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Experts to speak, answer parent questions during ‘Most Important School Safety Night’

PARKER - Douglas County is leading the country in closing the gaps in school security. Meet the people who are making it happen and learn about your role in helping our schools stay at the top of this critical issue.

Cimarron Middle School’s PTO is hosting the event on March 13 at 6:30 p.m., in the school’s commons. It will include discussion on safety issues by several experts and then an opportunity for parents to ask questions. The event is only open to parents.

The following panelists are expected to take part in the event:

John Michael Keyes, Founder of i love u guys Foundation. On September 27, 2006, a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School, held seven girls hostage, then shot and killed John’s daughter, Emily. While being held hostage, Emily sent her parents a text message: “I love you guys” and “I love u guys k?” The i love u guys Foundation is the driving force behind the creation of Standard Response Protocols used today by school districts all across the country.

The creator of SAFE2TELL® Susan Payne. As a former hostage negotiator and Crime Prevention Officer, Susan works with the FBI and Homeland Security. Secret Service studies show four out of five times, at least one person knew there was going to be a school attack where someone lost their life - 60% of the time more than one person knew but all were afraid to tell. SAFE2TELL® helps anyone anonymously report any threatening behavior that could endanger others.

Dave and Carly Posey, whose 7-year-old son witnessed the Sandy Hook tragedy a year ago. The Posey’s have turned helpless into helpful, by joining forces with Columbine parents, to create a foundation with a focus on helping communities prepare, respond, and recover after a traumatic event. While they are not experts in school security, the Posey’s have traveled the country meeting with those who are. They moved to Parker and two of their four kids go to Cimarron.

Douglas County School Marshal, Tyler Herman. Learn more about the new and unique DCSD School Marshal Program and the difference between this program and School Resource Officers. Tyler will also be on the panel during the question and answer session following the speakers.

READ MORE: Most Important School Safety Night Flier

March 4, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Communications

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”