March 2016

Teacher turnover: Bo Sager — 3/30/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Bo Sager began teaching fifth grade at Northridge Elementary in Highlands Ranch in 2005. He was a teacher with DCSD for 10 years, was evaluated as a highly effective teacher, he said, and chosen as an Apple Award finalist in 2011. The Apple Awards is the district’s program for honoring its best teachers. He left Douglas County at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

Teacher turnover: Cristin Bleess — 3/30/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Spanish teacher Cristin Bleess helped open Castle View High School in Castle Rock in 2008-09. She left at the end of the 2013-14 school year. The 2013 school board election resultswhich maintained the district’s direction, sealed her decision to leave the district, she said.

Douglas County School District: Why are teachers leaving? — 3/30/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Niki Mitchell has watched a number of fellow teachers leave the Douglas County School District in recent years. Some have gone to other school districts. Others have taken early retirement. A few have left the profession altogether.

Is Douglas County’s new voucher program in deeper trouble than before? — 3/20/16 (Denver Post)
The Douglas County School Board’s decision last week to seek a middle ground on a contentious voucher initiative — by excluding religious schools in its revamped program — could land the district in even hotter legal water than it is already facing.

Douglas County School Board approves revised voucher policy — 3/16/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County Board of Education has passed a revised version of the school district’s voucher program that removes religiously affiliated schools as an option.

Douglas County narrowly OKs new school voucher program — 3/15/16 (Denver Post)
The Douglas County School Board on Tuesday night narrowly passed a resolution that re-launches a controversial voucher program exactly five years after it was originally put in place, but significantly excludes religious schools from the mix.

New-look school voucher program approved by divided Douglas County board — 3/15/16 (Chalkbeat Colorado)
CASTLE ROCK — Parents of Douglas County public school students would use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools — but not religious ones — under a revised school voucher program approved Tuesday night by a bitterly divided school board.

Douglas County voucher program would be revived under proposal — minus religious schools –3/11/16 (Denver Post)
The Douglas County School District would take another shot at launching a school voucher program — this time excluding religious schools to abide by a court ruling — under a proposal from a member of the school board’s conservative majority.

Ponderosa protest:’Why isn’t our district suitable for our teachers anymore?’ — 3/9/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
More than 100 students at Ponderosa High School in Parker congregated on the school soccer fields March 9 to protest the school district administration and demand answers about why their favorite teachers are leaving the school.

Holding two elected seats may be problem for Silverthorn — 3/8/16 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County School Board President Meghann Silverthorn said she hasn’t ruled out keeping her seat if she is elected to the District 4 state Senate post in November.