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April 21 Board Briefing

Student Advisory Group at April 21 Board of Education meeting


CASTLE ROCK – The Douglas County Board of Education convened for a public meeting at 5 p.m. on April 21, 2015. The Board discussed business items and engaged public comment from a crowd of students, parents, teachers and community members. The live stream of board meetings can be found online at the official DCSD Live Stream Channel.

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Meet the Board of Education

For Your Information Only - Reading File

Unofficial Board of Education Minutes

Board of Education: Department Budget Worksheet(s)

Student and Staff Recognitions

The Board of Education is proud to recognize the achievements tonight of our super music students, an amazing teacher and some of our talented art students.

All State Music

The best students from across the state collaborate in the All State Choir, Band and Orchestra. This year, the All State concerts featured many talented DCSD juniors and seniors.

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High School

Maddie Bashaw
Gaby Burnier
Ty Eatherton
Kaeli Hearn
Megan Howard
Becca Lind
Anson Stollier

Sam Hesch
Elisabeth Richardson

Malia Odekirk
Elisabeth Richardson

Douglas County
High School

Emma Van Leuven

Jon Hanlon
Wyatt Kuehster
Jacob Reading

Grace Willis

Rock Canyon
High School

Nik Barbossas
Missy Davies
Kimball Eggett
Charles Gregory
Kalle Sorbo
Logan Schurr
Francesca Wearsch
Chris Woodley

Danny Irwin
Ian Kretzman
Stephen Morrison


Scholastic Art Award winners

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Five students from high schools in DCSD have been named National Medalists in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

This year, more than 300,000 submissions were reviewed at the regional level. On average, only the top five-seven percent of submissions are considered on the National Level for the Gold and Silver Medals. Renowned artists from around the world participated in the judging at the national level. These artists are at the top of their game, and they share the mission of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – recognizing and fostering creativity.

Castle View High School

Heather Monks


Silver Medal-Photography

Legend High School

Jordan Sandt


Gold Medal Photography

Mountain Vista High School

Amy Zhou


Gold Medal-Mixed Media

Rock Canyon High School

Ashley Bradley


Gold Medal Painting

ThunderRidge High School

Camille Kireilis


Silver Medal Photography

TRHS Teacher Jackie Bath

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists has named high school teacher Jackie Bath the 2015 AAPG Foundation’s Teacher of the Year. Jackie has been an educator at ThunderRidge High School (TRHS) for 18 years, and currently teaches earth sciences and geology.

The AAPG Teacher of the Year honor includes a $6,000 prize. $3,000 of the prize will be awarded to TRHS for Jackie to use in educational opportunities for students.

School Advisory Group Update

The Student Advisory Group provided an update on their 2014-2015 accomplishments and recognized their members. View presentation

Student Advisory Group

Superintendent Reports

Legislative Update

DCSD Lobbyist Jason Hopfer provided a legislative update on action at the state capitol. View remarks

FY 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget Presentation

A brief overview by Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz and Director of Budget Scott Smith highlighted preliminary budget changes for the 2015-2016 school year. View presentation

Master Capital Plan Community Outreach

Chief Operating Officer Thomas Tsai and his team shared details from community outreach forums regarding the Master Capital Plan.

Initial Outreach: In June 2014 the Master Capital Plan was presented to the Board of Education. At that time, the Board instructed staff and Board committees to perform outreach in order to inform, educate, and seek feedback regarding the District’s capital needs. Staff was instructed to perform this initial outreach and report back at the Board of Education retreat in August 2014.

During the month of July, DCSD staff developed outreach materials and presented to the Douglas County Economic Development Forum and at a DCSD organized Douglas County homebuilders, developers and land consultants forum. The outreach materials along with the feedback received at these two presentations was briefed to the Board at the August retreat. At this time, staff was instructed to broaden their outreach efforts to reach the DCSD parent community as well as the wider Douglas County population as a whole. Staff was instructed to report back to the Board at the March or April Board meeting.

Extensive Outreach: Starting in September, DCSD staff extensively reviewed and updated outreach materials and began working on a strategy to inform, educate and gather feedback from the community on the District’s capital needs. Staff and the involved Board committees set the goal of presenting to every SAC, holding a total of 12 Town Halls that would be open to the public, and presenting to as many community organizations as possible. In addition, staff developed outreach materials to engage the renting community and homeowners via HOA contacts.

Finally, the team worked with Community Relations to develop a web presence for this effort, more extensive outreach materials and feedback collection instruments (including a video and online feedback form), and to heavily advertise events to the DCSD parent community and other identified stakeholders.

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Parent Liaison Report

Parent Liaison Kathy Brown presented an update on her work during the 2014-2015 school year. View presentation

Board of Education Reports

Board Report: President and Vice President Items

BOE President Kevin Larsen discussed recent communication received by DCSD staff and more. View remarks

Board Committee and Liaison Reports

Adoption of Consent Agenda

The Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve the modified Consent Agenda, which included the following items:

Action Items

First Reading of the Revised Student Fees to Include Transportation Field Trip Charges for FY 2015-2016
Staff is recommending the following fee changes:

  • Assessment Fee - Added to defray the increased costs associated with all of the mandated state testing - students will be allowed to bring in their own headphones.
  • Summer School/Orientation
  • New elective course fees
  • Renaissance Elementary Magnet School Kindergarten Fee Request - Please see attached memo
  • Field trip transportation fees change necessary to accurately recover the cost of field trip transportation

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Board of Education Resolution Considering Parent and Student Rights Regarding State-mandated Assessments

Public Comment

General Public Comment


The Board of Education adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

April 22, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education, District

District News

The Douglas County School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Thomas S. Tucker into the role of Superintendent of Douglas County School District. Dr. Tucker officially leads the 68,000 student district as of July 1, 2018.


Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.


When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.