• Colorado Springs school district expanding bus service

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Gaby Gomez’s son won’t have to rely on his little legs for transportation when he starts first grade in August at Wilson Elementary School. Wilson and five other elementary schools in Colorado Springs School District 11 that have not had bus service will soon. “It’s good,” Gomez...

  • Colorado Springs school districts not alone with teacher retention problems

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    A smaller stable of candidates, stymied funding and stiff competition have made attracting and keeping good teachers increasingly difficult for local public school districts. But, "It's not just Colorado. Places are struggling with teacher recruitment nationwide," said Paul McCarty,...

  • Former Denver gang member illustrates problem's complexities

    DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press
    Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    DENVER — The young man in the baggy cargo pants and scraggly hipster beard could have been among the dead. Instead, Sir Martin was reading a poem at a high school in a northeast Denver neighborhood that has seen gang shootings and describing his own missteps that led to crime. A...

  • Photos: 33 greatest 2015 graduation moments in the Colorado Springs area

    The Gazette
    Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Graduation season is in full swing in the Colorado Springs area. The Gazette is photographing graduations for the Pikes Peak region's Class of 2015. You can see your school's photo gallery, order prints and share your own photos at gazette.com/graduation, presented by Presented...

  • AROUND TOWN: Women friends link for community

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    All it took was two women. In 1946, the Philadelphia pair invited seven more friends to create a club for African- American women that helps successful women "understand and accept their social and civic responsibilities" along with fostering cultural appreciation through the arts and...

  • Falcon counselor honored for achievements in non-traditional school

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    There are no walls inside Falcon Virtual Academy, an online and blended-learning school on Constitution Avenue off Powers Boulevard. Instead of classrooms with desks, brightly colored sectional couches and cushiony chairs arranged in a coffeehouse fashion occupy the school's large open...

  • Peyton Manning's kids' foundation donates $10,000 to Colorado Springs cause

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation has awarded Pikes Peak Community College a $10,000 grant for PPCC Kids College, a summer program for at-risk middle school students to explore possible careers. The grant enables PPCC to offer scholarships to qualifying...

  • New El Paso County school superintendent will keep principal job

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The principal at Prairie Heights Elementary School will put on another hat in a few weeks. He'll also become superintendent of the Pikes Peak region's smallest school district. Grant Schmidt, who has been principal at Prairie Heights for the past three years, will take over as...

  • Stalled plan for observatory atop Pikes Peak gains support from Colorado Springs leaders

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    City leaders once again support a project that would improve science and math education, enlighten and entertain 600,000 people a year and provide scientific research to benefit society, the military and universities worldwide. An observatory perched atop Pikes Peak also could - at...

  • Local Teen Court executive elected president of statewide association

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The assistant executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Springs Teen Court has been elected president of the Colorado Teen Court Association. Morgan Mote is the first president of the new statewide association, which unites Teen Courts in seven Colorado communities, including...

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