeffco School Board unanimously voted to put a mill and bond on the November ballot, and also approved a resolution supporting the statewide school funding initiative Amendment 73 at their meeting on Aug. 23. Board members voted after hearing Jeffco parents, teachers, principals and citizens talk for more than an hour about about how […]

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mill

Jeffco School Board to vote whether to put mill, bond on ballot

August 23, 2018

The Jeffco School Board will host a special meeting today, Thursday, Aug. 23 to discuss and vote on whether to put a mill levy override and bond on the November ballot. Before the discussion, board members will listen to public comment about the mill levy override and bond proposals. People wishing to address the board […]

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Amendment 73

Initiative 93 approved for November ballot as Amendment 73

August 14, 2018

Amendment 73, an initiative that could add an additional $1.6 billion annually for Colorado schools, will officially be on the ballot this November according to the Colorado Secretary of State. Supporters turned in nearly 180,000 signatures in July and 130,000 were certified in compliance with the new Amendment 71 rules. Previously known as Initiative 93 while […]

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facilities

Equity, efficiencies targeted in Jeffco Schools facilities program

June 21, 2018

Bats, temporary buildings, and equity took center stage at a discussion about the state of Jeffco’s school facilities this spring. Students and staff from Alameda High School told the Jeffco School Board about extreme issues — including bats — that distract from learning. Similarily, the Capital Asset Advisory Committee told board members that while Jeffco’s students […]

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Community Engagement Task Force

Jeffco Schools establishes Community Engagement Task Force

June 7, 2018

Jeffco Schools will host the first meeting of a new Community Engagement Task Force on Tuesday, June 12. The meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting students and the Jeffco community, and establishing more partnerships between them. Superintendent Jason Glass is establishing the Community Engagement Task Force in order to better connect schools and the district […]

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option school

Free Horizon Montessori to become Jeffco option school, move to Pleasant View building

May 24, 2018

Big changes are ahead for Jeffco charter school Free Horizon Montessori, which will become a Jeffco option school this fall, and move into the former Pleasant View Elementary building in Golden. The Jeffco School Board unanimously approved the change and the school’s application for innovation status on May 3. Free Horizon’s Board of Directors and Accountability Committee also […]

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safety

Five safety tools Jeffco Schools uses to protect students

May 3, 2018

Keeping students and educators safe requires schools to be ready to prevent, intervene, and respond quickly to any given situation — a job that becomes increasingly complex when it involves 157 schools spread across 750 square miles. John McDonald, executive director of Jeffco Schools Security & Emergency Management, relies on a number of tools to […]

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safety forum

Community partnerships highlighted at Jeffco Schools Safety Forum

May 1, 2018

Jeffco Schools’ partnerships with multiple community organizations was a central focus of the Jeffco Schools Safety Forum held on March 20 at Lakewood High School. The safety forum, attended by approximately 400 parents, staff, law enforcement officials and community members, was the first step in opening a dialogue between the district and the community, said […]

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