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Board encourages community to provide feedback on capital needs

HIGHLANDS RANCH- A series of meetings organized to inform the community about capital needs in the Douglas County School District and to solicit feedback about meeting them, begin this week.

The first of nearly a dozen forums will be held at Rocky Heights Middle School on Thursday January 8. Another will be offered at Castle Rock Middle School on Tuesday January 13. Below is a full list of forums. All are open to the public.

“We want to invite and welcome the public to see and hear what the capital needs of the District are,” explained Douglas County Board of Education President Kevin Larsen. “This is a good way to engage the community, to look at the challenges and the opportunities ahead. Ultimately after these meetings, we will see if there is a recommendation or what the community feels is the best way to address the need of the District.”

According to Larsen there are a wide spectrum of potential solutions to consider. Larsen believes the feedback provided by the public can provide the Board some guidance.

“We want to know what they believe are the best approaches to meet the needs of our kids in the future,” Larsen said.

The Board encouraged District staff to collect feedback from the community, following a suggestion from the Long Range Planning Committee, during the presentation of the last Master Capital Plan to the Board in June.

“In one of the discussions one of the thoughts was to improve the process to let the community know what the assets of the District are, and what the needs of the District are,” Larsen said.

In addition to the forums being organized by DCSD’s Planning and Construction and Budget departments, three of the Board’s committees – Long Range Planning, Financial Oversight Committee and the District Accountability Committee—are teaming up to inform the public and to help facilitate feedback.

“It is fitting that all three of these committees, which are made up of volunteers from the community, are leading the effort,” Larsen said.


Master Capital Plan Information & Feedback Sessions

Thursday, January 8
Rocky Heights Middle School at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 13
Castle Rock Middle School at 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 15
Sagewood Middle School at 5 p.m.
Highlands Ranch High School at 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 22
Cimarron Middle School at 5 p.m.
Castle View High School at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 27
Sierra Middle School at 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 29
Mesa Middle School at 5 p.m.
Legend High School at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 3
Ranch View Middle School at 5 p.m.

Thursday, February 5
Cresthill Middle School at 5 p.m.

PRINT & SHARE: Master Capital Plan Town Hall Brochure

LEARN MORE: Feedback wanted on Master Capital Plan

January 6, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: Board of Education, Financial Services, Planning and Construction

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