Harrison School District Two, Colorado
|Harrison School District Two|
|Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Number of schools:||25|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Victor Torres|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Harrison School District Two
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtEl Paso County. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Colorado Springs is home to 416,427 residents.
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.
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 Harrison School District Two is Andre Spencer. He has served in the position since his appointment in January 2013. Spencer previously served as the Superintendent of Houston Independent School District in Texas from 2010 to 2012.
The Harrison School District Two 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.
|Harrison School District Two Board of Education|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Eileen Lynch Gonzalez||2013||2015|
|Steven R. Seibert||2013||2017|
|Joyce L. Leigh||2013||2017|
|Doriena S. Longmire||2013||2017|
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 two seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Education does not have published guidelines for public participation in board meetings available through the district website.
|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 Harrison School District Two 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 ($)|
Schools in Harrison School District Two
The district served 10,775 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 1.3% decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Harrison School District Two operates 25 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Harrison School District Two|
|Atlas Preparatory School|
|Bricker Elementary School|
|Carmel Middle School|
|Centennial Elementary School|
|Fox Meadow Middle School|
|Giberson Elementary School|
|Harrison High School|
|James Irwin Elementary School|
|James Irwin High School|
|James Irwin Middle School|
|Monterey Elementary School|
|Mountain Vista Community School|
|Mountain Vista Home School Academy|
|Oak Creek Elementary School|
|Otero Elementary School|
|Panorama Middle School|
|Pikes Peak Elementary School|
|Sand Creek Elementary|
|Sierra High School|
|Soaring Eagles Elementary School|
|Stratmoor Hills Elementary School|
|Stratton Meadows Elementary School|
|The High School Preparatory Academy|
|Turman Elementary School|
|Wildflower 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 Harrison School District Two students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||62.2|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Approaching||54.7|
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.
|Transparency grading process|
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- Harrison School District Two
- City of Colorado Springs
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 17, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Colorado Springs, accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 28, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- LinkedIn, "Andre D. Spencer," accessed January 17, 2014
- Harrison School District Two, "COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FISCAL YEAR: 2012-13," accessed December 11, 2013
- Harrison School District Two, "COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FISCAL YEAR: 2013-2014," accessed December 8, 2014
- Harrison School District Two, "Licensed Salary Schedule," accessed January 17, 2014
- Harrison School District Two, "Schools," accessed January 17, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 17, 2014 (timed out)