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Health Services Director honored by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

CASTLE ROCK –Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver celebrated the contributions made by Douglas County School District Health Services Director to keep students safe and healthy.

On Monday night the Sheriff gave Paulette Joswick the Ron M. King Community Service Award. The honor remembers the hard work and programs developed by Deputy King, who was killed in the line of duty in 1999, when a drunk driver turned in front of his police motorcycle on U.S. Highway 85.

The award was created to recognize a Douglas County citizen or organization, and a public law enforcement officer for their outstanding contribution to youth issues. 

This year, during a ceremony at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch on May 12, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Sgt. Jeff Engel received the law enforcement officer award and Joswick received the Citizen Award.

The following statement about Joswick was read during the event:

“To say that she does a lot for kids in our community is an understatement. She goes above and beyond daily to ensure the kids in our community are healthy and safe. She has dedicated her career to Douglas County students. When an opportunity arises to help students in our community, Paulette will make time to help out in any way that she can. She began working with the D.A.R.E. foundation in May 2002, and as we evolved to our current Y.E.S.S. Foundation, she continues to serve as an active board member. On top of her other duties, Paulette has also worked the first aid station as a fundraiser for Y.E.S.S. at the Elephant Rock event, she serves on the District Traumatic Brain Injury Team and the Child Protection Team for Douglas County. Because of Paulette’s tireless hours that she has dedicated to youth over the years, she truly is the best candidate for this year’s Deputy Ron King Citizen Award.”

Joswick says that it is truly an honor for her to recieve this award because she knew and respected Deputy King.

"Ron was a hero," Joswick said. "It means so much to me, because I knew him and his work."

Sheriff Weaver honored a number of other employees and citizens during the ceremony, including the recipients of the Deputy Ron King Memorial Scholarships and citizens and DCSO employees who had earned life saving and service awards.

Sheriff Weaver says these awards symbolize the commitment that members of the Sheriff’s Office and citizens have to their community. 

 “I am truly humbled to be surrounded by a group of people that show true heroism and dedication on a daily basis. This makes me extremely proud to be the Sheriff of Douglas County.”  

May 14, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Nursing Services

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.

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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.