December 2015

Proposed Douglas County K-8 school would provide place for students with behavioral and emotional needs — 12/24/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County School District has proposed a new K-8 school that will be modeled after Plum Creek Academy — which caters to high school students with significant emotional and behavioral needs — to service the same population of children at the elementary and middle school levels.

Board approves expansion of STEM Academy in Highlands Ranch — 12/21/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Despite concerns by two neighboring business and three school board members’ concerns about increased traffic and safety of children, the Douglas County Board of Education approved the expansion of STEM High and Academy in time to meet the Jan. 5 open enrollment deadline.

Communication vital to school board vice president — 12/20/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County School Board member Judith Reynolds was recently chosen as the board’s vice president. She takes over the post from colleague Doug Benevento, who remains a member of the seven-person board.

New school board president poised to lead — 12/14/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Meghann Silverthorn was recently elected the new president of the Douglas County Board of Education. She replaces Kevin Larsen, who was defeated in the November election.

Many in Douglas County see need for teacher survey — 12/9/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Many community members in the Douglas County School District have advocated for a survey of parents, teachers and students to find ways to improve the relationship between teachers and administration.

Douglas County School Board discusses changes to public comment policy — 12/8/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
A proposed change to the public comment process at Douglas County school board meetings would eliminate the five-minute limit for speaking at the end of meetings and allow more people to speak. The rest of the policy would remain largely the same.

New board president pledges to bring together community — 12/8/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Following a divisive election, Meghann Silverthorn, the new president of the Douglas County Board of Education, pledged to reach out to all sides, listen to differing viewpoints and work to bring together old and new members at the table.

Union tries to find fit in district — 12/7/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
A teachers’ union has not participated in collective-bargaining negotiations with the Douglas County School District since 2012, but for some teachers, it still pays to be a member.

Silverthorn chosen as new Douglas County School Board president — 12/2/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
The latest edition of the Douglas County Board of Education met for the first time Dec. 1 to elect new leadership.