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Physical School Safety & Protection Funding Committee

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners, at their May 28 public hearing, unanimously approved a resolution appropriating $13.3 million for school security and mental health services for students in Douglas County.

To view comments, please visit Project File MI2019-008.

Of the $13 million, the Board appropriated $10 million of unassigned General Fund balance as one-time funding for school safety, including entry-way security technology in schools, and mental health services for children.

Additional resolutions adopted by the Board establish two committees charged with making recommendations for the expenditure of the one-time $10 million – the Physical School Safety & Protection Funding Committee and the Supportive Mental Health for Students Funding Committee.

The Board recognizes the importance of receiving input from key partners, including the Douglas County School District (DCSD), charter and private schools, Douglas County law enforcement, and citizens with expertise in physical school safety and mental health.

The Board charged the Physical School Safety & Protection Funding Committee with making recommendations for the expenditure of the one-time $10 million set-aside.  This Committee shall provide recommendations for expenditures directly related to the physical security and protection of the school community and buildings.

This Committee shall consist of nine (9) members as follows:

  • Five (5) members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners
    • Clint Dorris – Citizen Appointee
    • Mike Dell’Orfano – South Metro Fire
    • Nicole Hunt – Citizen Appointee
    • Kory Nelson – Citizen Appointee
    • Steven Bradburn – Homeland Security
  • Two (2) members recommended by the Douglas County School Board
    • Rich Payne – DCSD Director of School Safety and Security
    • Lori Bachtel – SkyView Academy
  • Two (2) members recommended by Douglas County law enforcement agencies
    • Holly Nicholson – Kluth – Douglas County Undersheriff
    • Jack Cauley – Castle Rock Polic Chief

View Meeting Agendas / Minutes, click on the drop-down box and select the Physical School Safety and Protection Funding Committee.

This Committee worked through June 2019 and formulated its recommendations and supporting documentation to the Board of County Commissioners.


View a Physical School Safety and Mental Health Funding for Students Timeline

The Board of County Commissioners held a Special Work Session, on Tuesday, July 16 to hear funding recommendations and status reports regarding plans for the $13.3 million. Watch video.  View the Committee’s presentation to the Board of Douglas County Commissioners. Read More…

The County launched the process for schools’ access to the $10 million in mental health and physical school safety funds on Aug. 7, 2019. An application form to receive funding requests for eligible projects and services was made available and was due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2019.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners, via a livestreamed news conference, delivered their Report to the Community announcing Physical School Safety and Mental Health for Students Funding Decisions.  View the presentation