Thompson School District, Colorado
|Thompson School District|
|Number of schools:||34|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Bob Kerrigan|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Thompson School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtLarimer County. The district serves students in Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins as well as sections of Boulder and Weld Counties. Larimer County is home to 299,630 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Larimer County outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Larimer County was $57,215 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Larimer County was 13.4% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 43.1% of Larimer County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.
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.
The Superintendent of Thompson School District during the 2013-2014 school year is Stan Scheer. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Scheer has previously served as the Superintendent of Murrieta Valley Unified School District in California as well as Littleton Public Schools in Colorado.
The Thompson 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.
|Thompson School District Board of Education|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Lori Hvizda Ward||E||2013||2017|
School board elections
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 four seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015. An unexpired two-year term in District A was on the ballot in 2013.
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. Because the Board desires to hear the viewpoints of the public and also needs to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner, it shall schedule time during some Board meetings for brief comments and questions from the public. The Board shall set a time limit on the length of public participation time and a time limit for individual speakers.
Public comments and questions at a regular meeting may deal with any topic related to the Board's conduct of the schools. Speakers may offer such criticism of school operations and programs as concern them, but are encouraged to exercise their speech rights responsibly. The Board encourages the discussion of all personnel matters to be conducted in executive session. The Board president shall be responsible for recognizing all speakers who shall properly identify themselves, for maintaining proper order, and for adherence to any time limits set. Questions requiring investigation shall be referred to the superintendent for any consideration and later response.
Members of the public who would like the Board to allow them to participate in the discussion of a particular agenda item at a work/study session shall notify the Board secretary prior to the day of the meeting. At the work/study session, the Board shall decide whether to allow participation and, if so, set appropriate guidelines and time limits.
Members of the public wishing to make formal presentations before the Board shall make arrangements in advance with the superintendent and Board president so that such presentations, when appropriate, may be scheduled on the agenda.
Members of the public will not be recognized by the president during Board meetings except as noted in this policy.
|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 Thompson 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 ($)|
|MA 20/BA 75||36,210||60,083|
|MA 30/BA 90||38,043||62,970|
|Ph.D./MA 40/BA 105||38,994||72,592|
Schools in Thompson School District
The district served 16,042 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 4.6% 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 (%)|
Thompson School District operates 34 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Thompson School District|
|Berthoud Elementary School|
|Berthoud High School|
|B.F. Kitchen Elementary School|
|Big Thompson Elementary School|
|Bill Reed Middle School|
|Carrie Martin Elementary School|
|Centennial Elementary School|
|Conrad Ball Middle School|
|Cottonwood Plains Elementary School|
|Coyote Ridge Elementary School|
|Garfield Elementary School|
|Harold Ferguson High School|
|Ivy Stockwell Elementary School|
|Lauren Edmondson Elementary School|
|Lincoln Elementary School|
|Loveland Classical School|
|Loveland High School|
|Lucille Erwin Middle School|
|Mary Blair Elementary School|
|Monroe Elementary School|
|Mountain View High School|
|Namaqua Elementary School|
|New Vision Charter School|
|Ponderosa Elementary School|
|Sarah Milner Elementary School|
|Stansberry Elementary School|
|Thompson Online School|
|Thompson Valley High School|
|Truscott Elementary School|
|Turner Middle School|
|Van Buren Elementary School|
|Walt Creek Middle School|
|Winona 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 Thompson School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012, and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||53.9|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Meets||68.8|
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.
- Thompson School District
- City of Loveland, Colorado
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 23, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts:Larimer County, accessed October 23, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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.
- Thompson School District, "Superintendent," accessed January 23, 2014
- Thompson School District, "BOARD MEMBER COMPENSATION/EXPENSES/INSURANCE/LIABILITY," accessed January 23, 2014
- Thompson School District, "Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed January 23, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Thompson School District, "Adopted Budget: Fiscal Year 2013-14," accessed November 27, 2013
- Thompson School District, "Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2014-15," June 18, 2014
- Thompson School District, "Licensed Salary Schedule," accessed January 23, 2014
- Thompson School District, "Weekly Enrollment Chart," accessed January 23, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 23, 2014 (timed out)