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Governor Hickenlooper signs new interoperable communications bill at Rock Canyon High School

On Friday, June 10, 2011, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law, Senate Bill 11-173, the "Interoperable Communications in Schools" measure that ensures schools will have quick and reliable communication with first responders. Representatives from various local law enforcement agencies, fire districts, as well as DCSD security were on hand to show support for the legislation that is the first in the nation to envision statewide interoperability that includes all schools.

Before the bill, many first responders across the state were unable to directly communicate with school personnel during an emergency because they use different radio systems. This can slow the flow of critical information needed to respond to a medical emergency or lockdown a school during a search for a dangerous suspect.

January 12, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Safety and Security

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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.