District 49 will engage with its community. That means being present outside district offices and schools, as well as connecting with local agencies and nonprofit organizations. The district has a lot to offer, including facilities, insights and professional partners in advancing education and strengthening community bonds. Likewise, District 49 leadership recognizes that their community has a lot to offer back to their district, and encourages its patrons to be present in schools and programs. That reciprocal relationship offers a powerful multiplier for student success. The fundamental bedrock is re-establishing District 49 as a trustworthy recipient of taxpayer investment. The district's leadership genuinely believes their community members want to support education. However, they want the district to be efficient, to do the right things and do things the right way. District 49 will work to earn its community’s trust, not by telling its patrons that its trustworthy but by demonstrating it.District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor. If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust, community, best district, portfolio of schools and every student – and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together. District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks. These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.
About District 49
Our vision is to be the best choice in public education. We envision a future when every time a student, parent, or educator chooses a school district, we are the best choice they can make. We have a mission to Learn, Work, and Lead. Our commitment is to be the best place to learn, to work, and to lead. Every day, we create environments so that everyone associated with the district is always learning, working, and leading us to be the best.
District 49 spans 133 square miles of urban and rural areas in Colorado, covering northeast Colorado Springs and the Falcon area of El Paso County. The district's central office is located at 10850 E. Woodmen Road in Peyton, Colo. As the fastest growing school district in the Pikes Peak region, it's currently serving more than 21,000 students within its portfolio of schools. The district offers school of choice options.
District 49 is led by three chief officers rather than a single superintendent. The chief education officer, chief business officer and chief operations officer work collaboratively together, and directly with, department directors who are staffed with activity coordinators and specialists.
- Peter Hilts, CEO
- Brett Ridgway, CBO
- Pedro Almeida, COO