Category: News

Board Reviews Financial State of the District, Changes in Student-Based Budgeting

The Board of Education tonight continued its discussions on the district’s long-range financial forecast, with Chief Financial Officer Mark Ferrandino and his team presenting the State of the District. The focus of the night’s discussion hinged on a key area of change proposed to the district’s School-Based Budgeting or SBB process — weighting budget allocations

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Board Reviews Long-Range Planning, Budget Impacts

At the January 5 Focus on Achievement session, school board members discussed the district’s long-range financial forecast, including factors such as projected enrollment and anticipated cuts in state funding.They also heard from a panel of school leaders about budget flexibility and discussed allocation of 2016 mill levy override dollars. Among the highlights of the financial forecast:

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January 2017 Board of Education Meetings

Board Study Sessions, Board Meetings, and Public Comment are typically held at the Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln Street, unless otherwise posted. JANUARY 2017 1/5 Focus on Achievement Study Session – 4:30pm 1/17 Finance & Audit Meeting – 3:00pm (Tuesday) 1/17 Work Session – 4:30pm (Tuesday) 1/19 Regular Meeting – 4:30pm; Public Comment – 5:30pm

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Charter Renewal Decisions

At the Board Meeting on December 15 board members voted to approve the renewal of the following charter schools’ contracts. Far Northeast/Near Northeast: Academy 360 KIPP Montbello College Prep Middle School Monarch Montessori Denver Language School DSST Cole Middle School Downtown Denver Expeditionary School Wyatt Academy Northwest/Southwest: Academy of Urban Learning Cesar Chavez Academy Girls

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2017-18 School Calendar Approved

The board approved the proposed 2017-18 academic calendar. New features of this calendar include: Introduction of “teal” days — a combination of the already flexible blue/green days, these district-run, professional learning days are scheduled for Aug. 15, Oct. 27 and Feb. 2. Last day of school — set as Thursday, May 31, to allow students to

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Board Votes to Uphold School Performance Compact Recommendations, With Amendment for Gilpin

After extensive public comment at the December 15th public meeting, the Board of Education voted to restart two schools and close another based on criteria it established in the School Performance Compact policy. The board adopted the policy last year and is implementing it for the first time this year. The policy sets transparent criteria for determining when to restart

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Discussion of DPS Innovation Zones

At the December 12 work session the board heard a presentation on the benefits and challenges of expanding the use of innovation zones as part of the DPS portfolio of schools. DPS staff proposed inviting innovation zone applications through a process similar to the Call for New Quality Schools. More details about the different proposed

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Charter Renewal Recommendations

DPS staff recommended the following charter schools for renewal at the December 12 work session, subject to board approval on Thursday. Far Northeast/Near Northeast: Academy 360 KIPP Montbello College Prep Middle School Monarch Montessori Denver Language School DSST Cole Middle School Downtown Denver Expeditionary School Wyatt Academy Northwest/Southwest: Academy of Urban Learning Cesar Chavez Academy

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