Pueblo City Schools, Colorado

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Pueblo City Schools
Pueblo, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Margarita Lopez
Graduation rate:64.2%
Number of schools:31
Budget: $107.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kathy DeNiro
Board members:5
Term length:4
Pueblo City Schools is a school district in Colorado that served 17,692 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 14th largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Pueblo City Schools is located in Pueblo County, CO
Pueblo City Schools serves students in Pueblo, the county seat of Pueblo County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Pueblo is home to 106,595 residents.[2]


Pueblo lagged behind state rates for median income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Pueblo was $34,750 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Pueblo was 22% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 19% of Pueblo residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Pueblo (%) Colorado (%)
White 75.2 81.3
Black or African American 2.5 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.2 1.1
Asian 0.8 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 4.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 49.8 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 38,133 46.9
Unaffiliated 21,396 26.3
Republican 21,182 26
Libertarian 344 0.4
American Constitution 195 0.2
Green 131 0.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


The Superintendent of Pueblo City Schools for the 2013-2014 school year was Margarita Lopez. She served as interim superintendent in 2010 before a full-time appointment in 2011. Lopez previously worked as a teacher and administrator in Academy School District 20 in Colorado from 1977 to 2010.[6]

School board

The Pueblo City Schools Board of Education consists of five members elected at-large to four-year terms. Members do not receive compensation for their service on the board.[7]

Pueblo City Schools Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Kathy DeNiro 2011 2015
Mike Colucci 2011 2015
Rose Holloway 2011 2015
Patty Milner 2013 2017
Phyllis Sanchez 2009 2017

School board elections

See also: Pueblo City Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected on a staggered basis. Two seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three 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 are open to the public. The Board believes that citizens of the district have the right and should be encouraged to attend Board meetings, observe Board deliberations and participate at appropriate times. Therefore, the Board and staff shall consider advice received from individuals and community groups.

In the interest of orderly conduct of Board meetings, individuals or organizations desiring to be heard by the Board shall make their requests to the superintendent or Board secretary five business days prior to the scheduled meeting. The request must include the individual's name, address, purpose of the request and topic to be discussed. The superintendent shall review such requests to determine if the concern or issue may be resolved without placing the topic on the Board agenda. If necessary, the superintendent/ may ask for appropriate review by the district administration. Once such a review is complete, the superintendent shall place the item on the next Board meeting agenda as appropriate.

Citizens who want to speak to the Board are invited to do so during the "comments from the audience" section of the meeting agenda. A person or representative of a group or organization intending to speak shall be required to sign up on a form provided by the Board prior to the beginning of the meeting. On the day of the Board meeting, the sign-up sheet for public comment shall be available in the office of the Board Secretary (Suite 200, The Administrative Center) during the regular business hours of 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, thereafter; it will be available in the boardroom (Arapahoe Room, The Administrative Center) from 4:45 pm. to 6:00 pm. The person signing up shall give the subject to be addressed, his or her name, address and telephone number and if applicable, the group or organization the person represents. The number of speakers is limited to ten.

No person shall be permitted to sign up for another person nor shall anyone be permitted to exchange time or yield time to another. Each speaker shall be limited to three minutes each. At the beginning of the "comments from the audience" section, speakers will be called by the Board in the order in which they are listed on the sign-in sheet.

The following guidelines shall be observed: 1. Each speaker shall limit their comments to three minutes unless the time limit is waived by a majority vote of the Board members present. 2. No charges or complaints against individual district employees shall be made. Such charges or complaints must be sent in writing and signed to the Board or superintendent in accordance with Board policy. 3. Remarks that discriminate against anyone or adversely reflect upon the race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, handicapping condition, medical condition, sex, age or marital status of any person shall be considered out of order and may end the speaker's privilege to address the Board. 4. Defamatory or abusive remarks or profanity shall be considered out of order and shall not be tolerated. 5. If more than one person wishes to speak on the same topic, the new speaker shall be limited to providing new information only. 6. The Board and superintendent may ask questions of the speaker to better understand the comments made. 7. If the Board feels further action is necessary, the superintendent will be directed to take appropriate action. The results of such action shall be communicated to the concerned citizen. 8. The Board shall not take formal action on any concern or request at the time of the speaker's presentation.

The Board does not wish to restrict the scheduled appearances of citizens who have regular business with the board and whose presentations are provided for on the agenda. Participation by employees and their representatives shall be in accordance with law, personnel policies and agreements between the Board and the recognized bargaining units. All employees shall have the right to attend Board meetings in the same manner as all other citizens.[8]


The table below displays the budget for Pueblo City Schools:[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 $88,186,168 83.2% $10,012,172 9.4% $7,798,243 7.4% $0 0% $0 0% $105,996,583
2014-2015 $91,199,066 85.1% $8,138,167 7.6% $7,816,903 7.3% $0 0% $0 0% $107,154,136
Averages: $89,692,617 84% $9,075,169.5 9% $7,807,573 7% $0 0% $0 0% $106,575,359.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Pueblo City 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 ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 33,904 43,340
B.A. 15 34,589 45,436
B.A. 30 35,271 55,422
B.A. 60/MA 36,297 58,612
MA 30 37,319 61,262
MA 45 38,346 65,510
MA 60 39,373 68,161
Ph.D. 41,592 70,381


Teachers in Pueblo City Schools are represented in contract negotiations by the Pueblo Education Association (PEA). The president of PEA during the 2013-2014 school year was Suzanne Ethridge.[11]

Schools in Pueblo City Schools


The district served 17,692 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 4.3% 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 18,504 -
2009 18,304 -1.0
2010 18,420 0.6
2011 17,877 -2.9
2012 17,692 -1.0

District schools

Pueblo City Schools operates 31 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Pueblo City Schools
Baca Elementary School
Belmont Elementary School
Bessemer Academy
Beulah Heights Elementary School
Bradford Elementary School
Carlile Elementary School
Centennial High School
Central High School
Chavez-Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy
Columbian Elementary School
Corwin International Magnet School
East High School
Fountain International Magnet School
Franklin Elementary School
Goodnight School
Haaff Elementary School
Heaton Middle School
Heritage Elementary School
Heroes K-8 Academy
Highland Park Elementary School
Irving Elementary School
Minnequa Elementary School
Morton Elementary School
Park View Elementary School
Pueblo Academy of Arts
Pueblo School for Arts and Sciences
Risley International Academy of Innovation
Roncalli STEM Academy
South High School
South Park Elementary School
Sunset Park 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 Pueblo City Schools students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[14]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Approaching 43.8
Academic Growth Approaching 44.0
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 38.9
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Approaching 48.4
Total 44.7

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.

Contact information

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Pueblo City Schools
315 W. 11th St.
Pueblo CO 81003
Phone: (719) 549-7100

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