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December 11 Board Meeting

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for a public meeting at 5 p.m. on December 11, 2014. The Board discussed business items and engaged public comment from a crowd of students, parents, teachers, and community members. The live stream of board meetings can be found online at the official DCSD Live Stream Channel.

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Meet the Board of Education


Student and staff recognition

Two quartets from Ponderosa High School provided entertainment at the beginning of the Board of Education meeting. The group also shared details regarding the upcoming Continental League Music Festival on January 12, 2015 at the Boettcher Concert Hall. A number of DCSD students are expected to take part in the concert.

Jack Arrowsmith and Sheri Davis from the Douglas County Clerk and Recorder's Office provided an overview of the Student Election Judge Program.

Superintendent reports

Draft FY 2013-2014 Audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) Presentation
Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz and Director of Finance Jana Schleusner presented the draft FY 2013-2014 audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The external auditor has submitted to the District the external audit. The results were shared with the Fiscal Oversight Committee on November 6, 2014. All financial statements are complete and audited.

June 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Draft
13 CAFR and Audit Presentation Dec 11 2014

Legislative Proposals Briefing
Board and staff members discussed testing, data collection and the upcoming legislative session.

Watch the Discussion

TCAP and Balanced Assessment Data
Chief Assessment and Systems Performance Officer Matt Reynolds provided board members with a summary of assessment results from 2013-14.

District Data (December 11 2014)


Board Committee and Liaison Reports

Board Report: President and Vice President Items
Board President Kevin Larsen recognized members of Boy Scout Troop 873 for attending tonight’s meeting.

Adoption of Consent Agenda
Directors voted by a margin of 7-0 to approve the consent agenda.

Parameters Resolution for Refunding 2006 Certificates of Participation, Series 2015 Resolution (2015 COP)
Continuing Disclosure Certificate (2015 COPs)

Indenture (1st Amendment)

Lease Purchase Agreement (1st Amendment)

FY 2014 Douglas County School District CDE Audit Accreditation Report
FY 2014 CDE Audit Accreditation Report
FY 2013-2014 Charter School Financial Analysis

Easement Deed and Agreement for Septic Easement – Larkspur
Easement Deed w Exhibits_Larkspur 12-11-14

New Course Proposals
Advanced Science
Algebra I PTR Lab
Algebra II Trigonometry PTR Lab
Experimental Design and Research in Biotechnology
Geometry PTR Lab
Project Management
Student Government
Intro to Positive Psychology
MYP 8th Grade Integrated Science
8th Grade Integrated Science
MYP 7th Grade Integrated Science
7th Grade Integrated Science
6th Grade Integrated Science
Dance Production

Novel Adoptions
Tuesdays with Morrie
The Seagull Reader Stories
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, A Fable
Half Broke Horses
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Left to Tell

Personnel Changes


Action Items

Board of Education Consideration of RFP Award for Survey Consulting/Action
Directors voted by a margin of 7-0 to award a contract to PCG Consulting.


Study/Action Items

Proposed 2014-2015 Mill Levy Adoption
Directors voted by a margin of 7-0 to approve the 2014-2015 mill levy.

Douglas County and Elbert County Mill Levy Resolutions
Mill Levy Presentation


Full-Day Kindergarten Tuition
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Ted Knight informed directors of a proposed change to full-day kindergarten tuition, not to exceed $3,205 per student.

Directors voted by a margin of 7-0 to approve the change in kindergarten tuition.

DCSD Full Day Kindergarten Presentation

Public Comment
Members of the Board of Education engaged in a public comment period with members of the community.

The Board adjourned the meeting at 10:05 p.m.

VIDEO: Board of Education President Kevin Larsen recaps Thursday's meeting.

December 12, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Board of Education

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

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.

Superintendent Search text based logo

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.