Battle Ground School District, Washington
|Battle Ground School District|
|Battle Ground, Washington|
|Number of schools:||19|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||John Idsinga|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in district
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
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.
About the district
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%).
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.
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.
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 $4,800.
|Battle Ground School Board|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.
Battle Ground School District published its annual budget on the district website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
The Battle Ground School District employed 689 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Teacher salaries are organized by grade level and classification with specialized teachers typically earning higher starting salaries. The following list details the salary schedule for Battle Ground teachers according to the 2012-2013 district budget:
|Grade level||Classification level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
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.
Schools in district
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Battle Ground School District operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Battle Ground Public Schools|
|Amboy Middle School|
|Battle Ground High School|
|Captain Strong Primary School|
|Chief Umtuch Middle School|
|Daybreak Middle School|
|Daybreak Primary School|
|Glenwood Heights Primary School|
|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|
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.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
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.
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites
Last rated on April 20, 2012.
- Contact information is available for elected and administrative officials.
- Meeting minutes are posted, but only recent agendas are provided.
- Information regarding academic performance is provided.
- Public records information and request form posted.
- No information regarding taxes, budget, audits, contracts, lobbying, or background checks.
- Battle Ground Public Schools, "About Us," accessed July 31, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Battle Ground," accessed July 31, 2013
- Clark County Auditor's Office, "Election Results," accessed July 31, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Battle Ground Public Schools, June 13, 2013
- Battle Ground Public Schools, "School Board Policies," accessed July 31, 2013
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- Battle Ground School District, "Battle Ground School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed November 27, 2013
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- Battle Ground Education Association, accessed August 1, 2013
- Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections, 2012," accessed August 1, 2013
- Battle Ground Public Schools, "Our Schools," accessed August 1, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 1, 2013
- The Columbian, "B.G. board slammed over Bria," July 29, 2013
- Battle Ground Public Schools, "Administration," accessed August 1, 2013
- Battle Ground Public Schools, "Minutes," accessed August 1, 2013
- Battle Ground Public Schools, "Assessment and Research," accessed August 1, 2013
- Battle Ground School District, "Public Records Request," accessed August 1, 2013