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September 13, 2022

 

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Study Session

The Study Session of the DCSD Board of Education was called to order at 5:00 p.m. The meeting was broadcast live through the DCSDK12 YouTube Channel and on Comcast Channel 54 (also recorded and archived at the following link: https://youtu.be/AolSYtmyd44


The following are some highlights from the meeting.


DCSD Spotlight - Bus Driver and Transportation Assistant Video

The DCSD Spotlight featured a video about DCSD bus driver Larry Dudley and transportation assistant Mary Menard. Larry and Mary are based out of our Highlands Ranch terminal and mostly transport students with special needs. They are quite the team and attribute their success to their ability to work together while having some fun on the ride to school. Watch the video. >>



Superintendent Reports Superintendent Kane thanked our bus drivers and transportation assistants for all that they do for DCSD’s students. She acknowledged that DCSD has been canceling bus routes more often than we would like and are working to do everything to avoid that. Unfortunately, however, the national bus driver shortage is greatly affecting our school district as it is school districts across Colorado and the nation. She encouraged anyone who is interested in serving as a DCSD bus driver or transportation assistant to learn more and apply (www.dcsdk12.org/DriveDCSD). She thanked DCSD parents for their partnership and recognizes the bus driver shortage has created real challenges for our families who rely on transportation for their students.

Superintendent Kane announced that the Douglas County Early Childhood Council has hired an interim director. That director is working to ensure that our county is ready for Universal Preschool, which is coming to the state of Colorado (providing 10 hours per week of preschool to four year olds at no cost). The Douglas County Early Childhood Council has applied to the Colorado Department of Education to be the local coordinating organization for Douglas County. 

Superintendent Kane thanked all of DCSD’s school leaders for their hard work in communicating about funding in our school district. Some school leaders have even spoken to town councils and other organizations about how not being able to pay staff competitively has impacted their schools. Learn more at www.dcsdk12.org/funding.



Leman Academy Request for Dedicated School Site

Dan McMinimee, Executive Director of Schools and Gordon Mosher, Director of Choice Programming provided an overview of the approach to reviewing Leman Academy’s recent charter application as well as its request for land. More information about the charter application process can be found on DCSD’s website. Leman Academy’s replication application was approved by the Board on June 21 (on a 6-1 vote). Identification of land was done in collaboration with the Planning and Construction Department and Long Range Planning Committee. Since Leman’s replication was approved, DCSD and Leman have been exploring a mutually beneficial partnership that would provide more unique programming needs to families. Staff recommended to the Board that DCSD partner with Leman Academy to provide additional facility space for special education needs in Parker/Castle Rock regions, and address long-term capacity issues identified in the Master Capital Plan (Crowfoot Valley area), in exchange for a long-term lease for DCSD land. Click here to view the presentation slides. The Board will further discuss and take action on this request at its September 27 meeting.  



Presentation of Superintendent’s Proposed Approach to the Board of Education January 25, 2022 Resolution Concerning DCSD’s Culture of Individual Excellence and Inclusion

Superintendent Kane provided her proposal for how to address the Resolution passed by the Board on January 25, 2022. In order to sufficiently gather feedback from stakeholders regarding implementation of Board Policy ADB - Educational Equity, Superintendent Kane recommended coming back to the Board on March 31, 2023 with an implementation plan. This will allow time to engage with stakeholders through winter and spring regarding interpretation and implementation of the policy. The feedback process would include the Equity Advisory Council. 


The engagement plan would include asking our community questions about the Educational Equity policy such as 1) what do you want to see happen with this policy?, 2) what are your fears with this policy?, and 3) what questions do you have regarding this policy? Ultimately feedback received would be incorporated into a Superintendent Regulation (implementation plan) for the policy. Click here to view the presentation slides. The Board will vote on a deadline waiver for the original resolution at its September 27 meeting. 



Security and Mental Health Updates

Director of Safety and Security Jonathan Grusing, Director of Mental Health Dr. Stephanie Crawford-Goetz, and Director of Health, Wellness and Prevention Dr. Kelli Smith provided an update on Security and Mental Health in DCSD. Click here to view the presentation slides



Turnover and Hiring Data Chief Human Resources Officer Amanda Thompson provided a report and overview on Turnover and Hiring Data in DCSD. Click here to view the presentation slides



Board of Education Engagement Plan Discussion

Director Meek and Director Williams presented a draft engagement plan intended to help create constructive dialogue between the Board and DCSD citizens specifically around the Board’s goals. The plan included a list of draft questions to ask the community. Click here to view a draft of the plan



Board Discussion on End #1 - Academic Excellence

The Board discussed the first of five Board Ends (strategic outcomes for the district). The Board is in the process of reviewing all of its Ends to ensure they still reflect the needs of the school district. 


The Board discussed how the Ends were developed. Superintendent Kane shared that the Superintendent’s Cabinet has been reviewing the Ends each week to be sure they are interpreting the ends accurately. Some pieces of the ends have interpretations already included in the bullet points. 


No changes were recommended to Board End #1. 


Adjournment

At 9:01 p.m., a motion to adjourn the regular meeting passed 7-0.


Upcoming Meeting

The next regular meeting of the DCSD Board of Education is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27. The meeting will take place at the DCSD administration building, 620 Wilcox Street in Castle Rock and will be available to view on the DCSDK12 YouTube Channel and will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 54. 


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