Community Input

Go Together GraphicThe Douglas County School District Board of Education relies upon and values input from our community, including parents, students, alumni, staff, and those who do not currently have students enrolled in DCSD schools. Community feedback has helped drive the creation of our Strategic Plan and revisions of Board policies

Members of the Board of Education are trustees elected by the voters to govern the school district through policy -- we want your feedback! If you have questions or input, please email Sandy Maresh, Assistant Secretary to the Board of Education at smmaresh@dcsdk12.org.

DCSD Strategic Plan
Douglas County School District’s new strategic plan was driven by our community. From the outset, we have been committed to listening to those invested in our schools. We wanted to know what was working, what wasn’t, and what was envisioned for the future of DCSD.

In March 2019, DCSD staff began the process of gathering feedback by facilitating conversations with approximately 300 community members and 500 staff members. Those responses were used to craft an online survey that dug deeper into this feedback. Over 30,000 teachers, leaders, staff, community members, and students completed the survey and their responses helped outline the priorities in this strategic plan.

These priorities were then crafted into a draft strategic plan framework. Thirty sessions were held, with stakeholders including parents, students, members of the general community, and all categories of employees. Session attendees provided input on the draft strategic plan framework and offered ideas for implementation. This input was reviewed, coded and categorized by external, objective experts.

The DCSD Board of Education considered the stakeholder input, and accepted the recommended revisions to our strategic plan framework in June 2019. From there, school district teams utilized the input to craft objectives and strategic initiatives to drive our work over the next five years. During this strategy development phase, additional stakeholder input was gathered to generate and test ideas. Learn more about DCSD's Strategic Plan.


Review and Revision of DCSD Board of Education Policies
The Douglas County School District Board of Education is conducting a comprehensive review of all its policies. Board policies have historically been updated on an as-needed basis. This is the first time a systematic approach will be used to ensure that policies match current district practices and are aligned with statutory requirements.

The process will range from reviewing policies that haven't been updated in as long as 25 years, to creating and approving new policies as required by Colorado State Statute. The Board of Education has contracted with the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) to provide professional expertise and assistance during this revision process. The revised policies will also be reviewed by DCSD's General Counsel. It is anticipated that the review and revisions of all policies will be completed by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.


Community Surveys and Results

The Douglas County School District has conducted surveys in regard to school start times, academic calendars, and special education. Below are the results of those surveys:

 


School Start Time Analysis and Staff Recommendations (January 2019)

Academic Calendar Survey Results and Presentation (May 2018)

Special Education Survey Results (2018)

Community Survey Results (2017)



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