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August 14, 2017 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK - Last month, Douglas Cou

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February 23, 2017 | By rmbarber

On Tuesday night, during the Board of Education meeting, district leaders provided an update on school funding. According to Interim Superintendent Erin Kane, the Douglas County School District is sending $8.65 M more to schools in 2017-2018 than it had in 2016-2017, despite a bleak funding picture.

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December 1, 2016 | By CSilberman

Douglas County School District (DCSD) is once a

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April 7, 2016 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education (BOE) has several options to ponder, as it considers next year’s budget.

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February 16, 2016 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) budget team is among a rare few school districts in the nation that have earned budget awards from both the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). What makes it even better is that this is the second consecutive year DCSD’s budget team has won both honors.

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October 20, 2015 | By rmbarber

 For the second year in a row, the Douglas County School District accounting team received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International, the highest honor bestowed for financial reporting by the organization, for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

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May 13, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE ROCK – Last week, the Colorado Legislature wrapped up its session, passing the spending bill that finances public education in the state. The result was an increase in funding for Douglas County School District (DCSD) neighborhood schools and charter schools.

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February 10, 2015 | By rmbarber

While it will likely be months before the legislature passes the School Finance Act, indications are that the Douglas County School District (DCSD) will see an increase in state funding for the 2015-16 school year.  Our schools, however, cannot wait for the final vote, which could come as late as May 6. School leaders will soon begin their budget process with the information at-hand and feedback from their school communities.

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January 13, 2015 | By rmbarber

While it may not be noticeable in the typical classroom at Castle View High School, the school is bulging at the seams. This year, 1,920 students attend the school, which is designed to comfortably seat 1,700. Projections show that this may be a sign of things to come across the Douglas County School District (DCSD) and one reason why addressing current capital needs in Douglas County is important.

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January 6, 2015 | By rmbarber

A series of meetings organized to inform the community about capital needs in the Douglas County School District and to solicit feedback about meeting them, begin this week.

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December 16, 2014 | By rmbarber

CASTLE ROCK - In Douglas County our schools have the ability to carry over unspent resources into the next fiscal year but until recently, those funds were not available until November.

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December 16, 2014 | By rmbarber

CASTLE ROCK - The Douglas County School District will be holding several forums in January and February to to inform the public about the capital needs of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) and to solicit feedback about meeting them. 

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October 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded Douglas County School District its Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation during the 2014-2015 budget year. 

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September 4, 2014 | By jcurnow

Colorado public schools receive funding from a variety of sources. However, most revenues to Colorado's 178 school districts are provided through the Public School Finance Act of 1994 (as amended).

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September 4, 2014 | By jcurnow

Board of Education Approves FY 2014-2015 Budget. Plan increases funding for DCSD schools, compensation for employees

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November 15, 2013 | By rmbarber

More money will soon be headed to neighborhood schools in Douglas County, thanks to the improving economic picture and sound fiscal management. Employees will also receive increases in pay, based on last year's evaluations.

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October 22, 2013 | By Anonymous

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Douglas County School District for its comprehensive financial report (CAFR).

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District News

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots. 

glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.