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Legal Counsel

Steve Colella
Acting Legal Counsel
720-433-1275
 
Deputy General Counsel
303-387-0197
 
Paralegal
303-387-0275
 
DCSD Records Assistant
303-387-0032
 
 
620 Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303-387-0275
Fax: 303-387-0107

Legal Counsel provides, manages, and coordinates all legal services for the Douglas County School District, representing the Board of Education, Superintendent and District administrators.

Our Focus
Legal Counsel strives to continually serve Douglas County employees, students, parents and community in these three areas:

Confidence
Providing trusted, objective and confidential advice and legal representation to the leaders of the Douglas County School District in matters ranging from truancy cases to the defense of DCSD’s policies.

Integrity
Making sure that our actions reflect our values, by ensuring legal compliance across all District operations. This also diminishes potential liability.

Advocacy
Advocating for the best interests of our students. In concert with the District’s lobbyist, Legal Counsel works to write policies that support the work of our employees and students, while also pushing for new laws at the local, state and national level that coincide with the values and efforts of the Douglas County School District.

Our Role
While the role of Legal Counsel varies from day to day, the following is a list of topics we handle or have influence in:

  • Ethics Policy Compliance
  • School Board Operations
  • Open Public Meetings Act Compliance
  • Litigation Management and Tort Claims
  • Facilities and Capital Projects
  • Contracting and Procurement
  • District and School Operations
  • Policy and Procedure Development and Compliance
  • Property Management & Property Sales
  • Legislative Analysis
  • Labor and Employment Issues
  • Educational Operations Issues
  • Student 504 Accommodation
  • Special Education
  • Student Issues
  • Public Records and Student Records Compliance
  • Risk Management (Risk and Loss Prevention)
  • District Safety and Security
  • Constitutional Issues

The Board of Education and Superintendent Policies have been aligned with Policy Governance. Policies indicated as Board File are policies needing approval of the Board of Education. Policies indicated as Superintendent File need the approval of the Superintendent.

E-Support Services

EBAB - Hazardous Materials
         EBAB-R - Hazardous Materials
EBB/EBBB - Accident Prevention and Procedures/First Aid/Accident Reports
EBBA - Prevention of Disease/Infection Transmission
         EBBA-R - Prevention of Disease/Infection Transmission
EBCA - Disaster Plans
EBCB - Fire Drills
         EBCB-R - Fire Drills
EBCE - School Closings and Cancellations
         EBCE-R - School Closings and Cancellations
ECA/ECAB - Security/Access to Buildings
         ECA-R - Video Surveillance Equipment
ECAC - Vandalism
ECD - Custodial Services
ECE - Traffic and Parking Controls
ECF - Energy Policy
EDB - Maintenance and Control of Materials and Equipment
         EDB-R - Maintenance and Control of Materials and Equipment
EEAA - Transportation Eligible Students
EEAC - School Bus Scheduling and Routing
         EEAC-R - School Bus Scheduling and Routing
EEAE - School Bus Safety Program
EEAEA - Bus Driver Requirements, Training and Responsibilities
EEAEAA - Controlled Substance and Alcohol Testing
         EEAEAA-R - Controlled Substance and Alcohol Testing
EEAEAB - Controlled Substance and Alcohol Testing for Employees Without Commercial Driver's License
EEAF - Special Use of School Buses
EEAFB - Use of School Buses by Community Groups
         EEAFB-R - Use of School Buses by Community Groups
EEAG - Student Transportation in Private Vehicles
EF - Food Services
EGAD - Copyright Compliance
         EGAD-R - Copyright Compliance
EGAEA - Public Electronic Mail Records
EGD - Use of Electronic Signatures
EI - Insurance Management

I-Instruction

IGA - Curriculum Development
          IGA-R - Curriculum Development
          IGA-E - District Course Proposal Form
IHBA - Programs for Students with Disabilities
IHBD - Compensatory Education (Title I)
IJ - Textbook and Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption

         IJ-R - Textbook and Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption
         IJ-E - Textbook and Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption Request Checklist
         IJ-E1 - Proposal to Adopt a Textbook
         IJ-E2 - Proposal to Adopt A Novel/Book-Length Work (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama)
IJA - Selection of Controversial Learning Resources
        IJA-R - Selection of Controversial Learning Resources
         IJA-E-3 - Guest Speaker Permission Form
IJB - Instructional Use of Media Resources
         IJB-R - Instructional Use of Media Resources
IJC - Instructional Resources
IJL - Library Materials Selection and Adoption
IJOA - Field Trips and Excursions
IK - State-Mandated Assessments
IKA - District Assessment Policy
IKAB - Student Progress Reports to Parents/Guardians and Students
         IKAB-R-1 - Student Progress Reports to Parents/Guardians and Students
IKE - Promotion and Retention of Students
IKF - Graduation Requirements
         IKF-R-1 - Diploma and Graduation Requirements
         IKF-R-2 - MS HS Credit Policy
         IKF-R-3 - Graduation Competencies (beginning with the Class of 2021)
         IKF-R-4 - High School Grading and Transcripts
IKFA - Early Graduation
IKFB - Community Service
IKFC - Physical Education Waiver
          IKFC-E - Physical Education Waiver Form
IMBB - Exemptions from Required Instruction
          IMBB-R - Exemptions from Required Instruction
IMDB - Flag Displays

J-Students

JBA - Nondiscrimination/Non-Harassment of Students
JBB - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
         JBB-R - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
         JBB-R-1 - Section 504 Due Process Hearing Procedure
         JBB-E-1 - Section 504/ADA Form A
         JBB-E-2 - Section 504/ADA Form B
         JBB-E-3 - Section 504/ADA Form C
JC - School Attendance Areas
JCA/JFB - Assignment of Students to Schools, School Choice and Open Enrollment
         JCA/JFB-R - Assignment of Students to Schools, School Choice and Open Enrollment

JEB - Entrance Age
JECBA - Admission of Foreign Students
JF - Student Admissions and Denial Of Admissions
         JF-R-1 - Procedures For Denial Of Admission
         JF-R-2 - Admission and Denial of Admission (Procedures for Students in Out-of-Home Placements)
JFAB - Admission of Nonresident and Homeless Students
         JFAB-R - Student Residency
JH - Student Attendance
         JH-R - Student Count Documentation for Online Schools
JHA - Student Withdrawal From School/Dropouts
JHCE - Medical Emergencies
         JHCE-R - Responding to Receipt of a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Directive
JHD - Exemptions from School Attendance: School Release Permits
JI/JIA - Student Rights and Responsibilities/Due Process Rights
JIC/JICDA - Student Conduct
JICA - Student Dress
JICB - Prevention of Bullying
JICC - Student Conduct on School Buses
         JICC-R-1 - Student Conduct on School Buses (Procedural Guidelines)
         JICC-R-2 - Student Conduct on School Buses (Student Safety and Rules of Conduct)
         JICC-R-3 - Student Conduct on School Buses (Bus Passes)
JICEA - Student Publications Code
JICF - Gang-Related Behaviors and Dress
JICG - Smoking and Other Uses of Tobacco by Students
JICH - Student Involvement Regarding Drugs and Alcohol
         JICH-R - Student Involvement Regarding Drugs and Alcohol
JICI - Weapons in School
JICJ - Student Use of District Information Technology
         JICJ-R - Student Use of District Information Technology
JIH - Searches
JIHA - Student Possession and Use of Portable Electronic Devices (Including Cellular Phones)
JJA - Student Organizations (Secondary Schools)
JJF - Student Activities Funds Management
JJI - Interscholastic Athletics
JK - Student Discipline
JKA - Corporal Punishment/Use of Reasonable Restraint by Employees
         JKA-R - Use of Physical Intervention and Restraint
         JKA-E - Student Restraint Incident Report
JKC - Discipline of Habitually Disruptive Students
         JKC-R - Discipline of Habitually Disruptive Students
JKD/JKE - Student Suspension, Expulsion, and Classroom Removal
         JKD/JKE-R - Student Suspension, Expulsion, and Classroom Removal
JLCC - Communicable Diseases and Long-Term Illnesses
JLCD - Administering Medicines to Students
         JLCD-E-1 - Student Medication Request and Release Agreement
         JLCD-E-2 - School Medication Record
         JLCD-E-3 - Permission to Carry/Self-Administer Medication
         JLCD-E-4 - Contract to Carry/Self-Administer Medication
JLCDA - Students With Severe Allergies
          JLCDA-R - Stock Epinephrine for Severe Allergic Reactions
         JLCDA-E - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Action Plan
JLCDB - Administering Medical Marijuana, Hemp Oils and/or Cannabinoid Products
JLDA - Student Psychological Services
         JLDA-R - Student Psychological Services
JLDAC - Screening/Testing of Students
JLF - Reporting Child Abuse
         JLF-R - Reporting Child Abuse
JLFF - Sex Offender Information
JQ - Student Fees
         JQ-E -Student Fees, Appendix A
         JQ-E - Student Fees, Appendix B
         JQ-R - Student Fees
JRA/JRC - Student Education Records
         JRA-R/JRC-R - Student Education Records
         JRA/JRC-E-1 - Authorization to Release Student Records
         JRA/JRC-E-2 - Request to Inspect and Review Student Ed Records
         JRA/JRC-E-3 - Request to Other Educational Agencies for Release
JRCB - Privacy and Protection of Confidential Student Information
         JRCB-R - Privacy and Protection of Confidential Student Information (Hearing and Complaint Procedures)
         JRCB-R-1 - Educational Research

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On December 5, 2017, the DCSD Board of Education voted 6-0 to pass a resolution rescinding the Choice Scholarship Program, effective immediately. On January 26, 2018, the Choice Scholarship Program was dismissed as moot by the Colorado Supreme Court.


History of the Choice Scholarship Program

Originally passed by the DCSD Board of Education in March 2011, the Choice Scholarship Program was created to provide up to 500 Douglas County students with grants to be used for a private partner school of their choice. In order to be eligible, students must be Douglas County School District residents who are currently attending a DCSD school and have resided in the District no less than one year. In the event that the number of applicants exceeds 500 a lottery would be conducted to select scholarship recipients.

Under the program, Douglas County School District would have provided 85% of the per pupil revenue as a grant to the students’ families. Those families would then choose a private-partner school that fits their educational needs.

View the timeline on this page for more information on the history of the Choice Scholarship Program.

Timeline

March 2011
Board of Education passes Choice Scholarship Program (CSP)

July 2011
DCSD launches
 CSP program, holds lottery for scholarships

August 13, 2011
Denver District Court issues permanent injunction

February 29, 2013
Colorado Court of Appeals overturns Denver District Court ruling

December 10, 2014
Colorado Supreme Court hears oral arguments

June 29, 2015
Colorado Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals ruling

October 28, 2015
DCSD files Writ of Certiorari with US Supreme Court

March 15, 2016
Board of Education approves revised Choice Grant Pilot Program

August 8, 2016
Denver District Court enjoins Choice Grant Pilot Program

November 15, 2016
Board of Education rescinds Choice Grant Program

June 26, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court remands Choice Scholarship Program case back to Colorado Supreme Court following Trinity Lutheran v. Comer ruling

December 5, 2017
The DCSD Board of Education votes 6-0 to pass a resolution rescinding the Choice Scholarship Program, effective immediately.

January 26, 2018
The Choice Scholarship Program Dismissed as Moot by Colorado Supreme Court

 

 

Colorado Court of Appeals Documents

Choice Scholarship Pilot Program Documents

Choice Scholarship Legal Fund Documents