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Wednesday churn: Jeffco numbers down

Updated – Enrollment in the state’s largest school district declined this fall, almost erasing last year’s relatively rare increase. Jefferson County Public Schools is reporting 2010-11 enrollment of 85,972 students.

In the past eight years, the district has reported increases only twice, in 2009 and in 2007. In 2003, Jeffco’s student count was 87,292 – or 1,320 more pupils than the district has today. You can read the district’s press release here.

Districts are now working with the Colorado Department of Education to verify enrollment numbers, which ultimately determine funding. Totals for the state’s 178 school districts typically are not released until January.

What’s churning:

Got your succession plan in place? A report by the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education finds that more than “70 percent of charter school leaders surveyed for a new study expect to leave their schools within the next five years, yet most charter schools are not prepared to deal with leadership succession.” (See the report here.)

Names in the news: Aurora Superintendent John Barry has been named 2011 superintendent of the year by the Colorado Association of School Executives … Scott Groginsky, statehouse lobbyist for the Colorado Children’s Campaign, president of the Gilpin County school board and member of the Quality Teachers Commission, is headed to Washington to work on education issues for U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

What’s on tap:

The legislative Joint Budget Committee will be briefed on the proposed 2011-12 higher education budget from 9 a.m. to noon in the committee room at 200 E. 14th Ave. Staff briefings formally open JBC consideration of proposed spending for state departments, and they sometimes provide interesting options for members to consider. Last year’s briefing, for instance, included an analysis of what would be saved by closing a rural community college. (The amount was less than you’d think.)

The ominously named Program Discontinuance Committee at CU-Boulder will present its findings on the future of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at a 1 p.m. meeting in the Old Main Chapel. A second panel, the Exploratory Committee on Information, Communication and Technology, is studying CU’s current lineup of information, technology and communications programs and will consider the discontinuance panel’s conclusions. The second committee’s preliminary report isn’t due to Provost Russell Moore until Dec. 31.

The Adams 12 school board holds a work-study session at 5 p.m. and starts the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Training Center at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton. On the agenda are hearings on charter applications from Goals Charter Academy and Global Village Academy. The board won’t vote on those applications until Nov. 29. (See agenda here.)

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