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June 21, 2022

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Regular Meeting

The regular meeting of the DCSD Board of Education was called to order at 5:00 p.m. The meeting was broadcast live through the DCSDK12 YouTube Channel and on Comcast Channel 54 (also recorded and archived at the following link: https://youtu.be/oSWrwaFFfKA.

The following are some highlights from the meeting.

DCSD Spotlight - Board of Education Committee Recognition

The Board recognized outgoing members of the District Accountability Committee, Fiscal Oversight Committee, and Long Range Planning Committee. The Board also thanked the members of their other committees, which do not currently have any outgoing members (Mill Bond Oversight Committee and Mill Bond Exploratory Ad Hoc Committee). The Board thanked and recognized the Student Advisory Group and its outgoing members in May. Many of DCSD’s committees need volunteers to serve in the 2022-2023 school year– for more information and to apply click here.

The Board also recognized and thanked Assistant Board Secretary Sandy Maresh. Ms. Maresh is a long-time DCSD staff member who is retiring. DCSD thanks her for her years of service!

Public Comment

The Board announced that the option to provide public comment virtually will continue in the 2022-2023 school year. Members of the public spoke on topics including a possible MLO/Bond for DCSD, trust, and support for and against the replication of STEM School Highlands Ranch.

Consent Agenda

The following items were removed from the Consent Agenda: 

#15 - Approval of CITE and LEAD Rubric Revisions/Recommendations
Learning Services Officer Matt Reynolds explained that the CITE evaluation tool is for teachers and the LEAD evaluation tool is for principals and school leaders. Whenever DCSD makes a revision to these evaluation rubrics they get feedback from staff and the District Accountability Committee, and then bring it to the Board for approval prior to implementation for the following school year.

A motion to approve recommended revisions to CITE and LEAD for the 2022-2023 school year as stated in agenda item #15 passed 6-0 (one Board director was absent for this vote).

#21 - Approval of Resolution Regarding Appointment of Designated Election Official and Notice of Intent to Douglas and Elbert County Clerks
Superintendent Kane confirmed there is no cost to provide a Notice of Intent to Douglas County and Elbert County Clerks. The cost to place items on the ballot would not be incurred until an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) is signed to move forward.

A motion to approve the resolution regarding the appointment of a designed election official and notice of intent to Douglas and Elbert County clerks with a small amendment to section 3 passed 6-0 (one Board director was absent for this vote). This resolution enables the new Assistant Secretary to the Board to act as DCSD’s designated election official following the retirement of Sandy Maresh, and also meets the requirement to provide notice to the counties that DCSD may explore placing a potential MLO/Bond on the November ballot (the Board will still need to vote on whether or not to move forward in August 2022).

One Board Director raised concerns about the transparency of the recent MLO/Bond feasibility poll. A motion to post the poll results and presentation slides to the Mill Bond Exploratory Ad Hoc Committee’s page of the DCSD website passed 6-0 (one Board director was absent for this vote).

One Board Director raised a desire to get advice from the pollster regarding the pros/cons of a second poll. She mentioned that in a conversation with the pollster, the pollster advised against it. The same Director raised a motion directing the superintendent to conduct outreach using the same channels and tools used to garner feedback regarding the purchase of the former Wildlife Experience building commencing no later than July 11 and closing on August 12 asking questions such as “what can DCSD do to create trust in the school district.” There were concerns raised regarding the capacity of staff to conduct a survey, as well as community participation during the summer months. The motion failed on a vote of 3-3 (one Board director was absent for this vote).

Leman Classical School (also known as Leman Academy of Excellence) Replication Application
Director of Choice Programming, Gordon Mosher, presented staff and CART recommendations to conditionally approve the Leman Classical School replication application. A motion to approve/accept staff recommendation to approve the Leman replication passed 6-1.

STEM School Highlands Ranch Replication Application
Director of Choice Programming, Gordon Mosher, presented staff and CART recommendations to deny the STEM School Highlands Ranch replication application. A motion to approve/accept the recommendation to deny the STEM replication passed 7-0.

Novastar Academy withdrew its charter application. 

Click here to view the presentation slides

Adoption of 2022-2023 Master Capital Plan
LRPC chair Larry Mugler presented the 2022-2023 Master Capital Plan. The Long Range Planning Committee publishes a Master Capital Plan each year, with the exception of the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID pandemic. Mr. Mugler encouraged citizens to, at a minimum, read the Executive Summary. Click here to view the presentation slides. Click here to view the 2022-2023 Master Capital Plan.

A motion to adopt the 2022-2023 Master Capital Plan passed 7-0.

Approval of SY 2022-2023 Budget Resolutions and Financial Plan and Budget

Budget Director Colleen Doan reviewed the most recent version of the school year 2022-2023 financial plan and budget, including changes since the May 24 budget presentation to the Board of Education. Click here to view the presentation slides. The 2022-2023 budget proposal invests over $63 million into our school district via compensation investments, enhancements to employee benefits, school-based funding, and support systems focused on impacts on schools and students.

Budget Resolutions

Appropriation Resolution (authority to spend) for 2022-2023
Motion to approve as presented passed 7-0

Use of Beginning Fund Balance Resolution
Motion to approve as presented passed 7-0

Naming of Facilities: Former Wildlife Experience and Former ACC Parker Building
Lee-Ann Hayen, principal of the new alternative education campus to be housed at the former Arapahoe Community College - Parker campus building discussed their process for coming up with name options for the new school, including feedback from students, staff, and the community. In an effort to honor the top two names, Ms. Hayen recommended naming the school VALE (Venture Academy of Leadership and Entrepreneurship) – Home of the Voyagers. Some Board members recommended waiting on selecting a mascot in order to empower enrolled students to be involved in that selection process in the future.

Rex Corr, Director of the new DCSD Career and Technical Education building (the former Wildlife Experience building) provided an overview of their process of coming up with name options for the facility. This facility will also serve as a community hub for events, student activities, etc. The facility will enable DCSD to provide additional CTE and CE opportunities to students (in addition to CTE/CE programs housed at individual DCSD schools). Dr. Corr recommended naming the facility the DCSD Legacy Campus.

A motion to approve the staff recommendations to name these buildings VALE - Venture Academy of Leadership and Entrepreneurship (striking “Home of the Voyagers), and DCSD Legacy Campus passed 7-0.

The purchase of both of these facilities was made possible by the 2018 Bond, bond premiums as well as cash in lieu funding from developers.

Click here to view the presentation slides.

Adjournment
At 10:03 p.m., a motion to adjourn the regular meeting and enter into executive session to receive specific legal advice regarding pending litigation related to Marshall vs. DCSD Board of Education passed 5-2.

Upcoming Meeting
A special and regular meeting of the DCSD Board of Education is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9. The meetings will take place at the DCSD administration building, 620 Wilcox Street in Castle Rock and will be available to view on the DCSDK12 YouTube Channel and will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 54. 


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