PTA doc enters school board race

Dr. Tonya Aultman-Bettridge (PhD) formally announced her campaign last week for the Jefferson County School Board, District 1 seat.

“I am running for school board to empower parents and teachers to improve schools for every child,” Aultman-Bettridge said in her announcement statement. “As a long time PTA member and parent advocate, I believe a strong public education system is the best tool that we, as a community, have to help our kids be successful.”

Aultman-Bettridge has been an involved parent and an active PTA volunteer for eight years, serving the last four on the Jeffco Council PTA Board of Directors. She has spent the past two years serving as the parent advisor to the district committee dedicated to implementing new standards for teacher and administrator/staff evaluations and accountability.

Aultman-Bettridge holds a doctorate degree in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at CU Denver . Her work experience includes serving as the project coordinator for the Safe Communities-Safe Schools Initiative launched jointly by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Attorney General Ken Salazar following the tragedy at Columbine High School, working as the Senior Researcher for the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections, and 10 years in the private sector conducting policy and program evaluations and research for child and family service agencies.

The school board election, where three seats will be up for election, will be November 5, 2013.

Aultman-Bettridge's campaign site is

Video contest winners

Two students from Warren Tech won a statewide video contest to promote childhood literacy.

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced the winners last week, congratulating students Drew Hastings and Denny Richardson (Team Five) for their first place efforts.

Two other Warren Tech teams were named runners-up: Nazanine Sadaqat and Brenna Leavitt (Team Three) and Anita Neimes and Austin Pfortmiller (Team Four).

The winning team received $275, and will have their video highlighted on the Colorado State Library website,

The contest asked for submissions from across the state, to create a Public Service Announcement video promoting the state library's 2013 summer reading theme "Beneath the Surface."

Shred a thon

The Crime Stoppers annual Shred-a-Thon will be Saturday, May 18, from 7 a.m. to noon. Shred-it, Inc. will be providing on-site shredding of personal documents (bank statements, bills, old tax returns, etc.). The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office helps sponsor the event, which is a major fundraiser for Crime Stoppers, and tax deductible donations are encouraged. 

The process is an easy drive-thru and drop off.  Shred-it, Inc. will accept three boxes or plastic grocery bags of documents per vehicle, and all documents will be shredded on-site using commercial-size shredders. The resulting confetti-like material is then recycled. The shredders will chew through metal binders and clips, so there is no need to remove staples, paperclips or other metal pieces.

Law enforcement personnel from the Sheriff's Office and Arvada Police Department will be on hand to accept your documents and donations. Shredding will take place in the lower west parking lot of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, 200 Jefferson County Pkwy. in Golden. 

Law assistance for seniors

The Jeffco DA's Office will host its annual Senior Law Day on June 1.

The event will include educational seminars for seniors and for adults who may be facing challenges with their aging parents. Jefferson County's population is aging and this information can change the quality of life for seniors and their adult children.  KCNC's Jim Benemann will emcee. The event will be at the Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road, 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. A $10 fee includes breakfast and lunch. For more info call 303-271-6970.

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