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September 2 Board Briefing

Sept. 5 Board recognition

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 7 p.m. on September 2, 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 at

learn more graphicMeet the Board of Education 


Student and Staff Recognitions

The Board of Education recognized the achievement of amazing students who participated in 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. In August, the Board recognized half of the participating teams. This evening students from Mountain Vista, Castle View, and ThunderRidge high schools were honored.

Castle View High School TSA Team

CVHS Board recognition

Braedon Bellamy

Project Showcase

Brianna Ott

Rat Trap Drag Race

ThunderRidge High School FBLA

TRHS Board Rec

Krish Dholakiya

National Qualification-Business Services Marketing
Service as State Executive Officer

Mark Dingee, Matt Kramer

Gold-Network Design

Mountain Vista High School

MVHS Board Rec

Mountain Vista High School FCCLA

Paige Mawhinney, Jenna Yoss, Savannah Raisor

Gold-Sports Nutrition

Karly Geist, Madison August

Gold-Focus on Children

Mountain Vista High School FBLA


Connor Mawhinney

Accounting I

Mountain Vista High School DECA


J. Lindsey Stroud

Entrepreneurship Participating Independent Business-“The Kabobery”

Mountain Vista High School TSA

State Chapter of the Year

Spencer Culbertson, Will Jones, and Nathan Mortimer

Obstacle Course

Peter Cleverdon, Nick Pfeufer, Christian Stenberg, Matt Price, Peter Culbertson, Nick Lawrence

Digital Video Production

Will Jones, Elizabeth Chengrian, Sumaer Kamboj, Madison Urbana, Graham Carroll

Engineering Design

Peter Cleverdon., Nick Lawrence, Will Jones, Matt Price, Anirudh Mathukumilli and Chris Keith

Open Source Software

Peter Cleverdon, Anirudh Mathukumilli, Nick Lawrence, Brad Arnot, and Matt Price


Delaney Livingston, Spencer Culbertson, Christian Stenberg, Nathan Mortimer, and Michael Ryan

Underwater ROV

Superintendent Reports

Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz and Budget Director Scott Smith gave a presentation on the general obligation refunding bonds.

Betz and Smith also presented the FY 2013-2014 4th Quarter Financial Report. 
Presentation 1    |    Presentation 2

Chief Human Resource Officer Brian Cesare provided the Board of Education with a human resources update and recap of the hiring season.  View the presentation here

Board Committee & Liaison Reports

President Larsen announced a Board of Education work session on October 7.  The session will focus on curriculum.

Adoption Of Consent Agenda

Directors voted by a margin of 5-0 to approve the consent agenda.

  • Adoption of Consent Agenda:  Staff recommendations, detailed in Agenda Items #12, organized for Board of Education block approval.
  • Personnel Changes

Action Items

The Board of Education voted by a margin of 4-0 to authorize the Submission of Innovation Waiver to the State Board of Education.  Read the resolution here

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Superintendent's letter to parents

Testing Madness

Public Comment

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.


September 3, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

District News

kids running outside as part of a race

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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We want to hear from you! How often do you prefer to receive email newsletters from DCSD? How can we improve the news and information you receive? This brief survey should only take a minute or two of your time. Thank you for giving us 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.