• Sandi Schuessler named to Clear Creek school board

    Sandi Schuessler, a bilingual nurse with Denver Public Schools, has been appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Clear Creek school board.

    Schuessler, who has two children in Clear Creek schools, was one of two people who applied to fill the position vacated by Joe O’Leary last month. The position, which represents the Dumont area of the county, will be up for election in November. The board interviewed candidates at its work session on June 13.

  • School board names two finalists for superintendent position

    The Clear Creek school board has selected two finalists for superintendent: one from Jefferson County Public Schools and the other from Douglas County Public Schools. 

    They are Karen Quanbeck, chief of schools - elementary for Jeffco, and Ian W. Wells, executive director of schools in Dougco. The board and several other groups will interviewed the two candidates on May 28.



  • GCS names new principal

    Pamela Walker has been named the new principal at Georgetown Community School.

    Walker’s contract begins in July, and she is coming to the charter school from Ascent Classical Academy, a kindergarten-12th-grade charter school in Castle Rock, where she is the assistant principal.

    The school board interviewed three candidates for the position.

    Tina Ozee, who was the school’s administrative assistant, has been serving as the interim director since December after principal Doug Hesbol abruptly resigned.

  • School board sets timeline for superintendent search, announces stakeholder meetings

    The Clear Creek school board is on a whirlwind schedule to try to hire a new superintendent by the beginning of June.

    “This is the tightest schedule I’ve ever worked with,” said Norman F. Ridder, a consultant with McPherson & Jacobson, the firm the school board hired to help with the superintendent search. Ridder worked with the school board both on April 2 and 4 to set search parameters.

  • CCHS’ Eco-School group seeking ways to turn the school green

    What better way to learn about trash than to dig through it?

    Clear Creek High School’s Eco-School group did just that on Nov. 14, when it did a waste audit on one day’s worth of the school’s trash. The students hope to find better ways to make the high school/middle school a green school.

  • CCSD begins work associated with voters passing bond, mill levy

    There’s a lot of work for the Clear Creek School District to do now that voters approved ballot measures for a bond and mill levy override on Nov. 6 that will not increase property taxes.

    But the timeframe for getting the money will be about 18 months.

    Money from the bond and mill levy will not be available until 2020 because the property tax revenue is a continuation of a bond approved by voters to pay for the high school/middle school building. That bond payment ends in 2019.

  • Clear Creek school board endorses Amendment 73

    The Clear Creek school board has endorsed Amendment 73, joining many school districts in the state that hope the measure will pass to help fund public education.
    Amendment 73, which will be on the November ballot, is a statewide constitutional amendment that calls for raising income taxes on those whose annual income exceeds $150,000, raising the corporate tax rate, and changing how property taxes are assessed for schools in an effort to generate $1.6 billion in school funding annually.
    The resolution was drafted by the Colorado Association of School Boards.

  • School funding initiative makes ballot

    A ballot initiative aimed at boosting school funding in Colorado by raising the state’s corporate tax rate and increasing incomes taxes for the wealthy has made it on the November ballot.

  • Clear Creek schools closed Thursday for teacher walkouts

    Several Clear Creek schools will be closed Thursday after at least a third of the school district’s staff requested substitutes in order to participate in teacher walkouts at the state Capitol on April 26.

  • Education briefs

    Middle school’s test scores increase
    Clear Creek Middle School’s standardized test scores bounced back this year, proving, that last year’s dip in scores was a fluke, according to principal Jeff Miller.
    This year, the school’s overall score on the PARCC test — Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — is 67.8, Miller told the school board at a board/principal retreat on Nov. 14. Usually, the school’s score is around 60, but last year, it was at 47.3.