DCSD In the News – February 2015

School district explains snow-day decisions — 2/28/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
The Douglas County School District’s Facebook page flamed with angry messages the snowy morning of Feb. 26.

Rock Canyon assistant principal picked for top post at Highlands Ranch High — 2/28/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Rock Canyon High School Assistant Principal Chris Page first walked the halls of Highlands Ranch High as a student teacher. Starting next fall, he’ll do so as its principal.

Highlands Ranch High School principal saying goodbye — 2/27/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Highlands Ranch High School Principal Jerry Goings will step down at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, concluding a decade as the school’s leader.

School leaders continue capital-needs outreach — 2/23/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
The Douglas County School District has reached out to more than 40 community groups in the last few weeks about its long and growing list of capital improvement needs.

Douglas County School Board must vote to seek bond — 2/12/15 (Denver Post)
Opinion: Some concerned parents in Douglas County believe the tendentious Board of Education is leaning toward not asking voters to consider a bond measure in November, one that would cover much of the $275 million in capital needs identified by the board’s Long Range Planning Committee.

Your Voice: In Douglas County School District, it’s about more than just winning elections — 2/4/15 (Denver Post)
Although the year is still young, I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming November 3rd election. Among ballot items we can expect will be three of the seven Douglas County School District board director seats: District A (currently Craig Richardson) District C (currently Kevin Larson, the board president) and District F (now filled by Richard Robbins, appointed mid-term in 2014 to replace resigning director Justin Williams). To-date we may assume all the incumbents will likely be in the running.

Foundation halts controversial acts — 2/5/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County Educational Foundation director Jason Christensen is aware of historic concerns about the organization’s involvement in the 2013 school board election. Under his direction and a newly created strategic plan, the DCEF has no intention of following a similar path.

School foundation chief touts innovation — 2/5/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County Educational Foundation executive director Jason Christensen’s career path has been highlighted by stories of dramatic change.

How many hours for testing? Colorado lawmakers begin to tackle state’s mandatory student assessments. — 2/3/15 (Denver Post)
Sixteen hours in a single week! No, 11 hours for the entire year! Both numbers were cited to score points and bolster arguments last week when state legislators began reevaluating Colorado’s system of mandatory assessments for students starting in kindergarten and ending in high school.

High school culinary team cooking for alpine pros — 2/2/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
A culinary team including four ThunderRidge High School students, teacher Katy Waskey and Douglas County School District executive chef Jason Morse are spending the week showcasing their talents in Vail.

Online list gives three DougCo schools an A+ — 2/2/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Three Douglas County elementary schools — two of them charters — earned an A-plus rating in this year’s Colorado School Grades rankings.