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DCSD opens labor negotiations to the public

CASTLE ROCK – In a bold move toward increased transparency, the Douglas County Board of Education adopted a resolution to open labor negotiations to the public.

“This is an historic night for district labor/management relations in Colorado,” said Board President John Carson. “This move is very consistent with our belief in financial transparency. These are taxpayer dollars and the public has a right to know how they are spent.”

The resolution, which passed by a margin of 7 to 0 states, “… the Douglas County School District Board of Education (the “Board”) has consistently stated that openness and transparency are important elements to establishing trust and credibility with students, parents, district employees and taxpayers.”

The resolution also specifies guidelines for open negotiation sessions that include a minimum of 24 hours notice to the public.

Instituting open negotiations between the Douglas County Federation of Teachers and the District is the latest effort to shine a bright light on the use of taxpayer dollars. The Douglas County Board of Education has made transparency a keystone of District policy. In addition to open negotiations, the Board has instituted financial transparency measures, open public forums, telephone town halls, school visits, webinars, online news publications, and community outreach to provide students, parents, employees, and taxpayers with information and resources about the district.

The first open negotiations session is slated for Wednesday, April 11th at 9:00 a.m. The session will be held at the DCSD Cantril Building (312 Cantril Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104). The complete agenda will be posted on the DCSD website 24 hours prior to the meeting. Parties are expected to discuss a broad range of employee benefits as well as specific elements within the current teacher contract.

“We hope the public will take notice of these important negotiations as salary and benefits make up nearly 70% of total district spending,” continued Carson. “As we work to balance the DCSD budget, we are absolutely committed to putting our students first and doing everything we can to minimize any impact on the classroom - that means recruiting and retaining the highest quality teachers and staff.”

October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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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.