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Great-West Financial® makes $200,000 grant to DCSD

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DOUGLAS COUNTY– As the nation celebrates Financial Literacy this month, Douglas County School District (DCSD) is celebrating a $200,000 grant from Great-West Financial. 

“We are very grateful for this very generous contribution,” said DCSD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen.  “Our goal is to prepare our students for college, careers, and citizenship in the 21st century, and we know that financial literacy is vital to that preparation and their success.”

The purpose of the grant is to design, develop, and enhance personal financial literacy for DCSD students. 

According to DCSD Secondary Curriculum Coordinator Matt Barton, the grant will be used to provide professional development opportunities for 54 district teachers.  “All classrooms will integrate personal financial literacy where appropriate and build a cadre of well-trained educators who will serve as resources to their colleagues expanding the capacity of educators in the district to incorporate financial literacy into unit planning.”

Great-West Financial has a strong track record of supporting financial literacy efforts in public education.  Since 2011, the company has invested more than $2 million to support the effort.

“As a financial services company, whose mission is to create bright financial futures where retirement is only the beginning, we deeply understand the importance of financial literacy,” said Mitchell Graye, President and CEO of Great-West Financial. “We strongly believe that every student’s education include instruction in financial literacy.”

“Great-West Financial is proud to support Douglas County School District as they prepare students for the future and develop more classroom opportunities for financial literacy instruction,” said Graye. “Many of our employees live in Douglas County and have children who attend DCSD schools making this donation even more significant to our organization.”

April 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category:

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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.

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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.