DUSD to require AD to live within school boundaries

The Douglas School Board discussed the need for its new athletic director to live within the school boundaries at a special meeting held on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

The new job description which was recently modified details some of the duties that will now be required of the new athletic director/assistant principal. It changes the position from an 11-month position to a 12-month position. The new hire will need to reside within the district. They must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Physical Education or a related field and they must have a Master’s Degree in Education.

The AD position is currently open and will be filled as soon as some qualified candidates apply.

Katie Walker is currently serving as Douglas’ interim athletic director until a permanent replacement is hired.

DHS Media Arts teacher Mark Silverstein is scheduled to have his disciplinary hearing sometime between Dec. 3-14.

At the October meeting the board met in executive session to discuss a matter involving Silverstein. Back in open meeting the board agreed to accept the charges against him and to terminate his employment. A hearing officer has been selected and Silverstein’s matter will be heard sometime during the time frame the board set. The alleged charges against Silverstein are not being made public at this time.

A special meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the DUSD board room to discuss a proposed settlement offer from Mr. Silverstein.

The board also accepted the Annual Capital Plan to the School Facilities Board (SFB). This plan is designed to keep them updated of any plans for possible construction of any new school buildings.

DUSD’s Chief Financial and Operations Manager Cesar Soto informed the board because of the high school being over capacity in student enrollment there is a need to update the projected numbers.

“They’re waiting for this information because they are willing to give us more square footage because of the high school being over capacity,” Soto said of the SFB. “The capital plan is numbers and figures for them so they can continue.”

Soto is requesting a couple more wings be added to DHS that will allow for more classrooms as well as a possible increase in cafeteria size.

Board member Ray Borane said he would like to see a new gymnasium added to this list as well.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the DUSD board room.

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