Falcon School District 49, Colorado

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Falcon School District 49
Peyton, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Peter Hilts
Enrollment:15,478
Graduation rate:89.6%
Number of schools:23
Budget: $119.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Tammy Harold
Board members:5
Term length:4
Falcon School District 49 is a school district in Colorado that served 15,478 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 18th largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Falcon School District 49 is located in El Paso County, CO
Falcon School District 49 is based out of Peyton in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves students in six communities including Colorado Springs, Elbert, Ellicott, Falcon, Monument and Peyton. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, El Paso County is home to 622,263 residents.[2]

Demographics

El Paso County lagged behind state averages for median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate in 2010. The average household income in El Paso County was $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County was 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County 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 El Paso County (%) Colorado (%)
White 84.1 88.1
Black or African American 6.8 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.6
Asian 2.9 3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.2
Two or More Races 4.5 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 15.6 21

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, 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.[4]

Superintendent

Falcon School District 49 eliminated the superintendent position after the 2010-2011 school year due to budget concerns. The district's Chief Education Officer (CEO) is Peter Hilts.[5] The district breaks schools down into four innovation zones, led by the following zone leaders:[6]

  • Falcon Zone: Monty Lammers
  • Power Zone: Mike Pickering
  • Sand Creek Zone: Sean Dorsey
  • iConnect Zone: Kim McClelland

School board

The Falcon School District 49 Board of Education consists of five members elected at-large to four-year terms. Members do not receive any compensation for their service on the board.[7]

Falcon School District 49 Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Tammy Harold 2009 2017
David H. Moore 2013 2017
Marie LaVere-Wright 2011 2015
Kevin Butcher 2013 2017
Chuck Irons 2011 2015

School board elections

See also: Falcon School District 49 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 two 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:[8]

All regular and special meetings of the Board shall be open to the public. Because the Board desires to hear the viewpoints of all citizens throughout the district and also needs to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner, it shall schedule time during regular Board meetings for brief comments and questions from the public. The Board shall normally set a time limit on the length of public participation to thirty minutes and a time limit for individual speakers of three minutes.

During times of general public comment at a regular meeting, comments and questions may deal with any topic related to the Board's conduct of the schools. Comments at special meetings must be related to the call of the meeting. During times of public comment on specific agenda items, comments shall be confined to the topic of the agenda item being considered by the Board. Speakers may offer such criticism of school operations and programs as concern them, but are encouraged to exercise their speech rights responsibly. The Board encourages the discussion of all personnel matters to be conducted in executive session.

Members of the public wishing to make formal presentations before the Board must notify the administration fourteen days prior to the Board meeting date and receive approval from the Board president.

Comments and questions at a regular meeting may deal with any topic related to the Board's conduct of the schools. Comments at special meetings must be related to the call of the meeting. Speakers may offer such criticism of school operations and programs as concern them. But in public session, the Board will not hear personal complaints against any person connected with the school system.

The Board president shall be responsible for recognizing all speakers who shall properly identify themselves, for maintaining proper order and for adherence to any time limits set. Questions asked by the public will be referred to appropriate staff members for consideration, and response.

Members of the public will not be recognized by the president during Board meetings except as noted in this policy.

In addition to public participation time during Board meetings, the Board is committed to engaging members of the community on an ongoing basis regarding community values about education during times other than the Board's regular meetings.[9]

Budget

Falcon School District 49 publishes its annual budget on its website.[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 $62,695,826 52.5% $5,026,597 4.2% $37,932,697 31.8% $0 0% $13,811,024 11.6% $119,466,144
Averages: $62,695,826 52% $5,026,597 4% $37,932,697 32% $0 0% $13,811,024 12% $119,466,144

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Falcon School District 49 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:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 33,000 42,820
B.A. 12 33,400 45,540
B.A. 24 33,800 49,760
B.A. 36 34,200 52,550
B.A. 48 34,600 58,890
MA 35,800 60,580
MA 12 36,400 60,790
MA 24 37,000 63,070
MA 36 37,600 64,520
MA 48 38,200 66,210
MA 60 38,800 67,690
Ph.D. 39,600 70,150

Schools in Falcon School District 49

Enrollment

The district served 15,478 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 13.6% 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 13,616 -
2009 14,398 5.7
2010 14,708 2.1
2011 15,063 2.4
2012 15,478 2.7

District schools

Falcon School District 49 operates 23 K-12 schools listed below by zone:[6]

Falcon Zone
Falcon Elementary School
Falcon High School
Falcon Middle School
Meridian Ranch Elementary School
Woodmen Hills Elementary School
POWER Zone
Odyssey Middle School
Ridgeview Elementary School
Skyview Middle School
Stetson Elementary School
Vista Ridge High School
Sand Creek Zone
Evans International Elementary School
Horizon Middle School
Remington Elementary School
Sand Creek High School
Springs Ranch Elementary School
iConnect Zone
Banning Lewis Ranch Academy
Falcon Homeschool Enrichment Program
Falcon Virtual Academy
GOAL Academy
Imagine Indigo Ranch
Patriot Learning Center
Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning
Rocky Mountain Classical Academy

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.[12]

Three-year performance trends

The following table details the performance of Falcon School District 49 students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[13]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Meets 72.9
Academic Growth Meets 71.4
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 55.0
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Meets 73.4
Total 69.9

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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Falcon School District 49
10850 E. Woodmen Road
Peyton, CO 80831
Phone: (719) 495-1100

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