DCSD In the News – February 2014


11 vie for vacant Douglas County Board of Education seat — 2/26/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
The open Douglas County Board of Education seat has drawn applications from 11 Parker-area residents. The seat has been vacant since January, when board member Justin Williams reportedly resigned to spend more time with his family.

STEM School on shortened leash — 2/25/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
Three-year-old STEM School and Academy is under scrutiny for the next three years. During that time, it must mark several academic, operational and financial milestones to gain another contract renewal, according to an agreement approved Feb. 18 by the Douglas County School Board.

Teen suicides draw discussion at meeting — 2/24/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Staff, board and community members talked during the Feb. 18 Douglas County School District board meeting about the recent rash of teen suicides.

Parents left waiting in halls at board meeting — 2/21/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
As dozens of people stood in a hall outside the meeting room during the Douglas County Board of Education’s Feb. 18 meeting, several county residents decried the board’s new meeting attendance cap.

Next up in Jefferson County Public Schools: — 2/20/14 (Chalkbeat Colorado)
In 2009, Dougco, short for Douglas County School District, saw its own conservative sweep of seats on its school board. That board ended its 

Douglas County district appeals ruling on violation of campaign laws — 2/20/14 (The Denver Post)
Douglas County school officials are appealing a Denver judge’s ruling that the district violated fair-campaign laws by using public funds to influence the outcome of a school board election.

Douglas County School District to appeal ruling of campaign finance violations — 2/19/14 (The Denver Channel)
The Douglas County School District is appealing a judge’s ruling that it used public money to commission a report and illegally influence the 2013 board election. But district emails obtained by the CALL7 Investigators seem to support that administrative law judge’s decision.

Caldwell: Closed-door school board meetings should be recorded  — 2/18/14 (The Denver Post)
Opinion:  Politics can be a strange filter.  That’s really the only explanation for how otherwise rational people at the state Capitol could view a pending good-government bill as some sort of attack on democracy.

Douglas County School District seeks public relations help — 2/17/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
The Douglas County School District is looking to hire a public relations firm. When asked why the school district needs a PR firm, spokeswoman Paula Hans wrote in an email, “We constantly review ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our communications.”

District files notice to appeal election ruling — 2/17/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
When a judge ruled that the Douglas County School District violated campaign-finance law in the lead-up to the November school board race, the decision left the board intact and the district was not fined for its actions. But DCSD has moved to have the ruling overturned…

Jefferson County school board reforms unclear, as uncertainty abounds — 2/16/14 (The Denver Post)
Nearly three months after taking office, a conservative majority on the board of Jefferson County Public Schools has yet to outline the brand of reforms it plans to implement, causing unease at a district that is not accustomed to turmoil.

Community holds prayer vigil after teen suicides in Douglas County – 2/14/14  (kdvr.com)
Jim Hooley has more in his video report. The Douglas County School District sent a letter home to parents of students about the topic.

Carroll: Douglas County’s dubious mutiny over Colorado school testing – 2/14/14  (The Denver Post)
Opinion:  If someone had predicted a few years ago that Douglas County would emerge as the center of backlash against Colorado’s system of annual standardized testing, you’d have scoffed — and maybe offered a primer on education politics.

DougCo authorities increasing patrols around schools after threats – 2/14/14  (The Denver Post)
Douglas County and Castle Rock authorities are increasing patrols around area schools after multiple rumors of threats have been reported throughout the week.

Rumored threats lead to increased patrols at schools – 2/13/14  (Castle Rock News Press)
Law enforcement officials say there is no imminent danger, but patrols are being increased at three local schools in response to rumored threats.

School board transparency bill moves forward – 2/13/14  (Castle Rock News Press)
A contentious House floor debate preceded the Feb. 13 passage of a bill that aims to shine a light on school board members’ private discussions.

Family hopes child’s suicide opens dialogue – 2/13/14  (9NEWS)
The Douglas County School District recently sent a letter to parents asking them to look for warning signs. Laraia said she and Ashley were close, and 

Lawmakers debate delaying new standardized tests set for 2014-2015 school year – 2/12/14  (The Denver Channel)
In a announcement January 22nd, Douglas County School District Board of Education President Kevin Larsen issued this statement. “The overtesting 

Conservatives control future of Jeffco Schools — 2/12/14 (9news.com)
KUSA – Amidst the loud crowd upset at the new conservative school board majority in Jefferson County is a quiet group of parents like Sunny Flynn.

School safety: It takes a team — 2/12/14 (highlandsranchherald.net)
News of the Dec. 13 Arapahoe High School shooting hit former Rock Canyon High School guidance counselor Susan Young hard.

4 teen suicides in 11 days in Douglas County force officials into action – 2/11/14 (KDVR)
A Douglas County teen committed suicide Tuesday night, the fourth teen to do so in 11 days in the county.

Two student suicides at Douglas County High School; Parents asked to talk to their kids — 2/11/14 (The Denver Channel)
Students at Douglas County High School are dealing with the suicides of two of their classmates in nine days.

School board meeting attendance capped — 2/7/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
After a standing-room-only crowd overflowed the board’s Castle Rock chambers during its Jan. 21 meeting, the Douglas County School District made the call to restrict attendance at its meetings to those who are seated.

Your Voice: Only in Douglas County… — 2/6/14 (Your Hub)
Only in Douglas County.  While enjoying my morning cup of tea and a fabulous Colorado sunrise I began to reflect on some recent events that have occurred in Douglas County.

Eagle Academy night high school winter graduation sends off 27 Eaglets — 2/6/14 (Your Hub)
On the night a snow storm was brewing over the Rockies, Eagle Academy celebrated the commencement of 27 high school seniors January 30, 2014. For the books, a new record number of graduates completed their diploma requirements a full semester ahead of their peers at their previous schools.

School board transparency bill jumps first hurdle — 2/4/14 (Chalkbeat)
The full House will get a chance to debate a bill that seeks to put guardrails around school boards’ use of executive sessions, an issue that’s become controversial in some districts.

Student-to-counselor ratios bring challenges for mental health support — 2/2/14 (The Denver Post)
Mental health services provided by school counselors, psychologists and social workers are a key line of defense against school violence, experts say.