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Board of Education

Nona Eichelberger
Board of Education Secretary

Board of Education Directory

620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303-387-0258
Fax: 303-387-0116

The Douglas County Board of Education is the policy-making body of the school district. Its powers and duties are set by State law. The Board is responsible for educational planning and evaluation, staffing and appraisal, school facilities, financial resources and communication. The Board acts as a court of appeal for staff members, students and the public on issues involving board policy or implementation of that policy.

Reinventing American Education
The Douglas County Board of Education is known nationally for being a leader in education reform.

Innovation
The Board has worked to raise the bar in education through its innovative Strategic Plan and the creation of new End Statements.  Now the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication) are the focus of our educational mission in the Douglas County School District.  

As part of the effort, they supported the creation of a revolutionary Pay for Performance system designed to retain and attract the best employees in to Douglas County. Now instead of simply rewarding seat time, the most important fact influencing pay increases is performance with our students.

Parental Choice
The Board is committed to partnering with parents in selecting the best learning environment for each student. For this reason, it has mutliplied the public school options available, supporting the implementation of new programming options at neighborhood schools, establishing magnet schools, authorizing several charter schools, and blazing a new course for American education by implenting the groundbreaking Choice Scholarship Program.

Sound Fiscal Management
Under the Board's leadership, the District has been able to get back onto solid fiscal footing. Thanks to conservative budgeting and sound fiscal management, the District now has a smaller central administration, a solid reserve and stronger bond rating.

This work has helped the DCSD avoid the budget cuts recently faced by other school districts. Instead, the District has been in a position to send more money back to schools and to provide a salary increase for its employees.

School Security
In partnership with local law enforcement, Douglas County School District has implemented an innovative school safety program.  Learning from recent school shootings, the District now has many layers of security to protect our students, staff and community, including the nation's first-ever School Marshal Program.  
 

Elected by the People

The seven members of the Board of Education are elected to staggered, four-year terms at regular biennial school elections, which are held on the first Tuesday (after the first Monday) in November of each odd-numbered year.

Board members represent one of the seven director districts and are elected at-large.  To be eligible for election, a school board candidate must be at least 18 years of age, a 12-month resident and registered voter of the District, a resident of the director district in which he/she represents, and have no direct or indirect interest in District contracts.  The Douglas County School District Board of Education sets the policies that guide the public education of the students in the community.  Once these policies are acknowledged, it is the job of the Superintendent to work with the administrative team and staff to creatively execute them.

 

Public meetings are generally held the first and third Tuesdays of each month, except January and July, in the Board Room of the Wilcox Administration Building at 620 Wilcox Street in Castle Rock.

Regular sessions (scheduled from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.) may be preceded and/or followed by an Executive Session (a closed session) and/or a Work Session. Variations to this schedule may occur, and Special Meetings may be called by the President of the Board. Check the Meeting Agendas & Minutes tab to view meeting dates, times locations, agendas and minutes.

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Public Comment

Time for public comment on any topic related to the operation of the schools or concerning any specific agenda item is scheduled during the regular session. Public Comment sign up is available online and made available to the public until 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.

Public Comment Sign Up

Board of Education meeting audio recordings and summaries are available in Board Briefing, published the day after regular board meetings.

Coverage of the Board of Education meetings, including video recap and audio recordings.

2013-14 School Year

CODE Club receives recognition
April 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

A full slate of recognitions kicked off the regular Board of Education meeting held on April 15.

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Rich Robbins-swearing in

The Board conducted business items, interviewed candidates for Director District F, swore in a new Director, and engaged public comment.

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Board of Education during meeting
March 19, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

Board of Education members reviewed the applicants for Director District F and named six finalists for the position.

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March 18, 2014 | By rmbarber | Department news

The Colorado Supreme Court today announced it will hear an appeal regarding the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Choice Scholarship Pilot Program.

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March 10, 2014 | By rmbarber | Department news
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March 10, 2014 | By rmbarber | District headline
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March 10, 2014 | By rmbarber | Maximenu

Douglas County Board of Education President Kevin Larsen announced plans today to move one board meeting and to add two special meetings, in order to facilitate efforts to select a finalist for the District F vacancy.

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February 28, 2014 | By rmbarber | Department news
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February 28, 2014 | By rmbarber | District headline
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February 28, 2014 | By rmbarber | District news feature
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February 28, 2014 | By rmbarber | Maximenu

The agenda for the first  'Board Unplugged' meeting, scheduled for Monday March 3, was announced on Friday. It includes interviews with candidates for the open director seat, as well as discussions on K-12 funding, legislative issues, and DCSD capital needs.

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MVHS Pom Team
February 19, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 7:00 p.m. on February 18, 2014.

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Presidential Scholars candidate Shawn Ong
February 5, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 7 p.m. on February 4, 2014.

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"We are in the children business"
January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news
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January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | District headline

Board Seeks to Improve Public Participation & Transparency with “Board Unplugged”

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pencils
January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news
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January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | District headline
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January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | System Performance

In a unanimous vote, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education passed a resolution to address “testing madness.”  

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Saddle Ranch Elementary School awards
January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

The Board honored schools awarded the 2013 School and District Performance Awards by Colorado Department of Education.

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January 22, 2014 | By rmbarber | Department news

The Douglas County Board of Education has declared a vacancy for the position of Director F, following the resignation of Director Justin Williams.

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Chief Financial Officer addresses the Board
January 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz presented the FY 2012-2013 Audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report during her Year-End Fiscal Presentation.

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Members of the Board of Education
January 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

Newly elected school board directors, Dr. Jim Geddes, Judi Reynolds, Doug Benevento and Meghann Silverthorne were sworn into office.

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Teacher recognition
January 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

After serving for eight years, Board of Education President John Carson marked his final meeting by offering farewell comments.

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Awards on table
January 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

The Board recognized District staff responsible for the safe return of students stranded at the YMCA of the Rockies during recent floods.

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January 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

Castle View High School students made a presentation to the Board proposing a minimal change to Board of Education File: JECBA Admission of Foreign Students.

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January 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

Meeting highlights include presentation of the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum by Chief Academic Officers Dr. Dana Johnson-Strother and Ted Knight.

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January 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Department news

The Board received a presentation about DCSD's new safety plan and partnership with local law enforcment agencies.

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Board of Education Committees

District Accountability Committee

In Colorado, it is a statutory requirement for every school district to have a District Accountability Committee (DAC). Read more

School Accountability Committee

In Colorado, it is a statutory requirement for every school to have a School Accountability Committee (SAC). Read more

Fiscal Oversight Committee

The primary function of the Fiscal Oversight Committee (FOC) is to assist the Board of Education in fulfilling its fiscal oversight responsibilities. Read more

Long Range Planning Committee

The charge of the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) is to study school district sites, boundaries and capacity needs. Read more

 

Role of Board Committees

Board committees, when used, will be assigned so as to reinforce the wholeness of the Board’s job and so as never to interfere with delegation from Board to Superintendent.

Accordingly a committee is a Board committee only if its existence and charge come from the Board.  Board committees are to help the Board do its job, not to help or advise the staff. Committees ordinarily will assist the Board by preparing policy alternatives and implications for Board deliberation.  Board committees may not speak or act for the Board except when formally given such authority for specific and time-limited purposes. Expectations and authority will be carefully stated in order not to conflict with authority delegated to the Superintendent.  When fulfilling his or her charge from the Board, a Board liaison may reasonably interpret relevant governance policies and relevant, specific Board decisions as evidenced by officially passed motions, making decisions or taking actions necessary to fulfill that charge, as long as those decisions or actions are reasonable interpretations of governance policies and specific Board decisions.  Board committees cannot exercise authority over staff. Because the Superintendent works for the full Board, he or she will not be required to obtain approval of a Board committee before an executive action. Board committees are to avoid over-identification with organizational parts rather than the whole. Therefore, a Board committee that has helped the Board create policy on some topic will not usually be used to monitor organizational performance on that same subject.  Unless legally required, committees will be used sparingly and ordinarily in an ad hoc capacity.  This policy applies to any group that is formed by Board action, whether or not it is called a committee and regardless of whether the group includes Board members even if a committee consists of one Board member, who may be referred to as a “liaison.” It does not apply to committees formed under the authority of the Superintendent.  Board committees will have clear and specific goals, objectives and timelines.

The Board of Education and Superintendent Policies have been aligned with Policy Governance. Policies indicated as Board File are policies needing approval of the Board of Education. Policies indicated as Superintendent File need the approval of the Superintendent.

I-Instruction

IGA - Curriculum Development
IGA-E - District Course Proposal Form
IGA-R - Curriculum Development
IHBA - Programs for Students with Disabilities
IHBD - Compensatory Education (Title I)
IJ - Textbook and Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption
IJ-E - Proposal to Adopt a Textbook
IJ-R - Textbook and Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption
IJA - Selection of Controversial Learning Resources
IJA-E-1 - Textbook and Instruction Materials Selection and Adoption Request Checklist
IJA-E-2 - Proposal to Adopt A Novel/Book-Length Work (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama)
IJA-E-3 - Guest Speaker Permission Form
IJA-R - Selection of Controversial Learning Resources
IJB - Instructional Use of Film Resources
IJB-R - Instructional Use of Film Resources
IJL - Library Materials Selection and Adoption
IJOA - Field Trips and Excursions
IKA - District Assessment Policy
IKAB - Student Progress Reports to Parents/Guardians and Students
IKAB-R-1 - Student Progress Reports to Parents/Guardians and Students
IKAB-R-2 - Student Progress Reports to Parents/Guardians and Students
IKE - Promotion and Retention of Students
IKF (beginning with the Class of 2005) - Diploma and Graduation Requirements
IKF-R (beginning with the Class of 2005) - Diploma and Graduation Requirements
IKF (beginning with the Class of 2012) - Diploma and Graduation Requirements
IKF-R-1 (beginning with Class of 2012) - Diploma and Graduation Requirements
IKF-R-2 (beginning with Class of 2012) - Diploma and Graduation Requirements
IKFA - Early Graduation
IKFB - Community Service
IMBB - Exemptions from Required Instruction
IMBB-R - Exemptions from Required Instruction
IMDB - Flag Displays

J-Students

JBA - Nondiscrimination/Non-Harassment of Students and Staff
JBB - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
JBB-R - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
JBB-R-1 - Section 504 Due Process Hearing Procedure
JBB-E-1 - Section 504/ADA
JBB-E-2 - Section 504/ADA Form B
JBB-E-3 - Section 504/ADA Form C
JCA/JFB - Assignment of Students to Schools (And Open School Enrollment)
JCA/JFB-R - Assignment of Students to Schools (And Open School Enrollment)
JC - School Attendance Areas
JCB - Choice Scholarship Program (Pilot)
JEB - Entrance Age
JECBA - Admission of Foreign Students
JF - Student Admissions and Denial Of Admissions
JF-R-1 - Procedures For Denial Of Admission
JF-R-2 - Admission and Denial of Admission (Procedures for Students in Out-of-Home Placements)
JFAB - Admission of Nonresident and Homeless Students
JFAB-R - Student Residency
JH - Student Attendance
JHA - Student Withdrawal From School/Dropouts
JHCE - Medical Emergencies
JHCE-R - Responding to Receipt of a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Directive
JHD - Exemptions from School Attendance: School Release Permits
JI/JIA - Student Rights and Responsibilities/Due Process Rights
JIC/JICDA - Student Conduct
JICA - Student Dress
JICB - Prevention of Bullying
JICC - Student Conduct on School Buses
JICC-R-1 - Student Conduct on School Buses (Procedural Guidelines)
JICC-R-2 - Student Conduct on School Buses (Student Safety and Rules of Conduct)
JICC-R-3 - Student Conduct on School Buses (Bus Passes)
JICEA - Student Publications Code
JICF - Gang-Related Behaviors and Dress
JICG - Smoking and Other Uses of Tobacco by Students
JICH - Student Involvement Regarding Drugs and Alcohol
JICH-R - Student Involvement Regarding Drugs and Alcohol
JICI - Weapons in School
JICJ - Student Use of District Information Technology
JICJ-R - Student Use of District Information Technology
JIH - Searches
JIHA - Student Possession and Use of Portable Electronic Devices (Including Cellular Phones)
JJA - Student Organizations (Secondary Schools)
JJF - Student Activities Funds Management
JJI - Interscholastic Athletics
JK - Student Discipline
JKA - Corporal Punishment/Use of Reasonable Restraint by Employees
JKA-R - Use of Physical Intervention and Restraint
JKA-E - Student Restraint Incident Report
JKC - Discipline of Habitually Disruptive Students
JKC-R - Discipline of Habitually Disruptive Students
JKD/JKE - Student Suspension, Expulsion, and Classroom Removal
JKD/JKE-R - Student Suspension, Expulsion, and Classroom Removal
JLCC - Communicable Diseases and Long-Term Illnesses
JLCD - Administering Medicines to Students
JLCD-E-1 - Student Medication Request and Release Agreement
JLCD-E-2 - School Medication Record
JLCD-E-3 - Permission to Carry/Self-Administer Medication
JLCD-E-4 - Contract to Carry/Self-Administer Medication
JLCDA - Students With Food Allergies
JLCDA-E - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Action Plan
JLDA - Student Psychological Services
JLDA-R - Student Psychological Services
JLDAC - Screening/Testing of Students
JLF - Reporting Child Abuse
JLF-R - Reporting Child Abuse
JQ - Student Fees
JQ-E - Student Fees
JQ-R - Student Fees
JRA/JRC - Student Education Records
JRA-R/JRC-R - Student Records
JRA/JRC-E-1 - Authorization to Release Student Records
JRA/JRC-E-2 - Request to Inspect and Review Student Ed Records
JRA/JRC-E-3 - Request to Other Educational Agencies for Release