DCSD in the News – July 2014

Letter to the editor: School buildings’ needs deserve attention — 7/28/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
It is quite obvious that our aging schools need work. It is no different than homeowners needing to do repairs to their homes such as replacing a water heater, a furnace or air conditioner, etc. to maintain certain standards.

Union president’s address creates debate — 7/28/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
An invitation to the teachers’ union president to address a local Republican Party-based monthly breakfast sparked dissension among some of the group’s regular attendees. Some members refused to attend Courtney Smith’s July 25 address to the Highlands Club.

Board adopts resolution on lunch opt-out — 7/25/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
The Douglas County School Board has adopted a resolution on its suspension of district high schools from the National School Lunch Program.

High schools drop out of federal lunch program — 7/25/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
The Douglas County School District is opting its high schools out of the 2014-15 National School Lunch Program, citing concerns about the stringent level of the program’s newest nutritional requirements. By not accepting the federal funds provided through the program, DCSD does not have to adhere to the standards.

Douglas County high schools opt out of federal lunch program — 7/26/14 (Denver Post)
More than two years into the nationwide implementation of new health guidelines for school meals, high schools in Douglas County are dropping out of the program.

Your Voice: Superpowers in Douglas County School District — 7/24/14 (YourHub)
I was amazed at the superpowers displayed at the last Dougco school board meeting. There were repeated incidents of clairvoyance emanating from Superintendent Fagen and school board members.

In quest to put more local foods in school cafeterias, district treads new ground — 7/21/14 (Chalkbeat)
Last fall, Denver Public Schools had a zucchini problem.

Future faces of technology find success — 7/20/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
Some innovative Douglas County teens are well on their way to becoming the future’s leaders in technology.

STEM school borrows a few letters — 7/20/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
It’s not often that a STEM-focused school can claim a thriving performing arts program.

School district turnover up, but on pace with state — 7/20/14 (Castle Rock News-Press)
Teacher and overall staff turnover in the Douglas County School District rose from 2012-13 to 2013-14, putting it at a level similar to the state as a whole.

State education dept. approves Douglas County teacher evaluation plan — 7/16/2014 (Denver Post)
A state review of a teacher evaluation system designed by the Douglas County School District was released Wednesday and concluded the system complied with state law.

Boettcher honors four local teachers — 7/16/2014 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Four Douglas County School District teachers are among 40 statewide recognized by the Boettcher Foundation for their impact on students.

Stolen laptop causes security breach for DougCo schools — 7/15/2014 (9 News)
DOUGLAS COUNTY – A stolen laptop containing sensitive data has caused a security breach for Douglas County Schools.

Schools’ chef leads multifaceted life — 7/14/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Chef Jason Morse leads a double life. While many know him as the Douglas County School District’s executive chef, Morse is a savvy business owner who created and markets his own line of spices and caramels, works as a consultant to other schools, hotels, restaurants and food service entities, runs a catering business and teaches college classes.

McMinimee describes rocky road to becoming Jeffco’s superintendent — 7/13/2014 (Denver Post)
GOLDEN — Jefferson County Schools then-superintendent finalist Dan McMinimee sat impassively at school board meetings last spring as audience members inveighed against him, shouting out that he was unqualified to lead the state’s second-largest school district.

Jeffco Schools names Dougco schools exec as new chief academic officer — 7/8/2014 (Lone Tree Voice)
Jeffco Schools has once again turned to Douglas County to fill a top position in the district, announcing Tuesday that it has hired Syna Morgan as chief academic officer.

Parker teacher’s passion garners state award — 7/5/2014 (Parker Chronicle)
A Douglas County middle school teacher’s love and respect for her family helped her earn the title of 2014 Colorado History Teacher of the Year.

Few punishments for those who fail to report abuse — 7/5/2014 (Denver Post)
Investigators would have found numerous inappropriate photos of a 13-year-old girl posted on the walls of her math teacher’s office, but administrators at her Douglas County school never called them.

State pilot project allows funding to follow students — 7/4/2014 (Denver Post)
(Guest Commentary) Colorado schools are seen as innovators by the rest of the country for progressive education policies. Unfortunately, the state’s funding-allocation guidelines haven’t kept pace with the rate at which our state is innovating and creating new education models.

STEM school founders launching new project — 7/3/2014 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
The founders of Highlands Ranch’s STEM School and Academy are holding a series of informational meetings about a planned new sixth- through 12th-grade charter school. The proposed Alexandria School of Innovation will be, one founder believes, the culmination of all they’ve done so far.

Two speakers in accord against Common Core — 7/1/2014 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Two opponents of the Common Core standards spoke during the June 27 meeting of the Highlands Club, a group of Highlands Ranch Republicans that meet monthly for breakfast. Pueblo resident Anita Stapleton and Douglas County School Board member Craig Richardson shared their mutual distaste for the standards, but clashed on issues specific to DCSD.

Douglas County School District raises cap for highly effective teachers — 7/1/2014 (Denver Post)
Starting in the 2014-15 school year, the Douglas County School District will offer raises to highly effective teachers even if they have maxed out on the new market-based salary scale.