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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The following is a summarized version of Across the Board. For the full version click here.
Next Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Superintendent's Report
Click here to view the presentation slides from the Superintendent’s Report.
Summer Learning Opportunities
Assistant Superintendent Ted Knight provided an overview of Summer Learning Opportunities being offered this summer for students in grades K-8. Click here to view more information on the DCSD website.
  • Thanks to grant funding, Summer Learning Opportunities will be provided at no cost to students identified and invited by their school. 
  • High schools will also be providing summer school options, additional information is available on the DCSD website.
  • Additional information will soon be sent to families, and schools will begin inviting students who would benefit from summer learning. Recommendations for the selection of students will come from teachers based on a body of evidence that includes, but is not limited to, academic achievement data, attendance history, and other individual learning and social-emotional needs.
  • Space in K-8 summer school will be limited as it is made possible with grant funds, however, DCSD will offer additional opportunities for more students to receive support over the next 18 months (additional information to come). The summer program is phase 1 of a larger additional learning opportunities plan.
Graduation Updates
Athletic and Activities Director Derek Chaney provided an update on plans for graduation ceremonies beginning on May 17.
  • All graduation ceremonies will take place outdoors
  • Families will be provided a minimum of four tickets for Red Rocks graduations and five tickets for EchoPark graduations. Requests for additional tickets can be made directly through schools.
  • All graduation events will be Livestreamed. Click here for graduation Livestream information.
Remote eLearning Option for 2021-2022
The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is committed to keeping students in our schools for full-time, in-person learning (five days a week) in the 2021-2022 school year and beyondHowever, we also want to ensure there are options available for those families that may wish to continue with remote learning for the 2021-2022 school year. 
  • Currently, 424 students have submitted an Intent to Enroll in eDCSD remote learning for 2021-2022. Families with unique circumstances can work with their school to request an administrative transfer to the eDCSD remote learning program.
  • The eDCSD blending learning program will also remain available for 2021-2022
Additional Updates
SY 2021-2022 Proposed Financial Plan and Budget
Chief Financial Officer Kate Kotaska and Director of Budget Colleen Doan presented the 2021-2022 school year proposed budget including current budget assumptions and 2021-2022 budget priorities. Click here to view the presentation slides.
  • The DCSD Board of Education has been discussing the 2021-2022 budget since March and modifications continue to be made based on feedback and changing factors. The final budget is scheduled to be adopted by the Board of Education at its June 22 meeting (this provides ample time for the annual Colorado School Finance Act to be introduced and passed. The Colorado School Finance Act determines per-pupil funding for school districts each year).
  • Input was provided into budget priorities from each School Accountability Committee (SAC), the District Accountability Committee (DAC) and school principals at all levels. The DAC and SACs were surveyed earlier this year and principals had the opportunity to attend presentations from each leader on the Superintendent’s Cabinet describing the budgets of their respective departments. The recommended increases to department budgets were presented in alignment with the Strategic Plan for DCSD.
Student and Staff Recognitions
The Board of Education recognized two 5A State ChampionsDouglas County High School Cheer and Mountain Vista High School Jazz, as well as recipients of the Boettcher Fund Scholarship, the Daniels Fund Scholarship, and the National Merit Scholarship Corporate Awards.

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