Category: Newsflash

UPDATE: High School Instructional Timeline

UPDATE (October 5, 2015):  The $4.2 Million Liability to State could have been avoided!! Douglas County School District was aware of potential problems with loss of instructional time under 6 of 8 schedule as early as August of 2012. In his June 23, 2015 letter to Superintendent Fagen from Douglas County School District, Commissioner Hammond stated, “The evidence that we have received indicate the district was aware of the potential…

Give Voters a Choice: Add a Bond Initiative to the Election

UPDATE:  The Douglas County Board of Education has decided against placing a bond initiative on the November 2015 ballot, allowing property tax rates to decline and ignoring the results of the community feedback survey that was conducted by the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC).  Even though the LRPC’s feedback included a “concern about a long term strategy to address capital needs”, as of September 9th, 2015, the Board of Education…

Make Your Voice Heard!

Master Capital Plan Douglas County School District Chief Financial Officer stated at two Master Capital Forums that without the passage of a bond in 2015, the district could be facing a cut of 11% or $741 in per pupil revenue. That equates to an average impact of $370,500 per year at each elementary school (500 students), $741,000 at each middle school (1,000 students) and $1,482,000 at each high school (2,000…

Douglas County School Board: A Call for Transparency – Abide by the Intent of the Colorado Innovation Schools Act

UPDATE (September 25, 2014):  Strong Schools Coalition’s response to Douglas County Board of Education and Dr. Fagen regarding petition UPDATE (September 24, 2014):  Letter sent to some petition signers from Nona Eichelberger NEW!!!  UPDATE (September 24, 2014):  Letter to Superintendent Fagen from the Colorado Department of Education Commissioner of Education Hammond regarding assessment waivers Sign The Petition We are asking that the Douglas County School Board uphold the intent of…

UPDATED: DCSD Then & Now

This updated version of the Then & Now infographic is inspired by the once annually published DCSD Quick Facts document that is now discontinued. It provided the Board and community with a quick list of key facts about the school district. All information is based on Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and DCSD documents, which can be accessed at www.StrongSchoolsCoalition.org. In addition, supporting data for graphs: DCSD vs Cherry Creek…

School board candidates

We reached our goal of 1,000 signatures!!! Thank you!!! Petition: Douglas County and Colorado Elected Officials: Refrain from endorsing school board candidates and attend a parent forum “In Colorado, school director elections are nonpartisan and an essential role of school boards is to provide local control over public education. As an elected official, we would like to provide you an opportunity to hear from parents prior to endorsing or promoting…

DougCo Finances Shouldn’t Require A Crystal Ball

Letter to the Editor printed in the February 21, 2013 editions of the Highlands Ranch Herald and Castle Rock News Press: DougCo Finances Shouldn’t Require A Crystal Ball If the Douglas County School District (DCSD) had known it was sitting on a large operating surplus last year, would it still have made the decision to cut $4.1 million from schools’ operating budgets? In a recent meeting, Chief Financial Officer, Bonnie…