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Douglas County Reinvests in Schools, Facilities

CASTLE ROCK – While students and many teachers remain on summer vacation, it is a busy month at many schools in Douglas County.

Construction crews are busy replacing aging infrastructure and making Douglas County School District (DCSD) facilities safer for the coming school year.

In all there are 33 projects underway across the District this summer and they are being made possible by the responsible reinvestment of taxpayer money. DCSD is using the interest earned on the 2006 Bond to pay for the needed work.

The projects were chosen as part of the District’s annual Master Capital Plan process. Annually, DCSD assesses every building within the District, determining which repairs may be needed and then prioritizing those needs across the District. Priority is given to items that have reached the end of their usefulness and are a potential threat to the safety and health of students, staff or the community.

The projects include everything from the replacement of cracked pavement in the school’s parking lots to frayed carpet inside. The use of bond funding is strictly limited to capital items within the District. These projects will help to keep existing buildings operating safely, but do not address significant growth within the District. DCSD would require a new bond election to finance new facilities.

October 30, 2013 | By ammclain | Category: Planning and Construction

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.