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May 14 Board Briefing

Board of Education student recognition

CASTLE ROCK – The Douglas County Board of Education convened for a public meeting at 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 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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Call to Order and Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance

For Your Information Only - Reading File

Unofficial Board of Education Minutes

Board of Education: Department Budget Worksheet(s)

Convene in Executive Session (a closed session)

Student and Staff Recognitions

The Board of Education recognized the achievements of some of our amazing students.

Arthur ZabronskyThe National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the “PSAT” or the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test—a test, which serves as an initial screen for the approximately 1.5 million entrants each year. The process to select National Merit Scholarship award winners does not get any easier from there, as finalists are judged by their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. To give you an idea how rigorous it is: among the considerations are their academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.

Congratulations to Brandon Lee of ThunderRidge and Arthur Zabronsky of Douglas County high schools for being selected as National Merit Scholars!

Next, we recognized our DECA champions who placed first in state. As you may know, DECA is an international Career and Technical Student Organization which provides our students with the opportunity to learn about marketing, business management and entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, sales and customer service.

Willem Inderbitzen - CHS DECA state champ TRHS DECA state champs
Willem Inderbitzen, Chaparral High School Nicolette Guerrero, Marissa Hodges and Kyla McCoy, ThunderRidge High School
Taylor Shapiro, CVHS DECA state champ Dana Ramsey of Ponderosa High School
Taylor Shapiro, Castle View High School Dana Ramsey, Ponderosa High School

Let’s meet the state champions from Chaparral High School:

  • Victoria Lucas, Hospitality Professional Selling
  • Jared Zahradnick, Financial Consulting
  • John Maruyama and Willem Inderbitzen, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan
  • Jake Fowler, Personal Financial Literacy
  • Kellyn Dassler, Food Marketing

From ThunderRidge High School:

  • Kyla McCoy and Marissa Hodges, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan Team
  • Nicolette Guerrero, Principles of Hospitality

From Mountain Vista High School:

  • Rachel Gill, Accounting Application
  • Ali Smith, Hotel and Lodging Management
  • Sarah Olson, Marketing Management
  • Robert Erickson, Sports & Entertainment Marketing
  • Shane Cahill and Daniel Dunnebecke, Financial Services Team Decision Making

And from Castle View High School:

  • Taylor Shapiro, Entrepreneurship

We also had quite a showing at DECA Nationals. Dana Ramsey of Ponderosa High School earned second place in the Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research division.

Superintendent Reports

DCSD Director of Budget Scott Smith presented information on the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Third Quarter Financials and the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Proposed Budget for the Douglas County School District.

View Third Quarter Financials

View the FY 2015-2016 Proposed Budget Executive Summary

View the FY 2015-2016 Proposed Budget Presentation

Erik Prouty was introduced as the new DCSD Director of Academic Systems. Prouty discussed the roles, responsibilities and plan associated with his position. View the Director of Academic Systems presentation 

Board of Education Reports

Board Report: President and Vice President Items

Board Committee and Liaison Reports

View the discussion here 

Adoption of Consent Agenda

The Board voted 4-0 to adopt the Consent Agenda, including the following items:

Board Resolution re: Designated Election Official

The regular biennial school board director election for all school districts is the first Tuesday in November in each odd-numbered year. The 2015 election will be conducted November 3, 2015 for Director Districts A, C and F. The Board of Education appoints the district's designated election official who is responsible for working in conjunction with the county's coordinated election official to support the process and assist candidates. View the Resolution

Legal Notice - Proposed Budget FY 2015-2016

Legacy Pines Sign Maintenance Easement

The Legacy Pines, LLC Developer wants to erect a sign on District property (O&M Grounds facility) on the corner of Lost Lake Drive and Hwy 83. Under this easement agreement, Legacy Pines will be fully responsible for maintaining the sign and restoring District property to its original state after erection or any maintenance of the sign. Facilities has confirmed that the use will not interfere at all with the O&M facility or operation. View the Signed Easement Agreement

Personnel Changes 

Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz discussed item #16 from the Consent Agenda, which involves reducing a $10 headphones assessment fee to $5. The Board voted 4-0 to approve the item.

Approval of the Proposed Student Fees and Field Trip Charges for FY 2015-2016

View the FY 2015-2016 Fee Schedule

View the Field Trip Fee Calculator for FY 2015-2016

Action Items

The Board voted 4-0 to adopt the recommended proposal re: Amalgamated Transit Authority Contract Negotiations and Tentative Agreement

Annually, the Board is required by state statute to renew and non-renew contracts for Teachers, Administrators, Professional/Technical and Classified employees before June 1. The Board voted 4-0 to adopt the contract.
Annual Contract: Renewals and Non-Renewals of Employment

The Board voted 4-0 to approve the proposed pay increases for employees.

Compensation Increases Proposal

Study/Action items

An RFP was conducted in early 2015 to find a unified communication platform for DCSD. There were 8 RFP respondents. Our current telephone infrastructure is 18+ years old and is comprised of multiple platforms. The risk to the District is a potential shutdown of the telecom network which would impact a school's ability to engage with parents or alert 911 in an emergency.

The recommendation for award is to One Neck, an MSN Company, due to best demonstrated solution for the District with a multiphase implementation approach.

Phase I: $905,401.40

+ Risk Mitigation amount: $202,722

Total Phase I:$1,108,123.40

+ Phase II: $1,210,037.25

Total: $2,318,160.65

+ 10% contingency $231,816.06

Total requested Board approval amount: $2,549,976.65

 The Board voted 4-0 to approve the contract.

Contract Award for Enterprise Unified Communications Solution

First Reading of Policy Regarding Parent and Student Rights with Respect to State-Mandated Assessments

General Public Comment


The Board adjourned at 10:04 p.m.

May 15, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

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