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Cherry Creek School District, Colorado

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Cherry Creek School District
Greenwood Village, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Harry Bull, Jr.
Graduation rate:87.1%
Number of schools:61
Budget: $668.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Randy Perlis
Board members:5
Term length:4
Colorado school is a school district in Colorado that served 53,368 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the fourth largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Cherry Creek School District is located in Arapahoe County, Colorado
Cherry Creek School District is located in Arapahoe County, Colorado. The county seat of Arapahoe County is Littleton, Colorado. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Arapahoe County is home to 595,546 residents.[2]


Arapahoe County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Arapahoe County is $59,937 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Arapahoe County is 11.9% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 38.3% of Arapahoe 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 Arapahoe County (%) State (%)
White 79.1 88.1
Black or African American 10.7 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.6
Asian 5.3 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 3.6 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 18.6 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 130,181 34.46
Democratic 127,697 33.80
Republican 115,930 30.69
Libertarian 2,567 0.68
Green 735 0.19
American Constitution 648 0.18

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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current Superintendent of Cherry Creek School District is Harry Bull, Jr. He has served in the position since his appointment in July 2013. Bull has worked as a teacher and administrator in the district since 1984.[5]

School board

The Cherry Creek School District Board of Education consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. Members do not receive compensation for their service on the board.[6]

Cherry Creek School District Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Karen Fisher 2013 2017
Claudine McDonald 2007 2015
Jim O'Brien 2007 2015
Randy Perlis 2007 2017
Dave Willman 2013 2015

School board elections

See also: Cherry Creek School District elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms 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 Cherry Creek School District Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

Adoption of new policies or the revision or repeal of existing policies is solely the responsibility of the Board of Education.

In general, a proposal shall be presented as an information item at a regular meeting and presented for discussion and vote at the next regular meeting.

During discussion of a policy proposal, the views of the public and staff shall be considered. Amendments may be proposed by Board members. An amendment shall not require that the policy go through an additional reading except as the Board determines that the amendment needs further study and that an additional reading would be desirable.[8]


The table below displays the budget for Cherry Creek Schools:[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
2013-2014 $434,760,000 69.4% $42,750,000 6.8% $89,110,000 14.2% $50,940,000 8.1% $9,170,000 1.5% $626,730,000
2014-2015 $396,495,021 59.3% $64,651,429 9.7% $103,815,082 15.5% $50,532,243 7.6% $52,757,668 7.9% $668,251,443
Averages: $415,627,510.5 64% $53,700,714.5 8% $96,462,541 15% $50,736,121.5 8% $30,963,834 5% $647,490,721.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Cherry Creek 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 2012-2013:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 35,634 55,772
B.A. 15 37,416 60,092
B.A. 30 39,197 64,413
MA 39,910 67,555
MA 15 41,692 71,875
MA 30 43,473 76,195
MA 45 45,255 78,159
MA 60 47,037 80,123
MA 75/Ph.D. 47,750 80,909


Teachers in Cherry Creek School District are represented during contract negotiations by the Cherry Creek Education Association (CCEA). The current President of CCEA is Sheryl Cunningham.[12]

Schools in Cherry Creek School District


The district served 53,368 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 4.4% 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 51,115 -
2009 51,708 1.1
2010 52,166 0.8
2011 52,589 0.8
2012 53,368 1.4

District schools

Cherry Creek School District operates 61 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Cherry Creek School District
Antelope Ridge Elementary Schools
Arrowhead Elementary School
Aspen Crossing Elementary School
Belleview Elementary School
Black Forest Hills Elementary School
Buffalo Trail Elementary School
Campus Middle School
Canyon Creek Elementary School
Challenge School
Cherokee Trail High School
Cherry Creek Academy
Cherry Creek High School
Cherry Hills Village Elementary School
Cimarron Elementary School
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Coyote Hills Elementary School
Creekside Elementary School
Dakota Valley Elementary School
Dry Creek Elementary School
Eaglecrest High School
Eastridge Elementary School
Elementary #43
Endeavor Academy
Falcon Creek Middle School
Fox Hollow Elementary School
Fox Ridge Middle School
Grandview High School
Greenwood Elementary School
Heritage Elementary School
High Plains Elementary School
Highline Community Elementary School
Holly Hills Elementary School
Holly Ridge Elementary School
Homestead Elementary School
Horizon Middle School
Independence Elementary School
Indian Ridge Elementary School
Laredo Middle School
Liberty Middle School
Meadow Point Elementary School
Mission Viejo Elementary School
Overland High School/Institute of Science & Technology
Peakview Elementary School
Pine Ridge Elementary School
Polton Elementary School
Ponderosa Elementary School
Prairie Middle School/Institute of Science & Technology
Red Hawk Ridge Elementary School
Rolling Hills Elementary School
Sagebrush Elementary School
Sky Vista Middle School
Smoky Hill High School
Summit Elementary School
Sunrise Elementary School
Thunder Ridge Middle School
Timberline Elementary School
Trails West Elementary School
Village East Elementary School
Walnut Hills Elementary School
West Middle School
Willow Creek 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.[14]

Three-year performance trends

The following table details the performance of Cherry Creek School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[15]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Meets 77.1
Academic Growth Meets 73.8
Academic Growth Gaps Meets 63.3
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Meets 73.4
Total 72.6

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.

Contact information

Cherry Creek School District logo.jpg
Cherry Creek School District
Board of Education
4700 S. Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: (303) 773-1184

Website evaluation

Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials P
Contracts N
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Public Records N
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Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process
See also: Evaluation of Colorado school district websites

The good

  • Taxes and Mill Levies are detailed in the school district's budget.[16]
  • Budgets are posted online.[17]
  • School Board meetings, agendas, and minutes are available.[18]
  • Comprehensive annual financial reports are posted online.[19]
  • Links to CSAP data are posted on the website.[20]

The bad

  • Names and short bios for school board members are available. However, there is only one email for the entire board. Direct contact information is not available for each member.[21]
  • A phone number is listed for the office of the superintendent. However, no direct contact information is available for any of the other administrative officials.[22]
  • Contracts and bids over $10,000 are not listed.
  • Contact information for the Public Records officer is not available.
  • Information on required background checks is not a part of the district website.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  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, "Arapahoe County, Colorado," accessed October 4, 2013
  3. Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 4, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Cherry Creek School District, "Assistant Superintendent Harry Bull named next superintendent," accessed January 13, 2014
  6. Cherry Creek School District, "Board Member Development Opportunities, Expenses, Insurance, Liability," January 12, 1998
  7. Cherry Creek School District, "School Board Policy Process, Adoption," July 1, 2005
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Cherry Creek School District, "2013-14 Financial Plan & Budgets," accessed December 4, 2013
  10. Cherry Creek School District, "2014-15 Financial Plan and Budgets," accessed December 9, 2014
  11. Cherry Creek School District, "Revised Licensed Salary Schedule," accessed January 13, 2014
  12. Cherry Creek Education Association, "Officers/Representatives," accessed January 13, 2014
  13. Cherry Creek School District, "Our Schools," accessed January 13, 2014
  14. Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
  15. Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 13, 2014 (timed out)
  16. Cherry Creek School District, "Financial Plan: Budget for Fiscal Year: July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012," accessed January 13, 2014 (dead link)
  17. Cherry Creek School District, "2013-2014 Financial Plan & Budgets," accessed January 13, 2014
  18. Cherry Creek School District, "Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes," accessed January 13, 2014
  19. Cherry Creek School District, "Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports," accessed January 14, 2013
  20. Cherry Creek School District, "Assessments in Cherry Creek Schools," accessed January 13, 2014
  21. Cherry Creek School District, "Board Members," accessed January 13, 2014
  22. Cherry Creek School District, "Office of the Superintendent," accessed January 13, 2014