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30 years, 62 schools: Long Range Planning Committee marks anniversary

DOUGLAS COUNTY – For three decades, community members have been advising the Board of Education about school capacity, boundaries and sites in Douglas County School District (DCSD), through participation on the District’s Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC).


Serving on the LRPC allows a unique opportunity for community volunteers to have an active voice in the analysis of facility utilization and capacity, where and when new schools are needed, and recommending attendance boundaries for existing and new schools.

Economic conditions, demographics, and the development landscape are factors the LRPC considers when determining how to meet the needs of students in Douglas County.

LRPC members also monitor use of existing schools and facilities, and work with the DCSD Planning and Construction department to annually update the DCSD Master Capital Plan (MCP).  The MCP encompasses a five-year period, identifying and prioritizing capital reinvestment needs.

The committee is comprised of two representatives from each high school feeder area, two at-large members and a representative of the development and home building community.

As volunteers, Long Range Planning Committee members are asked to serve for three years, with about one third of the committee changing each year.

Citizens who serve on the LRPC have a unique glimpse into the dynamics of residential growth in Douglas County, and the impact of growth on local neighborhoods and schools. Many who have served on this committee have gone on to hold a seat with the Board of Education or serve as an elected official in local municipalities.

Candidates are being sought for five open positions on this important committee.

Vacancies to be filled are in the following areas:

  • Castle View High School feeder area;
  • Chaparral High School feeder area;
  • ThunderRidge High School feeder area;
  • Charter school representative; and
  • One At-Large member.


Looking back

1983: Long Range Planning Committee created.

1984: The boundary for Highlands Ranch High School, the third high school (under construction) in the District, was being developed. Consideration was being given to including the Stonegate and Clarke Farms developments to relieve overcrowding in Parker area schools. Committee members were also weighing options for residents of the yet-to-be-developed Stroh Ranch in Parker.

1986: LRPC recommends implementing a 4-track calendar to meet capacity needs due to expanding enrollment.

1991: Over the next four years, Douglas County’s student enrollment is projected to grow by more than 6,000 students – up from the current 13,100 to 19,400. This dramatic increase in students has prompted the LRPC to significantly revamp its five-year plan.

2013: Enrollment projections for the 2013-14 school year indicate growth by 1,308 students. Current enrollment is 65,977 students in preschool through 12th-grade.

The LRPC has been directly involved with site selection and boundary recommendation for the 62 schools built in the District in the past 30 years.

1983-1992: One high school, one middle school and eight elementary schools
1993-2002: Three high schools, three middle schools, 16 elementary schools
2003-2013: Three high schools, four middle schools, 13 elementary schools



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