Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has written about nearly every topic at The Gazette, from religion and business to the energy industry, health care and home and garden. She currently specializes in education issues.
  • Disabled bus passenger put through 48-hour ordeal to attend Colorado Springs coin seminar

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Getting from Jonesboro, Ark., to Colorado Springs to attend a coin-collecting seminar this week was like being on AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" for a wheelchair-bound double amputee. It seemed that everything that could go wrong on the trip did, said 34-year-old David Smock, who had both...

  • Broncos president Joe Ellis joins Colorado College board

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis, a 1980 Colorado College graduate, is one of five new members to be named to the school's governing board of trustees. Ellis earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science from CC and worked as the Broncos marketing...

  • The top 25 beach colleges in the United States

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    A new college rankings website, College Consensus has released its “25 Best Beach Colleges.” The list was compiled by aggregating publisher rankings and student reviews. The premise: While colleges and universities located near beaches often have the reputation of being "party...

  • Monument voters will be asked to support two school financing proposals on Nov. 6 ballot


    MONUMENT - After two years of studying growth projections with demographers, getting community feedback and assessing options, Lewis-Palmer School District 38 will propose two financing increases on the Nov. 6 ballot, the board of education decided Monday night. Leaders of the...

  • Stricter rules, user fee now in place at Paradise Cove

    Updated: Tue, Jun 19, 2018

    New this summer at the popular Paradise Cove diving and swimming hole near Guffey: no alcohol, no loud music, no unleashed dogs and no parking outside designated areas. And as of a few weeks ago, there's a $6-per-vehicle daily fee to access the remote, 80-acre spot formally known as...

  • Each guest is a celebrity to Broadmoor's legendary staff

    Updated: Tue, Jun 19, 2018

    It's as hard as it sounds to bake 1,000 cookies and launder 6,000 pounds of terry cloth towels daily, chit-chat with Arnold Schwarzenegger like he was a regular Joe, make one million holiday lights simultaneously turn on and accommodate every request from a guest that's not illegal or...

  • Four Colorado Springs-area school projects benefit from marijuana-funded grants

    Updated: Sat, Jun 16, 2018

    Two local school districts and two charter schools will benefit from this year's statewide distribution of school construction grants funded in part by taxes on recreational marijuana. A total of 35 capital construction projects costing $447.3 million received final approval from the...

  • Colorado Springs 20-year-old beats the odds, goes from homeless to high school graduate

    Updated: Thu, Jun 14, 2018

    Alonzo Arnot's life has taken multiple detours, down some scary side streets, over a few big bumps and finally to cruising the highway. "I can't believe I'm doing this much," 20-year-old Arnot says. "Once I was on the highway, it was a breeze." As he crossed the stage at the Pikes...

  • Widefield School District's PR head receives award

    Updated: Wed, Jun 13, 2018

    Samantha Briggs, director of communication for Widefield School District 3, is being recognized Wednesday by the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for “extraordinary public relations performance.” Briggs is receiving a “Caught in the Act” award, which...

  • Four Colorado Springs grads win Leaders and Achievers scholarship

    Updated: Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    Four graduating high school seniors from Colorado Springs are among the 55 students statewide to receive scholarships to apply to college expenses from Comcast NBCUniversal. The students were identified as already showing “remarkable leadership skills in their school and community...

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