Blue Springs School District, Missouri

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Blue Springs School District
Blue Springs, Missouri
Blue Springs School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Paul Kinder
Graduation rate:93.8%
Number of schools:22
Budget: $138.7 million[1]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kent Bradford
Board members:7
Term length:3
Blue Springs School District is a school district in Missouri that serves the city of Blue Springs, Missouri. It is the 13th largest school district in Missouri, serving 13,904 students in 22 schools in the 2010-2011 school year with an operating budget of $138.7 million in the 2011-2012 school year.[1][2]

About the district

Blue Springs School District is located in Jackson County, Mo.
Blue Springs School District is located in north-west Missouri 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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Jackson County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.5 83.7
Black or African American 24.0 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.6 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Jackson County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 78,283 93,199
2008 90,722 92,833
2004 79,029 94,439
2000 72,393 73,996

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.[5][6]


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.[7]

School board

The Blue Springs Board of Education is composed of seven at-large members serving three-year terms.[8]

Blue Springs Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Dave Wright 2016
Kent Bradford 2017
Dale Walkup 2017
Dale Falck 2017
Jennifer Casey 2017
Kay Coen 2017
Rhonda Gilstrap 2016

School board elections

See also: Blue Springs School District elections (2015)

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:[1]

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
2010-2011 $112,953,000 78.9% $6,961,000 4.9% $14,970,000 10.5% $6,627,000 4.6% $1,715,000 1.2% $143,226,000
2011-2012 $108,671,000 78.3% $7,533,000 5.4% $14,612,000 10.5% $6,174,000 4.5% $1,724,000 1.2% $138,714,000
Averages: $110,812,000 79% $7,247,000 5% $14,791,000 10% $6,400,500 5% $1,719,500 1% $140,970,000

Teacher salaries

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:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 35,200 41,212
B.A. + 8 35,364 41,790
B.A. + 16 35,953 44,617
B.A. + 24 36,571 45,258
MA 39,157 57,310
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
Longevity 77,662

Schools in Blue Springs School District


Blue Springs School District served 13,904 students in 22 schools in the 2010-2011 school year.[2]

District schools

Blue Springs School District operates 22 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Blue Springs School District
Blue Springs High
Blue Springs Freshman Center
Blue Springs South High
Brittany Hill Middle
Chapel Lakes Elementary
Cordill-Mason 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

Academic performance

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.[11]

MSIP 5 Performance Comparison
MSIP 5 Standards Possible Points Points Earned Percent Earned
Academic Achievement 56 56 96.4%
Subgroup Achievement 14 14 89.3%
College and Career Ready 30 29.5 83.3%
Attendance 10 7.5 75%
Graduation Rate 30 30 100%
Total 140 137 97.9%

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.[12]

Contact information

Blue Springs School District seal.jpg
Blue Springs School District
1801 NW Vesper
Blue Springs MO 64015
Phone: (816)-224-1300

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