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Aug. 6 Board Briefing

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 5:30 p.m. on August 6, 2013. The Board conducted a list of business items and engaged public comment from a crowd of students, parents, teachers, and community members.

Board Recognitions


The Board of Education was proud to recognize the achievement of two fantastic students, one amazing team and one great athletic director.

Amy Yoelin of Highlands Ranch High School and Kristin Autret from Legend High School, were both selected as Youth Ambassadors for the “Making Colorado” Summer Internship Program.

Making Colorado is the most collaborative branding initiative ever undertaken by a state. The Governor’s office selected 64 Colorado teenagers from across the state—including Amy and Kristin—to be “Youth Ambassadors.” They were charged with creating visual and written content to capture the culture, voice and vibe of their local communities. Both students then shared those stories through social media.

We understand that they even celebrated the accomplishments of the District in one of their tweets.; Thank you and congratulations!


Bob Nelson, ThunderRidge High School Athletic Director, was named the 2013 5A Athletics Administrator of the Year.  He accepted the award on April 29, during CADA’s annual award banquet at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield,

Bob never planned to be the athletic director. His passion has always been coaching. He coached wrestling for 27 years, football for 20 years and baseball for 10 years. Twelve years ago, however, the ThunderRidge principal asked him to apply for the job, because the staff thought he was the best person for the position


The ThunderRidge High School Boys Baseball Team and Coach Joe White claimed a second 5A state title, by sweeping the championship series.  The team clinched the state championship on Saturday May 25, with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Rocky Mountain at All-City Field in Denver.

Superintendent's Report

Assistant Superintendent Dan McMinimee and Dr. Marc Schaffer presented information on new clubs and activities available to DCSD students.

Tiffany Vaughn, a middle school teacher at Ranch View Middle School, introduced members of the Code Club. Code Club members engaged in an extraordinary computer science learning opportunity and developed an RVMS App.

Rocky Heights Middle School Science Teacher Cameron Randolph introduced the Robotics Clubs around DCSD.

Chief Operations Officer Bill Moffit introduced the Operations & Maintenance Apprenticeship Program. The program was initiated by Castle View High School Students.

Chief Academic Officers Dr. Dana Johnson-Strother and Ted Knight presented the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC). Strother and Knight were joined by teacher leaders.

Chief Human Resources Officer Brian Cesare presented an update on hiring and teacher retention. According to Cesare, the DCSD turnover rate is 12.4%, well within the historic average.

Public Comment

The Board of Education engaged in public comment with members of the community.

Adoption of Consent Agenda

Board members voted by a margin of 6-0 to adopt items on the Consent Agenda. 

Approved items on the consent agenda included:


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January 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

District News

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DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.