Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado

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Colorado Springs School District 11
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Nicholas Gledich
Graduation rate:67.0%
Number of schools:54
Budget: $213.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:LuAnn Long
Board members:7
Term length:4
Colorado Springs School District 11 is a school district in Colorado that served 28,993 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the eighth largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Colorado Springs School District 11 is located in El Paso County, CO
Colorado Springs School District 11 is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado in El Paso County. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Colorado Springs is home to 416,427 residents.[2]


Colorado Springs lagged behind state averages for median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010. The average household income in Colorado Springs was $53,747 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Colorado Springs was 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 36.1% of Colorado Springs residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Colorado Springs(%) Colorado (%)
White 78.8 81.3
Black or African American 6.3 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 3 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 141,493 45.7
Unaffiliated 95,849 31
Democratic 68,290 22.1
Libertarian 2,417 0.8
American Constitution 730 0.2
Green 635 0.2

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.[4][5]


The current Superintendent of Colorado Springs School District 11 is Nicholas Gledich. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2009. Gledich earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Florida.[6][7]

School board

The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to four-year terms. Members do not receive any compensation for their service on the board.[8]

Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education
LuAnn Long 2009 2017
Elaine Naleski 2011 2015
Jim Mason 2013 2017
Nora Brown 2011 2015
Linda Mojer 2013 2017
Bob Null 2007 2015
Janet Tanner 2006 2015

School board elections

See also: Colorado Springs School District 11 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 Board of Education maintains the following policy on public participation in board meetings:[9]

Any citizen may request the opportunity to speak regarding any issue and must, at the appropriate time, be recognized by the Board President to speak on that issue.

Citizens are encouraged to sign in upon arrival at the Board Meeting. This will assist the Board President in recognizing them.

The procedure to be followed for a presentation will be governed by the procedure for agenda items set forth above.

There are three 20-minute time periods designated for Citizens’ to speak to the Board. They are listed on the agenda as Citizen’s Comments:

  • During the Preliminaries section of the agenda, as the last item before the start of the Consent Items for the purpose of addressing other concerns that are not Action or Non-Action items on the agenda,
  • At the beginning of Action for the purpose of addressing action items only, and
  • At the beginning of Non-Action for the purpose of addressing Non-Action items only.

Except when otherwise specified by the Board President, comments by individual citizens in a given time period shall be limited to three minutes with a 30-second warning on the time limit.

The business of Regular and Special Meetings of the Board is kept on permanent record. Therefore it is necessary for every person who wishes to address the Board to state his/her name and the subject about which he/she wishes to speak.

These procedures are not designed to restrict the scheduled appearance of citizens who have regular business with the Board and whose presentations are provided for in the agenda.

Participation by citizens who are present as witnesses in any hearing or by vendors or other business representatives who are present for the consideration of bid awards is guided by regulations affecting these special procedures.

Participation in Board Meetings by employees and their representatives is guided by personnel policies and regulations except that all employees have the right to attend Board Meetings in the same manner as all other citizens.

The Board will not hear oral complaints regarding school personnel except in the manner provided for elsewhere in policies and regulations.

Applause for speaker comment is not acceptable.[10]


The table below displays the budget for Colorado Springs School District 11:[11]

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 $131,989,510 60.1% $10,450,494 4.8% $55,216,945 25.1% $21,181,713 9.6% $895,742 0.4% $219,734,404
2014-2015 $126,577,908 59.3% $10,298,448 4.8% $75,788,463 35.5% $0 0% $876,306 0.4% $213,541,125
Averages: $129,283,709 60% $10,374,471 5% $65,502,704 30% $10,590,856.5 5% $886,024 0% $216,637,764.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Colorado Springs School District 11 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:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 31,887 43,290
B.A. 16 32,386 46,016
B.A. 32 33,749 48,742
B.A. 48/MA 33,749 54,194
MA 16 35,112 56,920
MA 32 36,475 59,646
MA 48 37,838 62,372
MA 64 39,201 65,098
MA 80 40,564 66,461
MA 96/Ph.D. 41,927 67,824


Teachers in Colorado Springs School District 11 are represented during contract negotiations by the Colorado Springs Education Association (CSEA). The current President of CSEA is Kevin Vick.[13]

Schools in Colorado Springs School District 11


The district served 28,993 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 0.9% decrease 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 29,271 -
2009 29,641 1.2
2010 29,459 -0.6
2011 29,509 -0.1
2012 28,993 -1.7

District schools

Colorado Springs School District 49 operates 54 K-12 schools listed below by zone:[14]

Colorado Springs School District 11
Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning
Audobon Elementary School
Bristol Elementary School
Buena Vista Elementary School
Carver Elementary School
Chipeta Elementary School
Christa McAuliffe Elementary School at Cimarron Hills
CIVA Charter School
Columbia Elementary School
Community Preparatory Charter School
Coronado High School
Doherty High School
Edison Elementary School
Freedom Elementary School
Fremont Elementary School
Galileo School of Math and Science
GLOBE Charter School
Grant Elementary School
Henry Elementary School
Holmes Middle School
Howbert Elementary School
Hunt Elementary School
Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy
Jackson Elementary School
Jenkins Middle School
Keller Elementary School
King Elementary School
Life Skills Center
Madison Elementary School
Mann Middle School
Martinez Elementary School
Midland Elementary School
Mitchell High School
Monroe Elementary School
North Middle School
Palmer High School
Penrose Elementary School
Queen Palmer Elementary School
Rogers Elementary School
Roosevelt-Edison Charter School
Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus
Rudy Elementary School
Russell Middle School
Sabin Middle School
Scott Elementary School
Space, Technology, and Arts Academy
Steele Elementary School
Stratton Elementary School
Taylor Elementary School
Trailblazer Elementary School
Twain Elementary School
West Elementary School
West Middle School
Wilson 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.[15]

Three-year performance trends

The following table details the performance of Colorado Springs School District 11 students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[16]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Approaching 58.3
Academic Growth Meets 64.3
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 52.8
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Approaching 53.1
Total 57.7

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

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Colorado Springs School District
1115 N. El Paso Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 520-2000

Website evaluation

Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials
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

This website was reviewed on November 27, 2011.

The good

  • Budget information is available from 2009 - 2011[17]
  • Information about taxes and mill levies is available in the school district budget.[18]
  • A meeting calendar is posted on the D-11 website.[19]
  • One can access board member biographies by clicking on pictures on a main page. Most members have phone contact information, but direct email addresses are only posted for some members.[20]
  • Direct Contact information for the superintendent is available.[21]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports from 2007 - 2011 are posted online.[22]
  • Links to the AYP and CSAP assessment data are available on the school website.

The bad

  • Contracts and bids over $10,000 are not available.
  • Information on how to obtain public records is not posted.
  • No information on required background checks is listed.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 17, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Colorado Springs, accessed October 28, 2013
  3. Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 28, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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.
  6. LinkedIn, "Nicholas Gledich," accessed January 17, 2014
  7. The Gazette, "New D-11 superintendent is the man with a plan -- lots of them," July 24, 2009
  8. Colorado Springs School District 11, "BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES/INSURANCE/LIABILITY," accessed June 19, 2013
  9. Colorado Springs School District 11, "Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education Operating and Procedures Manual," November 20, 2013
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Colorado Springs School District 11, "Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Adopted Budget," accessed December 10, 2014
  12. Colorado Springs School District 11, "Teacher Salary Schedule 2013-2014," accessed January 17, 2014 (dead link)
  13. Colorado Springs Education Association, "Board of Directors," accessed January 17, 2014
  14. Colorado Springs School District 11, "District 11 Schools," accessed January 17, 2014
  15. Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
  16. Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 17, 2014 (timed out)
  17. Colorado Springs School District 11, "Adopted Budgets," accessed January 17, 2014
  18. Colorado Springs School District 11, "FY10-11 Adopted Budget," accessed January 17, 2014 (dead link)
  19. Colorado Springs School District 11, "Board of Education Meetings," accessed January 17, 2014
  20. Colorado Springs School District 11, "Board of Education," accessed January 17, 2014
  21. Colorado Springs School District 11, "Office of the Superintendent," accessed January 17, 2014
  22. Colorado Springs School District 11, "CAFR," accessed January 17, 2014