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Douglas County School Board candidates talk campus safety, charter schools

Navigating the district's relationship with charter schools, along with school safety, took center stage at a recent forum for Douglas County School Board candidates. The Alliance of Douglas County … more

Teen suicide PSAs released by coalition of Colorado state offices, parents, teens

When the impact of a suicide started to take a toll on Jim Janicek's kids, he knew he had to do something. “My kids go to Arapahoe High School,” Janicek told a crowd at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado … more

School board candidates differ on arming of teachers, staff

As the Nov. 5 election draws near, three candidates running in the Douglas County School Board election have taken a strong stance against the prospect of arming teachers and staff in local schools, … more

So far, more than $70,000 donated to campaigns for Douglas County School Board

Although candidates are distancing themselves from the term “slate" — which has been a popular approach to running for school board in recent elections — three candidates for the Douglas County … more

Douglas County schools' employee retention improves

In the Douglas County School District, data trends show retention is improving among employees, and some staff members are returning to the district. The school board reviewed turnover and retention … more

Douglas County School District debuts strategic plans

There's a new roadmap in place for the Douglas County School District's next five years, and it's the first time a plan of its kind has been in place since 2017. School board President David Ray … more

ACC registered apprenticeship programs get grant

Arapahoe Community College has received a $140,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges to support the expansion of the college’s registered apprenticeship programs. The AACC … more

Participation by local students low on standardized tests

Low participation rates made certain results difficult to interpret and some directors questioned the exams' effectiveness when the Douglas County School Board recently reviewed standardized testing … more

STEM says thank you to deputies

Teachers, staff and administrators from STEM School Highlands Ranch visited the sheriff's office substation just down the road Sept. 17 to express appreciation to deputies for their work in … more

Rocky Vista to offer digital health track starting in January

Students at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine interested in digital health will soon have the opportunity to join the digital health track, a new specialized educational program … more

2020 National Merit semifinalists named

Semifinals in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program have been announced. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous … more

Douglas County teachers union proposes lawsuit settlement

The Douglas County teachers' union has proposed settling a lawsuit against the Douglas County School District that dates back to 2013 and alleges the district improperly dissolved thousands of sick … more

Douglas County School Board will allow charter to pursue state authorization

For John Castillo, father of the teen killed in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting, arming teachers is one way local schools could increase security. On Sept. 3, he walked away from a Douglas … more

What’s next in dispute over armed staff at charter school?

The Douglas County School District is at odds with one of its charter schools over the arming of staff. The district says its policy has been updated to set clear parameters regarding who can and … more

Family medicine residency earns top scores

A residency program offered at Sky Ridge Medical Center has received top scores on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s annual survey. The family medicine residency program is … more

Meet Elizabeth Hanson, candidate for Douglas County School Board

Highlands Ranch resident Elizabeth Hanson is running to become the next District C director on the Douglas County School Board. Hanson grew up in western Kansas, where her mother worked as a public … more

Aerospace middle school Colorado Skies Academy opens at Centennial Airport

The awkward middle school years got an exciting boost for many students last week when Colorado Skies Academy opened at Centennial Airport. “It was very exciting the see students actively engaged … more

Q&A with Superintendent Thomas Tucker

Thomas Tucker became the superintendent of the Douglas County School District in July 2018. Hailing from the Princeton City School District in Cincinnati, where he served as superintendent since … more

Douglas County School District seeks ouster of charter school that has armed staff

A Douglas County charter school that allows staff to carry firearms on campus has been asked to leave the Douglas County School District and is negotiating an agreement to transfer its charter to the … more

Douglas County School District will apply for security funds

Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker says the district will apply for a portion of $10 million in school safety funds being offered to local schools by the county. Tucker and … more
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