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Briefs: Aurora nets $5 million bond savings

With the 2008 bond program nearing an end, Aurora Public Schools has identified an additional savings of $5 million in the bond fund available for new projects, according to a news release issued by the district.

During the last few months, several key district groups have reviewed and prioritized the district’s construction needs to determine the best use for these funds. The review identified an urgent need for more classroom space to meet student enrollment and program growth.

Based on the recommendations of the APS Citizens Bond Oversight Committee and Leadership Team, the Board of Education has approved spending $5 million in bond savings to create capacity for additional students at schools throughout the district. The funds will be used to buy or relocate classroom mobiles at schools with capacity needs over the next six years.

In spring 2010, the Board of Education authorized $29 million in bond savings for dozens of additional construction projects. The $5 million authorized by the board for capacity projects brings the total bond program savings to $34 million. For more information about bond projects, visit

Merida named DPS school board secretary

Andrea Merida last week was unanimously selected by her peers on the Denver school board to serve as secretary. Board member Jeannie Kaplan was also nominated but took herself out of the running. Merida, who represents Southwest Denver, has said she plans to run for re-election in November.

Jeffco school board races begin

Alonzo Rodriguez has announced his candidacy for the Jeffco school board representing District 5 in south Jefferson County. The seat is now held by Paula Noonan.

Rodriguez, a native Coloradan, retired Army veteran and longtime Jeffco resident, has more than 35 years of experience in public education as a teacher and higher education administrator. He has been an active participant in education at the national, state and local levels, including having served on numerous committees in Jeffco schools.

Rodriguez resides in south Jefferson County with his wife, Virginia, an administrator at Arapahoe Community College, and their son, Marcos, a junior at Columbine High School. He has four grown children and 13 grandchildren who attend Jeffco schools.

He lists his priorities as fiscal responsibility and transparency, high expectations, school safety and a staff dedicated to providing the best quality education and opportunities for all children.

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