Poudre School District
The Poudre School District (R-1) is K-12 public school district in Larimer County in northern Colorado. The district operates and manages the public schools in the city of Fort Collins, as well as in the towns of Wellington and Timnath, and unincorporated communities of Larimer County including Laporte and Livermore. The district was formed in 1960 by the consolidation of several dozen existing districts in Larimer County. The district manages 30 elementary, 10 junior high, 4 high schools, and 5 other facilities (e.g., the Poudre Transition Center). The district is led by a seven-member Board of Education. The school district is the second largest employer in Fort Collins.
The minimum teacher salary in the PSD is $32,226, and the maximum $76,017. In the 1999-2000 school year, the district had a total enrollment of 23,429.
- Bethke Elementary
- Cache La Poudre
- Harris Bilingual
- Lab School
- Liberty Common School
- Red Feather
- Ridgeview Classical Schools
- Stove Prairie
- Traut Core Knowledge
- Kruse Elementary
There are four public senior high schools in Fort Collins Colorado operated by the Poudre School District. They are spaced somewhat evenly with the intent of serving students from different sections of the city. There are also two public charter senior high schools in the Poudre School District, Ridgeview Classical Schools and Liberty Common High School. Together the schools serve roughly 5,473 students. P.C.A. and Centennial are alternative high school programs. Polaris ELS is an 8-12 Expeditionary Learning School with around 200-400 students.
French Field is a sporting arena in Fort Collins Colorado that is used primarily by the city's four public senior high schools for their sporting events such as football, soccer, and track and field events. The stadium is capable of seating 6,000 spectators and is used for day and nighttime events, and is fully capable of doing so as it is equipped with full field lighting.
Fort Collins' four public senior high schools are the primary users of French Field. The stadium is equipped with a standard football field and goal posts, but is also marked for use in soccer and lacrosse games. The stadium also boasts an all weather track that circles the playing field and is used by the Poudre School District for its many track and field events that involve not only the cities high schools but also many junior high schools and elementary schools. Other non Poudre School District sports leagues do sometimes make use of the stadium for championship events, but in general the stadium is used only for school related athletic events. Approximately thirty-five to forty athletic events take place at the stadium each fall and spring.
French Field is immediately adjacent to Rocky Mountain High School, at 1300 West Swallow Road, which frequently leads many to assume that is used only by Rocky Mountain High School. However it is in fact used also by Poudre High School, Fort Collins High School and Fossil Ridge High School.
French Field is capable of seating 6,000 spectators. The stadium is clearly divided with home and away bleachers. The home team stands are larger in width and height. Several press boxes also sit atop the home bleachers and are used by school coaches, stadium announcers, and radio sportscasters. French Field's away stands are smaller, since games are typically played against out-of-city teams; however on occasion in-town teams are pitted against each other, and the away school can easily fill French Field's away bleachers. Six floodlight towers are capable of fully illuminating the field for nighttime games. Both sets of spectator stands offer concessions stands and bathrooms, but away stands have only two ticket windows, while the home stands operate four. There are basic locker rooms for both home and away sports teams and officials, and Poudre Valley Hospital provides ambulance services to all varsity football games and many other sporting events.
New sound and lighting systems as well as a new scoreboard were installed in 2007, and the stadium's press boxes and ticket booths were updated with newer electrical and heating systems since its initial construction in 1974, opening along with Rocky Mountain High School.
- "Salary Schedule T, Poudre School District Educator Salary Schedule, 2007-2008 School Year" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-05-08.[dead link]