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Board Briefing September 15

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 5:34 p.m. on September 15, 2015. 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 graphicBoard Meeting Agenda: September 15, 2015
Livestream: September 15, 2015
Meet the Board of Education

Call to Order and Roll Call

Board of Education members in attendance: Kevin Larsen, Meghann Silverthorne, Richard Robbins, Judith Reynolds and James Geddes.

Pledge of Allegiance

Unofficial Board of Education Minutes

Convene in Executive Session (a closed session)

Re-Convene Regular Session (7:09 p.m.)

The Douglas County School District Board of Education is always proud to recognize the achievements of our staff and student. During the September 15 Board meeting, it was strides made in Staff Wellness that were celebrated.

Janeen McDonald with the American Heart Association was on hand to present Michele Carter, DCSD's Staff Wellness Coordinator and Superintendent Fagen with the Fit-Friendly Worksite Platinum Award, the Association's pinnacle of corporate wellness. The program is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America, by recognizing worksites for making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.


Superintendent Reports

DCSD System Performance Officer Matt Reynolds

DCSD Budget Director Scott Smith presented information about the FY 2014-2015 4th Quarter Financial Report.

Chief Human Resources Officer Brian Cesare and his team provided their annual Human Resources Update.

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Steve Cook, Chief Internal Communications Officer Randy Barber and Tom McMillen, the director of Choice Programming, provided the Board with a tour of the new EmpowerED Choices tool, which is expected to launch in mid-October.

Chief Academic Officer Dana Strother and her team spoke about progress made in implementing the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, including efforts to reimagine the Elementary Progress Report.

Board of Education Reports

Board Report: President and Vice President Items
Board Committee and Liaison Reports

View discussion here

Adoption of Consent Agenda

17. Adoption of Consent Agenda: Staff recommendations, detailed in Agenda Items #18 - #24, organized for Board of Education block approval

18. Appointment of new members to the Fiscal Oversight Committee filling existing vacancies

19. Approval of RFP Award to Nutrislice, an online menu provider for Nutrition Services and approval to waive the Conflict of Interest policy, DJ-R, required for this procurement

20. John Adams High School Contract Resolution

21. Parker Performing Arts School Contract Resolution

22. Novel Adoptions 

23. Textbook Adoptions

24. Personnel Changes

The BOE voted 5-0 to adopt all of the items in the Consent Agenda except Item #19 which was pulled for discussion.


Action Items

25. Second Reading of Policy Regarding the Sharing of Instructional Resources with Parents 
The BOE voted 5-0 to adopt Action Item #25.

26. First Reading: Consideration of Proposed Changes to Open Enrollment Policies 
Discussion by BOE. 



The BOE adjourned at 10:17 p.m.

September 16, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: Board of Education

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.

Superintendent Search text based logo

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.