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May 7, 2024


Regular Meeting

The Regular Meeting 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 here).


DCSD Spotlight

The Board recognized the following:


  • 2024 Boettcher Scholars

The Board recognized the five DCSD graduates who earned the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship. More than 1,900 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 50 being named recipients. Read more. >>


Superintendent Updates

Superintendent Kane provided the following school district updates:

  • May 6-10 was Teacher Appreciation Week and also Employee Appreciation Week here in DCSD. 

  • Thank you to everyone who attended our first annual State of the District community event. Approximately 400 people attended in person with more watching online. Watch the recorded video of the event. It was a great event (the student panel discussion was amazing and stole the show!).

  • Congratulations to our DCSD award-winning schools that were honored at the State of DCSD event.

    • Castle Rock: 

John Irwin Schools of Excellence: Cherry Valley Elementary School

Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award: Sage Canyon Elementary School

Winner of both the John Irwin Schools of Excellence and Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award: Flagstone Elementary

  • Highlands Ranch East:

John Irwin Schools of Excellence: Buffalo Ridge Elementary School, Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Rock Canyon High School, Rocky Heights Middle School

Timber Trail Elementary School, Wildcat Mountain Elementary School

Winners of both the John Irwin Schools of Excellence and Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award: Lone Tree Elementary School, Redstone Elementary School

  • Highlands Ranch West:

John Irwin Schools of Excellence: Bear Canyon Elementary School, Copper Mesa Elementary School, Eldorado Elementary School, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Northridge Elementary School, Ranch View Middle School, Summit View Elementary School

Winners of both the John Irwin Schools of Excellence and Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award: Coyote Creek Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Saddle Ranch Elementary School, Sand Creek Elementary School, Stone Mountain Elementary

  • Parker:

John Irwin Schools of Excellence: Franktown Elementary School, Gold Rush Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Northeast Elementary School

  • Charter Schools

John Irwin Schools of Excellence: Academy Charter School, Ben Franklin Academy, Challenge To Excellence Charter School, North Star Academy

Platte River Academy, Renaissance Secondary School, STEM School Highlands Ranch

Winners of BOTH the John Irwin Schools of Excellence and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award: American Academy (3 awards - 1 for each campus)

Winner of the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award AND the Colorado 2023 National Blue Ribbon School: Parker Core Knowledge Charter School


  • On May 2, we hosted our annual DCSD Retirement Ceremony. We recognized 125 employees who have already retired or will be retiring during the current school year. This is always bittersweet as we hate saying goodbye to our incredible staff; but also wish them nothing but happiness in retirement.

  • The May Special Education Family Engagement Talk (virtual meeting) took place on  Wednesday, May 8, from 4:00pm-4:45pm. The topic focused on an introduction to DCSD’s new IEP software system, Project Education.

  • The Benefits Open Enrollment period for employees ends Friday, May 17. We encourage our staff to review their current benefits and make the necessary changes for this coming school year. DCSD was proud to invest $6M so that employee health premiums would remain flat this year. 

  • School Year 2024-2025 licensed contracts and employee pay information will be available in Workday starting next week.  

  • As mentioned during the school spotlight, we celebrated our 2024 Perseverance Scholarship winners last week and as usual, it was incredible. 

  • Congratulations to Highlands Ranch High School senior Mae Webster. Mae is the recipient of a National Merit corporate-sponsored award. Corporate sponsors provide scholarships for students who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage. Mae plans to study law. 

  • On April 25, members of our community gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Rox Nature Lab greenhouse at Roxborough Intermediate School. The greenhouse was created through a collaboration between DCSD and the Roxborough Metro District to grow native plants on the Roxborough Intermediate campus. The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated all of those who contributed to the project since its origination back in 2019. 

  • It’s a busy time of the year, as Spring Sports playoffs are in full swing for girls soccer, baseball, boys swim and dive, lacrosse (boys and girls), boys volleyball, and track & field.  LOTS going on to support and celebrate with our DCSD students. For a quick reference, please check CHSAA’s site for specifics on brackets and times. However, here are some highlights:

    • Girls Soccer

      • Nine league schools are in the playoffs

      • Theresa Echtermeyer of Mountain Vista won Coach of the Year for the Continental League

    • Girls Lacrosse:  

      • Player of the Year (POY) for Continental League was Rocquette Allan, ThunderRidge High School

      • Coach of the Year (COY) for Continental League was Dana Srdoc, ThunderRidge High School

    • Boys Lacrosse

      • - Assistant Coach of the Year for Continental League was Matt Siracusa, Mountain Vista High School

    • Boys Swimming

      • Our co-op team from Highlands Ranch (ThunderRidge, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon, Mountain Vista) won the league championship!!!

    • Track and Field

      • There was a record broken by Aaron Kucinkski from ThunderRidge High School for the pole vault by clearing 16’ 1”.

  • We are looking forward to graduations coming up in the next couple of weeks. The public can see the list of graduations on our website at www.dcsdk12.org/graduation

  • Superintendent Kane led a moment of silence in honor of the five-year anniversary of the tragedy at STEM School Highlands Ranch


Public Comment

Commenters spoke on topics including capital funding needs and a potential bond initiative. 

First Reading of Board Committee Form Bylaws 

The Board considered the first reading of the proposed Draft Form Bylaws for Board Committees and the DAC Form Bylaws for the District Accountability Committee.


Presentation of March 2024 Polling Results and Consultant Update
Sean Walsh from Sean Walsh consulting provided an update on work to-date regarding research around a potential Bond initiative for DCSD. Todd Vitale from WPA Intelligence presented results from polling conducted in March 2024. Click here to view the presentation slides. Polling Topline Data. Polling Crosstabs


Potential Bond Options 

Superintendent Kane led a follow-up discussion from the April 23 Board of Education meeting regarding potential Bond options. Click here to view the presentation slides.


Superintendent Monitoring Report: End #3, Safe, Positive Climate and Culture 

The Board reviewed Monitoring Report; End #3: Safe, Positive Climate and Culture. Click here to view presentation slides



Board of Education Self-Evaluation

The Douglas County School Board is beginning a routine and systematic process of self-evaluation where it regularly reviews its Board-Superintendent Linkage and Board Process policies. The Board reviewed draft self-evaluations on Governance Processes (GP) 1.9, Cost of Governance; GP 1.3, Board President Responsibilities; and GP 1.4, Other Board Officers.


Potential CASB Breakout Session Proposal

The Board discussed potential break-out session proposals for the Colorado Association of School Boards' (CASB) 2024 Annual Convention in December. 


Reflection on Board of Education Engagement with Educators

The Board reflected on its April 24 connections engagement event with DCSD educators.


Adjournment

At 10:12 p.m. a motion to adjourn the regular meeting passed 7-0.


Upcoming Meetings

The next regular meeting of the DCSD Board of Education is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. 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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