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South Metro Chamber endorses DCSD Pay for Performance

HIGHLANDS RANCH– The South Metro Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) pay for performance model.
“The South Metro Denver Chamber’s Board of Directors unanimously supports this model not only because the business community demands better education for our children, but also because we need a first-class education system like that in Douglas County to ensure our continued economic prosperity,” said South Metro Chamber President and CEO John Brackney.
“In business, customers have long demanded higher quality products and services for less money. Efficiency and excellence are required to meet the demands of the customer and succeed in the marketplace,” continued Brackney.
The South Metro Denver Chamber is one of the most influential forces in local government and regional economic development. With more than 1,300 members incorporating over 85,000 employees, the Chamber is actively involved in public policy and providing valuable resources to its members. The organization believes that individuals working together are a true force to be reckoned with.
“The Pay for Performance model being implemented by Douglas County Schools applies similar principles to how we educate our children. It rewards the most competent and passionate teachers while providing a fair path to other opportunities for those teachers with less passion or ability. Douglas County Schools’ innovative implementation of this model should be commended and other school systems should follow their lead,” explained Brackney. 
The Pay for Performance framework rewards outstanding employees with pay raises and bonuses.  “Our goal is to attract and retain the very best teachers and employees,” said DCSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.  “We know that the number one factor in a student’s success is an excellent teacher.”
Pay for Performance is a priority of the DCSD strategic plan. To learn more about the DCSD Pay for Performance, visit
May 9, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Pay

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.