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May 6 Board Briefing

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 5 p.m. on May 6, 2014. The Board conducted 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 on the official DCSD Livestream channel.

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Meet the Board of Education

Superintendent Reports

Mr. Patrick Bollock and Meadowview Elementary Principal Patty Magby provided an update on the progress and outstanding instruction currently underway at Meadowview, the only artful learning school in Colorado.

Chief Technology Officer Gautam Sethi and Project Manager Chris Lawson presented on InspirED Innovation. View presentation

Community Relations Officer Cinamon Watson and Innovation and Development Officer Pat McGraw provided an update on the upcoming DCSD Innovation Summit. View presentation 

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Innovation Summit

Assistant Superintendent Dan McMinimee, Director of High Schools Steve Johnson, Douglas County High School Principal Tony Kappas, Legend High School Principal Corey Wise, Chaparral High School Principal Greg Gotchey, Highlands Ranch High School Principal Jerry Goings, Mountain Vista High School Principal Mike Weaver, Castle View High School Principal Dr. Jim Calhoun, ThunderRidge High School Principal Carole Jennings, Ponderosa High School's Assistant Principal, Rock Canyon High School Principal Andy Abner, DC Oakes Principal Derek Fleshman and eDCSD Principal Sohne VanSelus provided an update on the development and implementation of high school schedules. View presentation

Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz and Budget Director Scott Smith gave a presentation on the 3rd quarter financial report FY 2014-2015 Preliminary Budget. View presentation here

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Let's Talk Education: School Financing 

Adoption of Consent Agenda

Action Items

Second Reading:  Board File:  BF Board Vacancies View the proposed policy
Option “A” was passed with a majority vote.

Board of Education Resolution regarding the Protection of Student Data
Members of the Board of Education voted by a margin of 6-0 to approve the resolution.

Annual Contract:  Renewals of Employment 
View the contracts here
Members of the Board of Education voted by a margin of 6-0 to approve the resolution.

Student and Staff Recognitions

The Board of Education is recognized the achievement of amazing students, teams, athletes, coaches, and teachers.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Every week we have the opportunity to recognize amazing students, staff and community member.  This evening, the Board of Education and District administrators took a moment to thank teachers and staff on National Teacher Appreciation Day and DCSD Staff Appreciation Week.

Heritage Elementary Green Flag Award

boe recognitionOn Thursday, Heritage Elementary will become the third DCSD school to raise a Green Flag in recognition and celebration of sustainability efforts. The Green Flag Award, sponsored by Eco-Schools USA, is the highest recognition it gives to schools around the globe.

Eco-Schools believe schools should take a holistic approach to the ‘green up’ their building. Not only do they encourage students to take action in order to make their building and school grounds more sustainable, but participating schools also incorporate lessons that teach about the importance of environmental resources and stewardship.

There are seven steps Green Flag Schools take to earn the award, including forming an “Eco-Action Team” and conducting environmental audits and monitoring. Read more

Destination Imagination Teams

The Destination Imagination State Tournament was held on April 12th on the Auraria Campus. A total of 25 teams represented DCSD at this “meeting of the minds.” Several DCSD teams were honored at the state level and have earned their way to the Global Finals:

boe recognitionFranktown Elementary School’s Destination Imagination Team, known as the “Dumpster Divas,” received the prestigious Da Vinci Award in recognition of outstanding creativity.



boe recognitionboe recognitionNorthridge Elementary School’s “The Greatest Team Ever” and Sierra Middle School’s “The Bacon Burger Mafia” each received the Renaissance Award that is given to teams that exhibit outstanding design, engineering, execution, or performance. Sierra Middle School’s team also placed first in the Laugh Art Loud challenge.

ThungerRidge High School and Highlands Ranch High School students teamed up and are known as the “Technicolor Sporkateers.  The team won 1st Place in the Pandemonium Challenge.

boe recognitionStone Mountain Elementary’s team, the “Time Traveling Treasure Hunters,” received 2nd place in the Going to Extremes Challenge as a Global Finalist.



District Art Awards

boe recognitionEvery year the Board of Education leases several pieces of art from students of all ages throughout the District. Students receive a check in exchange for these treasures, which are displayed throughout the District Administration offices. District Leadership selected art pieces during the 2014 District Art Show at the Outlets of Castle Rock, April 10th through the 13th. Judging of the artwork is based on criteria developed by the District’s art teachers. The 11 pieces represent four age groups and the three regions of the District including Castle Rock, Parker and Highlands Ranch.
$25.00 at the Primary Level which is Kindergarten through 3rd grade
$50.00 at the Intermediate Level for 4th through 6th graders
$75.00 at the Middle Level representing 7th & 8th graders
$100.00 at the High School Level for 9th through 12th grade students

We are extremely fortunate to have such a strong art program in Douglas County Schools. The works selected this year are exceptional and will make a wonderful addition to the District’s collection.

Primary Award Recipients

Sam Walker, a 2nd grader from Frontier Valley Elementary
Teacher:  Tammy Edwards

Anika Rierson, a 2nd grader from Bear Canyon Elementary
Teacher:  Julie Hanley

Isadora Gaskins, a 3rd grader from Renaissance ELOB Magnet
Teacher:  Pam Cogburn

Intermediate Award Recipients

Amara Teany, a 6th grader from Challenge to Excellence
Teacher:  Tammy Bergman

Lindsey Erbert, a 4th grader from Saddle Ranch Elementary
Teacher:  Joanna Mitchell

Ian Kuenzli a 5th grader from Renaissance ELOB Magnet
Teacher:  Pam Cogburn

7th & 8th grade Award Recipients

Josie Johnson, an 8th grader from Sagewood Middle School
Teacher: Ron Meier

Seth Bowen, a 7th grader from Rocky Heights Middle School
Teacher: Kim Chlumsky

Stacia McKinney, an 8th grader from Castle Rock Middle School
Teacher: Jen Cancino

High School Award Recipients

Alexandra Emond, a junior at Ponderosa High School
Teacher: Patty Hayes

Tamar Hedeshian, a junior from Douglas County High School
Teacher:  Brooke Speegle

Public Comment/Community Engagement

Members of the Board of Education heard public comment on specific agenda items and hosted a ‘Board Unplugged’ session with the purpose of public engagement. 


May 7, 2014 | 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.