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"Drugs in the Community Your Teen Knows About" Followup

On September 29th, the Parker Police Department offered an informational evening for parents at the PACE Center, ”Drugs in the Community Your Teen Knows About”.  The training was led by Lynn Riemer who calls herself the “Mad Chemist”. Lynn Riemer is President of, and is passionate about educating parents and youth about the dangers of drugs in our community.  Additional sponsors of the event were the Douglas County Youth Initiative and JAC (Juvenile Assessment Center). The Town of Parker paid for the event.



In addition to learning about the impact of drugs in our community, Chris Lazarus, a parent of a child who died of a heroin overdose, shared her compelling story. She states that no one is immune to this addiction and that it crosses all economic barriers.

Ms. Riemer presented information on drugs available in our community highlighting marijuana, heroin and synthetic drugs. Additionally, current statistics regarding the legalization of Marijuana in Colorado were shared by Riemer.  As a parent, it is important to understand the warning signs of drug use and reach out to resources in our community.   More information and resources are available on and

October 7, 2015 | By gcburnett | Category: Prevention and School Culture

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.