As you may know, there will be a school board election in the fall of 2023 and, as often happens in the world of politics, there is some misinformation being spread about Westminster Public Schools. WPS believes in transparency and welcomes comment and criticism from the community, but WPS also feels it is important to correct false and misleading information. When that happens, WPS will attempt to set the record straight in a timely and accurate manner:
Support for WPS Teachers and Staff
WPS has the highest starting teacher salary in the state, which was made possible because of a taxpayer-supported mill levy override that prioritized the hiring and retention of WPS staff.
During the latest Staff and Teacher Survey in the spring of 2023, 83% of respondents said they feel “adequately supported and prepared to take on new initiatives in my school.
Staff turnover for WPS is consistent with or slightly better than other metro area districts. At the end of every school year, roughly 100 employees leave the district because they retire, move out of the region or pursue careers outside of education.
A small number of educators leave for other school districts, but we also have teachers who come to WPS because they believe in our Competency Based System and the inclusive culture that we have created.
Board of Education Decision Making Process
All regularly scheduled Board of Education Meetings are live streamed and also available for online review.
Agendas are available to the public.
When the Board of Education goes into Executive Session, it is to address legal or personnel issues that cannot be discussed in a public setting.
The district’s attorney is present during all executive sessions and certifies that the conversations were limited to appropriate topics.
The WPS Budget is a public document and available online