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