Rise & Shine: Superintendent in Grand Junction explains miscalculation of new administration costs

Happy Monday!

Summer's ending soon. Have you made the most of it? Several students across the metro area have. In a story you might have missed from Friday afternoon, three Denver teens share some thoughts about the internships they've held this summer and the lessons they've learned. Hear from them below.

In other news in today's roundup, follow a story about administrative costs in Grand Junction schools. It started when the Daily Sentinel reported that the superintendent's new team would cost the district an additional $1.2 million, despite officials' claims that the reorganization would save money. Over the weekend, the superintendent wrote a guest column claiming he didn't know. The board met this weekend in executive session to talk about the superintendent's performance.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

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STUDENT VOICE Three Denver students answered a few questions to share what they’ve learned through summer internships set up by the district. Chalkbeat

SPANISH SKILLS A new undergraduate certificate at Colorado State University will give students in veterinary and animal science Spanish language skills to communicate to Spanish speakers on farms and ranches. Denver Post

FACT CHECKING COSTS The superintendent of District 51 in Grand Junction wrote an editorial this weekend saying he was dumbfounded when the Daily Sentinel published a story about his reorganization plans showing they would cost the district $1.2 million. He said there was a miscalculation provided by staff. The board met to discuss his performance. Daily Sentinel 

COLLABORATIVE In the wake of the teacher strike in Pueblo, 15 of those teachers united to form a grass-roots community coalition, saying “although we ‘won’ the strike, there was still much work to be done in order for the district to adopt policies toward a more transparent, accountable and inclusive institution.” Pueblo Chieftain

OPINION The editorial board for the Denver Post weighed in on the superintendent search process in Denver, asking that the next leader keep focus on closing the achievement gaps. Denver Post