Adams County School District 50, Colorado
|Adams County School District 50|
|Number of schools:||19|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Ruben Pacheco|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Adams County School District 50
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtAdams County, Colorado. This suburban district serves students in Westminster as well as portions of Arvada and Denver. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Westminster is home to 106,114 residents.
Westminster outperformed the rest of Colorado in median income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Westminster was $64,016 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Westminster was 11.1% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 33.3% of Westminster residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
The current Superintendent of Adams County School District 50 is Pamela Swanson. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2012. Swanson has worked as a principal and administrator in the district since 1995.
The Adams County School District 50 Board of Education consists of five members elected at-large to four-year terms. Members do not receive compensation for their service on the board.
|Adams County School District 50 Board of Education|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected on a staggered basis. Two seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings:
|“|| I. Before each regular meeting of Adams County School District No. 50 Board of Education, copies of the agenda for that meeting and copies of accompanying documents will be available in the Board room in a conspicuous location.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teacher salaries at Adams County School District 50 are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and teachers for 2013-2014:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Adams County School District 50
The district served 10,069 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 3.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Adams County School District 50 operates 19 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Adams County School District 50|
|Colorado STEM Academy|
|Crown Pointe Academy of Westminster|
|F.M. Day Elementary School|
|Fairview Elementary School|
|Flynn Elementary School|
|Harris Park Elementary School|
|Hidden Lake High School|
|Hodgkins Elementary School|
|Mesa Elementary School|
|Metz Elementary School|
|Ranum Middle School|
|Scott Carpenter Middle School|
|Shaw Heights Middle School|
|Sherrelwood Elementary School|
|Skyline Vista Elementary School|
|Sunset Ridge Elementary School|
|Tennyson Knolls Elementary School|
|Westminster Elementary School|
|Westminster High School|
Colorado Student Assessment Program
The Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. The primary purpose of the assessment program is to determine the level at which Colorado students meet the Colorado Model Content Standards in the content areas assessed. The CSAP is collaboratively developed by the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado teaching community and CTB/McGraw-Hill. The data is used to keep abreast of individual student, school and district progress toward attaining higher student achievement levels. The fact that CSAP is based on the Colorado Model Content Standards ensures that all districts are held to the same standards expected for students regardless of whether they live in urban, suburban or rural areas.
Three-year performance trends
The following table details the performance of Adams County School District 50 students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Achievement||Does Not Meet||31.3|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||51.7|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Does Not Meet||31.3|
What do the performance indicators measure?
- Academic Achievement: The Achievement Indicator reflects how a district's students are doing at meeting the state's proficiency goal: the percentage of students proficient or advanced on Colorado's standardized assessments. This indicator includes results from CSAP, CSAPA (Reading, Writing, Math and Science), Lectura and Escritura.
- Academic Growth: The Growth Indicator measures academic progress using the Colorado Growth Model. This indicator reflects:
- Normative growth: How the academic progress of the students in this district compared to that of other students statewide with a similar CSAP score.
- Adequate growth: Whether this level of growth was sufficient for the typical (median) student in this district to reach an achievement level of proficient or advanced on the CSAP within three years or by 10th grade, whichever comes first.
- Academic Growth Gaps: The Gaps Indicator measures the academic progress of historically disadvantaged student subgroups. It disaggregates the Growth Indicator into student subgroups, and reflects their normative and adequate growth. The subgroups include students eligible for free or reduced lunch, minority students, students with disabilities (IEP status), English Language Learners and students needing to catch up.
- Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness: The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Indicator measures the preparedness of students for college or jobs upon completing high school. This indicator reflects student graduation rates, dropout rates and average Colorado ACT composite scores.
Main article: Evaluation of Colorado school district websites
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- Adams County School District 50
- City of Westminster, Colorado
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 17, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts:Westminster, accessed October 24, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
- LinkedIn, "Pamela Swanson," accessed January 17, 2014
- Adams County School District 50, "Active Policies," accessed January 21, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Adams County School District 50, "Adopted Budget 2008-2009," accessed December 10, 2013
- Adams County School District 50, "2014-2015 Adopted Budget," accessed December 9, 2014
- Adams County School District 50, "Licensed Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed January 21, 2014
- Adams County School District 50, "School Directory," accessed January 21, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 17, 2014 (timed out)