Blue Valley Unified School District 229, Kansas

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Blue Valley School District USD 229 is a school district in Kansas. Blue Valley serves 21,435 students.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Kansas school district websites

This website was reviewed on November 15, 2011.

The good

  • Board members are listed with contact information.[2]
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted, along with information on public participation.[3]
  • Background check policies are in place.[4]
  • Audits are posted.[5]
  • Current year budget information is posted.[5]
  • Tax rates are posted in the budget.[6]
  • District contacts are listed, with online forms to contact them.[7]
  • The site links to the Kansas State Department of Education's report card for the district[8]
  • A Freedom of Information officer is named.[9]

The bad

  • Previous years' budgets are not posted.
  • Email addresses and phone numbers are not provided for district contacts.
  • Only an online form is provided to contact the Freedom of Information officer, and no procedures are outlined on how to submit a public records request.
  • Bids and contracts are not posted.


School board

The Blue Valley school board is made up of seven members; six represent districts and one is elected at large. They are elected to four-year terms and are unpaid.[2]

2011 School Board[2]
Name District Position
Cindy Bowling South Area Member
Steve Klika NW Area Member
Sue Matson NE Area President
Tom Mitchell At-large Member
Pam Robinson NE Area Member
Mike Seitz South Area Member
Tony Thill NW Area Vice President


Blue Valley Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg was named Kansas Superintendent of the Year in 2011 and was among four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year named by the American Association of School Administrators. Trigg has been Blue Valley's superintendent since 2004, and during his tenure, Blue Valley has been the only district in the nation with more than 20,000 students to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress goals eight years in a row.[10]


Blue Valley Unified School District 229 does not publish its annual budget on its website.[11]

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
2010-2011 $188,170,000 78.2% $12,717,000 5.3% $24,610,000 10.2% $15,000,000 6.2% $163,000 0.1% $240,660,000
Averages: $188,170,000 78% $12,717,000 5% $24,610,000 10% $15,000,000 6% $163,000 0% $240,660,000

Academic performance

Adequate yearly progress

Blue Valley made AYP goals in 2010-2011.[1] This is the eighth consecutive year the district and all of its schools have met AYP goals.[10]

Math and reading

Math and Reading Assessment Results, 2011[1]
Grade Subject % Met or Exceeded Standard
3rd Reading 96.1%
5th Reading 96.9%
8th Reading 96.6%
11th Reading 95.8%
3rd Math 97.3%
5th Math 97.2%
8th Math 95.6%
11th Math 94.5%

Graduation rate

Blue Valley's graduation rate was 95.1% in 2010, and its dropout rate was 0.3%.[1]

Top 500 ranking

Newsweek magazine ranked two Blue Valley high schools in the top 500 high schools in the country. Rankings were based on ACT and SAT scores, AP classes offered and performance, graduation rate, and other factors.[12]

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