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July 16, 2013 Board Briefing

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 5:30 p.m. on July 16, 2013. The Board conducted business and engaged public comment from a crowd of students, parents, teachers, and community members. 

Superintendent's Report

Chief Operations Officer Bill Moffit and Director of Risk Assessment John Zimmerman presented the new school safety plan.  Moffit and Zimmerman were joined by members of law enforcement. View the full presentation here.


After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012, DCSD officials met with members of the law enforcement community to review current safety plans and make recommendations to improve an already strong program.

The result of those meetings was the creation of the DCSD Safety Committee.  The Safety Committee has met throughout the spring to develop recommendations. New school safety measures are part of a “layered approach” to ensuring safe schools. The measures include building enhancements and the School Marshal Program. 


Following the presentation on school safety.  Members of the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve intergovernmental agreements with Douglas County law enforcement agencies.

bigdata.jpgInterim Chief Technology Officer Laura Hilstrom and the DCSD IT team presented an update on a significant technology tool for teachers, InspirED Innovation. Second Grade teacher Mary Lisa Blevins joined the presentation and provided a teacher’s perspective. Blevins praised the tool as a help to teacher.

Assistant Superintendent Chris Cutter presented an update on CITE (Continuous Improvement of Teacher Effectiveness) and LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness through Analysis and Data). View the full presentation here.

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 5-0 to adopt items on the Consent Agenda. 

Approved items on the consent agenda included:

Study/Action Items
  • Members of the Board of Education voted unanimously to pass a resolution clarifying the Common Core in DCSD.

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Audio recording: Session 2

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

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.