August 19 Board Briefing
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.
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."
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.
Highlands 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.
Douglas 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
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
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.
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.