Bethel School District, Washington

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Bethel School District
Spanaway, Washington
Bethel School District Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Tom Seigel
Graduation rate:71.4%
Number of schools:28
Budget: $183 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John L. Manning
Board members:5
Term length:4
Bethel School District is a school district in Washington that served 17,908 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 15th largest by enrollment in the state of Washington. Bethel School District has an operating budget of $183 million during the 2013-2014 school year.[1][2]

About the district

Bethel School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
Bethel School District is based out of Spanaway and serves local communities in southeastern Pierce County. District schools serve students in Graham, Puyallup, Roy, Spanaway and Tacoma. The population of Pierce County was 795,225 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Pierce County lags behind the rest of Washington based on median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Pierce County was $58,824 while the state median income was $58,890. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.6%) was lower than the state average (31.4%). The city's poverty rate was 11.6% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Pierce County (%) Washington (%)
White 76.8 81.6
Black or African American 7.2 3.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.6 1.8
Asian 6.3 7.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.4 0.7
Two or More Races 6.6 4.3
Hispanic or Latino 9.6 11.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.4 43.3
2008 54.9 42.8
2004 50.4 48.0
2000 51.4 44.0

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.[5]


The current Superintendent of Bethel School District is Tom Seigel. He has served in the position since 2001 after serving as an administrator at schools in Boulder, Colorado. Seigel is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired at the rank of Commander after 25 years of service.[6]

School board

The Bethel 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.[7]

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Bethel Board of Directors
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Warren T. Smith 1 2012 2017
John Manning 2 2007 2015
Stan Chapin 3 2012 2017
Amy Pivetta Hoffman 4 2013 2015
Brenda Rogers 5 2003 2015

School board elections

See also: Bethel School District elections (2013)

Members of the Bethel Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015. The District 4 seat was on the ballot in 2013 for an unexpired two-year term.


Bethel School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[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 $142,983,446 53.6% $4,858,989 1.8% $101,962,169 38.2% $17,010,000 6.4% $0 0% $266,814,604
Averages: $142,983,446 54% $4,858,989 2% $101,962,169 38% $17,010,000 6% $0 0% $266,814,604

Teacher salaries

Bethel School District employed 954 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 2012-2013 school year:[8]

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


Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the Bethel Education Association (BEA). The current president of BEA is Bob Shafer.[9]

Schools in Bethel


The district served 17,908 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 0.4% 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 17,838 -
2009 17,530 -1.7
2010 17,622 0.5
2011 17,985 2.1
2012 17,908 -0.5

District schools

Bethel School District operates 28 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Bethel School District
Bethel Elementary Learning Academy
Bethel High School
Bethel Middle School
Camas Prairie Elementary
Cedarcrest Middle School
Centennial Elementary
Challenger High School
Clover Creek Elementary
Cougar Mountain Middle School
Elk Plain Elementary
Evergreen Elementary
Frederickson Elementary
Frontier Middle School
Graham Elementary
Graham-Kapowsin High School
Kapowsin Elementary
Liberty Middle School
Naches Trail Elementary
Nelson Elementary
North Star Elementary
Pioneer Valley Elementary
Rocky Ridge Elementary
Roy Elementary
Shining Mountain Elementary
Spanaway Elementary
Spanaway Lake High School
Spanaway Middle School
Thompson Elementary

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.

Bethel 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 school level. The Washington State Report Card also found that the district failed to reach AYP for reading and math at the middle and high school levels.[12]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 70.6 64.3
4 66.2 55.1
5 64.3 59.3
6 71.3 62.7
7 68.1 56.2
8 63.1 41.4
10 81.7 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

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

Contact information

Bethel School District Logo.jpg
Bethel Board of Directors
516 176th Street East
Spanaway, WA 98387
Phone: (253) 683-6000

See also

External links

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