Make DCSD teachers and staff pay more competitive with other school districts.
Provide additional School Resource Officers and security staff at schools and continuously upgrade and replace equipment.
Continued investment in pathways, setting our students up for success after high school.
Keeping school buildings comfortable and safe for students and staff.
Building new schools in quickly-growing neighborhoods to reduce crowding.
Schools are an integral part of our neighborhoods, our economies, and our lives. An investment in our students and schools is an investment in our community.
DCSD is the third-largest school district in Colorado with 90 schools and 63,000 students.
DCSD's Mill Levy Override is $2,000 per student less than neighboring school districts.
Starting teacher pay at DCSD is $45,209.
DCSD teachers are paid $15,000-$20,000 less than neighboring school districts.
Not many shine as brightly as “Sparkle” Sue Tymkew. From sun up to sun down, Sue is working for the students of Chaparral High School. She spends her days teaching in the gym and in the classroom. In the evenings, Sue can be found on the sidelines, as the physical trainer for the competing athletes of Chaparral. Sue gives her all to Chaparral, and when she needed them the most, the ChapFam was right there to gave it right back.
He's no stranger to Castle Rock Middle School, as he attended CRMS as a young child. With a deep passion for his community, he now serves as the School Resource Officer for the Blue Knights! Meet Castle Rock Police Department Officer Dave Knight. He recently added a four-legged partner to his routine and Ru, a two-year-old Husky Malamute mix, are quite popular on campus!
Liliana Burke has taught Spanish to Sierra Middle School students for three years. She is originally from Columbia but has called Colorado home for quite some time. Liliana's classes are fun, interactive, and also offer an opportunity for her students to get to know each other through the use of a second language.
Mark Elliot, a social studies teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School, worked in the financial services arena and studied psychology before becoming an educator. He now brings his diverse life experiences to his classroom. It’s Mark’s ninth year at Mountain Ridge and his twenty-third year of teaching. Although for years he was told by friends he would become a teacher just like his mom, he didn’t automatically turn to education as a career.
DCSD roots run deep for Julie Crawford. She attended Northeast Elementary School as a child and graduated from Ponderosa High School, and her own children are Chaparral High School graduates. Julie's 26 years of teaching have only strengthened her love of the Parker community.
Kevin Fopma is a social studies teacher and golf coach at Chaparral High School in Parker. He has been with the Douglas County School District for over six years. Mr. Fopma’s love for teaching is literally in his blood – his grandfather was a government teacher for 30 years and his father worked for a Congressman.