Welcome to the Boulder Valley School District
Bruce K. Messinger, Ph.D.
Welcome to the Boulder Valley School District website. With more than 29,000 students, BVSD is the eighth largest of Colorado’s 178 school districts covering nearly 500 square miles from the Continental Divide in the west to the northwest Denver suburb of Broomfield in the east. Our district includes parts of Boulder, Broomfield and Gilpin counties and all or parts of 11 distinct cities and towns; Boulder, Broomfield, Eldorado Springs, Erie, Gold Hill, Jamestown, Lafayette, Louisville, Nederland, Superior and Ward. Serving such geographically and culturally diverse communities is a challenge BVSD has always embraced. Our district is consistently ranked among the highest academically achieving districts on Colorado’s Front Range.
By way of personal introduction, my name is Bruce Messinger. My first day of what I hope to be many school years as BVSD superintendent was July 1, 2011. I came to our district from Helena, Montana, where I was superintendent for 14 years. However, I have Colorado roots, having spent 11 years in Weld County School District 6 in Greeley. I was deputy superintendent there from 1993 until 1997 before leaving for Helena. I have always loved Colorado’s northern Front Range, and I am delighted that I now work and live in this beautiful area.
Boulder Valley School District has tremendous assets available for all students. These include but are not limited to an informed and engaged parent community that supports student learning; an exceptionally qualified and dedicated teacher and paraprofessional workforce led by effective principals; along with a talented administrative instructional leadership group supported by a strong operations team. Another significant asset for BVSD is our larger community that consistently supports high quality public education.
Our community’s belief in the value of public education is second to none in Colorado or the nation. During the worst economic times in Colorado since the Great Depression, our district’s taxpayers, by a vote of 61 percent in favor, gave a resounding “Yes” in 2010 to new property taxes to mitigate expected state cuts as well as to restore some previous state reduction to services in our school district. I recognize and appreciate the trust that our community has placed in BVSD and, as superintendent, I am committed to making sure BVSD lives up to those expectations.
My first priority as the instructional leader of BVSD is to address BVSD’s equity challenge as reflected in the academic achievement and success of every student. In November 2007, the school board approved a set of five-year improvement goals in three areas: academic achievement, equity and school climate. Measurable progress has been made in academic achievement overall. Strong progress has been shown in reaching or even exceeding school climate goals. BVSD has not yet reached the desired level of success with lower achieving students necessary to meet the equity goal. Attaining improved levels of achievement for all students is our challenge and I am committed to seeing that our district reaches this goal.
My leadership style is to listen in an effort to seek understanding and collaborate with many different stakeholders to develop effective strategies to satisfy the full range of educational needs for every student. I advocate for educational strategies aimed at meeting the needs of “the whole child.” BVSD seeks to assure a learning environment for students that 1) is healthy, 2) is physically and emotionally safe, 3) is engaging, 4) is supported by qualified and caring adults, and 5) challenges all students to achieve and be prepared for further study and career. These five tenets underpin the whole child initiative in public education today.
I look forward to the thoughtful community collaboration necessary to best deliver effective instruction while educating the whole child in BVSD. It is a privilege for me to work to meet our students’ educational needs.