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Auburn School District, Washington

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Auburn School District
Auburn, Washington
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dennis Kip Herren
Graduation rate:81.3%
Number of schools:22
Budget: $158.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Janice Nelson
Board members:5
Term length:4
Auburn School District is a school district in Washington that served 14,446 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 21st largest by enrollment in the state of Washington. Auburn School District has an operating budget of $158.8 million during the 2013-2014 school year.[1][2]

About the district

Auburn School District is located in King County, Washington
Auburn District is located in King County and a portion of Pierce County in northwestern Washington. The population of Auburn was 70,180 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Auburn lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (21.9%) surpassed the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Auburn's median income at $56,677 while the state median income was $58,890. Auburn had a poverty rate of 13.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Auburn (%) Washington (%)
White 70.5 77.3
Black or African American 4.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.3 1.5
Asian 8.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.6 0.6
Two or More Races 5.4 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 12.9 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4


The current Superintendent of Auburn School District is Dennis Kip Herren. He has served in the position since July 2007 after working as Deputy Superintendent for 12 years. Herren earned an annual salary of $193,700 during the 2011-2012 school year.[5][6]

School board

The Auburn School District Board of Directors is a five-member board with each member elected by district to a four-year term. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[7]

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Auburn Board of Directors
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Ray Vefik 1 1998 2015
Carol Seng 2 2002 2015
Laurie Bishop 3 2013 2017
Anne Baunach 4 2011 2015
Lisa Connors 5 2007 2017

School board elections

See also: Auburn School District elections (2013)

Members of the Auburn Board of Directors are elected by district to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.


Auburn School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $130,804,339 51.3% $4,080,900 1.6% $100,453,119 39.4% $19,883,528 7.8% $0 0% $255,221,886
Averages: $130,804,339 51% $4,080,900 2% $100,453,119 39% $19,883,528 8% $0 0% $255,221,886

Teacher salaries

Auburn School District employed 781 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises up to 135 quarter credits. The current schedule also creates higher starting and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 34,048 38,787
BA 15 34,968 41,135
BA 30 35,920 43,635
BA 45 36,875 48,249
BA 90 39,939 57,693
BA 135 41,913 60,535
MA 40,820 57,731
MA 45 43,885 61,447
MA 90/Ph.D. 45,860 64,174

Schools in district


The district served 14,446 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 0.8% decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 14,564 -
2009 14,464 -0.7
2010 14,337 -0.9
2011 14,205 -0.9
2012 14,446 1.7

District schools

Auburn School District operates 22 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Auburn School District
Alpac Elementary
Arthur Jacobsen Elementary
Auburn High School
Auburn Mountainview High School
Auburn Riverside High School
Cascade Middle School
Chinook Elementary
Dick Scobee Elementary
Evergreen Heights Elementary
Gildo Rey Elementary
Hazelwood Elementary
Ilalko Elementary
Lake View Elementary
Lakeland Hills Elementary
Lea Hill Elementary
Mt. Baker Middle School
Olympic Middle School
Pioneer Elementary
Rainier Middle School
Terminal Park Elementary
Washington Elementary
West Auburn High School

Academic performance

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2012-2013 assessing subject proficiency levels and year-to-year progress for each district. This report card relies on data from the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to determine if each district meets Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in reading and math. The goal for each district is to meet proficiency goals at all grade levels and student demographics by the 2013-2014 school year.

Auburn School District met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district did not meet AYP goals for math or reading at the middle school level and reading at the high school level.[10]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2012-2013
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 80.7 73
4 80.9 72.1
5 78.9 74.1
6 72.4 46.9
7 65.2 54
8 61.9 40
10 82.4 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2012-2013
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School Yes Yes
Middle School No No
High School No Yes

Contact information

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Auburn School District
915 4th Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Phone: (253) 931-4900

Website evaluation

Taxes N
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Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Public Records N
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Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites

Last rated on April 19, 2012.

The good

  • School board members are listed with contact information.[7]
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted.[7]
  • Administrative officials are posted with contact information.[11]
  • Budgets, financial statements, and audits are available.[12]
  • Purchasing information and labor agreements are provided, but current vendor contracts are not posted.[12]
  • Academic performance is noted.[13]

The bad

  • No information regarding taxes, lobbying, public records, or background checks.

See also

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