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Neighbors upset over new high school football field lighting in Littleton

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LITTLETON, Colo. — Students at Heritage High School in Littleton will be welcomed back this school year to a new athletics field and for the first time, lighting — but neighbors are threatening to sue.

“We feel the neighborhood has been transformed from a nice sleepy little neighborhood into something right next to a stadium,” said neighbor Scott Hannum.

The field is not a stadium. It doesn’t have a grandstand, sound system or concessions. But it has been improved along with several other schools thanks to a $298 million bond measure residents voted for in 2018.

Continue reading @TheDenverChannel.

Officials nix possible ballot question for Columbine rebuild after survey results

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Jeffco Public Schools won’t move forward with a proposal to build a new Columbine High School following the results of a community survey that showed mixed reaction to the idea.

Survey results on the district’s proposal indicated a 60% – 40% split against any effort to demolish Columbine and rebuild the school.

The feedback from the survey of Jefferson County voters released Wednesday has prompted superintendent Jason Glass to abandon any possible plans to build a new Columbine High School.

Continue reading @TheDenverChannel.

Douglas County Has Fewest SROs by Student Population

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An analysis by the Denver Post found that the Douglas County School District has fewer police officers per student on its middle school and high school campuses than any other district in the Denver area.

Districts often use a mix of their own security staff and SROs who work with local law enforcement agencies to keep schools safe.

Douglas County has 2,980 middle and high school students per SRO, the analysis found. Denver Public Schools has 2,424 students per officer, making it the second-worst ratio in the county.

Continue reading more on this story @CampusSafetyMagazine. 

Teacher Appreciation Tuesdays at Alamo Denver

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Teachers and faculty members of any level of school or university can see any regularly priced movie(special events and Disney movies excluded) at any time on Tuesdays for FREE throughout the summer!

This offer is valid at the Littleton location in Aspen Grove.  The offer is only valid in person and excludes special events and Disney films. All you need to do is bring your ID and a valid proof of employment. You can choose from any regular show on any Tuesday, now through August 31st.

Visit the Alamo website to see what’s currently playing in the theaters in Littleton.



Jeffco Public Schools Enhancing School Security

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – In the wake of the shootings at STEM School Highlands Ranch, Douglas County is considering using $10 million to make safety improvement in its schools. With more than $700,000 in grant money, Jefferson County schools is in the midst of enhancing their security.

So how do you make schools safer? Principal Pam Yoder asks herself that question every day.

“There’s not a simple fix at all, “she said.

Continue reading more on this important issue @ CBS4 Denver.


Douglas County commissioners vote to redirect $10M toward public school safety after STEM shooting

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – The Board of Douglas County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to redirect $10 million toward public school safety and possible additional mental health services in response to last week’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.

The meeting got underway at 1:30 p.m. at the district’s administration building in Castle Rock, the vote came after about 45 minutes of discussion.

Continue reading @ the source: The Denver Channel

Donations Sought For Family Of Slain Colorado Student

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO – Multiple crowd-funding campaigns have popped up after the school shooting at Highlands Ranch, but the Douglas County Sheriff’s office said there is only one authorized by the family of slain STEM School student Kendrick Castillo.

Those wishing to make a donation should do so through any branch of Wells Fargo Bank, specifying that donations go to the “Kendrick Castillo Memorial Fund,” a message from the sheriff’s office said.

Castillo’s actions on Tuesday in a 12th grade English class at STEM School are credited with saving his classmates after he was first to tackle the shooter in his classroom. Castillo was shot at close range and died afterward.

Continue reading @Patch for more information on how to donate to the Castillo family.

How to talk to your kids about the deadly STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

in Education

DENVER — Multiple 9NEWS viewers have asked a difficult question following the heartbreaking school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch: how do they tell their kids that the unthinkable has happened again so close to home?

“Regardless of your children’s age, you have to separate your opinions from the facts that we know,” said 9NEWS Psychological Dr. Max Wachtel. “There are things that we know, and there are things that we don’t.”

Wachtel also recommends opening the conversation up to your kids and determining if they have questions.

“Every kid is going to deal with this in a different way,” Wachtel said. “It may take some kids a little longer to open up about this than others.”

For more information and link to resources go to 9News.

Shooting At STEM School Highlands Ranch: 2 Injured, Search On For Shooter

in Crime/Education

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – At least two people have been hurt in a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday afternoon and police are trying to identify and locate the shooter. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies have responded to the K-12 charter school at Ridgeline Boulevard and Plaza Drive.

The school district confirms students from STEM School Highlands Ranch will be taken to Northridge Rec Center (at 8800 South Broadway) where parents can pick them up. Parents are being told to bring identification.

GO to CBS 4 for more information.

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