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August 19 Board Briefing

Board recognition

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 5:00 p.m. on August 19, 2014.  The Board conducted business items and engaged public comment from a crowd of students, parents, teachers, and community members. The live stream of board meetings can be found on the official DCSD Livestream channel.

learn more graphicMeet the Board of Education 



Speaker Series

Joshua Sharf is a Fiscal Policy Analyst with the Independence Institute.  The topic of his talk was "PERA - Reform for Our Schools and Our Communities." 

Action Item

The Board of Education reviewed the Castle Rock Urban Renewal Authority’s request to designate property for tax increment financing.  Members of the Board of Education voted by a margin of 6-0 to send a letter acknowledging the designation to the Town of Castle Rock.

Student and staff recognitions

The Board of Education recognized the achievement of amazing students, teams, athletes, coaches, and teachers. An amazing group of students attended the FCCLA  (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America competition), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) State and National competitions.  The Board of Education honored students from Douglas County, Highlands Ranch, and Ponderosa High Schools. Other schools will be recognized at future board meetings.

  • Ponderosa High School
    Ponderosa High School’s FCCLA team included Molly Kamper and Rebekah Corbett.  Both women won Gold in the State competition. Molly received award in Culinary Cake Design and Rebekah won in Occupational Early Childhood Education. 
    Ponderosa’s FBLA team included Kendra Dunham who won 1st Place in Job Interview and Collin Smith won 1st Place win in Network Design.



  • HRHS recognitionHighlands Ranch High School
    Highlands Ranch High School’s FCCLA team included Michaela Bailey. Michaela won a Gold at the State competition and 1st Place at the National competition in Advocacy. 
    Grace Kirchessner was a DECA winner and won Gold at the State competition in School Based Enterprise. 


  • DCHS recognitionDouglas County High School
    The Douglas County High School FCCLA team were awarded Gold Medals in State as well as National recognition. 
    Jessica Laury: Life Event Planning
    Michelle Garcia: Life Event Planning
    Shelby Lewis: Life Event Planning 
    Jordan Haley: Promote & Publicize FCCLA
    Lauren Keeler: Promote & Publicize FCCLA 

    Douglas County High School FBLA winners included the following students and teams: 
    Tiffany Huang: 1st Place State in Business Law
    Ariel Schenecker:  1st Place State in Principles & Procedures 
    Chase Youngman, Patrick Tan and Christopher Ahrens: 1st Place State in Entrepreneurship Team 
    Nitya Nunna, Emma Holle, and Elizabeth Mahoney: 1st Place in Regionals Management Information Systems Team 
    Tucker Middleton, and Zachary Brenner: 1st Place State in Sports Management Team 
    Jessica Laury: 1st Place State in Public Speaking II

Superintendent Reports

Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz and Budget Director Scott Smith gave a presentation on the general obligation refunding bonds. View the presentation here 

Pat McGraw, Innovation & Development Officer, Cinamon Watson, Community Relations Officer, Tom McMillan, Director of Choice Programming, and Kathy Brown, DCSD Parent Liaison presented on parent engagement opportunities. This year, DCSD has initiated several new programs including Parent University, Choice Fairs, and the Choice Selector Tool.  View the presentation here

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DCSD Parent Liaison 
DCSD Parent Liaison  
Parent University

Board Committee and Liaison Reports

President Larsen updated members on the Douglas County Youth Initiative. The Douglas County Youth Congress is slated for September.

Director Silverthorn updated members on the DAC. Becky Barnes stepped down as President of the DAC. Chris Cingrani was elected as the new Chair of the DAC.

Adoption of Consent Agenda

Directors voted by a margin of 6-0 to approve the consent agenda.

Adoption of Consent Agenda:  Staff recommendations, detailed in Agenda Items #19-#23, organized for Board of Education block approval.

Public Comment

Members of the Board of Education engaged in a public comment period with members of the community.  Under a new public comment policy, members of the community can comment on individual action items on the meeting agenda as well as introducing new topics at the end of the meeting. 


August 20, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

District News

While the holidays are often a joyous time with friends and family, we know that they can also be stressful, not just for adults, but for children too. In addition to the annual pressure of gift giving, family gathering and travel, the holidays can trigger memories of the loss of loved ones and other traumatic events.

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots.