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Q&A with school board candidate Anthony Graziano

Anthony Graziano, 51, of Castle Rock, is a 13-year resident of Douglas County. He and his wife, Amy, have two daughters that have gone through Douglas County schools. Graziano has worked in the software and information technology industries since … more

Personal finance called a gap in high school curriculum

When he was 9 years old, Alec Greven published “How to Talk to Girls,” a book that has since been translated into multiple languages, earned him a visit to the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and generated a yearly income for him since its 2008 … more

School board race takes shape in Douglas County

The field is shaping up for November's Douglas County School District Board of Education election. In the quest for four seats, six candidates were officially registered as of July 10, including a slate of four contenders who call themselves … more

Hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring into Douglas County School Board races

Candidates' campaigns in this year's races for Douglas County School Board have already raised more than double the amount of money received by hopefuls two years ago. But the $168,850 donated … more

Douglas County School Board votes to rescind voucher program

At a special meeting Dec. 4, more than a dozen parents, teachers and former educators took the stand and pleaded for the Douglas County Board of Education to end the controversial school voucher … more

Residents oppose K-12 charter school in Eastridge neighborhood

A group of residents is fighting a proposed K-12 charter school that would be built in Eastridge Terrace, an area between University Boulevard and East Wildcat Reserve Parkway where dozens of single-family homes line quiet side streets and … more

A new opportunity for students at Lone Tree site

Quinn Hunchar doesn’t like being confined to a classroom. She prefers reading books and watching documentaries. “School is not my thing,” the 18-year-old said. “I felt like I was being shoved in a box.” When she told her parents she … more

Internship benefits business, high school students

Kendrick Castillo spends four hours a day, four days a week in a large warehouse, where he maneuvers tiny wires, assembles metal and plastic parts and does programming on a computer. Young for an intern, the 16-year-old is learning all facets of a … more

Baby box program gives women ‘breath of fresh air’

New and expecting moms throughout the Colorado now have access to free, safe place for babies to sleep with the Colorado launch of the baby box. The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global initiative to equip expecting families with vital … more

Teaching students how to cope socially, emotionally

Eighth-grader Morgan Fritzler is working to improve her self-awareness. “Sometimes, I have anxiety and perfectionist issues and I expect myself to get everything on the first try,” Fritzler, 12, said. “It makes me feel frustrated.” But … more

National superintendent search in the works for school district

Following more than an hour of deliberation at a special meeting on Dec. 4, the Douglas County School Board voted 7-0 to hire a firm to conduct a national search for a permanent superintendent. “I … more

Fair provides resources on substance use

A teenage bedroom staged in the lunchroom of Douglas County High School revealed everyday items that young people may be using to conceal drug or alcohol use. Inside a hairbrush was a compartment for marijuana. A pill bottle was in a pillowcase. … more

District’s direction at stake in school board election

They come from different backgrounds and neighborhoods — and hold different educational philosophies — but parents from across Douglas County agree the upcoming schoolboard election could change the course of the school district “The … more

School board hears recommendations on financial literacy education

Personal financial literacy is an important skill for Douglas County students to develop, some school board members said at a Dec. 12 board of education meeting, where recommendations for how to … more

New Douglas County school board 'leaves politics at the door'

The Douglas County school board may be getting four new members, but sitting member David Ray is excited about a camaraderie that he says already exists. “Whereas when we came on two years ago,” Ray said, “there was already — before we … more

Test scores show growth, room for improvement

Standardized test-score results released in August show that the Douglas County School District outperformed the state in all but one test category, but the district saw drops in several categories since last year. Under the Colorado Measures of … more

Students unplug, discover value of real face time

An initiative to ditch social media for a month that started with Littleton Public Schools students has gone viral, with thousands of youngsters around the country and the globe joining in the effort to get reacquainted with the world beyond their … more

Candidates touch on trust in latest Douglas County School Board forum

One word used often by Douglas County School Board candidates at the second community forum was “trust.” “Before we would consider any kind of tax increase, the first goal is to restore trust with the community,” Elevate Douglas County … more

Boettcher Foundation honors five DCSD teachers

For more than 60 years, Denver-based Boettcher Foundation has awarded exceptional high school students with full-ride scholarships to any four-year school in Colorado. This year, 42 of 1,600 applicants were selected. Five were from Douglas County … more

Douglas County School District's voucher program gets new life following Supreme Court ruling

The Douglas County School District's long-contested school voucher program will get another look from the Colorado Supreme Court following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court on a similar … more
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