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June 16 Board Briefing

Recognition - Rock Canyon Boys Baseball coach Coach Tyler Munro

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 5 p.m. on June 16, 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 graphicMeet the Board of Education

Call to Order and Roll Call

Board of Education memebers in attendance: Kevin Larson, Meghann Silverthorne, Richard Robbins, Judith Reynolds and James Geddes (phone-in).

Pledge of Allegiance

Unofficial Board of Education Minutes

Board of Education: Department Budget Worksheet(s)

Convene in Executive Session (a closed session)

Re-Convene Regular Session (7:08 p.m.)

Student and Staff Recognitions

Track and Field recognitionsThe Board of Education is proud to recognize the achievements of some of our amazing athletes, coaches and an outstanding student photographer.

First, the BOE welcomed all of our Track and Field Champions.

  • Trevor Rex: Highlands Ranch High School, High Jump 6.09 feet
  • Christopher Linnin: Castle View High School, Triple Jump 46.095 feet
  • Emily Sloan: Rock Canyon High School, 100 Meter Hurdles 14.11 seconds
  • Christina Stathakis: Castle View High School, Pole Vault 11.09 feet
  • Jennifer Calascione Chaparral High School, Discus 131.09 feet

Congratulations to these track and field athletes.

RCHS Baseball Coach Tyler Munro

Next, the BOE welcomed the Rock Canyon Boys Baseball Coach Tyler Munro.

The Jaguars showed a lot of resiliency this spring, overcoming one of the wettest and stormy Mays in recent memory, to not only win their first-ever Continental League Championship, but to also become 5A State Champions!

Congratulations to the Rock Canyon High School Baseball Team!

Next, the BOE welcomed DCSD High School Boys Swim and Dive Coach Cristina Kwon and state champion Gabriele Sasia.

Kwon was recently recognized as the 2015 Continental League Coach of the Year Award. Her team is made up of schools all over Douglas County including, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon and ThunderRidge High Schools. One of her swimmers is a state champion this year.

Sasia, a junior at STEM High, won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.16 seconds at the 5A state championships last month.

Lastly, the BOE recognized Maddie Malhorta, a recent Chaparral High School graduate who was named the Colorado High School Press Association Photographer of the Year for the second straight year. The recognition is the first time the organization has honored a repeat winner.

Next year, Maddie plans to attend Boston University, majoring in journalism with a focus in photojournalism.

Maddie's award was accepted by her mother.

Superintendent Reports

DCSD System Performance Officer Matt ReynoldsDCSD System Performance Officer Matt Reynolds reported on the TELL Survey results from 2015. 

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DCSD Budget Director Scott Smith presented information about the FY 2015-2016 Financial Plan and Budget as well as the FY 2014-2015 Revised #2 Budget.


Board of Education Reports

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

View discussion here

Brief Recess (8:13 p.m.)

Re-Convene Regular Session (8:23 p.m.)

Adoption of Consent Agenda

Adoption of Consent Agenda: Staff recommendations, detailed in Agenda Items #16 - #19, organized for Board of Education block approval.
The BOE voted 5-0 to adopt the following items in the Consent Agenda:

The BOE pulled the following Consent Agenda items for discussion:

Upon further discussion, the BOE voted 5-0 to adopt the following item in the Consent Agenda:

Upon further discussion, the BOE voted 5-0 to adopt the following item in the Consent Agenda:

Action Items

The BOE voted 5-0 to adopt the following recommended proposal:
Approval of FY 2015-2016 Adopted Budget Resolutions and Financial Plan and Budget

The BOE voted 5-0 to adopt the following recommended proposal:
Approval of FY 2014-2015 Revised #2 Budget Resolutions and Executive Summary

The BOE voted 4-1 to adopt the following recommended proposal:
Recommendation for Dismissal of Certified Teacher
Public Comments were accepted on this topic prior to the vote.

The BOE voted 5-0 to adopt the following recommended proposal:
Second Reading of Revision to Policy GCEA-GCFA Professional Staff Background Checks


The BOE adjourned at 9:19 p.m.


June 17, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

District News

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.