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Education

  • BHS homecoming continues through the week

    A day of powder puff football (where the game roles change places) and a day dedicated to the 1990s are done. But that doesn't mean Brighton High School's homecoming is done.

    Various theme days are on tap. So, too, is the annual homecoming parade through town Friday, Oct. 20.

    Here's a list of what's left on the homecoming agenda:

    • The theme of Oct. 17 is the 1980s, and the spirit day theme is "Don't Stop Believing."

  • Presenting the BHS king and queen
  • New 27J school board members sworn in

    Newcomers and old-timers alike received praise during a recent swearing-in ceremony for newly elected School District 27J board members.

    Judge Brian Bowen hosted the ceremony for four newly elected board members approved by voters in November - newcomers Kevin Kerber and Mandy Thomas and incumbents Blaine Nickeson and Jennifer Venerable. Board members represent various regions of the school district, which covers Brighton, a small piece of Thornton to the west, where the new Riverdale Ridge high school is being built, and some of Commerce City to the south. 

  • Four-day week isn’t for everybody

    More than 150 people packed into the School District 27J training room recently to discuss the proposed four-day school week.

    But many in attendance didn’t get the discussion they were looking for, when school district administrators presented information about the plan, then had them break into small groups to talk to each other.

    “I feel like someone slapped me. I was hoping for more feedback,” said Sarah Horton, a parent in the district.

  • Teachers give four-day week A+, students still unsure

    School District 27J officials received a quiet round of applause after they finished up the last community meeting about the planned four-day school week recently at West Ridge Elementary School, 13102 Monaco St., Thornton.

  • Parents worry about daycare

    Parents and officials are concerned about daycare needs, as School District 27J considers going to a four-day school week this fall.

    Superintendent Chris Fiedler has said the measure would help retain teachers in the district. School District 27J officials hosted the last planned informational session about the plan Monday, Feb. 12, at West Ridge Elementary, 13102 Monaco St. in Thornton. The school district still would need Colorado Department of Education approval for the new schedule before going forward with it.

  • Parents, community try to get behind four-day week

    Some community members say they may be coming around to the proposed four-day week for School District 27J.

    A recent second community meeting to discuss the plan at Stuart Middle School, 15955 E. 101st Way, Commerce City, brought 150 people and new outlooks for the change.

    “I’m keeping an open mind,” said Julie Popiel, a parent of twin kindergarteners. “I want to get more information and see the plans. They have already made the decision.”

  • District seeks to solve budget crunch with four-day weeks

    With School District 27J considering four-day weeks, in part as a bid to keep more teachers here, one may ask why the district doesn’t just pay their employees higher salaries.

    The simple answer is that the district doesn’t have the money.

    As of early 2017, an average starting salary at in the 27J school district was $33,686, almost $5,000 less than the Denver metro average of $38,028. Average overall salaries in the school district are more than $6,000 lower than the metro average.

  • Prairie View, BHS graduate students at rates above state average

    Brighton and Prairie View High School seniors graduate on time slightly more often than their peers do around the state, according to Colorado Department of Education statistics.

    Brighton High School’s graduation rate was 81 percent for the Class of 2017, up 2.3 percent from the 78.70 percent posted for the Class of 2016. The state average was 79 percent

    Prairie View High School’s graduation rate fell slightly to 84.30 percent in 2017 from 86.10 percent in 2016.

  • 27J seeks to solve budget crunch with four-day weeks

    After voters rejected a $12 million levy proposed in November, School District 27J staff started searching for new ways to retain teachers and pay competitive salaries.

    One idea is to institute four-day school weeks as a workplace benefit.

    “We can be really creative and get some real gains about how we structure time,” said 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler.

    Fiedler also expects the four-day week to save the district around $1 million a year. This money would be devoted to getting counselors into all district schools.