Poudre School District, Colorado
|Poudre School District|
|Fort Collins, Colorado|
|Number of schools:||51|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Thomas Balchak|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Poudre School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtLarimer County in northern Colorado. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Fort Collins is home to 143,986 residents.
Fort Collins outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty in 2010. The average household income in Fort Collins was $51,446 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Fort Collins was 17.2% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 51.5% of Fort Collins residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.
The current Superintendent of Poudre School District is Sandra Smysmer. She has served in the position since her appointment in March 2013. Smysmer had 15 years of experience as a superintendent prior to arriving at Poudre School District including a stint at Eagle County School District in Colorado.
The Poudre School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected by district to four-year terms. Members do not receive any compensation for their service on the board.
|Poudre School District Board of Education|
|Thomas M. Balchak||B||2015|
School board elections
- See also: Poudre School District 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 four seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Education does not have a published set of guidelines for public participation in board meetings.
The Poudre School District's budget is published on its 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 Poudre School District 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 Poudre School District are represented during contract negotiations by the Poudre Education Association (PEA). The current President of PEA is Greg Grote.
Schools in Poudre School District
The district served 27,909 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 7.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Poudre School District operates 51 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Poudre School District|
|Bacon Elementary School|
|Bauder Elementary School|
|Beattie Elementary School|
|Bennett Elementary School|
|Bethke Elementary School|
|Blevins Middle School|
|Boltz Middle School|
|Cache La Poudre Elementary School|
|Cache La Poudre Middle School|
|Centennial High School|
|Dunn Elementary School|
|Eyestone Elementary School|
|Fort Collins High School|
|Fossil Ridge High School|
|Harris Bilingual Immersion School|
|Irish Elementary School|
|Johnson Elementary School|
|Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School|
|Kruse Elementary School|
|Lab School for Creative Learning|
|Laurel Elementary School|
|Lesher Middle IB World School|
|Liberty Common Elementary School|
|Liberty Common High School|
|Lincoln Middle IB World School|
|Linton Elementary School|
|Livermore Elementary School|
|Lopez Elementary School|
|McGraw Elementary School|
|Mountain Sage Community School|
|O'Dea Core Knowledge School|
|Olander School for Project-Based Learning|
|Polaris Expeditionary Learning School|
|Poudre Community Academy|
|Poudre High School|
|Preston Middle School|
|Putnam Elementary School of Science|
|Red Feather Lakes Elementary School|
|Rice Elementary School|
|Ridgeview Classical School|
|Riffenburgh Elementary School|
|Rocky Mountain High School|
|Shepardson Elementary School|
|Stove Prairie Elementary School|
|Tavelli Elementary School|
|Timnath Elementary School|
|Traut Core Knowledge School|
|Webber Middle School|
|Wellington Middle School|
|Werner Elementary School|
|Zach Core Knowledge 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 Poudre School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||56.7|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Meets||75.0|
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.
|Transparency grading process|
This website was evaluated on December 22, 2011.
- Detailed tax information is not provided, but major initiatives, including new mill levies, have been posted on the district website.
- Budgets for the past three years are available online.
- Minutes for the school board meetings are posted on the district website
- Direct Contact information is available for the superintendent and others in his office.
- Audits for the past two years are posted online.
- Contact information for the public records office is available.
- The school posts bid opportunities through the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System. However, the system is largely inaccessible without a login, and the school does not post accepted contracts.
- Assessment, CSAP scores, or other progress reports were either unavailable or difficult to find.
- Though it is stated that volunteers are required to submit to a background check, details on the nature of the check and to whom it is applied are not posted.
- District page
- City of Fort Collins
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Poudre Education Association
- Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 16, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts:Fort Collins, accessed October 24, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed October 24, 2013
- Coloradoan, "Sandra Smyser named new Poudre School District superintendent," accessed March 11, 2013
- Poudre School District, "Superintendent Profile," accessed January 16, 2014
- Poudre School District, "Board Policies," accessed January 16, 2014
- Poudre School District, "General Fund," accessed December 9, 2013
- Poudre School District, "Licensed/Teacher Salary Schedule 2013-2014," accessed January 16, 2014
- Poudre Education Association, "Directory," accessed January 16, 2014
- Poudre School District, "Schools 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
- Poudre School District. "2010 Mill Levy Bond," accessed January 16, 2014
- Poudre School District, "Finance," accessed January 16, 2014
- Poudre School District, "Board Meeting Minutes," accessed January 16, 2014
- Poudre School District, "Superintendent," accessed January 16, 2014
- Poudre School District, "Bids and RFPs," accessed January 16, 2014