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Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado

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Jeffco Public Schools
Golden, Colorado
Jeffco Public Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Cindy Stevenson
Graduation rate:81.4%
Number of schools:140
Budget: $582.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ken Witt
Board members:5
Term length:4
Jeffco Public Schools is a school district in Colorado that served 85,508 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Jeffco Public Schools is located in Jefferson County, CO
Jeffco Public Schools is based out of Golden, Colorado in Jefferson County. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Jefferson County is home to 534,543 residents.[2]


Jefferson County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of graduation rate, median household income and poverty rate in 2010. The average household income in Jefferson County was $67,827 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Jefferson County was 8.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The high school graduation rate in Jefferson County was 93.2% compared to 89.7% statewide.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Jefferson County (%) Colorado (%)
White 92.4 81.3
Black or African American 1.3 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.1
Asian 2.8 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 14.9 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 109,453 33.7
Unaffiliated 110,176 33.9
Democratic 101,611 31.3
Libertarian 2,326 0.7
American Constitution 527 0.2
Green 722 0.2

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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools is Cindy Stevenson. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2002. Stevenson has worked as a teacher, principal and administrator in the district for more than three decades.[5]

School board

The Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. Members do not receive any compensation for their service on the board.[6]

Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Julie Williams 1 2017
John Newkirk 2 2017
Jill Fellman 3 2015
Lesley Dahlkemper 4 2015
Ken Witt 5 2017

School board elections

See also: Jeffco Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected on a staggered basis to four-year terms. Three seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two 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 of Education shall be open to the public, but any person who disturbs good order may be required to leave. Because the Board desires to hear the viewpoints of citizens throughout the district, and also needs to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner, it shall schedule one or more periods during regular meetings for brief comments from the public.

The Board president will request that a large number of citizens who sign up to speak on a single topic select speakers and comment for no more than ten (10) minutes. An individual speaker on a single topic will be given three minutes to speak.

Citizens wishing to make formal presentation before the Board must make arrangements in advance with the superintendent to schedule such presentation on the agenda.

At regular meetings, citizens can address the Board on any topic related to the operation of the schools. Only those topics which are on that particular agenda may be addressed at special meetings. Complaints involving the reputation of any person connected with the district will not be heard by the Board while sitting in public session.

The president of the Board is responsible for recognizing all speakers, who shall properly identify themselves with name, address, city or as an employee, for maintaining proper order, and for adherence to time limits.

Members of the public will not be recognized by the president as the Board conducts its official business except when the Board schedules an interim public discussion period on a particular item. The Board shall listen to the public but, at the same time, expects the public to listen and speak only when properly recognized.

Eligibility to Address the Board

The following persons are eligible to address the Board:

  • Residents of the district
  • Parents of students enrolled in district schools
  • Members of the staff
  • Individuals who have been requested by the superintendent or Board to present a given subject
  • Nonresidents of the district who have previously requested and received the permission of the superintendent or Board

Hearing of Persons

Anyone who would like to address the Board must sign the public comment roster (name, address, and topic).

Person(s) addressing the Board on an item on the agenda will be called on during the public comment part one portion of the agenda or when that particular item is discussed. Persons addressing the Board on an item(s) not on the agenda will be given the opportunity to do so under part two of the public comment portion of the agenda.

Undue interruption or other interference with the orderly conduct of the Board business cannot be allowed. Any person who disturbs good order may be required to leave.

Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. The presiding officer may terminate the speaker's privilege of address if, after being called to order, the speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks.

Any personal approval or disapproval of action taken by the Board during the meeting may be indicated during the public comment period of a regular Board meeting, but it is requested that there be no applause or dissent during the meeting.

All charges, complaints, or challenges are to be presented to the superintendent or Board in writing, signed by the complainant. All charges, if presented to the Board directly, are to be referred to the superintendent for investigation and report.

Challenges of instructional materials used in the district will be handled in accordance with district policy KEC, Public Concerns/Complaints About Instructional Materials.

To place an item on the agenda, written material must be filed with the superintendent. The written material should include the name of the person or persons making the request and the name of the organization or group represented, if any. Also contained in the request will be a statement of action requested by the Board and pertinent background information leading to the request.

The superintendent, upon receipt of a properly executed request, may set a date for inclusion of the requested item on the Board agenda or may respond to the issue in another manner.

If the item is considered, the superintendent will notify the individual or group of the time and place of the meeting at which the item will be considered.[8]


Jeffco Public Schools publishes its annual budget 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 $362,541,400 62.2% $153,936,300 26.4% $66,095,500 11.3% $0 0% $0 0% $582,573,200
Averages: $362,541,400 62% $153,936,300 26% $66,095,500 11% $0 0% $0 0% $582,573,200

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Jeffco Public 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 ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 33,616 47,888
BA 20 35,678 58,730
BA 40/MA 36,788 72,786
BA 60/MA 39,800 75,798
BA 75/MA 42,812 81,031


Teachers in Jeffco Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA). The current President of JCEA is Ami Prichard.[11]

Schools in Jeffco Public Schools


The district served 85,508 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 0.4% 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 85,887 -
2009 86,250 0.4
2010 85,938 -0.3
2011 85,751 -0.2
2012 85,508 -0.2

District schools

Jeffco Public Schools operates 140 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Jeffco Public Schools
Adams Elementary School
Addenbrooke Classical Academy
Alameda International High School
Allendale Elementary School
Arvada High School
Arvada K-8 School
Arvada West High School
Bear Creek High School
Beer Creek K-8 School
Bell Middle School
Belmar Elementary School
Bergen Meadow Elementary School
Bergen Valley Elementary School
Blue Heron Elementary School
Bradford Intermediate School
Bradford Primary School
Campbell Elementary School
Carmody Middle School
Chatfield High School
Coal Creek Canyon K-8 School
Collegiate Academy
Colorow Elementary School
Columbine High School
Columbine Hills Elementary School
Compass Montessori Golden
Compass Montessori Wheat Ridge
Conifer High School
Coronado Elementary School
Creighton Middle School
Dakota Ridge High School
Deane Elementary School
Deer Creek Middle School
Devinny Elementary School
Drake Middle School
Dunstan Middle School
Dutch Creek Elementary School
Edgewater Elementary School
Eiber Elementary School
Elk Creek Elementary School
Evergreen High School
Evergreen Middle School
Everitt Middle School
Excel Academy
Fairmount Elementary School
Falcon Bluffs Middle
Fitzmorris Elementary School
Foothills Elementary School
Foster Elementary School
Free Horizon Montessori
Glennon Heights Elementary School
Golden High School
Governor's Ranch Elementary School
Green Gables Elementary School
Green Mountain Elementary School
Green Mountain High School
Hackberry Hill Elementary School
Hutchinson Elementary School
Jefferson Academy Elementary School
Jefferson Academy Secondary School
Jefferson High School
Ken Caryl Middle School
Kendallvue Elementary School
Kendrick Lakes Elementary School
Kullerstrand Elementary School
Kyffin Elementary School
Lakewood High School
Lasley Elementary School
Lawrence Elementary School
Leawood Elementary School
Lincoln Academy
Little Elementary School
Lukas Elementary School
Lumberg Elementary School
Mandalay Middle School
Maple Grove Elementary School
Marshdale Elementary School
Meiklejohn Elementary School
Mitchell Elementary School
Molholm Elementary School
Montessori Peaks Academy
Moore Middle School
Mortenson Elementary School
Mountain Phoenix Community School
Mt. Carbon Elementary School
New America School
Normandy Elementary School
North Arvada Middle School
O'Connell Middle School
Oberon Middle School
Parmalee Elementary School
Parr Elementary School
Patterson Elementary School
Peck Elementary School
Peiffer Elementary School
Pennington Elementary School
Pleasant View Elementary School
Pomona High School
Powderhorn Elementary School
Prospect Valley Elementary School
Ralston Elementary School
Ralston Valley High School
Red Rocks Elementary School
Rocky Mountain Academy
Rocky Mountain Deaf School
Rooney Ranch Elementary School
Ryan Elementary School
Secrest Elementary School
Semper Elementary School
Shaffer Elementary School
Shelton Elementary School
Sheridan Green Elementary School
Sierra Elementary School
Slater Elementary School
South Lakewood Elementary School
Standley Lake High School
Stein Elementary School
Stevens Elementary School
Stober Elementary School
Stony Creek Elementary School
Stott Elementary School
Summit Ridge Middle School
Swanson Elementary School
Thomson Elementary School
Two Roads Charter School
Ute Meadows Elementary School
Van Arsdale Elementary School
Vanderhoof Elementary School
Vivian Elementary School
Warder Elementary School
Wayne Carle Middle School
Weber Elementary School
Welchester Elementary School
West Jefferson Elementary School
West Jefferson Middle School
West Woods Elementary School
Westgate Elementary School
Westridge Elementary School
Wheat Ridge High School
Wheat Ridge K-8 School
Wilmore-Davis Elementary School
Wilmot Elementary School
Witt Elementary School
Woodrow Wilson Academy

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 Jeffco Public Schools 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 72.6
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 58.3
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Meets 67.2
Total 68.9

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.


Resignation of Superintendent Cindy Stevenson

Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced plans to resign from the district shortly after the 2013 school board election. Stevenson left the district to work with the Colorado Association of School Executives after 12 years as superintendent. During a board meeting on February 8, the outgoing superintendent noted that the current board wanted changes in district leadership and she felt a lack of respect from new board members. Stevenson's speech drew cheers from supporters in the audience and boos for board members. Board member Julie Williams countered that Stevenson had not attempted to work with the board, citing her intention to leave the district shortly after the election. The board is working with district officials to handle day-to-day affairs through the remainder of the school year rather than appointing an interim superintendent.[15][16]

Contact information

Jeffco Public Schools logo.png
Jeffco Public Schools
1829 Denver West Drive #27
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 982-6500

Website evaluation

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Public Records
Background Checks

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

This website was most recently reviewed on 12 Feb 2012.

The good

  • Elected officials to the Board of Education, community superintendent and Superintendent of Schools are listed with appropriate contact information.[17] Administrative salary schedules are posted.[18]
  • Includes link to teachers' pay scale.[10] Contacts for vendor information (including tutoring services) are posted.[19][20] Gives links to negotiated agreements with educational associations.[21]
  • Provides Board of Education meeting schedule, minutes and agendas. Audio recordings are available. Minutes and agendas can be archived back to 2004.[22]
  • "Finance & Budget" webpage includes a money-tracking chart.[23] Website features a financial transparency page where site visitors can search for government revenues and student-derived funds.[24]
  • Budgets since 2009-2010 academic year are available.[23]
  • Provides information on making an academic records request.[25]
  • Most recent annual budget (2011-2012) includes graduation and dropout rates, ACT scores and CSAP scores.[26]
  • Audits are available in the form of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. These reports are available from 2005.[27]
  • Background check policies are posted.[28]

The bad

  • While major contract awards are posted in meeting agendas[28], vendor contracts are not posted in a comprehensive or searchable format.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 16, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Jefferson County, accessed October 28, 2013
  3. Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed October 28, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Jeffco Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed January 16, 2014
  6. Jeffco Public Schools, "Board of Education Members," accessed January 17, 2014
  7. Jeffco Public Schools, "Active Policies," accessed January 17, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Jefferson County Public Schools, "Finance&Budget," accessed November 26, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Jeffco Public Schools, "Licensed Salary Schedules," accessed January 17, 2014
  11. Jefferson County Education Association, "President and Executive Committee," accessed January 17, 2014
  12. Jeffco Public School, "School Profiles," accessed January 16, 2014
  13. Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" Accessed July 15, 2013
  14. Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 16, 2014
  15. 9News, "Jefferson County Schools Superintendent: 'I will be gone by the end of the month'," February 9, 2014
  16. Zahira Torres, Denver Post, "Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson will leave post early," February 8, 2014
  17. Jeffco Public Schools, "District Profile," accessed January 17, 2014
  18. Jeffco Public Schools, "Administrative Salary Schedules," accessed January 17, 2014
  19. Jeffco Public Schools, "Title I: SES Information for Providers," accessed January 17, 2014
  20. Jeffco Public Schools, "Purchasing," accessed January 17, 2014
  21. Jeffco Public Schools, "Negotiated Agreements," accessed January 17, 2014
  22. Jeffco Public Schools, "Board of Education Minutes," accessed January 17, 2014
  23. 23.0 23.1 Jeffco Public Schools, "Finance & Budget," accessed January 17, 2014
  24. Jeffco Public Schools, "Financial Transparency," accessed January 17, 2014
  25. Jeffco Public Schools, "Student Transcripts," accessed January 17, 2014
  26. Jeffco Public Schools, "Adopted Budget 2011-2012," accessed January 17, 2014
  27. Jeffco Public Schools, "Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports," accessed January 17,2014
  28. 28.0 28.1 JeffCo Public Schools, "BoardDocs: Policies: GCE-GCF," accessed January 26, 2012