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Sept. 3 Board Briefing

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 5:25 p.m. on September 3, 2013. The Board conducted a list of business items.

Board Recognitions

The Board of Education was proud to recognize the achievement of one of our teachers and a group of our students.

Jed Palmer, Sierra Middle School’s Electronic Publications and Multimedia Advisor, was recently awarded the 2013 Colorado High School Press Association’s Advisor of the Year Award. He is the first teacher from a middle school to receive this honor.

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Jed is the advisor for the yearbook, broadcast and online news program at Sierra Middle School, where he has taught since 2002. He also serves as a department chair for Sierra’s arts and technical electives and as the school’s Classroom Resource Teacher, providing front-line tech support for more than 11-hundred users who use more than 4-hundred devices.

Finally, Jed was appointed as the Colorado High School Press Association’s first ever Middle School Coordinator in 2012, and was reelected to that post on the organization’s board this year.

Challenge 2 Excellence teacher Glenn Thompson and some of his students wrote a book to benefit the victims of the Sandy Hook and Aurora theatre shootings.

After compiling artwork and clippings that they thought would help uplift the spirits of those directly affected by the shootings, the students decided to publish their work, with the ultimate goal of sending proceeds and a few copies of their book to families of victims in both Aurora and Newtown.

Superintendent's Report

CVHS students present to Board

Assistant Superintendent Dan McMinimee and Castle View High School students made a presentation proposing a minimal change to Board of Education File: JECBA Admission of Foreign Students. View presentation

Members of the Student Advisory Group followed up to policy change suggestions regarding board file: IKF-R-3.  This concept was previously approved by the Board of Education in May 2013. This brief presentation will share the specific policy and documentation process changes with the Board of Education. View presentation

Internal Information Officer Randy Barber presented an update on the district’s communication efforts.

Development and Innovation Officer Pat McGraw and Chief Finance Officer Bonnie Betz presented an update on the progress of our charter schools. View presentation

Public Comment

The Board of Education engaged in public comment with a member 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: (LINKS Available to all of the below items)


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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.

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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.