Boulder Valley School District, Colorado
|Boulder Valley School District|
|Number of schools:||59|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Laurie Albright|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Boulder Valley School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtBoulder County, Colorado. The county seat of Boulder County is Boulder. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Boulder County is home to 305,318 residents.
Boulder County underperformed the rest of the state for median income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Boulder County was $66,479 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Boulder County was 13.1% compared to 12.5% for the entire state in 2010. The U.S. Census also found that 57.7% of Boulder County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.
The current Superintendent of Boulder Valley School District is Bruce Messinger. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2011. Messinger previously worked as a superintendent in Montana schools from 1997 to 2011.
The Boulder Valley School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected by district to four-year terms. Members do not receive any compensation for their service on the board.
|Boulder Valley School District Board of Education|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected on a staggered basis to four-year terms. Three seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and four seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Boulder Valley School District Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“||Public Participation during regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings takes place shortly after each meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. Members of the public may address the Board of Education on agenda and non-agenda items during this portion of the meeting, with agenda speakers first in order of agenda topic.
People who wish to speak are encouraged to sign up by calling the board secretary at 720-561-5114 or signing up in person between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. on the evening of the board meeting, so that speakers can be organized by topic. However, any member of the public who comes to the meeting before the end of public participation may sign up to speak.
The Board recognizes the value of public comment on issues related to the operation of the schools. To ensure that our meeting is conducted in an orderly manner, we ask that persons who address the Board:
The Board President may interrupt, warn or terminate a participant’s statement that is unrelated to the business of the District or inappropriate for K-12 students.
The table below displays the budget for Boulder Valley 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|
Teacher salaries at Boulder Valley School District 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 ($)|
Teachers in Boulder Valley School District are represented during negotiations by the Boulder Valley Education Association (BVEA). The current President of BVEA is Tina Mueh.
Schools in Boulder Valley School District
The district served 30,041 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 4.0% 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 (%)|
Boulder Valley School District operates 59 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Boulder Valley School District|
|Alicia Sanchez International Elementary School|
|Angevine Middle School|
|Aspen Creek K-8 School|
|Bear Creek Elementary School|
|Birch Elementary School|
|Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies|
|Boulder High School|
|Boulder Preparatory High School|
|Broomfield Heights Middle School|
|Broomfield High School|
|Casey Middle School|
|Centaurus High School|
|Centennial Middle School|
|Coal Creek Elementary School|
|Columbine Elementary School|
|Community Montessori School|
|Creekside Elementary School|
|Crest View Elementary School|
|Douglass Elementary School|
|Eisenhower Elementary School|
|Eldorado K-8 School|
|Emerald Elementary School|
|Escuela Bilingue Pioneer|
|Fairview High School|
|Fireside Elementary School|
|Flatirons Elementary School|
|Foothill Elementary School|
|Gold Hill Elementary School|
|Halcyon Middle-Senior School|
|Heatherwood Elementary School|
|High Peaks Elementary School|
|Horizons K-8 School|
|Jamestown Elementary School|
|Justice High School|
|Kohl Elementary School|
|Lafayette Elementary School|
|Louisville Elementary School|
|Louisville Middle School|
|Manhattan School of Arts and Academics|
|Mesa Elementary School|
|Monarch K-8 School|
|Monarch High School|
|Nederland Elementary School|
|Nederland Middle-Senior High School|
|New Vista High School|
|Peak to Peak Charter Elementary School|
|Peak to Peak Charter Middle School|
|Peak to Peak Charter High School|
|Platt CHOICE Program|
|Platt Middle School|
|Ryan Elementary School|
|Southern Hills Middle School|
|Summit Charter Middle School|
|Superior Elementary School|
|University Hill Elementary School|
|Whittier International Elementary 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 Boulder Valley School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||57.8|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Exceeds||90.6|
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.
|Transparency grading process|
This site was evaluated on December 20, 2011.
- Budget documents are available on the website.
- Mill Levies and taxes are available in the budget.
- Meeting calendars, Agendas, and meeting videos are all available online.
- School Board members' names, phone numbers, and email addresses are posted online.
- BVSD offers a checkbook and register for their financial transactions online.
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available online.
- The district provides contact information for open records requests and includes request forms on their website.
- The school provides links to county and district scores for CSAP.
- Contact information for administrative officials, particularly the superintendent, were not available.
- There was some information about background checks and fees that teachers are to pay for them. However, there are no details posted as to what background checks will be applied to teachers.
- Boulder Valley School District
- City of Boulder
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Boulder Valley Education Association
- Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 13, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Boulder County, Colorado," accessed August 7, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 2, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Superintendent's Area," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER COMPENSATION/EXPENSES/INSURANCE/LIABILITY," March 9, 2010
- Boulder Valley School District, "Public Participation," accessed January 13, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Boulder Valley School District, "Expenditure Summary," accessed December 10, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Transitional Schedule 2013-2014," accessed January 13, 2014 (dead link)
- Boulder Valley Education Association, "Executive Board," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Our Schools," accessed January 13, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 13, 2014 (timed out)
- Boulder Valley School District, "Budget Services," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Proposed Budget 2011 - 2012," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Meeting Schedule," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Public Agenda," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Videos," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Board Members," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Transactions," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School Districts, "Accounting Services," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Open Records Requests," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Assessment," accessed January 13, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Jobs," accessed January 14, 2013