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Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado
|Jeffco Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||140|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Ken Witt|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Jeffco Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the districtJefferson County. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Jefferson County is home to 534,543 residents.
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.
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. 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.
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.
|Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education|
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:
|“|| 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:
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.
Jeffco Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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 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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
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.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Jeffco Public Schools operates 140 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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 Jeffco Public Schools students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||58.3|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Meets||67.2|
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.
|Transparency grading process|
This website was most recently reviewed on 12 Feb 2012.
- Elected officials to the Board of Education, community superintendent and Superintendent of Schools are listed with appropriate contact information. Administrative salary schedules are posted.
- Includes link to teachers' pay scale. Contacts for vendor information (including tutoring services) are posted. Gives links to negotiated agreements with educational associations.
- Provides Board of Education meeting schedule, minutes and agendas. Audio recordings are available. Minutes and agendas can be archived back to 2004.
- "Finance & Budget" webpage includes a money-tracking chart. Website features a financial transparency page where site visitors can search for government revenues and student-derived funds.
- Budgets since 2009-2010 academic year are available.
- Provides information on making an academic records request.
- Most recent annual budget (2011-2012) includes graduation and dropout rates, ACT scores and CSAP scores.
- Audits are available in the form of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. These reports are available from 2005.
- Background check policies are posted.
- While major contract awards are posted in meeting agendas, vendor contracts are not posted in a comprehensive or searchable format.
- Jeffco Public Schools
- Jefferson County, Colorado
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Jefferson County Education Association
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- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed October 28, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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- Jeffco Public Schools, "Board of Education Members," accessed January 17, 2014
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- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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