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Press association names Rocky Heights AP Administrator of the Year

HIGHLANDS RANCH – When Rocky Heights Middle School Assistant Principal John Veit walked into the school yearbook room, he was greeted with handfuls of confetti and cheers from staff, students, and a special guest. Colorado High School Press Association president Jack Kennedy was there to present Veit with the organization’s “Administrator of the Year” award.

Kennedy shared some of the many praises from students who nominated Veit for the annual award. Rocky Heights staff members agree that the change in the program has been significant and welcome.

“There was a definite clear difference in the yearbook before and after Veit took over,” said Rocky Heights Principal Mike Loitz.

Veit was surprised by the fanfare and says he loves what he does.

“I am happy to have this role and support our students,” said Veit.

Veit will receive his official trophy at the CHSPA’s Journalism Day, which will be held on the CSU campus in Ft. Collins next month.

September 5, 2014 | By swmelanson | Category:

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.