DCSD In the News – January 2014

Schools’ security processes ever changing — 1/31/14
highlandsranchherald.net
Douglas County School District’s security plan constantly changes. In the wake of the Arapahoe High School tragedy, district leaders said they are making further adjustments to a system they already believe is sound, but never will be concrete.
Investigation on alleged school financial discrepancy ongoing
 — 1/31/14
highlandsranchherald.net
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County School District both confirmed Jan. 31 that an investigation is underway surrounding a discrepancy within the district’s transportation department.
Dougco’s testing waiver bill introduced
 — 1/30/14
co.chalkbeat.org
A bill that would allow school districts to seek waivers from state standardized tests was introduced Thursday in the House.
Mountain Vista High School students help design STEM/Fabrication Lab
 — 1/30/14
yourhub.denverpost.com
Mountain Vista High School is building a new state-of-the-art STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Fabrication Lab, and Kent Allison’s engineering students are taking a leading role in the design process.
Student charged with felony in SkyView Academy blast that sent 5 students, teacher to hospital — 1/30/14
thedenverchannel.com
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – Prosecutors have charged a SkyView Academy student with a felony explosives charge and several misdemeanor assault charges in a chemical bottle-bomb blast earlier this month that sent five students and a teacher to the hospital.
Student charged in Highlands Ranch school incident
 — 1/30/14
denverpost.com
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo.—Authorities have charged a Highlands Ranch charter school student with one felony count of possession of an explosive or incendiary device and five misdemeanor assault counts.
CALL7 investigation uncovers money missing at the Douglas County School District
 — 1/30/14
thedenverchannel.com
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – A CALL7 investigation has prompted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to begin its own criminal investigation into cash missing at the Douglas County School District.
School district debuts new website — 1/29/14
highlandsranchherald.net
The Douglas County School District recently debut its redesigned website, a $225,000 investment district leaders said is more reliable, easier to navigate and allows for quicker updates. It also is intended to serve as the best place to find facts during a crisis.
Time for superintendent to resign — 1/27/14
highlandsranchherald.net
Letter to the Editor:  Thank you for the coverage of the recent Colorado Administrative Court ruling, finding Douglas County School District in violation of the Fair Campaign Practices Act.
Dougco parents, board express concern on “testing madness”
 — 1/27/14
co.chalkbeat.org
Douglas County school officials met with parents on Friday to describe an educational landscape choked by tests and shed some light on why its board of directors’ has decided to attempt an opt out mechanism for state and federal testing mandates.
Caldwell: Two new school boards’ mysterious agendas — 1/25/14
denverpost.com
OPINION: So many people showed up for a school board meeting in Loveland last month they had to sit on the floor and stand along the walls. Many of the roughly 400 people in attendance were angry, upset and wanted answers.
School district debates appeal in campaign act ruling
 — 1/22/14
lonetreevoice.net
Contrary to a late-December news release, Douglas County School Board President Kevin Larsen said the board hasn’t decided if it will appeal a recent court ruling against the district. Critics of the Douglas County School District who spoke during the Jan. 21 board meeting are hoping it lets the ruling stand.
Douglas schools seek to opt out of federal, state standardized testing
 — 1/22/14
denverpost.com
The Douglas County School Board, the teachers union and school administrators don’t usually agree. But they do agree on one thing — there is too much U.S.- and state-mandated standardize testing, and it is adversely affecting students.
Douglas County School District tackles “testing madness”
 — 1/22/14
denverpost.com
Kallie Leyba left teaching at Acres Green Elementary last year in part because the state of testing in modern classrooms has resulted in “borderline educational malpractice.”
Dougco school board called out
 — 1/18/14
denverpost.com
Letter to the Editor Re: “Douglas County School District crossed line with third-party report,” Jan. 2 Vincent Carroll column.  I applaud Vincent Carroll for his willingness to speak out against the misuse of tax dollars by the Douglas County School Board. 
Douglas County school board search underway
 — 1/16/14
denverpost.com
The Douglas County School District Board of Education is looking for a like-minded community member to fill the seat of Justin Williams.
Details of charges teens may face in SkyView Academy explosive incident released
 — 1/15/14
thedenverchannel.com
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – Possible charges against two juvenile males accused in an incident at SkyView Academy were detailed Wednesday. The two students were arrested on suspicion of possession, use, or removal of explosives or incendiary devices in SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch.
Douglas County School District cites more problems with its emergency communication system
 — 1/15/14
thedenverchannel.com
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – Douglas County School District says it is investigating why some parents did not receive an emergency alert Tuesday after a chemical incident at one of its charter schools.
Water, lithium combo may have caused SkyView chemical incident – 1/14/14
kdvr.com
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch was evacuated and five people were taken to a hospital Tuesday after a chemical incident at the school.
Suspects in custody in chemical incident at SkyView Academy
 — 1/14/14
lonetreevoice.net
Two suspects were in custody Jan. 14 following an incident in which a chemical device ruptured at SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, forcing the school’s evacuation.
‘Chemical device’ bursts in SkyView Academy classroom; Students taken to gym and classes cancelled
 — 1/14/14
thedenverchannel.com
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – A chemical device burst in a SkyView Academy classroom in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday morning, sending five students and a teacher to the hospital and forcing the cancelation of classes.
2 in custody in SkyView Academy chemical device case; Sources say warrant sought for student’s home
 — 1/14/14
thedenverchannel.com
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – Two juvenile males were taken into custody in connection with a chemical device that went off in a classroom, causing SkyView Academy to be evacuated Tuesday.
2 juveniles arrested after chemical device ruptures at SkyView Academy
 — 1/14/14
9news.com
HIGHLANDS RANCH – Two juvenile males were arrested after four students and a teacher were taken to the hospital after some type of chemical device went off at SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday.
Two SkyView Academy students arrested after chemical device triggered – 1/14/14
denverpost.com
Due to a “chemical incident” in a SkyView Academy classroom, classes at the school in Highlands Ranch are being canceled.
State student enrollment grows 1.6 percent — 1/14/14
co.chalkbeat.org
Preschool through 12th grade enrollment in Colorado increased by 13,438 students in the current school year – the rough equivalent of adding a district the size of Littleton.
Parents, schools share testing concerns — 1/13/14
highlandsranchherald.net
Highlands Ranch residents Jed and Linda Walker and Karen and Dick McGraw are among a growing number of parents who share a particular distaste for standardized testing. Along with millions of people nationwide, they’ve asked schools to excuse their students from most standardized testing.
Board president hopes for ‘deep pool’ of candidates — 1/13/14
highlandsranchherald.net
The process to fill Justin Williams’ recently vacated Douglas County School board seat likely will be almost identical to the one employed in 2013, when Dan Gerken stepped down.
Colorado District Found to Violate Campaign Rules
 — 1/7/14
edweek.org
Colorado’s Douglas County school district violated state campaign laws by contracting for and disseminating an American Enterprise Institute white paper that supported the “reform agenda” of the school board, actions intended to aid the so-called “reform slate” of board candidates in the November election, a judge has ruled.
To unite requires action — 1/6/14
highlandsranchherald.net
The day after the election the newly elected school board members promised they would try to reunite our community. Unfortunately, their actions thus far prove otherwise.
Illegal behavior needs accountability — 1/6/14
highlandsranchherald.net
I just cut a Box Top for Education out of a cereal box to earn a few cents for my children’s school. It is mid-year, so I expect to get a second request for school supplies soon, too. Meanwhile, the district office continues to waste money on advancing their political agenda, while breaking the law in the process.
Attorney for nonprofit says 2013 review showed organization in compliance — 1/6/14
lonetreevoice.net
Three Douglas County residents who believe the Douglas County Educational Foundation violated its nonprofit status say a Denver judge’s recent ruling against the school district adds teeth to their allegations.
Douglas County School Board member resigns — 1/6/14
coloradocommunitymedia.com
Douglas County School Board Member Justin Williams stepped down from his post Jan. 6, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.
Douglas County school board member Williams resigns
 — 1/6/14
yourhub.denverpost.com
Citing a New Year’s resolution to spend more time with his family, Director Justin Williams has resigned his seat on the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education.
Carroll: Douglas County School District crossed line with third-party report
 – 1/2/14
denverpost.com
Douglas County school officials appear dumbfounded that a judge ruled last week that the “district spent public funds to influence the outcome of the Board election” when it paid for a friendly outside review of district reforms.