St. Vrain Valley School District, Colorado

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St. Vrain Valley School District
Longmont, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Don Haddad
Enrollment:29,382
Graduation rate:81.6%
Number of schools:50
Budget: $230.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John Creighton
Board members:7
Term length:4
St. Vrain Valley School District is a school district in Colorado that served 29,382 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the ninth largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

St. Vrain Valley School District is located in Weld County, CO
St. Vrain Valley School District is based out of Longmont, Colorado in Weld County. The district serves students in 13 communities in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld Counties. Longmont is home to 86,270 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

Longmont outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Longmont was $56,278 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Longmont was 12.9% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 37.8% of Longmont residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Longmont (%) Colorado (%)
White 83.3 81.3
Black or African American 0.9 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 3.2 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.9 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 24.6 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 49,140 40.1
Unaffiliated 41,524 33.8
Democratic 30,719 25
Libertarian 787 0.6
American Constitution 327 0.3
Green 178 0.1

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]

Superintendent

The Superintendent of St. Vrain Valley School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Don Haddad. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2009. Haddad joined the district as a principal in 2001. He was named Superintendent of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of School Superintendents.[5]

School board

The St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected by district to four-year terms. Members do not receive compensation for their service on the board.[6]

St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Joie Siegrist A 2012 2015
Debbie Lammers B 2009 2017
Bob Smith C 2007 2015
John Ahrens D 2013 2017
John Creighton E 2007 2015
Paula Peairs F 2013 2017
Mike Schiers G 2007 2015

School board elections

See also: St. Vrain Valley School District elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected on a staggered basis. Four 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 specially called meetings of the Board of Education shall be open to the public. Because the Board desires to hear the viewpoints of all citizens throughout the District and also needs to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner, it shall schedule a period during each meeting for brief comments and questions from the public. This will be a time for the public to provide their input and not necessarily a time for dialogue with the Board.

Speakers may offer comments on school operations and programs of concern or interest to them. Speakers are request to make their comments in a respectful and orderly manner and will be encouraged to meet with appropriate District staff if the specific concern is related to District personnel or individual students. The Board may or may not provide immediate feedback or engage in a dialogue with the public at the time comments are given. Follow-up action items may be assigned depending on the nature of the comments.

Comments on either non-agenda or agenda items may be limited by the Board president if there have been or will be opportunities for public input on specific topics, such as boundary changes, at other Board-sponsored forums.

Non-Agenda Items:
Permission shall be granted by the Board president to any person in the audience wishing to speak to non-agenda items during the audience participation portion of the meeting. The following restrictions shall apply:

1. Individuals need not sign up to speak on non-agenda items. 2. Remarks by an individual shall be timed and limited to three minutes. 3. Total time for audience participation shall be limited to 30 minutes per topic unless extended by a majority vote of the Board of Education.

Agenda Items:
Permission may be granted by the Board president to any person in the audience wishing to speak on any agenda item prior to calling for a vote or ending discussion on the item with the following restrictions:

1. Individuals shall sign up to speak before the topic is discussed indicating the agenda item they wish to address. 2. Remarks by an individual shall be timed and limited to three minutes. 3. Remarks shall be limited to 30 minutes per agenda item unless extended by a majority vote of the Board.[8]

Budget

The St. Vrain Valley School District's budget is published 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
2013-2014 $129,177,491 56.1% $32,538,814 14.1% $44,043,089 19.1% $0 0% $24,617,911 10.7% $230,377,305
Averages: $129,177,491 56% $32,538,814 14% $44,043,089 19% $0 0% $24,617,911 11% $230,377,305

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at St. Vrain Valley 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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,491 50,012
B.A. 20 36,216 58,635
B.A. 40 37,940 63,808
MA 37,940 67,257
MA 20 39,665 70,707
MA 40 41,389 74,156
MA 60 43,114 75,880
Ph.D. 44,838 79,329

Unions

Teachers in St. Vrain Valley School District are represented in contract negotiations by the St. Vrain Valley Education Association (SVVEA). The President of SVVEA in 2013-2014 is Trip Merklein.[11]

Schools in St. Vrain Valley School District

Enrollment

The district served 29,382 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 14.1% increase 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 25,751 -
2009 26,724 3.7
2010 27,379 2.4
2011 28,109 2.6
2012 29,382 4.5

District schools

St. Vrain Valley School District operates 50 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

St. Vrain Valley School District
Alpine Elementary School
Altona Middle School
Aspen Ridge Preparatory School
Black Rock Elementary School
Blue Mountain Elementary School
Burlington Elementary School
Carbon Valley Academy
Centennial Elementary School
Central Elementary School
Coal Ridge Middle School
Columbine Elementary School
Eagle Crest Elementary School
Erie Elementary School
Erie High School
Erie Middle School
Fall River Elementary School
Flagstaff Academy
Frederick High School
Hygiene Elementary School
Imagine Charter School at Firestone
Indian Peaks Elementary School
Legacy Elementary School
Long Peaks Middle School
Longmont Estates Elementary School
Longmont High School
Lyons Elementary School
Lyons High School
Lyons Middle School
Mead Elementary School
Mead High School
Mead Middle School
Mountain View Elementary School
Niwot Elementary School
Niwot High School
Northridge Elementary School
Olde Columbine High School
Prairie Ridge Elementary School
Red Hawk Elementary School
Rocky Mountain Elementary School
Sanborn Elementary School
Silver Creek High School
Skyline High School
St. Vrain Community Montessori School
St. Vrain Online Global Academy
Sunset Middle School
Thunder Valley K-8 School
Timberline PK-8 School
Trail Ridge Middle School
Twin Peaks Charter Academy
Westview Middle 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 St. Vrain Valley School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[14]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Meets 75.0
Academic Growth Meets 71.4
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 57.8
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Meets 68.8
Total 69.1

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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St. Vrain Valley School District
395 South Pratt Parkway
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (303) 776-6200

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