Bellingham School District, Washington
|Bellingham School District|
|Number of schools:||23|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Kenneth Gass|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in district
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
Bellingham outperforms state averages for higher education achievement while lagging behind in median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (38.6%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Bellingham's median income at $39,299 while the state median income was $58,890. Bellingham had a poverty rate of 22.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
The current Superintendent of Bellingham School District is Greg Baker, who has served in the position since July 2010. He previously served as the Deputy Superintendent of Portland Public Schools in Oregon. Baker earned total annual compensation of $231,979 during the 2011-2012 school year including $176,000 in salary, $46,400 in bonuses and $9,579 in benefits.
The Bellingham Board of Directors is a five-member board with each member elected at-large to a four-year term. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.
|Bellingham Board of Directors|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Steven H. Smith||2009||2017|
|Camille Diaz Hackler||2011||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Bellingham Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.
The table below displays the budget for Bellingham School District.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Bellingham School District employed 603 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current salary schedule sets higher starting salaries and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2011-2012 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in district
The district served 10,919 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 3.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Bellingham School District operates 23 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Bellingham School District|
|Alderwood Elementary School|
|Bellingham High School|
|Birchwood Elementary School|
|Carl Cozier Elementary School|
|Columbia Elementary School|
|Cordata Elementary School|
|Fairhaven Middle School|
|Geneva Elementary School|
|Happy Valley Elementary School|
|Kulshan Middle School|
|Larrabee Elementary School|
|Lowell Elementary School|
|Northern Heights Elementary School|
|Options High School|
|Parkview Elementary School|
|Roosevelt Elementary School|
|Sehome High School|
|Shuksan Middle School|
|Silver Beach Elementary School|
|Squalicum High School|
|Sunnyland Elementary School|
|Wade King Elementary School|
|Whatcom Middle 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.
Bellingham 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 and middle school levels.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites
Last rated on April 28, 2012.
- Administrative Officials
- Contact information is available for administrative officials.
- Elected Officials
- School board members are listed with phone numbers.
- Meeting minutes and agendas are posted.
- Meeting schedule is available.
- School performance reports are posted.
- Background Checks
- Information is available regarding background checks.
- Elected Officials
- School board members do not have email addresses listed.
- Budget information is not available.
- Audits are not posted.
- Current contracts are not posted.
- Public Records
- No information regarding public records or requests for public records.
- Tax and revenue information not available.
- District-wide academic performance not available.
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed August 29, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Bellingham," accessed August 30, 2013
- Whatcom County Auditor, "Election History," accessed August 30, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Bellingham School District, "Superintendent Biographical Sketch," accessed August 29, 2013
- Know Spokane, "Washington State School Salaries: 2011-2012," accessed August 29, 2013
- Bellingham School District, "School Board," accessed August 29, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "General Fund Financial Summary," September 18, 2012
- Bellingham Public Schools, "Memorandum of Understanding," accessed August 30, 2013
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- Bellingham School District, "School Contacts," accessed August 29, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 29, 2013
- Bellingham School District, "Staff Directory," accessed August 30, 2013
- Bellingham School District, "Meetings," accessed August 30, 2013
- Bellingham School District, "Collective Bargaining Agreements," accessed August 30, 2013
- Bellingham School District, "Purchasing," accessed August 30, 2013
- Bellingham School District, "About," accessed August 30, 2013
- Bellingham School District, "Human Resources," accessed August 30, 2013