Battle Ground School District, Washington

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Battle Ground School District
Battle Ground, Washington
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District Profile
Superintendent:Duane Rose
Enrollment:12,288
Graduation rate:83.7%
Number of schools:19
Budget: $120.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John Idsinga
Board members:5
Term length:4
Battle Ground School District is a school district in Washington. This district served 12,288 students in the 2012-2013 school year.

The district began operations in 1909 with Maple Grove and Dublin schools. Battle Ground School District has expanded to 19 schools serving K-12 students in Battle Ground, Vancouver and Brush Prairie.[1]

About the district

Battle Ground School District is located in Clark County, Washington
The district is spread across five communities in Clark County including Amboy, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Orchards and Yacolt. Clark County is situated along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, about 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon. Battle Ground's population was 17,671 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

Battle Ground outperforms the rest of Washington based on median income and poverty levels while lagging behind the state average for higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Battle Ground was $59,723 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (16.6%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Battle Ground (%) Washington (%)
White 90.5 77.3
Black or African American 0.8 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 1.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.6
Two or More Races 3.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.5 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.1 42.1
2008 51.9 46.8
2004 46.7 52.0
2000 45.6 49.6


Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Superintendent

The interim Superintendent for Battle Ground School District is Duane Rose. The district is currently searching for a replacement for Shonny Bria, who left the position in June 2013 after 15 years of service. The search for a new Superintendent began with proposals from search firms on June 27, 2013.[5]

School board

The Battle Ground School Board is a five-member board with each member elected to a four-year term. Members of the board are eligible to receive $50 per day of work on district matters with maximum annual compensation of $4,800.[6]

Battle Ground School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Monty Anderson 1 2009 2017
Ken Root 2 2011 2015
Jim Pegoraro 3 2013 2017
Mavis Nickels 4 2011 2015
Stephanie McClintock 5 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Battle Ground School District elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[7]

Budget

Battle Ground School District published its annual budget on the district website.[8]

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
2011-2012 $98,001,386 81.3% $10,394,286 8.6% $10,262,546 8.5% $0 0% $1,910,230 1.6% $120,568,448
Averages: $98,001,386 81% $10,394,286 9% $10,262,546 9% $0 0% $1,910,230 2% $120,568,448

Teacher salaries

The Battle Ground School District employed 689 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Teacher salaries are organized by grade level and classification with specialized teachers typically earning higher starting salaries. The following list details the salary schedule for Battle Ground teachers according to the 2012-2013 district budget:[9]

Salary structure
Grade level Classification level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Elementary Basic Education 33,851 62,955
Secondary Basic Education 34,720 62,955
Elementary Alternative Learning 36,127 62,955
Secondary Alternative Learning 36,060 62,955
Elementary Special Education 35,153 62,955
Secondary Special Education 34,279 62,955
Secondary Vocational 39,279 62,955

Union

Teachers in Battle Ground School District are represented in contract negotiations by the Battle Ground Education Association (BGEA). The current president of BGEA is Ellen Joslin.[10]

Schools in district

Enrollment

The district served 12,288 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced an 8.6% decline in enrollment between 2008 and 2011 before rebounding in the 2012-2013 school year. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 13,282 -
2009 13,485 1.5
2010 12,427 -7.8
2011 12,141 -2.3
2012 12,288 1.2

District schools

Battle Ground School District operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Battle Ground Public Schools
Amboy Middle School
Battle Ground High School
CAM Academy
Captain Strong Primary School
Chief Umtuch Middle School
Daybreak Middle School
Daybreak Primary School
Glenwood Heights Primary School
River HomeLink
Laurin Middle School
Maple Grove School
Pleasant Valley Middle School
Pleasant Valley Primary School
Prairie High School
Summit View High School
Summit View Middle School
Tukes Valley Middle School
Tukes Valley Primary School
Yacolt Primary School

Academic performance

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2011-2012 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.

Schools in the Battle Ground School District met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district did not meet AYP goals for reading at the elementary or middle school level in 2011-2012.[13]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 66.4 63.7
4 72.4 55.2
5 73.0 60.8
6 74.7 65.0
7 79.0 61.3
8 72.1 58.7
10 85.3 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2011-2012
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No Yes
Middle School No Yes
High School Yes Yes

Issues

Superintendent buyout

Community members expressed dismay during a July 2013 school board meeting about a $401,715 buyout of former Superintendent Shonny Bria. The board did not announce the buyout until June 26, 2013, two weeks after Bria formally left her position. Secrecy surrounding Bria's contract buyout was accompanied by anger at the absence of written evaluations of the superintendent. Interim Superintendent Duane Rose has requested an audit of the buyout agreement from the state auditor.[14]

Contact information

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Battle Ground School Board
11104 N.E. 149th Street
Brush Prairie, Washington 98606
Phone: (360)885-5300

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Last rated on April 20, 2012.

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  • Contact information is available for elected and administrative officials.[7][15]
  • Meeting minutes are posted, but only recent agendas are provided.[16][7]
  • Information regarding academic performance is provided.[17]
  • Public records information and request form posted.[18]

The bad

  • No information regarding taxes, budget, audits, contracts, lobbying, or background checks.

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