Colorado Springs School Dist 11 (Colorado Springs , CO)


  • Name:Ms. Janine Russell
  • Title:Asstant FNS Director

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  • Organization Name:Colorado Springs School Dist 11
  • Address:5260 Geiger Blvd
    Colorado Springs , CO 80915
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:719-520-2930
  • Main fax:719-520-2935

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  • Mission:
  • The mission and vision of Colorado Springs School District 11 (CSSD11) is “Every student prepared for a world yet to be imagined.” To provide excellent, distinctive educational experiences that equip students for success today and in the future. This concept is reinforced by the changing world of technology. Today’s Seniors would have thought smart phones, twitter, and tweets as foreign words when they were in kindergarten twelve years ago. CSSD11 community “empowers every student to become a successful, educated, lifelong learner and responsible citizen”. The Food & Nutrition Services Department’s mission and vision aligns with the District by supporting student achievement through quality, nutritious meals; a positive and safe environment; promotion of student wellness; a commitment to continuous improvement; and financial accountability.

  • Overview:
  • Colorado Springs School District 11 (CSSD11) is located close to the center of Colorado Springs. The District has over 71 square miles of land area. CSD11 provides more choices for parents and students than any other school District in Colorado Springs. District 11 has International Baccalaureate programs at the elementary, middle, and high school level. In addition there is a unique Gifted & Talented program, a Career & Technology Education, and the only public Montessori program for elementary age students in the region. 80% of D11 students go on to higher education with more than $15 million dollars in scholarships awarded to graduating seniors.
    These results have been achieved through the direction of a “fact based” Superintendant and Board of Education. The belief is that for the District team to be successful in meeting the mission and vision goals three areas need concentrated efforts: 1. Focus with leadership, expectation and service. 2. Fidelity with leadership, expectations and service. 3. Follow through with leadership, expectations and service. Leadership must provide clear purpose and shared values. This is accomplished through the business plan, school improvement plan, and daily lesson plans. Leadership must also create team power. One created through working together. Synergy comes not from an individual but from a group. Necessary relationships must be built to gain the outcomes desired. To achieve a high performing team talented and experienced individuals were selected. 91% of the Principals for D11’s 60 schools have a masters degree or higher with over 10 years of educational experience. 54% of teachers have a masters degree or higher. They also have an average of at least 10 years of educational and teaching experience.

    The experience level of the Food & Nutrition Services Department’s Director is just as impressive. The Director has a degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management and has spent 22 years in school food service. He has a passion for service, quality, and a desire to do what is best for children. Over the past seven years, under his leadership the Department has improved the nutritional quality of school meals. There is an emphasis on more fresh fruits and whole grains along with the elimination of artificial dyes, preservatives, and hydrogenated oils. Students are treated to a menu that has very little processed foods as they are eating food made from scratch courtesy of the Executive Chef and his team. The Director has been awarded the “Florence Sabin” award in September 2012 by the Colorado Public Health Association for his leadership in D11’s journey of serving healthy, fresh food in the Colorado Springs community. District 11 FNS Department has also been featured in both local and national media including, Sunbelt Foodservice Magazine (April 2012) and CBS Evening News (May 2012). District 11 FNS was also nationally recognized in April 2012 by the National Restaurant Association as a “runner-up” Operation Innovation Award recipient for pioneering the web-based AllerSchool system to better manage children’s food allergies in the meal system. As a result of the Director’s leadership and the Department’s commitment to student achievement through quality meal programs outside organizations such as Discover Goodwill Industries, Care and Share, Colorado Charter School Institute, and private schools have sought meal service with D11 Food & Nutrition Services. The Director’s forward thinking is also the force behind applying for a grant expressly for the purpose of improving the health and environment of D11 students, staff, and community.

  • History:
  • The first school in Colorado Springs was organized by Mary Mellen "Queen" Palmer, wife of city founder William Jackson Palmer, in late 1871. Classes were first held in a home on the northeast corner of Cascade Avenue and Bijou Street, rented by Mrs. Palmer for the school. School District 11 was established in August 1872. The district enrollment passed 1000 by 1883 and stood at 1776 on opening day of the Colorado Springs High School building in 1893 (That building was razed in 1938 to make way for construction of Palmer High School.)
    In 1919, the school districts of Colorado City (annexed by Colorado Springs in 1917) and Colorado Springs were consolidated.The district saw modest growth between 1920 and 1940, then a large boom following World War II.
    As the oldest school district in Colorado Springs, District 11 has enjoyed a distinguished history of providing excellent education to the greatest number of students in the region. There are currently 60 schools in the D11 system.

  • Year established:1872
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:23


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:115(1)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:84-6001179

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