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DCSD Funding | Planning Today for Their Tomorrow

Funding their Future

DCSD Funding Challenges

Schools are an integral part of our neighborhoods, our economies, and our lives. A high-quality school system, which requires high-quality teachers and staff, attracts businesses and residents to our thriving community, keeps our home values strong, and provides a pipeline of educated future workers to the businesses in our community. 

DCSD Funding Challenges

DCSD faces many funding challenges that can only be solved with voter-approved measures. It’s important to plan now to ensure that future classes have the same opportunities for success as previous classes. We can do this by:

Did You Know?

90 schools

DCSD is the third-largest school district in Colorado with 90 schools and 63,000 students. 

$2k less

DCSD's Mill Levy Override is $2,000 per student less than neighboring school districts.


Starting teacher pay at DCSD is $45,209.

$20k less

DCSD teachers are paid $15,000-$20,000 less than neighboring school districts.

From Our Teachers

Ponderosa High School Teacher Named Broncos Flag Football Coach of the Week

Deb Richardson was named Broncos Flag Football Coach of the week.  She has done an incredible job building the program, advocating for her team, and getting the girls excited about this sport!

Bas Wolf Honored as 2023 Educator of the Year

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) is proud to name Bas Wolf as its 2023 JA Educator of the Year. Bas, who taught English for his first 17 years in the classroom, is entering his ninth year leading the Alternative Cooperation Education (ACE) program at Highlands Ranch High School. 

Ryan Steffen: Teacher & Coach Extraordinaire

Ryan Steffen - Social Studies teacher by day and Castle View’s Offensive Coordinator by night - has a passion for supporting students. Whether in the classroom or on the field, Ryan's dedication to our students is unwavering and the positive impact he has is immeasurable.

Jason Jacob: The Leader Behind Legend HS

Turns out that spending time around kids is great preparation for leading a building of more than 2,200 teenagers. Legend High School Principal Jason Jacob said working at different sports camps during his youth and teenage years got him interested in working with kids. And as a former college athlete, he also fell in love with coaching kids. He attended the University of Northern Colorado which also drew him towards education due to the university’s teaching college.

Natalie Barnard Inpires at Mountain Vista HS

Mountain Vista High School Teacher Natalie Bernard has worked for Douglas County School District for more than ten years. She is an english teacher who has had an incredible impact on the students and staff she interacts with.

DCSD Bridge Students Run the Legacy Cafe

The cafe at the Legacy Campus is open for business. This cafe is run by students of the DCSD18-21 Bridge program. These students trained for over two weeks alongside Cafe manager Audra Gardner to be ready for the opening. Students build on prior knowledge and skills in the program of study to further develop and apply employability and technical skills that prepare them for success in future career and postsecondary education. The Legacy Cafe is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7am to 11am.