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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

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.