The logistics of successfully launching a new school year in the Cherry Creek School District are downright staggering.
Take the kickoff of the 2014-15 school year as a case in point. The first weeks of the academic year saw the coordination of thousands of employees, hundreds of buses and scores of school meals, all to serve more than 54,000 students. District Associate Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried illustrated the impressive scope of the district’s operation during his annual “Back to School” presentation to the Board of Education during its regular meeting on Sept. 8.
“It was another great start for Cherry Creek Schools,” Siegfried said. “It’s about hard work – the hard work of staff, teachers and students.”
All of that hard work came through in the numbers. Siegfried offered statistics ranging from the number of teachers to the count of school breakfasts slated for the 2014-15 year. The figures drove home the massive scale of the state’s fourth-largest district.
“It was another great start for Cherry Creek Schools ... It’s about hard work – the hard work of staff, teachers and students.”
-- Dr. Scott Siegfried, Cherry Creek School District Associate Superintendent
More than 3,800 seniors reported for their final year of high school at the outset of the 2014-15 school year. They joined the rest of the district’s approximately 39,000 students – 23,574 in elementary, 12,157 in middle and a total of 15,788 in high school. They’ll attend 41 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, six high schools, one K-8 magnet school, one K-8 charter, one alternative 8-12 school program, one expulsion program, one intensive care program, three I-team program and one transition program.
Many of these students show a commitment to rigorous academic programs. The 2014-15 enrollment in AP and IB classes tops 11,560 in district high schools.
All of these students will be served by a total of 3,931 certified employees, staff that includes teachers, administrators and the district’s Mental Health Team. They’ll be supported by 3,673 classified employees – these ranks include staff support workers, para-educators, bus drivers, food service workers and maintenance staff.
These thousands of staff and students rely on an impressive infrastructure every day. The district’s transportation department successfully coordinates 299 buses on 1,162 daily routes. Across Cherry Creek, more than 688,500 breakfasts and more than 3,500,000 lunches are served annually.
Such numbers rival the operational demands of some small cities. But Siegfried stressed that it all functions with a simple and straightforward purpose at its core.
“It’s about our teachers. It’s about our students,” he said.
-- Posted Sept. 9, 2014