Rise & Shine: Buffer zone between new oil and gas wells and schools would grow under proposal

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In today's newsletter, we have several stories about Denver's superintendent search, which is in its final stages. After the school board named a sole finalist, we wondered how much the district had spent on the four-month search. When we found out, we wondered how that amount compared to what other districts had spent.

So we made open records requests to four other large metro area districts that conducted searches of their own over the past two years — and we found that Denver has far outspent them. Get the details in our story below.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter

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PRICE TAG The Denver school district spent $161,375 over the past four months on a superintendent search that has resulted in a single finalist. Chalkbeat, 9News

COMMUNITY MEETING There is one more big public forum, on Dec. 11, before the Denver school board hires a superintendent, which is set to happen on Dec. 17. Chalkbeat, Denver Post

PROPOSED RULES Colorado oil and gas regulators are considering enlarging the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property. Associated Press via Denver Post

NEGOTIATIONS The Denver teachers union and the Denver school district are trading proposals in negotiations over changes to the district’s pay-for-performance system, known as ProComp. 9News

SCHOOL SAFETY Police have detained a person of interest related to multiple shooting and bomb threats received by a Weld County school district. Greeley Tribune

MORE COMPETITION The Hawk Tank competition, which awards monetary prizes for the best business plans from Fort Lewis College students and recent alumni, will expand to add a high school division in 2019. Durango Herald