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 DAC is required by the Colorado Accountability Act.

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 PSD District Accountability Committee (DAC) is accepting applications to fill the following positions for the 2024-2025 school year:

  • Parent/guardian of a student in middle school
  • Parent/guardian of an English Language Learner

Application Guidelines

Pautas para presentar una solicitud

  • All applications must be submitted in an electronic format, totaling no more than three pages.
  • Applications may be single or double spaced.
  • Members of the current DAC review applications and make recommendations for appointing new members.

In your application, please provide the information requested below:

Section I - Background Information

  • Please list your name, school(s) which your children attend, and position(s) you are applying for.

Section II - Personal Qualifications and Interest

  • What knowledge, experience, and strengths do you have that would make you an effective member of the PSD District Accountability Committee?

Please submit completed applications via email to Dwayne Schmitz (dschmitz@psdschools.org). 

2024-25 School Year Meetings

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

Meeting agendas and minutes are posted below when they are available. 

  • Aug. 21, 2024 agenda
    • Aug. 21 minutes
  • Sept. 18, 2024 agenda
    • Sept. 18 minutes
  • Oct. 16, 2024 agenda
    • Oct. 16 minutes
  • Nov. 20, 2024 agenda
    • Nov. 20 minutes
  • Jan. 15, 2025 agenda
    • Jan. 15 minutes
  • Feb. 19, 2025 agenda
    • Feb. 19 minutes
  • April 16, 2025 agenda
    • Apr. 16 minutes
  • May 14, 2025 agenda
    • May 14 minutes

DAC Responsibilities

  • Recommending to its local school board priorities for spending school district monies (DAC Budget Priorities Recommendations - November 2023)
  • 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 Members

Each local Board of Education is responsible for either appointing or creating a process for electing the members of a DAC. 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.

2024-25 school year representatives

PSD employee representatives:

  • Joe Zappa - Secondary Administrator
  • TBD - Early Childhood Staff
  • Mark Strasberg - Elementary Administrator
  • Marcy Lewis - PSD Teacher
  • Becky Woodcox - Media Tech Center Site Manager

PSD family representatives:

  • Ashley Barrett - District Advisory Board (DAB) Liaison
  • Michael Werner - Budget Advisory Committee Liaison
  • Tena Green - Parent of a student with a disability
  • Marybeth Rigali-Oiler - Parent of a Gifted and Talented student
  • Ian Rutherford - Parent of a charter school student
  • Stephanie Cotton-Maceta - Business Community Member
  • TBD - Parent of an English language learner
  • Susan Sasson - Parent of a minority/diverse student
  • Jess Ellis Hagman - Parent of an Early Childhood student
  • Jodi Quass - Parent of an elementary school student
  • TBD - Parent of a middle school student
  • Erica Daniell - Parent of a high school student

PSD support and liaisons:

  • Dwayne Schmitz - DAC Co-chair & PSD Cabinet Liaison 
  • Scott Schoenbauer - BOE Liaison
  • Clare Barquero - Family Engagement Liaison
  • Michele Lae - Recorder


Past years

2023-24 meeting agendas and minutes

2022-23 meeting agendas and minutes