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Harrison School District Two, Colorado

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Harrison School District Two
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Andre Spencer
Graduation rate:74.1%
Number of schools:25
Budget: $94.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Victor Torres
Board members:5
Term length:4
Harrison School District Two is a school district in Colorado that served 10,775 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 19th largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Harrison School District Two is located in El Paso County, CO
Harrison School District Two 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, 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 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.[5]

School board

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
Victor Torres 2007 2015
Eileen Lynch Gonzalez 2013 2015
Steven R. Seibert 2013 2017
Joyce L. Leigh 2013 2017
Doriena S. Longmire 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Harrison School District Two 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 does not have published guidelines for public participation in board meetings available through the district website.


The table below displays the budget for the Harrison School District Two:[6][7]

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
2011-2012 $54,438,347 62.3% $11,013,782 12.6% $7,800,944 8.9% $2,118,935 2.4% $11,986,897 13.7% $87,358,905
2012-2013 $51,453,023 58% $10,029,796 11.3% $7,849,162 8.8% $1,979,745 2.2% $17,440,863 19.7% $88,752,589
2013-2014 $49,856,962 52.8% $24,449,763 25.9% $16,016,015 17% $3,005,941 3.2% $1,037,609 1.1% $94,366,290
Averages: $51,916,110.67 58% $15,164,447 17% $10,555,373.67 12% $2,368,207 3% $10,155,123 11% $90,159,261.33

Teacher salaries

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:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 32,914 41,252
B.A. 12 33,721 44,144
B.A. 24 34,504 44,927
B.A. 36 35,285 46,751
B.A. 48 36,043 62,353
MA 37,136 63,396
MA 12 37,892 64,152
MA 24 38,650 64,910
MA 36 39,431 65,717
MA 48 40,189 66,474
MA 60 40,971 67,231
Ph.D. 41,728 68,039

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 10,921 -
2009 11,309 3.5
2010 11,147 -1.4
2011 11,108 -0.3
2012 10,775 -2.9

District schools

Harrison School District Two operates 25 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

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

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.[10]

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:[11]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Approaching 52.1
Academic Growth Meets 67.9
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 62.2
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Approaching 54.7
Total 60.0

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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Harrison School District Two
1060 Harrison Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone: (719) 579-2000

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