Bellingham School District, Washington

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Bellingham School District
Bellingham, Washington
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District Profile
Superintendent:Greg Baker
Graduation rate:75%
Number of schools:23
Budget: $104.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kenneth Gass
Board members:5
Term length:4
Bellingham School District is a school district in Washington that served 10,919 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 30th largest by enrollment in the state of Washington.[1]

About the district

Bellingham School District is located in Whatcom County, Washington
Bellingham School District is based in Whatcom County, which is situated along the border between the United States and Canada. The population of Bellingham was 80,885 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


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%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Bellingham (%) Washington (%)
White 84.9 77.3
Black or African American 1.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.5
Asian 5.1 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.6
Two or More Races 4.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 55.4 41.4
2008 58.0 40.0
2004 53.4 44.6
2000 46.1 46.5

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.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6]

School board

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.[7]

Bellingham Board of Directors
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Kelly Bradshaw 2007 2015
Kenneth Gass 1998 2015
Steven H. Smith 2009 2017
Scott Stockburger 2009 2017
Camille Diaz Hackler 2011 2015

School board elections

See also: Bellingham School District elections (2013)

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.[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 $60,810,833 57.4% $433,501 0.4% $20,903,391 19.7% $0.00 0% $23,771,079 22.4% $105,918,804
2012-2013 $60,072,114 57.5% $433,500 0.4% $20,528,416 19.7% $0.00 0% $23,404,230 22.4% $104,438,530
Averages: $60,441,473.5 57% $433,500.5 0% $20,715,903.5 20% $0 0% $23,587,654.5 22% $105,178,667

Teacher salaries

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:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 33,401 38,050
B.A. 15 34,303 40,353
B.A. 30 35,238 42,806
B.A. 45 36,175 47,332
B.A. 90 39,180 56,597
B.A. 135 41,116 59,385
MA 40,045 56,634
MA 45 43,051 60,279
MA 90/Ph.D. 44,989 62,955

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:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 10,551 -
2009 10,626 0.7
2010 10,706 0.8
2011 10,721 0.1
2012 10,919 1.9

District schools

Bellingham School District operates 23 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

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

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.

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.[12]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 78.9 67.7
4 76.4 63.6
5 82.5 69.5
6 77.0 61.8
7 78.4 72.1
8 73.9 65.0
10 87.6 -

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

Contact information

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Bellingham School Board
1306 Dupont Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-3118
Phone:(360) 676-6400

Website evaluation

Taxes N
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Audits N
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Public Records N
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Academics P
Background Checks

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites

Last rated on April 28, 2012.

The good

  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information is available for administrative officials.[13]
  • Elected Officials
    • School board members are listed with phone numbers.[7]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted.[14]
    • Meeting schedule is available.
  • Contracts
    • Collective bargaining agreements are posted.[15]
    • Bid procedure, current bids, and past bids are available.[16]
  • Academics
    • School performance reports are posted.[17]
  • Background Checks
    • Information is available regarding background checks.[18]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • School board members do not have email addresses listed.[7]
  • Budget
    • Budget information is not available.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not posted.
  • Contracts
    • Current contracts are not posted.
  • Public Records
    • No information regarding public records or requests for public records.
  • Taxes
    • Tax and revenue information not available.
  • Academics
    • District-wide academic performance not available.

See also

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  1. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed August 29, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Bellingham," accessed August 30, 2013
  3. Whatcom County Auditor, "Election History," accessed August 30, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Bellingham School District, "Superintendent Biographical Sketch," accessed August 29, 2013
  6. Know Spokane, "Washington State School Salaries: 2011-2012," accessed August 29, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Bellingham School District, "School Board," accessed August 29, 2013
  8. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "General Fund Financial Summary," September 18, 2012
  9. Bellingham Public Schools, "Memorandum of Understanding," accessed August 30, 2013
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cohort
  11. Bellingham School District, "School Contacts," accessed August 29, 2013
  12. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 29, 2013
  13. Bellingham School District, "Staff Directory," accessed August 30, 2013
  14. Bellingham School District, "Meetings," accessed August 30, 2013
  15. Bellingham School District, "Collective Bargaining Agreements," accessed August 30, 2013
  16. Bellingham School District, "Purchasing," accessed August 30, 2013
  17. Bellingham School District, "About," accessed August 30, 2013
  18. Bellingham School District, "Human Resources," accessed August 30, 2013