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Mesa County Valley School District 51, Colorado
|Mesa County Valley School District 51|
|Grand Junction, Colorado|
|Number of schools:||43|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Greg Mikolai|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Mesa Valley County School District 51
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtMesa County, Colorado. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Mesa County is home to 146,723 residents.
Mesa County underperformed in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010 compared to the state of Colorado. The median household income in Mesa County was $52,986 compared to $57,685 statewide. The poverty rate in Mesa County was 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Mesa County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.
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 Mesa County Valley School District 51 is Steven Schultz. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2009. Schultz has worked as a teacher, principal and administrator in the district since 1982.
The Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. Members do not receive any compensation for their service on the board.
|Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education|
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 maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings:
|“||All regular and special meetings of the Board shall be open to the public. The public is invited to attend Board meetings and shall be given limited time to voice opinions or problems.
The Board recognizes its responsibility to conduct the business of the district in an orderly and efficient manner and will, therefore, require reasonable controls to regulate public presentations to the Board. A person wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the president. He shall then identify himself and proceed with his comments as briefly as the subject permits.
The president is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as the time to be allowed for public discussion, the appropriateness of the subject being presented and the suitability of the time of such presentation. The Board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.
The table below displays the budget for Mesa County Valley School District 51:
|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 Mesa County Valley School District 51 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 ($)|
Teachers in Mesa County Valley School District 51 are represented during contract negotiations by the Mesa Valley Education Association (MVEA). The current President of MVEA is Darren Cook.
Schools in Mesa Valley County School District 51
The district served 21,730 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 1.9% 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 (%)|
Mesa County Valley School District 51 operates 43 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Mesa County Valley School District 51|
|Appleton Elementary School|
|Bookcliff Middle School|
|Broadway Elementary School|
|Central High School|
|Chatfield Elementary School|
|Chipeta Elementary School|
|Clifton Elementary School|
|Dos Rios Elementary|
|Dual Immersion Academy|
|East Middle School|
|Fruita 8-9 School|
|Fruita Middle School|
|Fruita Monument High School|
|Fruitvale Elementary School|
|Grand Junction High School|
|Grand Mesa Middle School|
|Grande River Virtual Academy|
|Independence Academy Charter School|
|Juniper Ridge Community School|
|Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School|
|Loma Elementary School|
|Mesa Valley Vision School|
|Mesa View Elementary School|
|Mount Garfield Middle School|
|New Emerson School at Columbus|
|Nisley Elementary School|
|Orchard Ave. School|
|Orchard Mesa Middle School|
|Palisade High School|
|Pear Park Elementary School|
|Pomona Elementary School|
|R-5 High School|
|Redlands Middle School|
|Rim Rock Elementary School|
|Rocky Mountain Elementary School|
|Scenic Elementary School|
|Shelledy Elementary School|
|Taylor Elementary School|
|Thunder Mountain Elementary School|
|Tope Elementary School|
|West Middle School|
|Wingate 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 Mesa County Valley School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||58.3|
|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|
This site was most recently evaluated on March 13, 2013.
- Elected Officials
- Contact information for the Board of Education is online.
- Meeting calendar with locations, minutes, and agendas is available.
- Agendas and minutes are archived to 2006.
- Contact information for the Superintendent, his executive assistant, and the department secretary is posted on the district site.
- Mill rates and tax revenue information is included in the budget.
- The district provides links to CSAP scores and graduation rates in their annual report; the links are to a site run by the Colorado DOE.
- Background Checks
- Information about background checks is detailed in a document about recruiting and hiring.
- Public Records
- There is documentation on parental rights to students records.
- Current bids are not posted.
- Approved contracts are not posted.
- Contracts with unions are not posted.
- The most recent standardized testing data (as provided on the state-run website the school district's site links to) is from 2010, and the most recent graduation rate information is from 2008-09.
- Public Records
- There is no information on how to file a public records request.
- Mesa County Valley School District 51
- Mesa County, Colorado
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Mesa Valley Education Association
- Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 16, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Mesa County, Colorado," accessed October 31, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- LinkedIn, "Steve Schultz," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Board Officers," September 3, 2002
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," accessed January 16, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "2014-2015 Adopted Budget," accessed December 10, 2014
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Classroom Teachers Annual Salary Schedule," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa Valley Education Association, "About Us," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Directory," accessed January 16, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 16, 2014 (timed out)
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Board Members," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Board Meetings," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Superintendent of Schools," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Financial Transparency," accessed January 16, 2014
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- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "2012-2013 Adopted Budget," June 19, 2012
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Information for Vendors," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Vendor Forms," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Annual Report," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa County School District 51, "Certificated Staff Recruiting/Hiring," accessed January 16, 2014
- Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Student Records," Sept 15, 2009