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Ready to vote? Here's what you need to do in Douglas County

Ballots for the Nov. 6 election will soon be mailed out. Douglas County residents who plan to vote on Election Day need to make sure they're registered and ready. Ballots will be mailed to all …

Candidate forum to be held Oct. 17

The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum will be held Oct. 17 at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE) Center. The forum will allow state Senate, state House, county commissioner and …
Tanner Fitch, principal of Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, stands in front of his building. Some of the school’s sidewalks are cracked and in need of repairs.

‘You want a building to be cared for’

When a prospective parent walks in the front door of Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, he or she may see the 22-year-old carpet, chipped tile and cracks in the wall. If that parent isn’t …

Mill levy override puts focus on DCSD teachers

Tim Ottmann, principal of Ponderosa High School in Parker, recalls why a volleyball coach of 16 years who led the team to several state championships left the school three years ago for a position in …

Douglas County High School Principal Tony Kappas stands in front of his school in Castle Rock. One of DCSD's oldest, the school has a long list of Tier 1 needs, which are critical building repairs that risk safety.

‘I’m concerned for the safety of our students’

At Castle View High School, teachers don’t have permanent classrooms. Throughout the day, they move their materials to classrooms that are available. When the bell rings for the next class period, …
Education

What would DCSD ballot measures cost you?

Voters are being asked to approve two separate measures that would bring additional funding to the Douglas County School District: Ballot Issue 5A, a $40 million mill levy override, and Ballot Issue …

Gubernatorial candidates talk education

School funding, achievement gaps, tax breaks and educating a diverse group of students were all topics Colorado gubernatorial candidates Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton weighed in on Sept. 24 when …
STEM Highlands Ranch students play in the school's parking lot during lunch on a September day. Previously used for commercial business, the charter school's building sits in an urban area west of Ridgeline Boulevard and east of the Central Park development.

Charter schools have role in DCSD tax conversation

Of the Douglas County School District’s 91 schools, 21 are charter schools. The seven charter schools built before 2007 need about $7.7 million for critical building repairs that risk school …
School crisis expert Dr. Scott Poland talks to residents of the south metro Denver area about teen suicide prevention and parenting in the digital age. Hosted by three Douglas County organizations, the special event took place Sept. 19 at the Family Resource Pavilion in east Centennial.

Nationally recognized expert offers insight on parenting challenges

Following the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Dr. Scott Poland visited the school to console members of the grieving community. He did the same after the Feb. 14 school …

Douglas County school board to keep current policy on medical marijuana in place

Since Benjamin Wann started taking medical marijuana nearly three years ago, he hasn't had a seizure. Wann, a junior at Mountain Vista, was diagnosed with epilepsy at 3 years old. In 2014, Sarah …
Business

Realtor association set to move in fall 2019

The South Metro Denver Realtor Association will move to a new headquarters in fall 2019. The new building at 6436 S. Racine Circle in Centennial will have 29,151 finished square feet with a warehouse …

Grocery tax's fate undecided in Castle Rock

Castle Rock has implemented a grocery tax on certain food items for more than 20 years, but that era could soon end. The town council took up a lengthy discussion in early September to review the 4 …

In Their Business

Consignment store opens A Denver entrepreneur, mother and philanthropist has come out of retirement to open a women’s consignment store in Centennial. Jonna Tellinghuisen, 52, opened The Style …
Dr. Kalindi Batra stands in an exam room at UCHealth Sterling Ranch Medical Center. The health care center opened Sept. 4.

Q&A with Dr. Batra, leader of Sterling Ranch Medical Center

UCHealth has opened the doors of its 7,000-square-foot medical center in Sterling Ranch, the budding community in northwest Douglas County. After a 20-year buildout, Sterling Ranch is expected to …

Neighborhood's new name: Village at Castle Pines

Lilly Harmon moved with her husband, Ross, and their two children from the Cherry Creek area to the gated Castle Pines Village five years ago in search of a private area, close to nature and with …
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