Littleton Public Schools, Colorado

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Littleton Public Schools
Littleton, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Scott Murphy
Enrollment:15,754[1]
Graduation rate:90.2%
Number of schools:24
Budget: $139.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lucie Stanish
Board members:5
Term length:4
Littleton Public Schools is a school district in Colorado that served 15,754 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 15th-largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Littleton Public Schools is located in Arapahoe County, Colorado
Littleton Public Schools 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]

Demographics

Arapahoe County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010. The median household income in Arapahoe County was $59,937 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Arapahoe County was 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Littleton Public Schools is Scott Murphy. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2006. Murphy served as chief financial officer and assistant superintendent for the district between 1990 and 2006.[5]

School board

The Littleton Public Schools 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.[6]

Littleton Public Schools Board of Education
Member Assumed office Term Ends
Lucie Stanish 2007 2015
Carrie Warren-Gully 2013 2017
Mary Nichols 2007 2015
Jack Reutzel 2013 2017
Kelly Perez 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Littleton Public Schools 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 regarding public participation in board meetings:[7]

The Board of Education desires to be cognizant of the issues, opinions, and suggestions of students, staff, parents, and community members. Individuals must sign up in order to address the Board of Education. Sign-up sheets shall be available for this purpose.

Members of the public wishing to make formal presentations before the Board of Education should make arrangements in advance with the Superintendent so that such presentations may be considered for scheduling by the Board.

Comments and questions at a regular meeting may deal with any topic pertinent to District operation.

Comments at special meetings must be related to the call of the meeting.

Speakers may offer opinions of school operations and programs. It is the Board of Education’s policy not to hear, in public session, personal complaints against any District personnel.

The Board of Education president shall be responsible for recognizing all who have signed up to speak. Generally, each person wishing to address the Board of Education will be afforded the floor during the appropriate time on the agenda. Individuals shall properly identify themselves. The president will maintain order, and will enforce time limits as established by the Board of Education. To avoid undue repetition or to keep within the time frame of the agenda, the Board of Education may, at its discretion, limit the number of speakers expressing similar opinions on a particular topic. If time scheduled on the agenda is insufficient to accommodate the number of speakers, the Board of Education may defer discussion to its next regularly scheduled meeting. Board members are not required to respond to questions or issues raised, but may do so at the Board of Education member’s discretion.[8]

Budget

Littleton Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

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
2012-2013 $105,162,335 76.6% $0 0% $17,213,820 12.5% $0 0% $14,847,812 10.8% $137,223,967
2013-2014 $108,777,682 77.9% $0 0% $16,512,657 11.8% $0 0% $14,372,524 10.3% $139,662,863
Averages: $106,970,008.5 77% $0 0% $16,863,238.5 12% $0 0% $14,610,168 11% $138,443,415

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Littleton Public Schools 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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 34,977 68,775
BA 20 36,378 71,524
BA 40 37,833 74,389
MA 39,032 80,780
MA 15 40,269 83,330
MA 30 41,543 85,967
MA 45 42,854 88,690
MA 60 44,216 91,503
Ph.D. 46,422 96,070

Unions

Teachers in Littleton Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Littleton Education Association (LEA). The current president of the LEA is Mary Haney.[11]

Schools in Littleton Public Schools

Enrollment

The district served 15,754 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 0.7% 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 15,869 -
2009 15,753 -0.7
2010 15,733 -0.1
2011 15,571 -1.0
2012 15,754 1.1

District schools

Littleton Public Schools operates 24 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Littleton Public Schools
Ames Elementary School
Arapahoe High School
Centennial Academy
East Elementary School
Euclid Middle School
Field Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Goddard Middle School
Heritage High School
Highland Elementary School
Hopkins Elementary School
Lenski Elementary School
Littleton High School
Moody Elementary School
Newton Middle School
Optional Pathways Alternative Secondary Program
Peabody Elementary School
Powell Middle School
Runyon Elementary School
Sandburg Elementary School
Twain Elementary School
The Village Elementary School
Whitman Elementary School
Wilder 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.[13]

Three-year performance trends

The following table details the performance of Littleton Public Schools students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[14]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Exceeds 87.5
Academic Growth Meets 73.8
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 62.2
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Exceeds 89.1
Total 79.4

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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Littleton Public Schools
5776 S. Crocker St.
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: (303) 347-3300

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