Littleton Public Schools, Colorado
|Littleton Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||24|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Lucie Stanish|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Littleton Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtArapahoe County, Colorado. The county seat of Arapahoe County is Littleton, Colorado. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Arapahoe County is home to 595,546 residents.
Arapahoe County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010. The median household income in Arapahoe County was $59,937 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Arapahoe County was 11.9% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 38.3% of Arapahoe County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.
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.
The current Superintendent of Littleton Public Schools is Scott Murphy. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2006. Murphy served as chief financial officer and assistant superintendent for the district between 1990 and 2006.
The Littleton Public Schools Board of Education consists of five members elected at-large to four-year terms. Members do not receive any compensation for their service on the board.
|Littleton Public Schools Board of Education|
|Member||Assumed office||Term Ends|
School board elections
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:
|“|| The Board of Education desires to be cognizant of the issues, opinions, and suggestions of students, staff, parents, and community members. Individuals must sign up in order to address the Board of Education. Sign-up sheets shall be available for this purpose.
Members of the public wishing to make formal presentations before the Board of Education should make arrangements in advance with the Superintendent so that such presentations may be considered for scheduling by the Board.
Comments and questions at a regular meeting may deal with any topic pertinent to District operation.
Comments at special meetings must be related to the call of the meeting.
Speakers may offer opinions of school operations and programs. It is the Board of Education’s policy not to hear, in public session, personal complaints against any District personnel.
The Board of Education president shall be responsible for recognizing all who have signed up to speak. Generally, each person wishing to address the Board of Education will be afforded the floor during the appropriate time on the agenda. Individuals shall properly identify themselves. The president will maintain order, and will enforce time limits as established by the Board of Education. To avoid undue repetition or to keep within the time frame of the agenda, the Board of Education may, at its discretion, limit the number of speakers expressing similar opinions on a particular topic. If time scheduled on the agenda is insufficient to accommodate the number of speakers, the Board of Education may defer discussion to its next regularly scheduled meeting. Board members are not required to respond to questions or issues raised, but may do so at the Board of Education member’s discretion.
Littleton 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 Littleton 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 Littleton Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Littleton Education Association (LEA). The current president of the LEA is Mary Haney.
Schools in Littleton Public Schools
The district served 15,754 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 0.7% 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 (%)|
Littleton Public Schools operates 24 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Littleton Public Schools|
|Ames Elementary School|
|Arapahoe High School|
|East Elementary School|
|Euclid Middle School|
|Field Elementary School|
|Franklin Elementary School|
|Goddard Middle School|
|Heritage High School|
|Highland Elementary School|
|Hopkins Elementary School|
|Lenski Elementary School|
|Littleton High School|
|Moody Elementary School|
|Newton Middle School|
|Optional Pathways Alternative Secondary Program|
|Peabody Elementary School|
|Powell Middle School|
|Runyon Elementary School|
|Sandburg Elementary School|
|Twain Elementary School|
|The Village Elementary School|
|Whitman Elementary School|
|Wilder 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 Littleton Public Schools students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||62.2|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Exceeds||89.1|
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.
- Littleton Public Schools
- Littleton, Colorado
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Littleton Education Association
- Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 16, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Arapahoe County, Colorado," accessed October 4, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Littleton Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed January 16, 2014
- Littleton Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 16, 2014
- Littleton Public Schools, "Active Policies," accessed January 16, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Littleton Public Schools, "2013-2014 Adopted Budget," accessed November 27, 2013
- Littleton Public Schools, "Salary Schedules," accessed January 16, 2014
- Littleton Education Association, "Officers and Board of Directors," accessed January 16, 2014
- Littleton Public Schools, "Boundary Maps," accessed January 16, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 16, 2014