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Education

  • Weld Re-8 considers future district growth

    A planned 900 new homes in the Sweetgrass neighborhood near York Street and Weld County Road 8 in Dacono has residents and school district officials talking about how to handle potential student growth.

  • Boys and Girls Club shows 'dream' tree

    Celebrating the holidays and the act of giving, Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County hosted a Christmas party Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Twombly Elementary.

  • Bee at Butler

    Butler Elementary students put the, “I before E, except after C” rule to the test Thursday, Dec. 21 in the school’s second annual spelling bee.

    When it was all said and done, 2016 champion Marissa Hussion defended her title, nimbly spelling the word “practically” for first place and bragging rights.

  • Weld Re-8 battles with teacher retention

    Though few would argue the school district encompasses a traditional suburban area, it competes with traditional suburban school districts like St. Vrain and School District 27J with a more suburban-size populace and higher income base for teachers.

    “We’re still rural but we’re not like out in the east. I can drive five miles down the road and make $15,000 more a year,” said Butler Elementary School teacher Bobbi Baeza.

    As a result, Weld Re-8 is often looked as a stepping stone career move for many teachers rather than a permanent home.

  • Twombly Elementary construction cost: $5.8 million

    A remodel at Twombly Elementary School will not exceed $5.8 million, school board members decided recently.

    Workers will install new carpet, a new heating and cooling system, new ceiling tiles, new pavement, a sprinkler system and other work for a project scheduled to be finished by the end of August.

  • Little Trappers Preschool construction delayed

    School leaders now plan to open the Little Trappers Preschool and administration building four days later than planned due to construction delays.

    The $6.8 million building on the southeast corner of Fulton Avenue and Dexter Street originally was set to be finished Dec. 29, with a school start date of Jan. 16. Building contractor Haselden Construction now expects to be done Jan. 10. School district officials now plan to open to students Jan. 23.

  • Stuart Middle School teacher resigns

    School district officials said a Stuart Middle School teacher resigned several days later after writing, “I want to kill children” in a message on a projector screen in his class in early December.

    Kris Burghart, an eighth grade language arts teacher at the school at 15955 E. 101st Way in Commerce City, posted the message in the last period of the school day.

    An initial message shown to the class said, “Silent reading... I want to kill children, so please sit down and read."

  • Future high school shop room hits roadblock

    A dispute about explosive-free light fixtures is delaying work on the new shop classroom at Fort Lupton High School, officials say.

    A national fire code stipulates that a room with machines producing dust is an explosive hazard, according to Fort Lupton Fire Marshal Taw Tamlin,

    As a result, the code calls for workers to install explosion-proof equipment including all electrical switches, outlets, and lighting.

  • Quest Academy students sign future Ken Homyak school.

    Students from Quest Academy in Dacono sign the floor of the future art room at Ken Homyak PK-8 Academy, 3927 York St. in Dacono. Haselden Construction workers are building the $17.5 million school, which is set to open next August. 

  • Three new faces join school board

    In the hotly contested Weld Re-8 school board election, three new faces will join the board and one current member will keep her seat, according to unofficial results from the Weld County Clerk and Recorder.