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Board of Education aims to create stability by extending contracts for interim superintendent, executive cabinet

CASTLE ROCK – Interim Superintendent Erin Kane and the executive members of the cabinet received an extension to their contracts on Tuesday.

Following a 5-2 vote, the Board of Education approved new contracts for Kane, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steve Cook, Assistant Superintendent Ted Knight, Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Human Resources Officer Bonnie Betz and Chief Technology Officer and Interim Chief Operations Officer Gautam Sethi, which now end on June 30, 2018.

The move, suggested by the Board majority, is expected to provide stability for the Douglas County School District’s teachers, staff and students through the next Board election in November 2017. 

Additionally, efforts to begin the search for permanent superintendent may begin soon. The Board voted 7-0 to ask Chief Financial Officer Betz and the Strategic Sourcing Department to provide a recommendation to the Board on a timeline for a Request for Proposal Process (RFP) for a search firm. The search firm would not be chosen before the November 2017 election.

January 19, 2017 | By rmbarber | 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.