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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has written about nearly every topic at The Gazette, from religion and business to the energy industry, health care and home and garden. She currently specializes in education issues.

Richard Mestas, executive director and principal of GOAL Academy High School has been placed on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation, says the school's attorney.(Photo courtesy of
Students from Mitchell High School on Wednesday worked collaboratively on Raytheon's Earth to Mars project. Courtesy photo.
Mesa Ridge High School student Rachel Huntsman shakes the hand of District 10 police officer Douglas Grimmett, right, as Huntsman and two other students all part of the Youth Advisory Council for Law Enforcement presented 2-foot-by-3-foot wooden flags that Principal Scott Sage hand crafted to El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder and Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey and one for fallen Deputy Micah Flick's family on Wednesday February 21, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Billy and Ruth Graham in front of the Pink House at Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs.
Michelle Malkin
Jessica Sombke wears an inflatable dinosaur outfit as she holds a sign for New Summit, a new charter school, to help recruit new students to the school on Saturday February 17, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Students from the Colorado Springs Early Colleges, a charter school, look at the art that they created or supported an artist in the show at the St. George's Anglican Church on Thursday February 15, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).