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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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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.

How are we doing?

We want to hear from you! How often do you prefer to receive email newsletters from DCSD? How can we improve the news and information you receive? This brief survey should only take a minute or two of your time. Thank you for giving us your input!

Tell us what you think, here!


glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

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.