St. Vrain Valley School District, Colorado
|St. Vrain Valley School District|
|Number of schools:||50|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||John Creighton|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in St. Vrain Valley School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtWeld County. The district serves students in 13 communities in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld Counties. Longmont is home to 86,270 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Longmont outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Longmont was $56,278 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Longmont was 12.9% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 37.8% of Longmont residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.
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 Superintendent of St. Vrain Valley School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Don Haddad. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2009. Haddad joined the district as a principal in 2001. He was named Superintendent of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of School Superintendents.
The St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected by district to four-year terms. Members do not receive compensation for their service on the board.
|St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected 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 Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings:
|“||All regular and specially called meetings of the Board of Education shall be open to the public. Because the Board desires to hear the viewpoints of all citizens throughout the District and also needs to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner, it shall schedule a period during each meeting for brief comments and questions from the public. This will be a time for the public to provide their input and not necessarily a time for dialogue with the Board.
Speakers may offer comments on school operations and programs of concern or interest to them. Speakers are request to make their comments in a respectful and orderly manner and will be encouraged to meet with appropriate District staff if the specific concern is related to District personnel or individual students. The Board may or may not provide immediate feedback or engage in a dialogue with the public at the time comments are given. Follow-up action items may be assigned depending on the nature of the comments.
Comments on either non-agenda or agenda items may be limited by the Board president if there have been or will be opportunities for public input on specific topics, such as boundary changes, at other Board-sponsored forums.
1. Individuals need not sign up to speak on non-agenda items. 2. Remarks by an individual shall be timed and limited to three minutes. 3. Total time for audience participation shall be limited to 30 minutes per topic unless extended by a majority vote of the Board of Education.
1. Individuals shall sign up to speak before the topic is discussed indicating the agenda item they wish to address. 2. Remarks by an individual shall be timed and limited to three minutes. 3. Remarks shall be limited to 30 minutes per agenda item unless extended by a majority vote of the Board.
The St. Vrain Valley School District's budget is published 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 St. Vrain Valley School District 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 St. Vrain Valley School District are represented in contract negotiations by the St. Vrain Valley Education Association (SVVEA). The President of SVVEA in 2013-2014 is Trip Merklein.
Schools in St. Vrain Valley School District
The district served 29,382 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 14.1% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
St. Vrain Valley School District operates 50 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|St. Vrain Valley School District|
|Alpine Elementary School|
|Altona Middle School|
|Aspen Ridge Preparatory School|
|Black Rock Elementary School|
|Blue Mountain Elementary School|
|Burlington Elementary School|
|Carbon Valley Academy|
|Centennial Elementary School|
|Central Elementary School|
|Coal Ridge Middle School|
|Columbine Elementary School|
|Eagle Crest Elementary School|
|Erie Elementary School|
|Erie High School|
|Erie Middle School|
|Fall River Elementary School|
|Frederick High School|
|Hygiene Elementary School|
|Imagine Charter School at Firestone|
|Indian Peaks Elementary School|
|Legacy Elementary School|
|Long Peaks Middle School|
|Longmont Estates Elementary School|
|Longmont High School|
|Lyons Elementary School|
|Lyons High School|
|Lyons Middle School|
|Mead Elementary School|
|Mead High School|
|Mead Middle School|
|Mountain View Elementary School|
|Niwot Elementary School|
|Niwot High School|
|Northridge Elementary School|
|Olde Columbine High School|
|Prairie Ridge Elementary School|
|Red Hawk Elementary School|
|Rocky Mountain Elementary School|
|Sanborn Elementary School|
|Silver Creek High School|
|Skyline High School|
|St. Vrain Community Montessori School|
|St. Vrain Online Global Academy|
|Sunset Middle School|
|Thunder Valley K-8 School|
|Timberline PK-8 School|
|Trail Ridge Middle School|
|Twin Peaks Charter Academy|
|Westview Middle 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 St. Vrain Valley School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||57.8|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Meets||68.8|
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.
|Transparency grading process|
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- St. Vrain Valley School District
- City of Longmont, Colorado
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- St. Vrain Valley Education Association
- Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 23, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts:Longmont, accessed October 25, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed October 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Denver Post, "Don Haddad, St. Vrain Valley leader, named Superintendent of the Year," July 8, 2013
- St. Vrain Valley School District, "Board Member Travel, Conventions, Workshops and Other Expenses," November 10, 2004
- St. Vrain Valley School District, "Public Participation at Board Meetings," December 8, 2004
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- St. Vrain Valley School District, "General Fund Adopted Budget," accessed December 9, 2013
- St. Vrain Valley Education Association, "2013-2015 Master Agreement," June 2013
- St. Vrain Valley Education Association, "Board of Directors," accessed January 23, 2014
- St. Vrain Valley School District, "Schools," accessed January 23, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 23, 2014