DCSD in the News

The Strong Schools Coalition has created the In the News page to help the public follow all news stories related to Douglas County School District in local media sources (Denver Post, Your Hub, Chalkbeat, Douglas County News-Press, and/or local media channels). These stories are then provided on a weekly basis to our members through our Weekly Updates.

February 2017

School board votes to support concealed carry legislation in schools — 2/8/17 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County Board of Education has voted to support a pair of bills that would allow people, including teachers, with a concealed carry permit to carry a handgun on campuses.

School athletic trainers to be contracted by private company — 2/7/17 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County School District is entering into a partnership that would make school athletic trainers employees of Panorama Orthopedics.

Community members organize town hall on possible school budget cuts — 2/7/17 (Douglas County News-Press)
Concerns about changes to budgets in the Douglas County School District have prompted the organization of a community forum.

January 2017

Neighbors oppose moving school into community — 1/24/17 (Douglas County News-Press)
More than 200 residents of a Lone Tree neighborhood have raised objections to the Douglas County School District’s approval of the purchase of a nearby building that will serve as home to the district’s evening high school program.

Douglas County School District extends interim superintendent’s contract — 1/18/17 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County Board of Education has extended the contract of Interim Superintendent Erin Kane through the 2017-18 school year, meaning the school district will continue to hold off on a search for a new permanent leader.

CDE enrollment figures for 2016-17 school year — 1/12/17 (Douglas County News-Press)
The largest 15 districts and their current student enrollments are according to the Colorado Department of Education:

U.S. Supreme Court hears case involving autistic Douglas County student — 1/11/17 (Douglas County News-Press)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11 heard the case of an autistic Douglas County School District student whose parents say he wasn’t provided the level of public education required by federal law.

Higher-education campus finds home in Castle Rock — 1/11/17 (Douglas County News-Press)
A new collaborative education venture between Colorado State University, Arapahoe Community College and the Douglas County School District has found a home.

School district to consider weighted honors classes — 1/10/17 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County School District will explore the possibility of weighting honors classes for high school students. The idea would be to make students more competitive when applying to college and for scholarships.

December 2016

Douglas County still faces bus driver shortage — 12/23/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Despite hiring 40 new bus drivers since the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, the Douglas County School District is still facing a shortage.

School board tackles issues as year comes to end — 12/20/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County Board of Education met Dec.13 for its final meeting of 2016. The board approved a new charter school, approved a resolution to support legislation to help fund growth-related school construction and considered a new contract for athletic trainers.

School board members’ geographic areas updated — 12/19/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The boundaries dividing the Douglas County Board of Education’s representation areas have been updated in an effort to ensure equality and account for population growth.

School district emphasizes relationships among feeder area — 12/13/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
In November, leaders from the Chaparral High School feeder area — made up of five elementaries, one middle school and one high school — met at the Parker high school one weekend to discuss how to more closely work together.

Charter school breaks ground in Parker — 12/7/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Parker parents and students will have another option for early education next year, as public charter school American Academy has broken ground on its new facility at Lincoln Meadows Parkway and Twenty Mile Road in Parker. The school is slated to open for the 2017-18 school year.

High-tech tools help students, lessons click — 12/6/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Robots scoot, stop, turn and reverse as they zip around the floor of a classroom at Redstone Elementary School in Highlands Ranch.

November 2016

Douglas County School District explores possible tax measure — 11/28/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County Board of Education will gauge interest in a possible tax measure aimed at generating more money to address capital needs across the district.

School district rolls out eco-friendly buses — 11/17/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Bright sunshine and a clear blue sky were an appropriate backdrop for the Douglas County School District’s presentation of three environmentally-friendly buses as part of a sustainability plan to make a brighter, cleaner future for its students.

Court hears arguments on school district case involving religion — 11/16/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
A lawyer for the American Humanist Association argued in a courtroom Nov. 16 that the Douglas County School District has a track record of promoting Christian causes, violating the Constitution.

Douglas County School Board rescinds latest voucher program — 11/15/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County Board of Education voted 7-0 to rescind its School Choice Grant Program Nov. 15 because of rising concerns about the cost of defending it against ongoing legal challenges.

New school board member sworn in — 11/7/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Steve Peck, a health care executive and a former officer in the U.S. Navy, has been chosen to fill the District E Douglas County Board of Education seat vacated by Doug Benevento.

Collaborative higher-education campus in the works for Castle Rock — 11/2/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
A partnership is forming between Arapahoe Community College, Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District to create a higher-education campus in Castle Rock.

Board president likely to appoint new member after vacancy left off agenda — 11/2/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County Board of Education did not fill its empty board seat as expected at the Nov. 1 meeting, because the vacancy was left off the meeting’s agenda.

October 2016

Douglas County Board of Education at stalemate after vote on new member — 10/19/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County Board of Education member David Ray said the election of a new board member is an opportunity to show the community the directors can “find common ground.”

Administrative exits mount in school district — 10/17/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Since former Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen announced in June she would leave for a similar position in Texas, five members of the district’s upper-administration team have also left or announced impending departures.

Candidates interview for Douglas County School Board seat — 10/5/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Potential new school board members made their pitch for how they could help serve the Douglas County School District at a special meeting Oct. 4.

September 2016

Supreme Court to hear case involving autistic Douglas County School District student –– 9/29/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The United States Supreme Court announced Thursday it will hear the case of an autistic Douglas County School District student whose parents say he wasn’t provided with the level of public education required by federal law. They are seeking reimbursement for the child’s tuition and related expenses at a private school.

Interim superintendent eyes culture change — 9/26/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Erin Kane took over as the interim superintendent of the Douglas County School District on Sept. 1.

Chief Human Resources Officer Cesare to leave Douglas County School district — 9/15/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
One of the key figures behind the Douglas County School District’s market-based pay system for teachers is leaving.

Douglas County School Board reverses decision, accepts member’s resignation — 9/8/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
After a second special meeting of the Douglas County Board of Education in three days, Doug Benevento’s resignation was accepted by a 6-1 vote Sept. 8. David Ray cast the dissenting vote.

Board doesn’t accept Benevento’s resignation — 9/7/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
District E will be without a voice on the Douglas County Board of Education longer than expected after the board did not formally accept Doug Benevento’s resignation in a 3-3 vote at a special meeting Sept. 6. The district encompasses Lone Tree, Acres Green, Castle Pines and eastern Highlands Ranch.

August 2016

Douglas County School District hosting town hall meetings — 8/24/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County School district is hosting a series of community meetings as it prepares to launch a districtwide survey of students, teachers and community members.

Benevento resigns from Douglas County Board of Education — 8/17/2016 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County Board of Education member Doug Benevento announced Aug. 17 that he is resigning effective immediately, leaving the board with three members who support the district’s reform policies and three who oppose them.

Interim superintendent’s contract approved — 8/17/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County school board officially approved Erin Kane, an engineer and executive director of a local charter school, as the district’s interim superintendent with a $240,000-a-year salary.

Douglas County ACT scores rise — 8/11/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The average composite ACT score of juniors in the Douglas County School District rose from 21.9 in 2015 to 22.5 in 2016.

Judge halts newest version of Douglas County School District voucher program — 8/3/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Judge Michael Martinez of the 2nd Judicial District stopped the Douglas County School District’s school voucher program Aug. 3.

Douglas County selects interim superintendent — 8/3/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Although the Douglas County School District’s new interim superintendent stated a top priority will be to restore trust among staff and the community, two parent advocacy organizations expressed disappointment about her lack of classroom and educational experience.

District approves medical marijuana policy for students — 8/1/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
After being seizure-free for several years, 14-year old Benjamin Wann began suffering again last Thanksgiving Day.

July 2016

Five things to know about the school district security update — 7/24/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County School District officials recently gave the community a comprehensive update on district security, including clarification and details on the training and potential use of 10 new semi-automatic rifles.

No presentation on Grace Davis report at meeting — 7//16 (Douglas County News-Press)
A lawyer with Sherman & Howard LLC, the Denver-based law firm that handled the investigation into allegations of intimidation of a student by two school board members, was scheduled to discuss his findings with the Douglas County Board of Education at its July 19 meeting. However, Gordon W. Netzorg, who conducted the investigation and wrote the report that cleared the board members of wrongdoing, did not attend the board meeting.

June 2016

Community members protest, call for school board members to resign — 6/22/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
More than 100 community members held signs, protested outside of and attended the June 21 Douglas County School District Board of Education meeting in Castle Rock.

School board members cleared of violations in encounter with student — 6/21/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County School Board’s president and vice president were found not to have violated any rules or laws in the alleged bullying of a Ponderosa High School student.

Fagen submits resignation letter — 6/16/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County School District Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen officially submitted her resignation letter to the board of education June 15.

School board in Texas confirms Fagen as new superintendent — 6/14/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County School District Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen is expected to turn in her resignation this week after a school district in Texas confirmed her as its new superintendent.

Expo showcases students’ solutions to global issues — 6/13/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Ten-year-old Rachel Bloomfield’s favorite subject is science. And for the Student Innovation Expo at Mountain Vista High School, she showcased her edible water bottle project.

Appeal planned after latest voucher ruling — 6/10/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Three families who want to use the Douglas County School District voucher program to send their children to a private Christian high school in Highlands Ranch plan to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the program cannot be expanded to include religious schools.

Fagen says she will offer official resignation June 15 — 6/10/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Even though a Texas school district has formally announced her as the lone finalist for its top position, Douglas County School District Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen has not yet officially resigned. She said June 9 that she expects to do that next week, following a vote by the Humble school board finalizing her selection.

Lawsuit says Douglas County School District forced teachers to retire because of their disabilities — 6/9/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The estate of a teacher who died from cancer and another former teacher have sued Douglas County School District for what they describe as “systematic” discrimination and retaliation against their disabilities.

May 2016

Douglas County School District: Focus turns to Fagen’s legacy, successor — 5/27/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County School District Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen’s decision to leave Colorado to take the same position in Humble, Texas, a district of 39,000 students outside Houston, has sparked communitywide discussion about her legacy and who will replace her.

Mountain Vista students investigate teacher turnover — 5/27/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Olivia McKinzie, a junior at Mountain Vista High School, said teachers have changed her life. Her principal, Michael Weaver, greets students by first names in the hallways. Her social studies teacher connects with students and resembles a relative.

Controversy surrounds Humble ISD superintendent finalist — 5/25/16 (KHOU)
HUMBLE, TEXAS – Less than 24 hours after Humble Independent School District named its choice for school superintendent, parents are already protesting.

Douglas County superintendent leaves behind years of controversy — 5/25/16 (9News)
CASTLE ROCK – Dr. Liz Fagen started her time at the Douglas County School District as one of the highest-paid superintendents in the state, commanding a salary close to $300,000. But, that was just the beginning of a time of tumult and change.

Douglas County School board members will tap community members for input on next superintendent — 5/25/16 (The Denver Channel)
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – The search is on for a new superintendent in Douglas County schools.

Douglas County Schools super leaving post to lead district in the Houston area — 5/25/16 (9News)
CASTLE ROCK, CO. – Douglas County School District Superintendent Liz Fagen announced she will be leaving her post in July.

As superintendent Liz Fagen departs, Douglas County parents celebrate and Texas parents petition — 5/25/16 (Denver Post)
Controversy is hitching a ride with former Douglas County schools superintendent Liz Fagen as she leaves Colorado for a superintendent position in Texas.

Douglas County’s long-running voucher effort hit with new legal challenges — 5/25/16 (Denver Post)
The legal drama surrounding the Douglas County School District’s beleaguered voucher program — already five years in the making — just got more convoluted this week.

Douglas County School District superintendent accepts Texas post — 5/24/16 (Denver Post)
The Douglas County School District superintendent is moving to Texas.

Douglas County School District Superintendent Fagen leaving for job in Texas — 5/24/16 (Douglas County News Press)
Douglas County School District Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen announced Tuesday she is leaving to assume the top position in the Humble Independent School District in Texas, a district of 39,000 students about 20 miles outside of Houston.

Douglas County Schools superintendent resigns, takes job in Texas — 5/24/16 (KDVR)
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — The superintendent of Douglas County Schools announced Tuesday night she is leaving for a new job.

Controversial Douglas County superintendent to lead Texas school district — 5/24/16 (Chalkbeat)
Douglas County School District Superintendent Liz Fagen, who put in place a controversial market-based pay system for teachers and a voucher program that drew national attention and legal challenges, is leaving to lead a Texas school district.

FBI investigating school threats — 5/23/16 (9News)
PARKER – The FBI is investigating a series of similar schools threats across the country Monday that prompted an evacuation at a Parker elementary school.

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