Thompson School District, Colorado

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Thompson School District
Loveland, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Stan Scheer
Enrollment:16,042
Graduation rate:77.3%
Number of schools:34
Budget: $121.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bob Kerrigan
Board members:7
Term length:4
Thompson School District is a school district in Colorado that served 16,042 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 16th largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Thompson School District is located in Larimer County, CO
Thompson School District is based out of Loveland, Colorado in Larimer County. The district serves students in Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins as well as sections of Boulder and Weld Counties. Larimer County is home to 299,630 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

Larimer County outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Larimer County was $57,215 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Larimer County was 13.4% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 43.1% of Larimer County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Larimer County (%) Colorado (%)
White 93.5 88.1
Black or African American 1 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.6
Asian 2.1 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.3 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 10.8 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 68,937 36.6
Republican 64,522 34.3
Democratic 52,249 27.8
Libertarian 1,549 0.8
Green 579 0.3
American Constitution 388 0.2

Superintendent

The Superintendent of Thompson School District during the 2013-2014 school year is Stan Scheer. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Scheer has previously served as the Superintendent of Murrieta Valley Unified School District in California as well as Littleton Public Schools in Colorado.[4]

School board

The Thompson 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.[5]

Thompson School District Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Donna Rice A 2013 2015
Bryce Carlson B 2013 2017
Denise Montagu C 2011 2015
Pam Howard D 2013 2015
Lori Hvizda Ward E 2013 2017
Carl Langner F 2013 2017
Bob Kerrigan G 2011 2015

School board elections

See also: Thompson School District elections (2013)

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 four seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015. An unexpired two-year term in District A was on the ballot in 2013.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings:[6]

All regular and special meetings of the Board shall be open to the public. Because the Board desires to hear the viewpoints of the public and also needs to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner, it shall schedule time during some Board meetings for brief comments and questions from the public. The Board shall set a time limit on the length of public participation time and a time limit for individual speakers.

Public comments and questions at a regular meeting may deal with any topic related to the Board's conduct of the schools. Speakers may offer such criticism of school operations and programs as concern them, but are encouraged to exercise their speech rights responsibly. The Board encourages the discussion of all personnel matters to be conducted in executive session. The Board president shall be responsible for recognizing all speakers who shall properly identify themselves, for maintaining proper order, and for adherence to any time limits set. Questions requiring investigation shall be referred to the superintendent for any consideration and later response.

Members of the public who would like the Board to allow them to participate in the discussion of a particular agenda item at a work/study session shall notify the Board secretary prior to the day of the meeting. At the work/study session, the Board shall decide whether to allow participation and, if so, set appropriate guidelines and time limits.

Members of the public wishing to make formal presentations before the Board shall make arrangements in advance with the superintendent and Board president so that such presentations, when appropriate, may be scheduled on the agenda.

Members of the public will not be recognized by the president during Board meetings except as noted in this policy.[7]

Budget

Thompson School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[8]

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
2012-2013 $72,161,226 63.3% $5,385,444 4.7% $27,493,243 24.1% $0 0% $8,955,708 7.9% $113,995,621
2013-2014 $75,288,160 62.1% $6,768,522 5.6% $30,079,985 24.8% $0 0% $9,050,549 7.5% $121,187,216
Averages: $73,724,693 63% $6,076,983 5% $28,786,614 24% $0 0% $9,003,128.5 8% $117,591,418.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Thompson 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:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 32,329 37,492
BA 15 33,299 45,903
BA 30 34,298 50,544
MA/BA 45 35,327 58,692
MA 20/BA 75 36,210 60,083
MA 30/BA 90 38,043 62,970
Ph.D./MA 40/BA 105 38,994 72,592

Schools in Thompson School District

Enrollment

The district served 16,042 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 4.6% increase 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 15,332 -
2009 15,225 -0.6
2010 15,310 0.5
2011 15,655 2.2
2012 16,042 2.4

District schools

Thompson School District operates 34 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Thompson School District
Berthoud Elementary School
Berthoud High School
B.F. Kitchen Elementary School
Big Thompson Elementary School
Bill Reed Middle School
Carrie Martin Elementary School
Centennial Elementary School
Conrad Ball Middle School
Cottonwood Plains Elementary School
Coyote Ridge Elementary School
Garfield Elementary School
Harold Ferguson High School
Ivy Stockwell Elementary School
Lauren Edmondson Elementary School
LEAP School
Lincoln Elementary School
Loveland Classical School
Loveland High School
Lucille Erwin Middle School
Mary Blair Elementary School
Monroe Elementary School
Mountain View High School
Namaqua Elementary School
New Vision Charter School
Ponderosa Elementary School
Sarah Milner Elementary School
Stansberry Elementary School
Thompson Online School
Thompson Valley High School
Truscott Elementary School
Turner Middle School
Van Buren Elementary School
Walt Creek Middle School
Winona Elementary School

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.[11]

Three-year performance trends

The following table details the performance of Thompson School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012, and 2010-2011:[12]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Meets 75.0
Academic Growth Meets 67.9
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 53.9
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Meets 68.8
Total 67.3

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.

Contact information

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Thompson School District
800 S. Taft Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: (970) 613-5000

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