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Build a Stronger District

UPDATE:  At the January 19, 2016 Board of Education meeting, Strong Schools Coalition requested that the District restore half of the per pupil revenue increase from 2008-09 to 2015-16 to our schools in the 2016-17 school year, empowering our local communities vs. central administration to make decisions regarding how these funds are spent. In a few weeks, 3 newly elected Board of Education members will be sworn into office to…

A Closer Look at Student Based Budgets in DCSD

Reference Links: Per Pupil Revenue: Historical Per Pupil Revenue (PPR) was presented at the February 19, 2013 Board of Education meeting and included a preliminary estimate of the 2014 PPR.  PPR for 2014 was revised in the May 21, 2013 presentation. Per Pupil Revenue (PPR) Board of Education presentations – slides used from February 19, 2013 and May 21, 2013 Student Based Budgets (SBB) (also know as Site Based Budget):…

2013 DCSD Year In Review

These headlines are taken from articles published in one of the local newspapers or television stations. To read these articles, as well as all DCSD-related articles in 2013, visit the “In the News” page of the Strong Schools Coalition website. All source documents are available on website.

DCSD Releases Inaccurate Information

Public school districts have an obligation to report accurate and complete Student Assessment Performance data. Therefore, the Strong Schools Coalition is concerned that inaccurate and misleading Student Assessment Performance data was released by the Douglas County School District on August 15th. To date, the District has not informed the parents and community members who received this inaccurate information that the data released was in error and that a correction has…

High School Instructional Time

Superintendent Fagen responded to the request to correct misinformation — to read the response and to read the follow up email submitted by Strong Schools Coalition.  As we represent our more than 700 members, we will keep you updated with progress on this issue. Two recent presentations to the Board of Education — May 7, 2013 and May 21, 2013 — included updates on the change to the high school schedule…

Public Input Devalued in DCSD

Douglas County School District’s Strategic Plan provides commitments to the public which speak to valuing input from parents and families and engaging the public. Recent actions devalue public input as described in the above chart. In December of 2009, the Board of Education agreed to hold the second meeting of each month in local schools to hear from parents and the public. Those meetings have been discontinued, despite being well-attended…

Restore Our Schools _Part 2

Compared to our neighbor, Cherry Creek School District, DCSD has significant variances between projections and actuals preventing precious dollars from being used most effectively in our schools. DCSD’s General Fund Balance has more than quadrupled over the last 4 years, unlike our neighboring school districts. Douglas County School District’s inability to budget and forecast more accurately is negatively impacting our students’ education and weakening our schools. Source documents: General Fund Balance…

DCSD Budget Cut History

Douglas County School District has gone through multiple years of difficult budget cuts. This timeline provides an overview of the cuts and the growth to the fund balance during that same time period. Sources cited: Budget cut amounts are on page 24 of the FY 2012 Comprehensive Audited Financial Report (CAFR) and page 12 of the FY 2011 Financial Plan and Budget Book. General Fund Balance amounts are on page…

Recent Trends in DCSD

DCSD continues to experience growth in the number of students and administrators, while the number of teachers has declined in recent years. The student-to-teacher ratio is higher than neighboring school districts. Revenues after expenditures (General Fund Balance) has more than quadrupled since 2008, while the District has charged new fees to families and cut funding to schools each and every year. Sources cited: CDE (Colorado Department of Education) Data based on information…