District Accountability Committee Forum to give community members insight on budgeting process, emergency communications and more
CASTLE ROCK- Douglas County residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the budgeting process, emergency communications, District capital needs and more. Additionally, school principals will engage in a roundtable discussion, giving residents an even more unique look into the workings of the Douglas County School District.
School Accountability Community (SAC) members, parents, community members, principals, teachers, district employees, those connected to neighborhood schools, charter schools, and those with no connection to a school but simply an interest in what's happening in the Douglas County School District are all invited to attend the District Accountability Committee Fall Forum on Tuesday, October 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Forum will be held at Castle Rock Middle School, 2575 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock.
Attendees will have a large menu of sessions to choose from, each in twenty minute blocks. Please see the schedule below for more information.
View many of the sessions via Livestream: https://livestream.com/DCSDK12/events/6516992
You can also view many sessions via Periscope on the DCSD Twitter channel: https://twitter.com/dcsdk12
Network with Your Neighbors: Kick off the evening by catching up with friends and neighbors
Principal Round Table
At 6:30 p.m., we'll formally kick off the forum with a principal round table chaired by Sid Rundle, principal of Cresthill Middle School. This twenty minute discussion is guaranteed to be both valuable and thought-provoking, as anyone who’s heard Principal Rundle can attest. (In the Commons)
Multiple sessions offered during each time slot
During the three time slots, we will offer up to four breakout sessions each time. They will be located in the Commons (the main area on the first floor of the school; the library upstairs; and some of the large classrooms. The location of each session will be noted on your agenda.
Twenty minutes per session
Each set of sessions is twenty minutes, but we’ve allotted ten minutes between the sets, so we have a little bit of time to ask a few extra questions.
Multiple chances to attend each session
We are offering each session except the last one more than once, so you won't have to choose between two sessions you really want to see.
Sessions targeted to different audience, different experience levels
Some sessions are geared to those new to school issues and some are intended for those with more experience. We’ve noted those guidelines in the descriptions, but everyone has different work, volunteer and life experience, so please know those are simply guidelines. Obviously, you’re the best judge of which sessions will be the most interesting and useful to you.
Please note that these changes do not originate from the DAC. The DAC, however, has the ability to recommend changes to the Board for review and approval.
At the end of the evening, we'll all return to the commons area where members of the DAC, the Long Range Planning Committee, the Fiscal Oversight Committee, the Parent Engagement Task Force and the community will present a community outreach project we're launching at the forum that will be ongoing throughout 2017 and hopefully beyond.
This group will be tackling some challenging topics this year and next, working together to improve the process by which community feedback on District budget priorities is collected by the DAC and provided to the Board; collaborating on education outreach and feedback efforts around Long Range Planning's updated Master Capital Plan and ongoing capacity and maintenance needs assessments; and as a companion to that discussion, helping get the word out in the community about the specifics of the Fiscal Oversight Committee's recent analysis of the pros and cons of a variety of potential ways to meet the needs that have been identified. Come hear what we're thinking and let us know your feedback.