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.
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.
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.
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.
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.