• 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.

  • Education briefs

    Candidates sought for school board
    The Clear Creek School District is looking for residents in three of its five districts to run for election to the school board.
    Applications are due Sept. 1, and the election is Nov. 7. School board members serve four-year terms and aren’t paid.
    Those running for the board this year must be at least 18 years old, registered voters and live in either District B, C or E. Anyone convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child is ineligible.

  • Science fair judges issue verdict: Enthusiasm is key

    Like a coach before a big game, Carlson Elementary teacher Liz Bogers gathers her volunteer science fair judges for a quick pep talk on Jan. 25.

    The clock is ticking, and the students will soon arrive.

    Bogers tells the volunteers what to do, how to do it, and, most importantly, how to keep students motivated and interested in science.

  • High school hosts robotics competition

    Clear Creek High for the first time hosted a robotics competition on Saturday, a First Tech Challenge qualifier for the state competition. The day drew almost 200 students from 16 schools across the state — from Arvada and Fort Collins to New Castle and Kremmling.

    Clear Creek’s team did not compete because hosting a qualifier automatically guarantees a spot in the state competition.

  • School district implements standards for graduation

    The Clear Creek School District is educating eighth-graders and their parents about a new state requirement that that calls for minimum competency standards in math and English to graduate from high school.

  • Young weather watcher provides flurry of data

    Luke Dulski loves snow — and rain and sun and any other type of weather you can think of. So much so, that he became a junior weather watcher for KCNC-Channel 4.

    That means 8-year-old Luke regularly sends weather data to the Denver TV station’s meteorologists, and on Dec. 9, he helped meteorologist Ashton Altieri deliver the bus-stop forecast on the 6:30 a.m. news.

    The broadcast has been shown throughout King-Murphy Elementary School, where Luke is a second-grader.