District Accountability Committee

Applications for open seats

PSD's District Accountability Committee (DAC) is made up of parent and school representatives who work together to offer recommendations about the district's spending priorities, improvement plan, and charter schools to the PSD Board of Education. It also works to increase the level of parent engagement in the district. This important work is facilitated by a committee that is representative of the diversity of the district.

The following DAC positions are open:

  • A parent of a middle school student
  • A parent of a child participating in the early childhood education program
  • A parent of a child supported by Integrated Services
  • A parent of a student attending a PSD Charter School

Those interested in serving on the DAC should contact PSD Chief Institutional Effectiveness Officer Dwayne Schmitz at 970-490-3693 or dschmitz@psdschools.org.

The committee meets once per month, typically on the third Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the board room at the Johannsen Support Services Center, 2407 LaPorte Ave.

Meeting dates for 2021-22:

August 18, 2021
September 22, 2021
October 20, 2021
November 17, 2021
December 8, 2021 - Cancelled
January 19, 2022
February 16, 2022
April 20, 2022
May 18, 2022 


About the DAC

The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is required by the Colorado Accountability Act.

DAC committee responsibilities

  • Recommending to its local school board priorities for spending school district monies
  • Submitting recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the district's Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan (whichever is applicable)
  • Reviewing any charter school applications received by the local school board and, if the local school board receives a charter school renewal application and upon request of the district and at the DAC's option, reviewing any renewal application prior to consideration by the local school board
  • At least annually, cooperatively determining, with the local school board, the areas and issues, in addition to budget issues, that the DAC shall study and make recommendations upon
  • At its option, meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether district leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the district's performance, improvement, priority improvement, or turnaround plan, whichever is applicable
  • Providing input and recommendations to principals, on an advisory basis, concerning the development and use of assessment tools to measure and evaluate student academic growth as it relates to teacher evaluations

When the DAC recommends spending priorities, it must make reasonable efforts to consult in a substantive manner with the School Accountability Committees (SACs) in the district. Likewise, in preparing recommendations for and advising on the district plan, the DAC must make reasonable efforts to consult in a substantive manner with the SACs in the district and must submit to the local school board the school performance, improvement, priority improvement and turnaround plans submitted by the SACs.


DAC committee members

Each local Board of Education is responsible for either appointing or creating a process for electing the members of a District Accountability Committee. This committee must consist of the following:

  • At least three parents of students enrolled in the district
  • At least one teacher employed by the district
  • At least one school administrator employed by the district
  • At least one person involved in business in the community within the district boundaries.

2021-22 members:
Robert Beauchamp - Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and DAC Co-chair
Heather Alderman - Parent of a student with a disability
Ashley Anderson - Parent of an Early Childhood student
Jessica Zamora- BOE Liaison
Joe Gawronski - Secondary Administrator
Norma Huerta-Kelly - Elementary Administrator
Susan Sasson - Parent of a minority/diverse student
Rachel Olsen - District Advisory Board (DAB) liaison
Candace Martin-O'Connor - Early Childhood
Angela Lindquist - Parent of a High School student
Jennifer Keeton - Parent of an Elementary School student
Melody Shaddix - Parent of a Charter School student
Dana Gaines - Parent of a Middle School student
Marcy Lewis - PSD Teacher
Becky Woodcox - Instructional Para-Professional
Katie Cook - Parent of a Gifted and Talented student
Scott Schoenbauer - Business Community
Araceli Newman - Parent of an English Language Learner

2021-22 meetings, agendas and minutes
Meetings are held 6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m. in the board room at the JSSC. Agendas and minutes are posted when available.