NEW LIFE The former home of Gilpin Montessori, a northeast Denver elementary school that closed this year due to poor performance, will become a temporary base for three separate programs serving special needs students. Chalkbeat

FOLLOW THE MONEY Aurora Public Schools launched an interactive site that lets users track how it spends its money. Chalkbeat

HOW I LEAD This southeastern Colorado principal prefers casual interaction with teachers, students and parents to the standard formalities of her job. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL CLOSINGS Two blended and online schools, one based in Denver and the other in Colorado Springs, are set to close. Enrollment had drastically declined at both schools since their openings in 2015 and 2014, respectively. Gazette

SCHOOL SAFETY A law passed in 2015 that allows for districts to be sued for liability if they fail to ensure safety of students or staff on school property or at district-sponsored events took full effect July 1. The law was enacted after the 2013 murder of Denver-area student Claire Davis. CPR

IN THE CLEAR The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the Douglas County School Board did not violate state campaign finance laws when, in November 2013, it commissioned and distributed a report promoting a reform agenda that had been endorse by several school board candidates. Denver Post 

MEAL DEBTS Schools across the country are reexamining their approach to student lunch debts. Associated Press via Denver Post 

DREAM SCHOOL Three years ago, a team of Colorado seventh graders designed a “dream school.” Now their prototype is in a two-week pilot phase, with the eventual hope of opening a charter middle and high school in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood. 303 Magazine

STEM SUMMER The Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts are focusing on hands-on STEM activities in their summer programming. The objective is to combat the “summer slide” for low-income students. Daily Camera