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Adams County School District 50, Colorado

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Adams County School District 50
Westminster, Colorado
Adams County School District 50 logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Pamela Swanson
Graduation rate:48.0%
Number of schools:19
Budget: $74.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ruben Pacheco
Board members:5
Term length:4
Adams County School District 50 is a school district in Colorado that served 10,069 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 20th largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Adams County School District 50 is located in Adams County, CO
Adams County School District 50 is based out of Westminster in Adams 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.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Westminster (%) Colorado (%)
White 82 81.3
Black or African American 1.4 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.1
Asian 5.4 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.4 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 20.7 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 70,058 37.8
Unaffiliated 62,955 33.9
Republican 50,434 27.2
Libertarian 1,248 0.7
American Constitution 408 0.2
Green 280 0.1

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.[4][5]


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.[6]

School board

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.[7]

Adams County School District 50 Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Ruben Pacheco 2011 2015
Larry Valente 2011 2015
Bob Landgraf 2011 2015
Joe Davidek 2013 2017
Ryan McCoy 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Adams County School District 50 elections (2013)

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:[7]

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.

II. Any individual desiring to bring a matter before the Board shall sign in with the following information: NAME, ADDRESS and TOPIC OF INTEREST on a sheet provided by the District.

III. During the meeting, the Board President may call on the individual according to the TOPIC OF INTEREST and the agenda. If the TOPIC OF INTEREST relates to a specific agenda item, the speaker may be called to speak at that time. If the TOPIC OF INTEREST is not an agenda item, the speaker will be called under Board agenda Section “AUDIENCE COMMENTS.”

IV. Although a written report is not required to address the Board, if the speaker desires to submit written material, it is requested that the speaker present at least six (6) copies to the Board at the time of presentation.

V. A speaker shall be allowed no more than five (5) minutes for presentation. The time may be reduced by the President depending on the number of speakers on various topics.

VI. Typically, the Board will take the information presented under consideration. The Board may ask clarifying questions of the speaker.[8]


The table below displays the budget for Adams County School District 50.[9][10]

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
2008-2009 $64,864,108 74.9% $6,321,304 7.3% $457,930 0.5% $0.00 0% $14,503,424 16.7% $86,646,766
2010-2011 $52,381,870 72.1% $3,100,074 4.3% $8,130,045 11.2% $0.00 0% $8,990,059 12.4% $72,602,048
2011-2012 $51,236,873 73.8% $2,551,168 3.7% $8,028,961 11.6% $0.00 0% $7,656,129 11% $69,473,131
2012-2013 $53,893,861 73.5% $2,622,073 3.6% $8,873,947 12.1% $0.00 0% $7,982,166 10.9% $73,372,047
2013-2014 $55,025,593 71.7% $2,499,847 3.3% $8,555,860 11.2% $0.00 0% $10,628,777 13.9% $76,710,077
2014-2015 $52,434,748 70.1% $2,833,257 3.8% $8,817,253 11.8% $0.00 0% $10,688,749 14.3% $74,774,007
Averages: $47,119,579 73% $2,846,817.57 4% $6,123,428 9% $0 0% $8,635,614.86 13% $64,796,868

Teacher salaries

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:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 40,703 41,517
B.A. 15 43,246 44,773
B.A. 30 45,791 50,370
B.A. 45 48,334 54,948
MA 51,387 56,475
MA 15 53,422 58,002
MA 30 55,966 60,037
MA 45 58,510 63,089
MA 60 61,054 68,686
MA 75 67,159 75,554
MA 90/Ph.D. 73,265 81,659

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 9,724 -
2009 9,862 1.4
2010 10,049 1.8
2011 10,124 0.7
2012 10,069 -0.5

District schools

Adams County School District 50 operates 19 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

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

Academic performance

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.[13]

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:[14]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Does Not Meet 31.3
Academic Growth Approaching 58.3
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 51.7
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Does Not Meet 31.3
Total 43.9

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.

Contact information

Adams County School District 50 logo.jpg
Adams County School District 50
6933 Raleigh Street
Westminster, CO 80030
Phone: (303) 428-3511

Website evaluation

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See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 17, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts:Westminster, accessed October 24, 2013
  3. Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 24, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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.
  6. LinkedIn, "Pamela Swanson," accessed January 17, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Adams County School District 50, "Active Policies," accessed January 21, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Adams County School District 50, "Adopted Budget 2008-2009," accessed December 10, 2013
  10. Adams County School District 50, "2014-2015 Adopted Budget," accessed December 9, 2014
  11. Adams County School District 50, "Licensed Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed January 21, 2014
  12. Adams County School District 50, "School Directory," accessed January 21, 2014
  13. Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
  14. Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 17, 2014 (timed out)