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November 18 Board Briefing

Board of Education meeting

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for a public meeting at 5 p.m. on November 18, 2014. The Board discussed 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 online at the official DCSD Live Stream Channel.

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Student and staff recognition 

Mountain Vista boys cross country recognitionMountain Vista High School’s (MVHS) Boys cross country team accomplished the ultimate feat back in October, winning a third straight State Championship. The meet was held at the Norris Penrose Event Center on Saturday, October 25. On a tough course on a warm fall day, MVHS was able to outscore Fort Collins, 156 to 114, to claim the 5A Boys Cross Country State Championship.

Congratulations to Mountain Vista!

Superintendent reports

FY 2014-2015 1st Quarter Financial Report

DCSD Budget Director Scott Smith presented the 2014-2015 First Quarter Financial Report for the Board of Education's review. This report is in compliance with Colorado State Statute and the District's Policy. The report included information for all District Funds with a comparison from prior year versus current year. A brief presentation highlighted key points of the quarterly financials.

FY 2014-2015 1st Quarter Financials
FY 2014-2015 1st Qtr BOE Presentation

Learning and Leadership Team Presentation

The Learning and Leadership teams from Sage Canyon Elementary School and Cimarron Middle School gave a brief overview of how they are implementing the District Strategic Plan.
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Board Committee and Liaison Reports 

Board President Kevin Larsen discussed conversations taking place at various School Accountability Committee (SAC) meetings, regarding the capital needs of district and community engagement.

President Larsen also read a letter from CDE Commissioner Robert Hammond, announcing that the Douglas County School District earned the highest rating possible from CDE - “Accreditation with Distinction.” Larsen congratulated all staff, students and families for earning the distinction.

Adoption of Consent Agenda

Directors voted by a margin of 7-0 to approve the consent agenda.

Adoption of Consent Agenda: Staff recommendations, detailed in Agenda Items #16 - #19, organized for Board of Education block approval
2016-17 Calendar Approval
West Support Center – Right of Way General Warranty Deed for Prairie Hawk Drive Extension
Personnel Changes

Action Items

Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) Executive Director Ken DeLay answered questions regarding membership in CASB. The DCSD Board of Education voted by a margin of 5-2 to become members of CASB.

Directors voted by a margin of 7-0 to approve four new members to the District Accountability Committee. The new members include:

Jerry Hargrave, parent
Kim Kibort, parent
Deborah Lynch, secondary teacher
Amy Pfister, parent

Policy Revisions
Directors voted by a margin of 7-0 to adopt Board File: LBD Charter Schools as presented.

Public Comment

Members of the Board of Education engaged in a public comment period with members of the community. 


The Board adjourned the meeting at 9:10 p.m.

November 19, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

District News

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DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

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.