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January 20 Board Briefing

Presentation at Board of Education meeting

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for a public meeting at 5 p.m. on January 20, 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

Student and Staff Recognitions    

The Board of Education is proud to recognize the achievements of several of our outstanding schools.

The Colorado Department of Education recently held their annual award ceremony and presented the District with both the national and state honors for our schools.

DCSD received the “Accredited with Distinction” rating - the highest accreditation rating possible.

The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth over three years.

In 2014, 95 schools across the state and nine in Douglas County earned this award, including:School recognition

  • Copper Mesa Elem- Peggy Griebenow
  • Coyote Creek Elem- Gigi Whalen
  • Flagstone Elem – Kelli Smith
  • Lone Tree Elem- Mindy Persichina
  • Soaring Hawk Elem– Chris Neville

 The John Irwin Award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement.  On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator for academic achievement over three years. In 2014, 166 schools across the state and 20 Douglas County schools earned this award, including:

  • Academy Charter - Yvette BrownSchool recognition
  • American Academy - Erin Kane
  • Buffalo Ridge Elem - Sarah McAfee
  • DCS Montessori - Jeromy Johnson
  • Heritage Elem - Alisa Pauley
  • Mountain Ridge Middle - Shannon Clarke
  • Mountain Vista High - Michael Weaver
  • North Star Academy - Kendra Hossfeld
  • Pine Grove Elem - Molly Gnaegy
  • Platte River Academy - Gary Steuven & Mike Munier
  • Rock Canyon High - Andy Abner
  • Rocky Heights Middle - Mike Loitz
  • STEM Middle & High - Penny Eucker
  • Stone Mountain Elem - Drew Brueckner
  • Timber Trail Elem - Michele Radke
  • Wildcat Mountain Elem - Molly Milley

School recognition

A few of our schools had the privilege of earning both of these outstanding awards this year, including:

  • Parker Core Knowledge - Teri Aplin
  • Northridge Elem - Leigh Pytlinski
  • Redstone Elem - Laura Wilson
  • Saddle Ranch Elem - Jennifer Malouff

Redstone Apple recognitionAs you may know, Redstone Elementary is an extremely innovative school - leading the way with their one-to-one iPad initiative. By integrating these devices into every lesson, they are exploring how to utilize technology to personalize learning and collaboration in the classroom and beyond. 

Tonight, Dr. Scott Elias - the Development Executive with Apple Education - is here to recognize their groundbreaking work.

Superintendent Reports

21st Century Learning Pre K-8 Magnet School Design Competition and Concept Design

Rich Cosgrove, Director of Planning and Construction, was joined by representatives of Anderson Mason Dale/Alan Ford Architects.

Background Information
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued to architects on February 12, 2014 for a design competition for a new 21st Century Learning Pre K-8 Magnet School. Twenty-One architects submitted qualifications. Staff reviewed and scored qualifications and short-listed three architects to compete in the second phase of the design competition.

A Request for Concept Design (RFCD) was issued to the three short-listed architects on April 11, 2014. The RFCD specified criteria for the Concept Design including the location and survey of the site, District facility standards for a Pre K-8 and common themes of 21st Century Learning. Staff reviewed and scored submitted materials and invited the three architects to participate in an interview with a juried panel.

Interviews were held on June 23, 2014. Panel members included District leadership and support staff and a senior staff member from the Town of Parker. Submitted materials and presentations were evaluated and scored by the panel.

The Concept Design presented by Anderson Mason Dale/Alan Ford Architects was selected for this new magnet school.

Rationale for Request
Historically, the District has built prototypical elementary schools, middle schools and high schools to quickly meet enrollment capacity needs. The District is now pursuing the opportunity to build a magnet school to support choice and the needs of 21st Century Learning and world class education.

In addition, the Pre K-8 facility standards created for this design competition can be used across the District in the future to further provide choice, using either a prototypical Pre K-8 design for multiple sites or unique site-specific designs.

Summary of Cost 
There are no immediate funding implications associated with this agenda item. Design and construction funds for this new Pre K-8 are currently not available. A $25,000 honorarium was awarded to each of the three short-listed architects. The honorariums were funded using cash-in-lieu funds received from residential developers in accordance with state statute for growth related planning.

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Update to the Board of Education regarding the DCSD High School Nutrition Services Program operating outside of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

For 2014-2015, Nutrition Services has been operating DCSD high school lunch programs outside of the NSLP. As we are halfway through this school year, we wish to provide you with the programmatic and financial results associated with our high school lunch programs. In addition, we have also completed an analysis of our middle schools. For FY 2015-2016, we are recommending to maintain our participation in the NSLP at this grade level. We continue to get a significant Free and Reduced Lunch participation and our financial results are positive.

We are also sharing data regarding the reporting of Free and Reduced Lunch students at the high school level. Due to the complexity of the economic data survey versus the Free and Reduced Lunch application, we have seen a drop in our At Risk student counts. 
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Revised FY 2014-2015 Financial Plan and Budget Presentation

Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz and Budget Director Scott Smith presented the revised 2014-2015 budget.

View the FY 2014-2015 Financial Plan and Budget Presentation
View the FY 2014-2015 Financial Plan and Budget Summary

Board Committee and Liaison Reports

Board Report: President and Vice President Items

Board President Kevin Larsen addressed a question received prior to the meeting regarding costs and expenditures related to the 2015 DCSD Innovation Summit. The summit was rescheduled to February 18-20, 2015. Larsen shared that there was no cancellation charge imposed by the Marriott (summit location). He further explained that all costs for the rental and materials are funded through grants and at no cost to the District. Attendees are required to pay for any lodging and/or travel costs. Larsen explained that employees involved in planning and presenting are doing so in addition to their normal duties. Larsen said the Innovation Summit is a great opportunity to partner with other districts and share our knowledge with them, as DCSD receives numerous inquiries from outside groups. The summit allows for all interested parties to come together over a few days.

Adoption of Consent Agenda

Directors voted unanimously to approve the consent agenda.

  • Re-approval of 2006 COP Refunding Parameters Resolution, Series 2015
  • Appointment of Board of Education Treasurer
  • Appointment of Board of Education Secretary and Assistant Secretary
  • Board of Education Resolution Regarding Notice of Meetings of the Board of Education
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  • Personnel Changes

Action Items    

Directors voted unanimously to approve the following action items:

Study/Action Items    

The eDCSD: Colorado Cyber School and HOPE Online Learning Academy elementary and HOPE Online Learning Academy middle school are submitting their Unified Improvement Plans (UIP) for Board of Education consideration and approval.

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eDCSD: Colorado Cyber School PowerPoint 

HOPE Online Learning Academy Elementary UIP 

HOPE Online Learning Academy Middle UIP

HOPE Online Learning Academy PowerPoint 


The DCSD Board of Education adjourned at 10:04 p.m.

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January 21, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

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.