• $143 million School District 27J budget planned

    School District 27J officials plan to use about $8,000 in additional per-pupil revenue to cover increased operations and personnel costs in its proposed $143 million 2016-2017 budget.

    The money is expected to come from a 1.2 percent inflation rate adjustment for school districts in Colorado under the School Finance Act. It amounts to an additional $84 per pupil for School District 27J this year, according to Lori Schiek, chief financial officer.

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  • Arkansas Tech dean’s list

        RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — A Commerce City student was named to Arkansas Tech University’s dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester.
        Alyson Heidi Seader, of Commerce City, was named to the list for the Russellville campus of the university.
        A student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete at least 12 hours of college-level coursework to be named to the dean’s list.

  • Office of Youth Services hosting college prep nights

        BRIGHTON — The city of Brighton Office of Youth Services will host multiple Our Community Growing Grads events throughout January and February for students and families preparing for college.
        The program will offer college information, assistance on filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, local scholarship information, and free food.
        Scheduled dates include:

  • Thornton student makes CSC president’s list

        CHADRON, Neb. — Mikaela Fatzinger, of Thornton, was one of 258 students named to the Chadron State College president’s list for the fall 2015 semester.
        The president’s list requires a 4.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

  • University of Northern Colorado grads

        GREELEY —Four students from the Commerce City area were among the 825 students to graduate from the University of Northern Colorado this fall.
        Those local students include Logan Grasteit, master’s degree in educational leadership; Rachel Johnston, master’s degree in educational psychology; Leona Ortega, bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies/early childhood education; and Tori Petersen, bachelor’s degree in environmental and sustainability studies.

  • Achieve Institute offering curriculum for 27’s gifted

    BRIGHTON — School District 27J will be launching Achieve Institute next fall, a new targeted curriculum designed to meet the needs of the district’s gifted and talented students.
        Housed on the Pennock Elementary School campus, the institute will utilize a “school within a school” model that will allow students to be part of a smaller, focused learning community but still have full-campus opportunities such as lunch, recess, and special classes with grade-level peers.

  • Breaking ground for Brantner Elementary expansion
  • School District 27J selects new Chief Financial Officer

        BRIGHTON — School District 27J has selected Lori Schiek as its new Chief Financial Officer after a detailed hiring process.
        Schiek has served as an accountant in the 27J finance department since September 2015. She brings more than 14 years of accounting experience, most of it in the private business sector, to her new role as the district’s financial leader.

  • Robotics grant will fund ASU summer internships

    ALAMOSA — Adams State University students will have a unique opportunity to develop artificial intelligence and social-emotional programming for robots through a three-year grant of more than a half-million dollars from the Department of Defense Army Research Office. Their work will tie together with similar projects underway across the world, through scholarly collaborations developed by Matthew Ikle, professor of mathematics.