Boulder Valley School District, Colorado

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Boulder Valley School District
Boulder, Colorado
Boulder Valley School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Bruce Messinger
Graduation rate:89.7%
Number of schools:59
Budget: $411.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Laurie Albright
Board members:7
Term length:4
Boulder Valley School District is a school district in Colorado that served 30,041 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the seventh-largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Boulder Valley School District is located in Boulder County, Colorado
Boulder Valley School District is located in Boulder 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.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Boulder County (%) Colorado (%)
White 91.2 88.3
Black or African American 1.1 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.6
Asian 4.3 2.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.4 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 13.7 20.9

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 99,321 40.53
Unaffiliated 95,528 38.98
Republican 46,296 18.89
Libertarian 2,265 0.92
Green 1,379 0.56
American Constitution 276 0.12

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[4]


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.[5]

School board

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.[6]

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Boulder Valley School District Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Shelly Benford A 2015
Tina Marquis B 2017
Laurie Albright C 2015
Sam Fuqua D 2015
Tom Miers E 2017
Jennie Belval F 2017
Jim Reed G 2015

School board elections

See also: Boulder Valley School District elections (2013)

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:[7]

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:

  • Confine your comments to matters that are germane to the business of the School District. Speakers on agenda items will be heard first, followed by those speaking to non-agenda items.
  • Limit your presentation to two minutes. If we go over the first hour, public comment will continue at the end of the meeting.
  • Recognize that students often attend or view our meetings. Speaker’s remarks, therefore, should be suitable for an audience that includes kindergarten through 12th grade students.

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.​​[8]


The table below displays the budget for Boulder Valley School District:[9]

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 $204,516,444 46.8% $7,709,913 1.8% $15,160,990 3.5% $0 0% $209,469,911 47.9% $436,857,258
2009-2010 $207,082,981 49.9% $7,875,659 1.9% $18,752,517 4.5% $0 0% $181,257,643 43.7% $414,968,810
2010-2011 $200,978,174 49.8% $8,165,491 2% $17,325,020 4.3% $0 0% $177,146,946 43.9% $403,615,631
2011-2012 $220,665,299 54.3% $8,404,731 2.1% $18,121,896 4.5% $0 0% $159,457,253 39.2% $406,649,179
2012-2013 $226,704,393 59.3% $8,488,778 2.2% $18,331,050 4.8% $0 0% $128,648,148 33.7% $382,172,369
2013-2014 $237,678,550 59.8% $8,531,222 2.1% $19,573,488 4.9% $0 0% $131,474,451 33.1% $397,257,711
2014-2015 $239,965,582 58.4% $15,090,148 3.7% $23,563,217 5.7% $0 0% $132,103,661 32.1% $411,122,608
Averages: $219,655,917.57 54% $9,180,848.86 2% $18,689,739.71 5% $0 0% $159,936,859 39% $407,520,509.43

Teacher salaries

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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 40,760 51,964
B.A. 12 42,798 54,564
B.A. 24 44,938 58,294
B.A. 36 47,185 60,158
B.A. 48 49,544 75,133
MA 52,021 77,300
MA 12 54,622 81,166
MA 24 57,353 81,914
MA 36 60,221 82,672
MA 48 63,232 90,274
MA 60 66,394 92,700
Ph.D. 69,714 97,335


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.[11]

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 28,875 -
2009 29,011 0.4
2010 29,526 1.7
2011 29,780 0.8
2012 30,041 0.8

District schools

Boulder Valley School District operates 59 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Boulder Valley School District
Alicia Sanchez International Elementary School
Angevine Middle School
Arapahoe Campus
Aspen Creek K-8 School
Bear Creek Elementary School
Birch Elementary School
Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies
Boulder Explore
Boulder High School
Boulder Preparatory High School
Boulder Universal
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

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 Boulder Valley School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[14]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Exceeds 89.6
Academic Growth Meets 72.6
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 57.8
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Exceeds 90.6
Total 79.2

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

Boulder Valley School District logo.jpg
Boulder Valley School District
6500 Arapahoe Road
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: (303) 447-1010

Website evaluation

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials N
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Public Records
Background Checks P

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Transparency grading process
See also: Evaluation of Colorado school district websites

This site was evaluated on December 20, 2011.

The good

  • Budget documents are available on the website.[15]
  • Mill Levies and taxes are available in the budget.[16]
  • Meeting calendars[17], Agendas[18], and meeting videos[19] are all available online.
  • School Board members' names, phone numbers, and email addresses are posted online.[20]
  • BVSD offers a checkbook and register for their financial transactions online.[21]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available online.[22]
  • The district provides contact information for open records requests and includes request forms on their website.[23]
  • The school provides links to county and district scores for CSAP.[24]

The bad

  • 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.[25]

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 13, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States Census Bureau, "Boulder County, Colorado," accessed August 7, 2013
  3. Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 2, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Boulder Valley School District, "Superintendent's Area," accessed January 13, 2014
  7. Boulder Valley School District, "Public Participation," accessed January 13, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Boulder Valley School District, "Expenditure Summary," accessed December 10, 2014
  10. Boulder Valley School District, "Transitional Schedule 2013-2014," accessed January 13, 2014 (dead link)
  11. Boulder Valley Education Association, "Executive Board," accessed January 13, 2014
  12. Boulder Valley School District, "Our Schools," accessed January 13, 2014
  13. Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
  14. Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 13, 2014 (timed out)
  15. Boulder Valley School District, "Budget Services," accessed January 13, 2014
  16. Boulder Valley School District, "Proposed Budget 2011 - 2012," accessed January 13, 2014
  17. Boulder Valley School District, "Meeting Schedule," accessed January 13, 2014
  18. Boulder Valley School District, "Public Agenda," accessed January 13, 2014
  19. Boulder Valley School District, "Videos," accessed January 13, 2014
  20. Boulder Valley School District, "Board Members," accessed January 13, 2014
  21. Boulder Valley School District, "Transactions," accessed January 13, 2014
  22. Boulder Valley School Districts, "Accounting Services," accessed January 13, 2014
  23. Boulder Valley School District, "Open Records Requests," accessed January 13, 2014
  24. Boulder Valley School District, "Assessment," accessed January 13, 2014
  25. Boulder Valley School District, "Jobs," accessed January 14, 2013