Planning and Construction

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  Planning Department
620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Derek Stertz, AICP-GISP
Planning Manager

Wayne Blazek
Facilities Planning Manager

Construction Department
2808 Highway 85, Bldg B
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Leela Rajasekar, P.E.
Director of Construction

Kelly Kalcevic
Project Accountant

Planning for Future Educational and Facility Needs is Ongoing

The Planning and Construction Department is innovative, efficient, and accurate in our new development reviews, enrollment projections, facility capital needs, and design and construction processes.

Safety First
We are committed to provide a safe physical environment for new and remodeled facilities that are conducive to learning.

Student Focused
We engage the community, parents, students, and staff of Douglas County School District as partners by supporting the Long Range Planning Committee, whose goals include analyzing enrollment capacity, identifying boundary options, and prioritizing school site selection as required by the Master Capital Plan.

Committed to Excellence
We have consistently met the expectation of our stakeholders with the opening of each new school and facility upgrade, and look forward to continuing the success in the future.

Smart Planning Begins with Projection of Growth

Student enrollment is projected annually in order to plan for school calendars, mobile classrooms and new schools. The Long Range Planning Committee continually analyzes community population changes and evalutates population impacts on schools. The committee also informs the Board of Education regarding school attendance boundaries, facility usage, dedicated school site land inventory, and anticipated capital requirements. Every year the committee presents these findings in the five-year Master Capital Plan to the Board of Education.

Accommodating New Residential Development

When determining the impact of residential development, Douglas County School District evaluates how many students are expected from any given development based on density. Once the student generation is calculated, it is then determined how much land would be required to build a school as well as capital funds to construct a school.

Often times, a development will generate acreage, but not enough for an entire school site. In these cases, the District may choose to accept a smaller site. These smaller sites would help mitigate the growing needs for support service space as the District grows, such as support facilities or administrative buildings, Early Childhood Centers, or special needs and alternative facilities. The District may also collect cash-in-lieu of land, or a combination of both. Collecting cash-in-lieu for smaller dedications allows the District to consolidate cash-in-lieu funds and use this money to purchase school sites to address growth in enrollment.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.