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You might have heard that Denver school officials are setting up community meetings to gather input for their superintendent search. But what Melanie Asmar also reports below, is that the DPS school board also said they'd talk about whether they need to extend their process in reposne to some who feel it is not allowing for enough engagement. Stay tuned for any other updates on the superintedent search.

In other news in today's roundup,  learn about a new deal between Aurora schools and one higher education school, local and state tax requests coming to a ballot near you, and read about a school that has unexpectedly suspended operations in Colorado Springs.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter


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EXTRA CREDIT Aurora approved a lease in a one-of-a-kind, multi-million dollar deal where the district will be trading new office space for tuition discounts for its staff and students. Chalkbeat

SAFETY AND SALARIES At least seven districts, including those in Aurora, Jeffco, Douglas, Thompson and Westminster, have already approved proposals to ask voters for more local funding this November. Chalkbeat

Voters in Jeffco and Douglas have rejected tax measures in the past, but both districts also have new superintendents. Denver Post

WEIGH IN In a district often criticized for not listening to the community, board members had promised robust opportunities for residents to weigh in. But they didn’t announce a schedule for hearing from the public until Thursday, a month into the process. Chalkbeat, Denver Post

NEW FOOD The new food services director for Eagle County Schools has a new approach to feeding students in the district, including using a tasting committee made up of students and parents. Vail Daily

PUBLIC FORUM The state amendment for school funding seeks to increase the state government’s contribution to public school districts by raising the income tax for those making greater than $150,000 per year. Reporter-Herald

LEFT IN LIMBO Landmark Community School, the state’s only sober high school for 14- to 19-year-olds recovering from substance abuse, suspended operations this week in Colorado Springs. Gazette