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Board of Education announces public input sessions

"We are in the children business"

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

In a unanimous vote to update board policy, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education announced public input meetings. 

“We want to engage our stakeholders,” said DCSD Board of Education President Kevin Larsen. “These sessions are meant to be an open forum to discuss district initiatives and any topic related to our schools.”

According to Larsen, the monthly input sessions, known as ‘Board Unplugged’ will be promoted via district communication channels.  “We are blessed to be a community that cares deeply about our schools and the education of our students. We are committed to continuous improvement in our district and we want to hear from parents, students, employees, and community members.”

Members of the public are also invited to participate in public comment sessions during regular business meetings of the board. 

In addition to public input sessions, the Board of Education recently began live streaming meetings. "The Board is looking forward to getting out to the community more often, and we also want to welcome the community into the board room," said Larsen. "It seemed appropriate to update our technology to enable the community to directly view the board meetings, wherever that interested viewer happens to be."  

The live stream of board meetings can be found on the official DCSD Livestream channel at www.livestream.com/dcsdk12. The live stream will be available a few minutes before the start of the meeting.

“We are committed to the highest level of transparency in our district,” continued Larsen. “We believe public input sessions, live streaming of board meetings and the new, improved DCSD website honors that commitment.”

January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.