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Auburn School District
Auburn, Washington
Auburn SD Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dennis Kip Herren
Graduation rate:81.3%
Number of schools:22
Budget: $255.2 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 had an operating budget of $255.2 million during the 2013-2014 school year.[1][2]

About the district

Auburn School District is located in King County, Wash.
Auburn District is located in King County, and a portion of Pierce County, in northwestern Washington. In 2013, King County was home to an estimated 2,044,449 residents and Pierce County to an estimated 819,743 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3][4]


In 2013, King County outperformed and Pierce County underperformed in comparison to the state of Washington as a whole in terms of higher education achievement and median household income. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.9 percent of Washington residents aged 25 and older had earned a bachelor's degree or higher, while the rate was 46.6 percent in King County and 24.0 percent in Pierce County. The average household income was $59,478 statewide, $71,811 in King County and $59,204 in Pierce County. Both counties outperformed the statewide rate of persons living below the poverty line of 13.4 percent. The rate was 11.5 in King County and 12.4 in Pierce County.[3][4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race King County (%) Pierce County (%) Washington (%)
White 70.8 76.5 81.2
Black or African American 6.6 7.3 4.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.7 1.9
Asian 15.9 6.4 7.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.8 1.5 0.7
Two or More Races 4.8 6.7 4.4
Hispanic or Latino 9.3 9.9 11.9

Presidential Voting Pattern[6][7]
Year King County Pierce County
Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3 54.4 43.3
2008 70.0 28.0 54.9 42.8
2004 65.0 33.7 50.4 48.0
2000 60.0 34.4 51.4 44.0

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[8][9]


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.[10][11]

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.[12]

Auburn SD Map.jpg

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
Ryan Van Quill 5 2014 2015

School board elections

See also: Auburn School District elections (2015)

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 scheduled for election on November 3, 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Auburn School District:[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:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,048 38,787
B.A. 15 34,968 41,135
B.A. 30 35,920 43,635
B.A. 45 36,875 48,249
B.A. 90 39,939 57,693
B.A. 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 Auburn School 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:[14]

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.[15]

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

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

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections, 2012" accessed September 24, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Auburn School District, "Budget and Financial Information," accessed December 15, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 United States Census Bureau, "State & County QuickFacts: King County, Washington," accessed January 23, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 United States Census Bureau, "State & County QuickFacts: Pierce County, Washington," accessed January 23, 2015
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named census
  6. King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed September 24, 2013
  7. Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
  8. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  9. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  10. Auburn School District, "About Superintendent Herren," accessed September 30, 2013
  11. Kitsap Sun, "Staff Record For: DENNIS KIP HERREN," accessed September 30, 2013
  12. Auburn School District, "Board Policies," accessed September 30, 2013
  13. Auburn School District, "2013-2014 Salary Schedule," accessed September 30, 2013
  14. Auburn School District, "School Performance Reports," accessed September 30, 2013
  15. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed September 30, 2013