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DCSD plans to provide teachers and staff raises

2015 Financial Plan and Budget cover

Budget also provides additional support to special education students

CASTLE ROCK – Last week, the Colorado Legislature wrapped up its session, passing the spending bill that finances public education in the state. The result was an increase in funding for Douglas County School District (DCSD) neighborhood schools and charter schools. 
The Colorado School Finance Act for FY 2015-2016 provides an increase of $256 per student or $13.4 million for neighborhood schools and $2.8 million for charter schools.  
The FY 2015-2016 Proposed Budget will be presented to the Board of Education on Thursday this week.  The Proposed Budget includes:

  1. 3.2% ongoing average pay increase to all employees based on their performance
  2. $2.2 million for the PERA increase – the District will again absorb that increase 
  3. $2 million for special education associated with special education student growth
  4. $500,000 towards the ongoing computer refresh of student computers
  5. Absorbing all employer and employee increases in medical benefits 

“For the fourth year in a row, the District has been able to provide ongoing pay and benefit increases to our employees in addition to the $50 per student increase in SBB provided to our schools this spring,” explained DCSD Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz.

The budget will be presented to the Board of Education on Thursday night. It is expected to be adopted at the June 16, 2015 Board Meeting.


May 13, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education, District, Financial Services

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.”