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Three seats to be decided in school board election

Douglas County School Board hopefuls have until Aug. 30 to file to run as a candidate for one of three open seats in the Nov. 5 election. As of July 19, two people had registered with the Colorado … more

Meet Franceen Thompson, school board candidate

The May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch led Franceen Thompson to run for a seat as Douglas County School Board director for District C, which comprises eastern and southern Highlands Ranch. … more

Meet Andy Jones, school board candidate

Highlands Ranch resident Andy Jones is vying for a seat as Douglas County School Board director for District A, which comprises western Highlands Ranch. Born and raised in New Orleans, Jones attended … more

Committees present ideas to improve safety, mental health in schools

After several meetings, two committees formed to address mental health needs and physical safety in Douglas County schools presented drafts of their recommendations to the Douglas County Board of … more

Douglas County commissioners hear school safety recommendations

Numerous key questions remained unanswered following a July 16 meeting in which Douglas County commissioners heard formal recommendations for how to spend $10 million toward school safety, although … more

DCSD offers free, full-day kindergarten this fall

Starting this fall, families in the Douglas County School District have the opportunity to send their children to full-day kindergarten for free. On May 21, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law House … more

Parents invited to attend academy in August

A program hosted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for students and parents in the community unveiled a new logo and updated curriculum for the 2019-20 school year. The sheriff's office created … more

Castle Rock to add a school resource officer in 2019

So far in 2019, two school resource officers from the Castle Rock Police Department have helped keep watch over campuses in the town. An officer has covered Castle View High School since an SRO … more

Douglas County School District offers free summer lunch program

Six years ago, the Nutrition Services team at the Douglas County School District enacted the Summer Food Service Program and served 10,000 free meals to kids and teens across the county. This … more

School safety committees make progress

How the Douglas County Board of Education and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners will work together on school safety initiatives in the coming weeks remains unknown, leaders say. “Until a … more

A debate over public funds for private schools

Greg Vigil, chairman of the board at Arma Dei Academy in Highlands Ranch, is brimming with excitement about the Douglas County commissioners’ plans to spend millions of dollars on security measures … more

STEM School's contract renewed for five years

STEM School Highlands Ranch's contract was renewed for five years, contingent upon multiple conditions, at a special Douglas County School District Board of Education meeting June 29, a day before the K-12 charter school's contract was set to expire. more

School district pledges funds for seven more SROs

The school board has approved money to provide additional school resource officers for the 2019-20 school year. At a June 18 meeting, the Douglas County School District Board of Education approved … more

Douglas County School Board holds off on STEM contract decision

The Douglas County Board of Education postponed its vote on whether to rescind a three-year charter contract offer for STEM School Highlands Ranch and consider a one-year extension of the school's … more

DCSD School Board tables decision on STEM's charter contract

Roughly 20 students from STEM School Highlands Ranch lined Wilcox Street in Castle Rock, waving signs, pleading for community support. When asked why they showed up to the June 18 Douglas County … more

Third group of National Merit scholars named

Four Douglas County School District graduates were among those named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program winners, according to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Officials … more

Bond-funded projects underway at area schools

When students return to Ponderosa High School Aug. 7, they will be in for quite a shock, Principal Tim Ottmann said. The 25-year-old carpet in classrooms — once a rusted orange color, stained and … more

Douglas County commissioners form school security committee

Though they come from different backgrounds and municipalities, nine members of a committee formed by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners to oversee additional funds for school safety have one … more

Superintendent outlines district’s safety, mental health measures

A month has passed since the tragic event at STEM School Highlands Ranch, which will forever change our community. I continue to be touched by the outpouring of support and love as we work to support … more

County will add Community Response Team for youths only

Based on data that shows more than one-third of calls responded to in 2018 by Douglas County’s Community Response Teams — which pair a law enforcement officer with a mental health clinician — … more
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