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From the Littleton Public Schools website:

Littleton Public Schools received a $298,034 grant from the Arapahoe County Open Spaces for a new playground for the Options schools during the Board of Education meeting on September 26, 2019. In addition to a completely new playground, there will be fitness stations, a large chessboard, outdoor picnic areas with shade covering, basketball and tetherball courts, and resurfacing of the play areas and asphalt. There will also be two play areas – one for 5-12 year-olds and another area geared for high school students.

“We are so excited! The process takes about a year and a half to plan and execute, and the installation of the playground to begin this fall,” said Robyn Zagoren, LPS District Wellness Coordinator. “I would like to thank the partnership we have with the City of Littleton, as they are giving us $50,000 as part of the cash match needed for the grant.” The playground will be open to the community before and after school, weekends and holidays.


Featured Image: (Front row L-R) Robyn Zagoren, LPS District Wellness Coordinator, Bev Bradshaw, Open Spaces and Trails Advisory Board, Josh Tennyson, Open Spaces Grants and Acquisitions Manager, and Options Principal Ashley Broer. (Back row L-R) BOE members Jim Stephens, Richard Reichardt, Jack Reutzel, Superintendent Brian Ewert, Kelly Perez and Carrie Warren-Gully.

Defense argues older suspect in STEM School shooting was not a willing participant in attackns

in Crime/Education

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — The judge heard two different narratives about what motivated the older of the two suspects in the deadly STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting during the first day of what’s scheduled to be a three-day preliminary hearing.

The private defense attorneys representing Devon Erickson, 19, said his then-16-year-old codefendant Alec McKinney forced him to steal guns from his parent’s home, snort cocaine, and then bring the weapons to room 107 of their K-12 charter school, where an English literature class was watching “The Princess Bride.”

Continue reading @9News.

Neighbors upset over new high school football field lighting in Littleton

in Community/Education/Sports
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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

in Education

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

in Education

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

in Education/Entertainment

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.



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