District Accountability Committee

The District Accountability Committee (DAC) has several responsibilities that it is expected to accomplish annually; procedures for the DAC are outlined in the following two policies: School Board Policy BDFG – District Accountability Committee and BDFG-R. These procedures are designed to be consistent with the general purpose and principles outlined in Policy BDFG, as well as consistent with federal and state statutes, and local ordinances.

Denver Public Schools District Accountability Committee Bylaws

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is the DAC so important?

Colorado law requires boards of education to appoint a district accountability committee to ensure parental and community involvement in the district’s educational program.

How often does the DAC meet and how do I volunteer?

The DAC meets once a month, generally the fourth Tuesday, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., August through May. Certain times of the year the membership for DAC is open and notices of those open periods will appear on this webpage. 


The DAC shall consist of:

  • at least three parents of current DPS students
  • at least one teacher employed by the District
  • at least one school administrator employed by the District; and
  • at least one person who is involved in business in the community within the District’s boundaries.

A person may not serve in more than one of the required membership roles on the DAC in a single term. A person who is employed by the District or related to a District employee shall not be eligible to serve as a parent on the DAC. “Related” means the person’s spouse, son, daughter, sister, brother, mother or father.

If, however, the Board makes a good faith effort and is unable to identify a sufficient number of people who meet these criteria, a person may serve on the DAC and also be employed by the District or related to a District employee.

To the extent practicable, the DAC shall represent a cross-section of the community in terms of sex, race, age, occupation, socioeconomic status, geographical location, and other appropriate factors.


Appointment of Members

The Superintendent and Board members will seek applications for membership and recommend members to serve on the DAC. From these recommendations, the President of the Board will nominate members to serve on the DAC who meet the above membership criteria.

In nominating members to the DAC, the President of the Board shall ensure, to the extent practicable, that:

  • at least two members appointed reside in each geographic district
  • at least one of the parents appointed resides in each geographic district
  • the parents appointed reflect the student populations significantly represented within the district;
  • at least one of the parents appointed is a parent of a student enrolled in a district school that is a charter school authorized by the Board; and
  • at least one of the persons appointed has a demonstrated knowledge of charter schools.

Should there be a vacancy on the DAC, the President of the Board shall have the authority to appoint interim members, who will serve as full members on the DAC until such time as the Board votes to appoint members.

The DAC shall select a parent representative to serve as chair or co-chair.

Members of the DAC shall serve terms of 2 years (however, in order to avoid having the terms of all members expire at the same time, up to 50 percent of the members initially appointed shall be appointed for a one-year term) and shall be eligible for reappointment. The chair or co-chairs of the DAC shall serve terms of one year and shall be eligible for reappointment.

The DAC shall establish a schedule of meetings and adopt general rules for its operation, which shall be provided to the Board Office.


The DAC shall have the following duties:

Budget Priorities: The DAC shall recommend to the Board priorities for spending district moneys. When it makes such recommendations, it shall make reasonable efforts to consult in a substantive manner with the school accountability committees in the district. The Board shall consider such recommendations in adopting the district budget for each fiscal year. C.R.S. 22-11-302(l)(a).

District performance, improvement, priority improvement, and turnaround plans:

The DAC shall advise the Board concerning the preparation of, and annually submit to the Board recommendations regarding the contents of a district performance, improvement, priority improvement, or turnaround plan, whichever is required based on the district’s accreditation category. In advising and preparing the recommendations, the DAC shall make reasonable efforts to consult in a substantive manner with the school accountability committees. C.R.S. 22-11-302(l)(b).

Compilation and submission of school plans: The DAC shall compile and submit to the Board the school performance, improvement, priority improvement, and turnaround plans submitted by the school accountability committees. C.R.S. 22-11-302(1)(b).

Review of charter school applications: Charter school applications shall be reviewed by the DAC prior to consideration by the Board as provided in section 22-30.5-107(1). C.R.S. 22-11-302(1)(c).

Recommendations to principals concerning assessments as it concerns teacher evaluations: The DAC shall provide input and recommendations on an advisory basis to principals concerning the development and use of assessment tools used for the purpose of measuring and evaluating student academic growth as it relates to teacher evaluations. C.R.S. 22-11-302(1)(d).

Areas of study beyond those specified in statute: The Board and the DAC shall, at least annually, cooperatively determine the areas and issues that the DAC shall study and concerning which the DAC may make recommendations to the Board. C.R.S. 22-11-302(2).

Consultation regarding the District safe school plan: This DAC and the school accountability committees shall provide advice concerning the adoption, implementation, review, and revision of the district’s safe school plan. C.R.S.22-32-109.1(2).

Composition of District accountability charter review committee: For the purposes of reviewing a charter school application, the DAC shall include at least one person with a demonstrated knowledge of charter schools, and one parent of a child enrolled in a charter school in the District. C.R.S. 22-30.5-107(1.5).

Adoption and/or revision of District content standards: The DAC shall provide input and recommendations concerning the adoption and/or revision of the district content standards. C.R.S. 22-7-407.

Consultation regarding applications to waive state law: The DAC shall meet with the Board to consult regarding the Board’s intent to submit to the Statue Board of Education any waivers of state rules or statute pursuant to C.R.S. 22-2-117(2) and/or to submit a school innovation plan pursuant to C.R.S. 22-32.5-101 et seq.


Budget/Finance Review Subcommittee

Reviews the District budget and provides report to DAC and the Board of Education with written recommendations regarding spending considerations and fiscal responsibility.

2019-2020 Chair – Alise Kermisch, Co-Chair – Kristin Barnes, District Representative Erik Johnson

Family and Community Engagement Subcommittee

Working to align the charge to Board of Education policy KB as well as the powers and duties outlined in the Colorado Revised Statutes: “To increase the level of parent engagement in the school district and in the public schools of the school district, especially the engagement of parents of students in the populations described in section 22-11-301 (3).”

2019-2020  Chair – Karen Mortimer, Co-Chair –  , District Representative Sal Carrera

Great Schools Subcommittee

Reviews new and renewal charter school applications, interviews applicants, presents report to DAC for approval, and makes recommendations to the Board of Education.

2019-2020 Chair – Adie Tate , Co-Chair – Anna Hewson, District Representatives Charter Renewals – Matt Meyer, New Schools – Max Tweten

Performance/Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) Review Subcommittee

Reviews District Unified Improvement Plan and provides report to DAC and the Board of Education with written recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the plan and the planning process.

2019-2020 Chair – Samuel Schneider, Co-Chair – Melissa Megliola, District Representative TBD

2019-2020 DAC Leadership

Scott Esserman

SCOTT ESSERMAN – Committee Chair


2020 – 2021 Committee

Mamadou Bane
Kristin Barnes
Sharon Battle
Kristopher Blythe
Sandra Clemons
Barbara Costa
Heidi Dotterrer
Scott Esserman
Kathryn Fleegal
Jo Ann Fujioka, Ph.D.
Katherine Gardner
Oscar Gomez
Susan Grattino
Sandra Halvatzis
Nancy Hernandez
Anna Hewson
Stacy Johns
Zoraida Juarez
Kirsten Kahn
Nilka Kentish
Alise Kermisch
Amanda Knezovich
Edward Krug, Ph.D.
Chris Lee
Lisa McDonald
Melissa Megliola
Karen Mortimer
Elizabeth Munoz
Molly O’Connor
Coza Perry
Eric Rowe
Harold Sanchez
Sam Schneider
Graciela Silva
Noah Stout
Jesse Sutherland
Adie Tate
Paul Zuckerman

District Staff:

Sofiya Erman

716-713-1707 | Nelvis_Alvarez@dpsk12.org

Robin Pulliam

720-423-3806 | Robin_Pulliam@dpsk12.org

2021 - 2022 Meetings

Meetings will be held virtually via Zoom from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

September 21, 2021  Agenda / Minutes ( Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link
October 19, 2021  Agenda / Minutes (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link
November 16, 2021 Agenda / Minutes (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese) / Presentation  Zoom link
December 14, 2021  Agenda / Minutes (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link
January 25, 2022  Agenda / Minutes (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link
February 22, 2022 Agenda / Minutes / (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link
March 22, 2022 Agenda / Minutes / (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link
April 26, 2022 Agenda / Minutes / (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link
May 17, 2022  Agenda / Minutes / (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link

2020 - 2021 Meetings

Meetings will be held virtually via Zoom from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

September 22, 2020  Agenda / Minutes ( Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92714934599
October 20, 2020  Agenda / Minutes (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99671702549
November 17, 2020 Agenda / Minutes (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese) / Presentation  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95809641781
December 15, 2020  Agenda / Minutes (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96388423851
January 26, 2020  Agenda / Minutes (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94505454759
February 23, 2020 Agenda / Minutes / (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95386118896
March 23, 2020 Agenda / Minutes / (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97660701951
April 27, 2020 Agenda / Minutes / (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92469319273
May 18, 2020  Agenda / Minutes / (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93534288988

2019-20 Meetings

Meetings will be held at the Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted in Conference Room 1035.

August 27, 2019 Agenda / Minutes/ Presentations
September 24, 2019 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
October 22, 2019 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
November 19, 2019 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
December 17, 2019 AgendaMinutes / Presentations
January 28, 2020 Agenda / Minutes / DPS DAC Meeting Resolution 1_2020 SPF
February 25, 2020 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
March 24, 2020 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations (meeting canceled due to COVID-19 concerns)
April 28, 2020 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
May 26, 2020 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
June 16, 2020 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations

Past Meeting Agendas

2018-2019 School Year

August 28, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
September 25, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
October 23, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
November 27, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / DAC Resolution
December 18, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / Presentation
January 22, 2019 Agenda / Minutes / Presentation
January 29, 2019 Agenda / Minutes / DAC Resolution
February 26, 2019 Agenda / Minutes / Presentation
March 19, 2019 Agenda / Minutes / DAC Memo regarding UIP /Presentation
April 23, 2019 Agenda / Minutes / Presentation
May 28, 2019 Agenda / Minutes / Presentation
June 18, 2019 Agenda/Minutes/Presentations


2017-2018 School Year

August 22, 2017 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
September 26, 2017 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
October 24, 2017 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
November 28, 2017 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
December 12, 2017 Meeting Cancelled
January 23, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
February 27, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / Presentation1 Presentation2
March 20, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
April 24, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
May 22, 2018 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations


2016-2017 School Year

August 23, 2016 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
September 27, 2016 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
October 25, 2016 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
November 29, 2016 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
December 13, 2016 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
January 24, 2017 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
February 28, 2017 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
March 21, 2017 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
April 25, 2017 Agenda / Minutes / Presentations
May 23, 2017,  5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Agenda / Minutes / Presentations


2015-2016 School Year


2014-2015 School Year


2013-2014 School Year


2012-2013 School Year