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Green Ribbons, sustainability the focus of ‘Let’s Talk Education’

DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO – This week, green ribbons and sustainability are the focus of “Let’s Talk Education.” On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored Douglas County School District (DCSD) with the first ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award. DCSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen will host sustainability leaders on her weekly radio show.
“DCSD has long been a model of excellence in the area of sustainability,” said Lee Smit, DCSD Sustainability Manager. “This is an incredible honor for our students, our staff, and our district leaders.”  According to Smit, sustainability efforts have saved DCSD over $15 million in the last six years. 
In addition to the district award, two DCSD elementary schools have been awarded Green Ribbons for their school based sustainability efforts.  Copper Mesa Elementary and Flagstone Elementary will be honored on Thursday in back-to-back ceremonies.
‘Let’s Talk Education’ is a weekly radio show that features discussions about the latest education topics, DCSC initiatives and news.  Listeners can submit questions and comments by calling in live, posting questions or Facebook, or simply by emailing the district.
WHAT:            Let’s Talk Education
                       DCSD Weekly Radio Show
WHEN:            Wednesday, April 24, 2013 
                        3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Listen to the show live at
                      (Archived shows can be found at
GUESTS:        Lee Smit, DCSD Sustainability Manager, Chantal Astler, Sustainability Coordinator and Kelly Smith, Principal of
                      Flagstone Elementary
April 24, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.