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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

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DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.