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DCSD expects to add 150 additional teachers to District classrooms

CASTLE ROCK – “We are pleased to welcome 3,600 DCSD teachers next year,” said Douglas County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.
This year, DCSD added an additional $200 per pupil back to schools.  As a result, many schools are adding more teachers to their staffs.  The DCSD Human Resources office is projecting an additional 150 new teaching positions not including charter school additions.
“We have amazing teachers and we’re looking forward to an outstanding school year,” continued Fagen
The deadline for returning teachers to sign contracts was June 23.  According to the DCSD Human Resources office, the district wide turnover rate for teachers is 11.7% (*11.7% is as of June 25th, the hiring season officially ends on July 31).
“The turnover rate is in line with historical averages,” said DCSD Human Resources Officer Brian Cesare.  “While we did see an increase in the number of retirees, we are very pleased with the number of teachers returning to the district.” 
According to Cesare, separations varied by reason but the number of retirees increased from 53 last year to 101 this year.  Cesare attributed the increase to the phase out of the Extended Service Severance (ESS), a one-time lump sum payment to retiring teachers.  ESS payments averaged $38,000 on top of earned retirement benefits.  DCSD phased out the program and invested more dollars into employee compensation.
Separations by Reason

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Resignation-Care for family member




Resignation-Moving from area




Resignation-Personal Conflict


Resignation-Program reduction


Resignation-Work for another Denver Metro School District more money


Resignation-Work for private sector closer to home


Resignation-Work for private sector Denver Metro for more money


Resignation-Work for school district closer to home




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“DCSD continues to maintain its position as a destination district for teachers,” said Fagen. 
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