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DougCo annual school supply drive underway
(Castle Rock, CO) The Foundation for Douglas County Schools, a nonprofit that develops private resources to support the district’s students and schools, is conducting its 13th annual Lend-A-Hand school supply drive to collect, purchase, assemble, and distribute backpacks to needy students.
DougCo schools building needs through 2028 hit $1 billion price tag
(Castle Rock, CO) For the first time in the DougCo school district’s 65-year history, projected estimates for new construction needs, facility reinvestment, safety and security, information technology, athletics, and more could reach $1 billion for the next five years.
DougCo committee members reeling after school board ignores request
(Castle Rock, CO) Earlier this month, the DougCo school board voted 4-2 to turn down a signed resolution by the District Accountability Committee (DAC) pleading for more time to review changes to the parent engagement policy and garner feedback from other stakeholders.
DougCo residents fight calls to remove books from public library
(Castle Rock, CO) For the second time in two months, some DougCo residents called for the library’s board of trustees to reconsider its appeals process for reviewing content objections and to reconsider the placement of some books on its shelves that contain “obscene, sexualized and pornagraphic” content.
Colorado Bullying Recovery Resource Center says ⅓ of cases come from DougCo
(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo superintendent Erin Kane admitted the district has work to do earlier this week after Lacey Ganzy and her three children recounted acts of racism, bullying, and harassment directed at them while attending district schools.
DougCo schools fill 98% of routes despite severe bus driver shortage
(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo schools Chief Operations Officer Richard Cosgrove told the board of education that the district is doing everything possible to avoid canceling bus routes.
DougCo schools face unrelenting transportation challenges
(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo parents expressed frustration with constant bus route cancellations as a nationwide bus driver shortage continues to take a toll on a service many rely on to get their kids to school.
DougCo school district hires chief financial officer
(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo schools superintendent Erin Kane announced today that current interim chief financial officer Jana Schleusner would immediately assume the role. Schleusner took over the position from Kate Kotaska in May of 2022. Kotaska resigned in protest after the four majority school board members abruptly fired former superintendent Corey Wise.
DougCo art teacher earns emerging art educator of the year award
(Castle Rock, CO) The Colorado Art Education Association named Paulina Wilkerson, an art teacher at Frontier Valley Elementary, its Emerging Art Educator of the Year. The award honors educators with less than five years of experience who create a lasting impression on the future through visual arts education.
DougCo drivers second-most likely to speed in school and work zones
Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / Jan. 26, 2023. (Douglas County, Colo.) Speeding Douglas County drivers put children and road workers at risk, according to Colorado State Patrol records.
DougCo schools could see more money from the state in the future
(Castle Rock, CO) During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Jared Polis proposed fully funding education by the end of his four-year term by eliminating the state’s ability to borrow money earmarked for education to pay for other priorities.
DougCo school board debates future funding plans
Douglas County School Board Retreat, Colorado SpringsPhoto byPhoto by Suzie Glassman. (Castle Rock, CO) The Douglas County school board and superintendent met earlier this week to discuss several critical issues moving into their second year together, including whether to try again with a mill levy override and bond on the 2023 election ballot.
DougCo schools face free lunch challenges
(Castle Rock, CO) While Douglas County voters opposed the healthy meals for all school lunch program known as Proposition FF by a wide margin, the rest of the state mostly approved it. Now, the district must decide whether to opt into the program.
What's next for DougCo school leaders?
(Castle Rock, CO) Douglas County school district leaders are shifting their focus from their failed bid to get more money from the district's taxpayers toward setting the educational priorities for its 64,000 students and 8,500 employees.
DougCo schools bond measure fails; mill levy override too close to call
(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo voters rejected the district’s proposal for a $450 million bond (ballot initiative 5B) to build new neighborhood schools, expand several middle schools, shore up critical maintenance needs, and enhance security by a margin of 8%.
DougCo school board president goes door-to-door to convince voters
From left, Ben D'Ardenne, Stacy Rader, Mike Peterson, and Erin KanePhoto by Suzie Glassman. (Castle Rock, CO) On a bright, cool Sunday morning, DougCo school board president Mike Peterson and superintendent Erin Kane, along with Sagewood Middle School principal Ben D'Ardenne, DCSD communications officer Stacy Rader, and DCSD's director of parent, community, and civic engagement Alison Rausch gather in a parking lot to map out the houses they'll hit with campaign flyers in the Cobblestone Ranch neighborhood.
What's happening in DougCo schools this month
(Castle Rock, CO) Here's what's happening in the Douglas County school district this month. Stay educated on safety, nutrition, mental health, and special education. Plus, add meetings of interest to your calendar.
DougCo school board and superintendent come together for the kids
Douglas County School BoardDouglas County School District. (Castle Rock, CO) While the Douglas County school board members have been embroiled in conflict since the beginning of the year, they've put aside their differences in the greater interest of securing a solid financial future for the district's teachers and staff and the children they serve.
DougCo students head back to school today as teachers and staff get raises
(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo's nearly 64,000 kids are heading to school today without the threat of looming COVID restrictions for the first time in three years. DougCo schools have seen their fair share of controversy since the pandemic's start, including tense hours-long school board meetings, teacher protests, and student walk-outs. Yet, superintendent Erin Kane told 9News she expects no more drama this school year.