Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • 'Relationship building' a priority for new El Paso County school superintendent

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    The Miami-Yoder School District JT-60 Board of Education last week hired an administrator from another local school district who they hope will be the panacea for the district's woes. Dwight Barnes, assistant principal at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49, will...

  • Free suicide prevention training offered for teens, parents

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Because of several recent teen suicides in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention will host a free training on how teens and adults can help prevent suicides, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at The Sanctuary Church, 1930 W. Colorado Ave. The public is invited to attend. Although there is...

  • Charter school community bids teary farewell as STAR Academy closes

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Even as she hugged sobbing students in the hallways Friday after the last bell rang, Sheila Greene slipped in a few lessons. "Be strong. Be brave. Make friends. It's going to be OK," the middle school English teacher told teens as she said goodbye. Friday was the last day for good at...

  • Brainiacs from Colorado Springs middle school head to national Brain Bowl

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    It's the brainiacs' turn. Five eighth-graders in the gifted and talented program at Challenger Middle School have become superheroes using the power of knowledge. The team won the state Optimist Brain Bowl championship for their grade level in March and on Friday fly to New Orleans...

  • Deadline nearing for applications for law enforcement's first Teen Academy

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    There are still a few more days left to apply for the first annual Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Teen Academy, sponsored by the Colorado Spring Police Department, the Fountain Police Department, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The deadline for applications is Sunday,...

  • Colorado Lottery accepting applications for program and project funding

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Starburst Award applications are being accepted for projects using Colorado Lottery funds. Submissions are open to any entity that has completed a Lottery-funded project in the past five years. Submissions may include programs and projects such as trails, skate parks, playgrounds,...

  • English, math tests for 3-11th graders will be shorter next school year

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Education commissioners and superintendents from 11 states and the District of Columbia, that are members of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, have agreed to shorten test time and consolidate testing of English language arts and math, starting next...

  • Recent youth suicides a 'terrifying situation' that must be addressed, El Paso County official says

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks. "It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention...

  • Rain brings 'mud days' for schools in eastern El Paso County

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Practically every school district in Colorado closes for a snow day or two during the school year. But not many declare a mud day. That's what has happened on the eastern plains in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Miami- Yoder School District JT-60 canceled classes because the roads were...

  • UCCS chancellor honored at Colorado College graduation

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Along with having to abandon a soggy campus and trek across town for Colorado College's graduation festivities Monday, another special moment happened midway through the ceremony. A well-known local academician who has conferred thousands of degrees for more than a decade became the...

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