Staff Compensation

In November 2018, Douglas County voters approved ballot measure 5A -- a Mill Levy Override in the amount of $40 million, which will be used by Douglas County School District to increase staff pay, add counselors at the elementary school level, reduce the counselor to student ratio at our middle and high schools, and offer additional Career and Technical Education opportunities for our students. $17 million is being used for staff compensation and benefits (excluding Superintendent and Cabinet). DCSD is using these funds to make a positive impact on our employees regarding compensation. Although this helps begin to narrow the gap between our school district and neighboring districts, we know there is still work to do and this process is ongoing. At the DCSD Board of Education meeting following the election, Human Resources reviewed its recommendations of compensation adjustments for each employee group (excluding the DCSD Superintendent and Cabinet). The Board of Education approved these recommendations allowing staff to receive pay increases, retroactive to the beginning of the school year, in their January 2019 paychecks. To understand the full picture surrounding compensation increases, it’s important to note that some DCSD staff also received pay increases in the months leading up to the passage of 5A. In addition, DCSD’s licensed staff (including teachers) who were continuously employed by DCSD since 2008, also received increases to compensate them for years in which they may have experienced a pay freeze. These adjustments were paid out at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Each of these increases was taken into consideration when creating the compensation plan to be paid with MLO dollars.


View the Compensation Considerations presentation from the January 8, 2019 Board of Education Meeting.
View the DCSD Board of Education Resolution: "Employee Compensation Values and Resolution"

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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, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

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