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Dec. 12 Board Briefing

Chief Financial Officer addresses the Board

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 7 p.m. on December 12, 2013. The Board conducted business items and engaged public comment from a crowd of students, parents, teachers, and community members.

Board of Education Meetings are now Livestreamed

Watch Board meetings live or find them in the archive at beginning with the December 12, 2013 meeting.

Board Recognitions

The Board of Education is proud to recognize the achievement of one of our innovative teachers, and some extremely bright and talented students as they prepare for the International Robot Olympiad.

Superintendent's Report

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dan McMinimee presented the 2013 CDE District and School Performance Framework. The District's rating remains "Accredited." Ninety-six percent of Douglas County schools received a "Performance" rating, 3 percent received "Improvement" rating and less than 1 percent received a "Priority Turnaround" rating. Ratings are available on the Colorado Department of Education's website.

Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz presented the FY 2012-2013 Audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), during her Year-End Fiscal Presentation. State law also requires that an external audit of school district financial information each year. Kevin Smith of McGladrey LLP spoke about the results of the audit. He told the Board that overall the audit went very well and the District received a Clean or UnModified opinion by McGladrey, the highest level of opinion that an organization can receive on its financials.

Board Committee and Liaison Reports

Board President Kevin Larsen spoke about about the invitation the BOE received for the Job Alike 2014 training day for DCSD employees on Friday January 17. The Board voted 4-0 to use their funds to pay for lunches for the teachers involved in the training. 

Public Comment
Adoption of Consent Agenda

The Board voted by a margin of 4-0 to adopt the consent agenda:  Staff recommendations, detailed in Agenda Items #18-#21, organized for the Board of Education block approval.


The Board adjourned the meeting at 9:30 p.m.

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

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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.