Newsflashes - Page 2

High School Instructional Time

Superintendent Fagen responded to the request to correct misinformation — to read the response and to read the follow up email submitted by Strong Schools Coalition.  As we represent our more than 700 members, we will keep you updated with progress on this issue. Two recent presentations to the Board of Education — May 7, 2013 and May 21, 2013 — included updates on the change to the high school schedule…

Public Input Devalued in DCSD

Douglas County School District’s Strategic Plan provides commitments to the public which speak to valuing input from parents and families and engaging the public. Recent actions devalue public input as described in the above chart. In December of 2009, the Board of Education agreed to hold the second meeting of each month in local schools to hear from parents and the public. Those meetings have been discontinued, despite being well-attended…

DougCo Finances Shouldn’t Require A Crystal Ball

Letter to the Editor printed in the February 21, 2013 editions of the Highlands Ranch Herald and Castle Rock News Press: DougCo Finances Shouldn’t Require A Crystal Ball If the Douglas County School District (DCSD) had known it was sitting on a large operating surplus last year, would it still have made the decision to cut $4.1 million from schools’ operating budgets? In a recent meeting, Chief Financial Officer, Bonnie…

Restore Our Schools _Part 2

Compared to our neighbor, Cherry Creek School District, DCSD has significant variances between projections and actuals preventing precious dollars from being used most effectively in our schools. DCSD’s General Fund Balance has more than quadrupled over the last 4 years, unlike our neighboring school districts. Douglas County School District’s inability to budget and forecast more accurately is negatively impacting our students’ education and weakening our schools. Source documents: General Fund Balance…

DCSD Budget Cut History

Douglas County School District has gone through multiple years of difficult budget cuts. This timeline provides an overview of the cuts and the growth to the fund balance during that same time period. Sources cited: Budget cut amounts are on page 24 of the FY 2012 Comprehensive Audited Financial Report (CAFR) and page 12 of the FY 2011 Financial Plan and Budget Book. General Fund Balance amounts are on page…

Recent Trends in DCSD

DCSD continues to experience growth in the number of students and administrators, while the number of teachers has declined in recent years. The student-to-teacher ratio is higher than neighboring school districts. Revenues after expenditures (General Fund Balance) has more than quadrupled since 2008, while the District has charged new fees to families and cut funding to schools each and every year. Sources cited: CDE (Colorado Department of Education) Data based on information…