School District 49

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Falcon School 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 19,000 students within its portfolio of schools. The district offers school of choice options.

District 49's mission is to prepare students, in a safe and caring environment, to be successful, competent and productive citizens in a global society. The district strives to be a place of opportunity and specialized education for every child. It builds curriculum with the mission to not only graduate all students, but to fully prepare them for success in college and careers after their time in the district is done.


Brett Ridgway, District 49's chief business officer, Peter Hilts, chief education officer, and Jack Bay, chief operations officer.

District 49 is lead under a three chiefs concept: chief education officer, chief business officer and chief operations officer. Each chief coordinates with department directors, who're staffed with activity coordinators and specialists.

  • Peter Hilts, CEO
  • Brett Ridgway, CBO
  • Jack Bay, COO

Strategic Plan: 5 Big Rocks

District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. The strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor in its strategic plan, which comes from the work of Stephen Covey. Covey illustrated that if you fill your life with the small things, trivial things, then you might not have room for what's really important, what he called the big rocks. But if you first fill your life with what's most important – the big rocks – and add other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally work 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 next three to five years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. District 49 will use these five rocks as the foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.


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 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.

Best District

District 49 will strive to be the best district to learn, work and lead. All three of those priorities are critical. To be the best place to learn, the district must offer lots of different options for lots of different students, so students will choose to focus their educational experience around programs and schools best suited for their needs. To be a great place to work, District 49 is commited to attracting excellent staff members, talented teachers and top administrators. The district is an even better place to work when it's an awesome place to live. District 49 wants to be the best district for leaders, so that aspiring principals and veteran program administrators want to apply their leadership skills to its problems and opportunities. When the district is the best place to learn, work and lead, then it will attract learners, workers and leaders who want to be part of District 49, and who will continue to make it an outstanding district.

Portfolio of Schools

District 49 will create a robust portfolio of distinct and exceptional schools. It’s not enough just to have a bunch of different kinds of schools; the district needs to have high quality, exceptional schools. District 49 strives to offer wonderful schools in all of its zones, schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.

Every Student

District 49 will ensure educational experiences are individualized, capable of launching every student toward success. Success is going to look different depending on the type of learner a student wants to become. District 49 will individualize educational experiences within a robust portfolio of schools – in the best district to learn, to work, to lead – in a community that is fully engaged. By customizing learning for every student, so every child finds a special place and opportunity in public education, District 49 hopes to earn back trust it may have lost, and build even greater levels of trust in its community.