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October 10, 2023


Regular Meeting

The Regular Meeting of the DCSD Board of Education was called to order at 5:00 p.m. The meeting was broadcast live through the DCSDK12 YouTube Channel and on Comcast Channel 54 (also recorded and archived here).


The following are some highlights from the meeting.


DCSD Spotlight


Video: 2023 Youth Congress Recap.


The DCSD Board of Education recognized:


      2023 National Merit Semi-Finalists from DCSD Schools (with the exception of Chaparral, Ponderosa, and STEM high schools which will be recognized in November).

      Parker Core Knowledge Charter School who was named a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School   

      Highlands Ranch High School Teacher Bas Wolf who was named the 2023 Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain Educator of the Year.


Superintendent Updates
Superintendent Erin Kane provided the following updates.


      All DCSD High Schools were recognized by The College Board as being part of the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll at either Bronze, Silver or Gold level. This is a new College Board award that recognizes AP programs that are delivering results for students while broadening access.

      Superintendent Kane along with Board Directors Meek and Myers, attended the ThunderRidge High School Field Day on October 6.

      The first Aerospace Partners Collaborative meeting took place on October 5. This collaborative represents a partnership between higher education, industry, and K-12 to support the growth of the aerospace industry in Douglas County.

      The Student Advisory Group Board of Education Candidate Forum took place on Monday, October 10 at the DCSD Legacy Campus. Thank you to the students for their work on this student led and student organized forum.

      Youth Congress took place October 3 at the State Capitol – 150 students attended and the focus was on mental health. Thank you to the Douglas County Youth Initiative for once again hosting this event.

      Congratulations to the Rock Canyon Boys 5A Golf Team for winning the 5A State Championship. And, congratulations to Charlie Tucker, Rock Canyon student who won the state championship as an individual.

      The Foundation for Douglas County Schools held their Building the Dream Gala on September 29. They raised $100,000 in donations and sponsorships to help support our schools.

      Apple Award nominations are open through November 12 on the Foundation for Douglas County Schools’ website. Be sure to nominate a teacher or DCSD staff member who is making a difference in the lives of children.

      The DCSD District Library and Media Center, DCSD Sustainability and the Douglas County Conservation District are partnering to host a One Book. One District. Community event on Saturday, November 11 from 9 to noon at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. View event flier.

      October 9-13 is Gifted and Talented Education Week in Colorado. We’re very proud of many of our DCSD educators and leaders who presented this week at the state Gifted and Talented Conference. 

      Additionally, several of our counselors and leaders presented at the Colorado Counseling Conference last week. Our DCSD educators are seen as leaders in these very important professional fields!

      Dr. Kelli Smith, DCSD’s Director of Health, Wellness and Prevention, received the Counselor Advocate of the Year award at the state counseling conference last week!

      Superintendent Kane and her husband have been enjoying Friday Night DCSD football games. She encourages everyone to go and show their school and district spirit!


Student Comment

Nandhana Vivek, co-president of the Student Advisory Group provided an update on the work of the SAG to date. The SAG held its Board Candidate forum on October 10. There were many great questions received from students and families. SAG will be taking some of the responses as well as data collected and incorporating it into their actions moving forward. SAG subgroups are continuing to work hard on their initiatives.


Public Comment

Members of the community spoke on topics including the DCSD Curriculum Advisory Council, special education, and support for the Mill Levy Override and Bond (5A and 5B).


Douglas County School District Pathways Updates

Assistant Superintendent Danny Winsor led an update about pathways in DCSD including Career and Technical Education, Concurrent Enrollment, and Work-Based Learning opportunities for students. Click here to view the presentation slides.


Alternative Licensure Program Update

Chief Learning Officer Matt Reynolds led an update about Alternative Licensure Pathways in DCSD. The program helps alleviate the educator shortage by providing other alternative pathways for qualified, non-traditional candidates to receive their teaching license. Click here to view the presentation slides.


Curriculum Advisory Council Plan/Updates

Chief Learning Officer Matt Reynolds, and Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Erica Mason provided an overview of the DCSD Curriculum Advisory Council. The primary role of this Council will be to provide feedback regarding academic standards and district adopted curricular resources. Click here to view the presentation slides.


Responsibilities of the Curriculum Advisory Council will include:

Review and discuss revisions to the adopted Colorado Academic Standards in accordance with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) revision cycle timeline

      Review legislation related to standards and/or curricular resources

      Review and provide feedback on the procedures for textbook and instructional materials selection and adoption

      Review and provide feedback on proposals for district initiated textbook and instructional materials selection

      Provide members to serve on the District Challenge Resource Committee as needed.


Universal Preschool (UPK) Update

Deputy Superintendent Danelle Hiatt, Executive Director of Special Education Liza Meier, and Director of Early Childhood Education Lisa Graham led an update about the University Preschool (pre-Kindergarten) program in DCSD. Click here to view the presentation slides.


Resolution in Support of Mill Levy Override and Bond

A motion to adopt a resolution in support of the DCSD Mill Levy Override and Bond measures (5A and 5B) passed as presented with revisions on a vote of 7-0.

Click here to view the resolution.


Consideration of New Policy DFD, Debt Management - First Reading

Chief Financial Officer Jana Schleusner provided the background for the development of this new policy as well as an overview of its purpose.


In 2022, the Board approved an Area of Focus for the Fiscal Oversight Committee to develop recommendations for long-term bond financing. In response, the policy was drafted by the FOC for the Board’s consideration.


Click here to view the presentation slides.

Click here to view the draft policy.



At 9:45 p.m. a motion to adjourn the regular meeting passed 7-0.


Upcoming Meetings

The next regular meeting of the DCSD Board of Education is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the DCSD administration building, 620 Wilcox Street in Castle Rock, and will be available to view on the DCSDK12 YouTube Channel and will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 54.

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