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Mesa County Valley School District 51, Colorado

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Mesa County Valley School District 51
Grand Junction, Colorado
Mesa County Valley School District 51 logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Steven Schultz
Graduation rate:77.7%
Number of schools:43
Budget: $234.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Greg Mikolai
Board members:5
Term length:4
Mesa County Valley School District 51 is a school district in Colorado that served 21,730 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 12th-largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Mesa County Valley School District 51 is located in Mesa County, Colorado
Mesa County Valley School District 51 is located in Mesa County, Colorado. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Mesa County is home to 146,723 residents.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Mesa County (%) State (%)
White 94.4 88.1
Black or African American 0.9 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.6 1.6
Asian 0.9 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.2 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 13.7 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 28,607 34.1
Democratic 16,702 19.9
Republican 37,549 44.8
Libertarian 619 0.7
Green 154 0.2
American Constitution 244 0.3

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 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.[5]

School board

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.[6]

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Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Jeff Leany A 2015
Ann Tisue B 2015
John Williams C 2017
Tom Parrish D 2017
Greg Mikolai E 2017

School board elections

See also: Mesa County Valley School District 51 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]

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.[8]


The table below displays the budget for Mesa County Valley School District 51:[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
2013-2014 $131,551,601 60.8% $17,673,847 8.2% $29,862,487 13.8% $10,979,763 5.1% $26,447,209 12.2% $216,514,907
2014-2015 $137,132,458 58.4% $17,138,361 7.3% $31,472,108 13.4% $10,974,838 4.7% $37,907,671 16.2% $234,625,436
Averages: $134,342,029.5 60% $17,406,104 8% $30,667,297.5 14% $10,977,300.5 5% $32,177,440 14% $225,570,171.5

Teacher salaries

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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 31,889 44,022
B.A. 12 32,759 47,677
B.A. 24 33,631 51,334
B.A. 36/MA 34,503 57,673
MA 12 35,376 60,019
MA 24 36,249 62,365
MA 36 37,121 64,714
MA 48 37,660 66,055
Ph.D. 38,199 67,392


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.[11]

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 22,159 -
2009 22,030 -0.5
2010 22,091 0.2
2011 21,917 -0.7
2012 21,730 -0.8

District schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51 operates 43 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

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
Gateway 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

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 Mesa County Valley School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[14]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Meets 62.5
Academic Growth Meets 70.2
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 58.3
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Approaching 54.7
Total 61.8

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

Mesa County Valley School District 51 logo.jpg
Mesa County Valley School District 51
2115 Grand Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: (970)254-5100

Website evaluation

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Public Records P
Academics P
Background Checks

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Transparency grading process
See also: Evaluation of Colorado school district websites

This site was most recently evaluated on March 13, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for the Board of Education is online.[15]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting calendar with locations, minutes, and agendas is available.[16]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived to 2006.
  • Administration
    • Contact information for the Superintendent, his executive assistant, and the department secretary is posted on the district site.[17]
  • Budget
    • The current budget is posted.[18]
    • Budgets are archived to 2009.
    • Budget summaries are provided as supplemental information.
    • The district posts monthly procurement cards, check registers, financial statements, and salary schedules on their website.[18]
  • Audits
  • Taxes
    • Mill rates and tax revenue information is included in the budget.[20]
  • Contracts
    • Information on how to place bids is available, including forms for vendors.[21][22].
  • Academics
    • 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.[23]
  • Background Checks
    • Information about background checks is detailed in a document about recruiting and hiring.[24]
  • Public Records
    • There is documentation on parental rights to students records.[25]

The bad

  • Contracts
    • Current bids are not posted.
    • Approved contracts are not posted.
    • Contracts with unions are not posted.
  • Academics
    • 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.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 16, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States Census Bureau, "Mesa County, Colorado," accessed October 31, 2013
  3. Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 4, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. LinkedIn, "Steve Schultz," accessed January 16, 2014
  6. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Board Officers," September 3, 2002
  7. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," accessed January 16, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "2014-2015 Adopted Budget," accessed December 10, 2014
  10. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Classroom Teachers Annual Salary Schedule," accessed January 16, 2014
  11. Mesa Valley Education Association, "About Us," accessed January 16, 2014
  12. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Directory," accessed January 16, 2014
  13. Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
  14. Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 16, 2014 (timed out)
  15. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Board Members," accessed January 16, 2014
  16. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Board Meetings," accessed January 16, 2014
  17. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Superintendent of Schools," accessed January 16, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Financial Transparency," accessed January 16, 2014
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named transparency
  20. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "2012-2013 Adopted Budget," June 19, 2012
  21. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Information for Vendors," accessed January 16, 2014
  22. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Vendor Forms," accessed January 16, 2014
  23. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Annual Report," accessed January 16, 2014
  24. Mesa County School District 51, "Certificated Staff Recruiting/Hiring," accessed January 16, 2014
  25. Mesa County Valley School District 51, "Student Records," Sept 15, 2009