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The Widefield School District 3 is a public school district serving parts of western El Paso County, Colorado, United States. It primarily serves Security-Widefield, but it also serves southeastern Colorado Springs, which is where the district office is located.

Widefield School District 3
Widefield School District 3 logo.png
1820 Main Street
, Colorado, 80911
United States
Coordinates38°46′4″N 104°44′24″W / 38.76778°N 104.74000°W / 38.76778; -104.74000Coordinates: 38°46′4″N 104°44′24″W / 38.76778°N 104.74000°W / 38.76778; -104.74000
District information
TypePublic school district
MottoPride. Tradition. Innovation.
GradesPre-K12
EstablishedAugust 20, 1874 (1874-08-20)
SuperintendentScott Campbell
School board5 members
Schools16[1]
NCES District ID0806480[1]
Students and staff
Students9,630 (2016–17)[1]
Teachers528 (2016–17)[1]
Student-teacher ratio18.23 (2016–17)[1]
Athletic conferenceCHSAA
Other information
Websitewww.wsd3.org

TimelineEdit

  • 1874: Widefield School District 3 was founded to include three communities: Widefield, Drennan and Truckton
  • 1912: Widefield (Kittie Paster) School opened near Highway 85/87
  • 1942: Camp Carson opened west of Widefield
  • 1951: Widefield School District 3 organized
  • 1955: First homes built in "Security Village"
  • 1955: J.A. Talbott hired as Superintendent
  • 1955: Widefield Elementary opened
  • 1956: North Elementary opened
  • 1957: Venetucci (South) Elementary opened
  • 1958: Widefield High School opened
  • 1958: Widefield Homes development began
  • 1959: Richard Taylor hired as Superintendent after unexpected death of J.A. Talbott
  • 1959: S.A. Wilson Elementary opened (now pre-school and special education)
  • 1959: Sproul Junior High opened
  • 1960: Security Metropolitan Park & Recreation District was formed
  • 1961: District Administration Building opened (now Discovery High School)
  • 1962: C.A. Foster Stadium built at WHS
  • 1963: Talbott Elementary opened
  • 1963: Development of Stratmoor Valley began
  • 1964: Pinello Elementary opened
  • 1964: Watson Junior High opened
  • 1966: Community Center complex opened new library and recreation facilities
  • 1969: Dr. C.F. Clemmer hired as Superintendent
  • 1969: Webster Elementary opened
  • 1970: WHS auditorium completed
  • 1973: Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary opened
  • 1973: Dr. A.J. Brendall hired as Superintendent
  • 1973: Old Widefield School renamed the Kittie Paster School
  • 1973: Peaceful Valley Estates developed
  • 1973: Janitell Junior High opened
  • 1974: New WHS Gymnasium completed
  • 1978: Security Park and Recreation District were assimilated into WSD3
  • 1978: Dr. James Knox hired as Superintendent
  • 1979: Current Administration Building opened
  • 1981: Dr. Leonard (Bud) Bartel hired as Superintendent
  • 1986: Sunrise Elementary opened
  • 1987: Alternative High School opened (now Discovery High School)
  • 1987: French Elementary opened
  • 1991: Gene Cosby hired as Superintendent
  • 1997: Mesa Ridge High School opened
  • 2001: Dr. Mark Hatchell hired as Superintendent
  • 2002: Widefield School District 3 was the only school district in the state to pass a mill levy override.
  • 2005: Widefield Elementary School celebrated its 50th birthday.
  • 2007: Stan Richardson hired as Superintendent
  • 2008: Widefield High School celebrated its 50th birthday (and subsequently has its 50th graduating class)
  • 2011: North Elementary becomes re-purposed to be a preschool

List of schoolsEdit

PreschoolsEdit

  • Widefield Preschool - Formerly North Elementary School in 2011-2012 school year

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • French Elementary[2]
  • King Elementary[3]
  • North Elementary - repurposed as a preschool starting in the 2011-2012 school year[4]
  • Pinello Elementary[5]
  • Sunrise Elementary[6]
  • Talbott Elementary[7]
  • Venetucci Elementary[8]
  • Widefield Elementary[9]
  • Webster Elementary[10]

A former school, the S.A. Wilson Elementary School in Security-Widefield, built in 1959-61, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017. It was one of six elementary schools in Widefield School District built during 1954 to 1961, during which the district grew from 125 students to more than 3,500 students. The building later became the S.A. Wilson Center, hosting several school district resources.[11]

Junior high schoolsEdit

  • Janitell Junior High[12]
  • Sproul Junior High[13]
  • Watson Junior High[14]
  • Grand Mountain K-8 [15]

High schoolsEdit

CharterEdit

  • James Madison Charter Academy[19]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for School District NO. 3 In The County Of El Paso And State Of". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  2. ^ French Elementary
  3. ^ King Elementary
  4. ^ North Elementary Preschool
  5. ^ Pinello Elementary
  6. ^ Sunrise Elementary
  7. ^ Talbott Elementary
  8. ^ Venetucci Elementary
  9. ^ Widefield Elementary
  10. ^ Webster Elementary
  11. ^ Abigail Christman (October 2016). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: S.A. Wilson Elementary School / S.A. Wilson Center / 5EP.7894" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved October 2, 2018. Photos in the nomination, including 20 photos from 2015, are not included in the linked PDF.
  12. ^ Janitell Junior High
  13. ^ Sproul Junior High
  14. ^ Watson Junior High
  15. ^ Grand Mountain K-8
  16. ^ Discovery High School, Widefield
  17. ^ Mesa Ridge High School
  18. ^ Widefield High School
  19. ^ James Madison Charter Academy

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