Blue Springs School District, Missouri
|Blue Springs School District|
|Blue Springs, Missouri|
|Number of schools:||22|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Kent Bradford|
About the districtMissouri in Jackson County. The county seats of Jackson County are Independence and Kansas City. Jackson County is home to 679,996 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Jackson County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.6 percent of Jackson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Jackson County was $47,015 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 17.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.
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.
Paul Kinder is the current superintendent of Blue Springs School District. He has served in this role since 2000 and served the district since 1980. He has earned several honors for his efforts in the district including Outstanding MSTA/CTA Administrator of the Year in 2005, Excellence in Achievement Award by the Missouri Association of School Administrators in 2007 and was recognized with the Leadership for Learning Award from the National Association of Elementary Principals.
The Blue Springs Board of Education is composed of seven at-large members serving three-year terms.
|Blue Springs Board of Education|
School board elections
Members of the Blue Springs Board of Education are elected to three-year terms. There was no primary election, and the general election for two seats was held on April 7, 2015. Three seats were up for election in 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.
The table below displays the budget for Blue Springs School District:
|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|
Blue Springs School District employed 701 K-12 teachers during the 2012-13 school year. Teacher salaries 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 courses with raises at credit intervals. 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 the Blue Springs Teachers for 2013-2014:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 8||35,364||41,790|
|B.A. + 16||35,953||44,617|
|B.A. + 24||36,571||45,258|
|MA + 8||40,240||58,270|
|MA + 16||40,961||62,535|
|MA + 24||41,743||63,558|
|MA + 32||42,872||64,600|
|Spec or MA + 40||43,997||65,327|
Schools in Blue Springs School District
Blue Springs School District served 13,904 students in 22 schools in the 2010-2011 school year.
Blue Springs School District operates 22 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Blue Springs School District|
|Blue Springs High|
|Blue Springs Freshman Center|
|Blue Springs South High|
|Brittany Hill Middle|
|Chapel Lakes Elementary|
|Daniel Young Elementary|
|Delta Woods Middle|
|Franklin Smith Elementary|
|James Lewis Elementary|
|James Walker Elementary|
|John Nowlin Elementary|
|Liggett Trail Education Center|
|Lucy Franklin Elementary|
|Moreland Ridge Middle|
|Sunny Pointe Elementary|
|Sunny Vale Middle|
|Thomas Ultican Elementary|
|Voy Spears Jr. Elementary School|
|William Bryant Elementary|
|William Yates Elementary|
Missouri’s Top 10 by 20 plan holds as a primary goal that all students will graduate high school college-and-career-ready. To measure progress toward this goal and to distinguish among school and district performance, the Department computes an Annual Performance Report (APR) score for each Local Education Agency (LEA) and school. This overall score is composed of scores for each of the MSIP Five Performance Standards
- Academic Achievement
- Subgroup Achievement
- High School Readiness (K-8 districts) or College and Career Readiness (K-12 districts)
- Attendance Rate
- Graduation Rate (K-12 districts).
Status, progress, and growth (where applicable) are used to calculate a comprehensive score used to determine the accreditation level of a school district. Data for academic achievement (English language arts and mathematics), subgroup achievement (English language arts and mathematics) and graduation rate are also used for federal accountability determinations, including reward, focus and priority school identification, for LEAs and schools.
The MSIP Five Performance Standards were approved by the State Board of Education in December of 2011 and go into effect two years from the date of approval. Missouri’s ESEA Flexibility Request was approved by the United States Department of Education in July of 2012. The components used for federal accountability went into effect upon approval of the request.
|MSIP 5 Performance Comparison|
|MSIP 5 Standards||Possible Points||Points Earned||Percent Earned|
|College and Career Ready||30||29.5||83.3%|
For the 2012-2013 school year, Blue Springs School District students earned an average Missouri Assessment Program index score of 390.3. Students scored highest in science with an index score of 409.7, but they scored lowest in social studies with an index score of 375.4. The district's average MAP index score ranked 12 out of the 469 Missouri school districts that reported scores for all four tested subject areas.
- Missouri school districts
- List of school districts in Missouri
- Blue Springs School District elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 13, 2014
- Missouri Comprehensive Data System, "School Finance Report" accessed February 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Jackson County, Missouri," accessed February 3, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Missouri Election Results," accessed January 23, 2015
- 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.
- Blue Springs School District, "Dr. Paul Kinder," accessed February 6, 2014 (dead link)
- Blue Springs School District, "Board Members," accessed February 6, 2014
- Blue Springs School District, "BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT CERTIFIED SALARY SCHEDULE," accessed February 6, 2014 (dead link)
- Blue Springs School District, "Schools," accessed February 6, 2014
- Missouri Comprehensive Data System, "Summary Annual Performance Report, Accesssed February 6, 2014
- Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "State Assessment," accessed July 8, 2014