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Denver Public Schools
Denver, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Tom Boasberg
Graduation rate:58.8%
Number of schools:162
Budget: $744.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Happy Haynes
Board members:7
Term length:4
Denver Public Schools is a school district in Colorado that served 83,377 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the second largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Denver Public Schools is located in Denver County, CO
Denver Public Schools serves students in Denver, the county seat of Denver County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Denver is home to 600,158 residents.[2]


Denver 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 Denver was $47,499 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Denver was 18.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 41.3% of Denver residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.[2]


The current Superintendent of Denver Public Schools is Tom Boasberg. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2009. Boasberg previously worked as an executive with Level 3 Communications.[4]

School board

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education consists of seven members. Two members are elected at-large while five members represent specific districts. Members do not receive compensation for their service on the board.[5]

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Denver Public Schools Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Happy Haynes At-large 2011 2015
Anne Rowe 1 2011 2015
Barbara O'Brien At-large 2013 2017
Rosemary Rodriguez 2 2013 2017
Michael Johnson 3 2013 2017
Landri Taylor 4 2013 2017
Arturo Jimenez 5 2007 2015

School board elections

See also: Denver Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms 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 Denver Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[5]

The Board of Education encourages the involvement of citizens in the public school system. One means for members of the public to assist the Board is by providing public comment to the Board on issues affecting the school system, especially issues directly affecting student achievement, budget policy, and those matters currently under consideration by the Board.

Members of the public wishing to address the Board may do so beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the date of the first regularly scheduled monthly Board meeting. Persons wishing to address the Board must contact the Board of Education office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting for placement on the speaker's list and shall give the following information:

1. Name, address, and telephone number

2. Item to be discussed

3. Group or organization represented, if any

4. Indicate whether he/she will be speaking pro or con

A three minute time limit shall be imposed on individual presentations. Individuals speaking on the same topic ordinarily will be grouped by topic and may select a spokesperson to present their views. A group of 4 or more persons grouped by the Board for the purpose of speaking on the same topic will be limited to ten minutes collectively. Unless the Board determines to the contrary, the total time allocated for speakers on a single topic shall not exceed 25 minutes.

The Board of Education will set the order of speakers. Generally, speakers on issues directly related to student achievement, budget policy, or matters currently under consideration by the Board will be heard first.

The Board of Education recognizes that many individuals, businesses, and other organizations interact and form relationships with the District and various schools. As a result, there are often reports, recognitions, commendations, and other public relations matters that need to be publicly noted before the Board. Such matters are more appropriately addressed at a regular or special Board meeting, and persons involved relative to such are encouraged to contact the Board office to schedule a time for such matters rather than including them in a public comment session.

Since a public comment session is for the purpose of receiving public comment, no response by the Board other than to thank the speaker will generally be given. Such lack of response should not be the construed as either indicating agreement or disagreement with the views expressed by the speaker.

The Board of Education understands that some speakers will wish to present strongly held views. Nevertheless, the Board will not tolerate vulgar, abusive, or threatening language, or loud or disruptive behavior, or conduct that is uncivil, rude, discourteous, or is otherwise disruptive to the orderly conduct of the meeting.

Persons who engage in such inappropriate behavior will be deemed to have forfeited their right to present further comment at the meeting. The Board may temporarily adjourn or terminate a public comment session that is not productive or becomes disruptive.

The Board of Education reserves the right to place a time limit of ninety (90) minutes on the amount of total time allocated for a public comment session. If such limitation is determined to be necessary, the duration of the public comment session will be announced at the beginning of the meeting and if such limitation results in any speakers not being afforded an opportunity to speak, those speakers will be given the opportunity to present their views in writing or to return the following month at which time they will be given first priority to speak. In order to ensure that the Board has the benefit of hearing the speaker's views on agenda items which are up for action at the Board meeting prior to the public comment session, the speaker is encouraged to submit the comments to the Board electronically or by leaving a message with the Board office.

The Board of Education will attempt to have a Spanish translator available at every public comment session, and if advance notice is given, the Board will also attempt to provide translation for other languages as needed.

Copies of this policy will be provided to all speakers at each public comment session.

The Board also welcomes comments from the public via email.[6]


Denver Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[7]

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 $488,225,944 65.6% $175,237,735 23.5% $20,984,840 2.8% $58,029,112 7.8% $1,646,540 0.2% $744,124,171
Averages: $488,225,944 66% $175,237,735 24% $20,984,840 3% $58,029,112 8% $1,646,540 0% $744,124,171

Contact information

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Denver Public Schools
Board of Education
900 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (720) 423-3210

Website evaluation

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Background Checks

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Transparency grading process
See also: Evaluation of Colorado school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated on 12 Feb 2012.

The good

  • The school district explains how tax revenues are allocated, and at what rate citizens are taxed.[8]
  • Budgets are available from 2009. Audits are available on the same page.[8]
  • School Board meetings are accessible on the school's website. [9]
  • Names and contact information are available for all school board members except the president. [10]
  • Superintendent name and contact information are posted. [11]
  • Information on how to make CORA requests is available.
  • Reports for national and statewide progress reports are made available online.[12]
  • Forms used in background checks appear online.[13]

The bad

  • Contracts and bids over $10,000 are not listed. However, information on how to obtain a contract with the district is prevalent. [14]

See also

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