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Independence School District
Independence, Missouri
Independence School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dale Herl
Graduation rate:77.1%
Number of schools:26
Budget: $183.7 million[1]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ann Franklin
Board members:7
Term length:6
Independence School District is a school district in Missouri that serves the city of Independence, Missouri. It is the 12th largest school district in Missouri, serving 13,937 students in 26 schools in the 2012-2013 school year.[2] The school district had an operating budget of $183.7 million for the 2013-2014 school year.[1]

About the district

Independence School District, Missouri
Independence School District is located in Jackson County in Independence, Missouri. It is located in the second largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Independence is home to 116,830 residents.[3]


Independence underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.4 percent of Independence residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.8 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Independence was $44,847 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Independence was 16.1 percent compared to 15.0 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Independence (%) Missouri (%)
White 85.7 82.8
Black or African American 5.6 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.0 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.1
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 7.7 3.5

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]


Dale Herl is the current superintendent of Independence School District. He has served in this role since July 2013. Herl earned his doctoral degree from Wichita State University.[5]

School board

The Independence School District Board of Education is composed of seven members serving six-year terms.[6]

Independence Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Ann Franklin At-large 2018
Matt Mallinson At-large 2016
Jana Waits At-large 2014
Ken Johnston At-large 2018
Denise Fears At-large 2014
Jill Esry At-large 2015
Greg Finke At-large 2018

School board elections

See also: Independence School District elections (2014)

Members of the Independence School District Board of Education are elected to six-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election for two seats was held on April 8, 2014.[7] There were no elections held in 2013, and no election will be held in 2015.


Independence School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[1]

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 $78,963,169 43% $0 0% $79,379,440 43.2% $12,643,694 6.9% $12,734,313 6.9% $183,720,616
Averages: $78,963,169 43% $0 0% $79,379,440 43% $12,643,694 7% $12,734,313 7% $183,720,616

Teacher salaries

Independence School District employed 696 K-12 teachers during the 2012-13 school year.[8] 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 credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Independence Teachers for 2013-2014:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 36,125 50,135
B.A. + 16 36,781 53,099
MA 39,094 59,029
MA + 16 39,750 63,302
MA + 32 41,406 66,267
Doctorate 44,222 69,082

Schools in Independence School District


Independence School District served 13,937 students in 26 schools in the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

District schools

Independence School District operates 26 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Independence School District
Abraham Mallinson Elementary
Benton Elementary
Bingham Elementary
Blackburn Elementary
Bridger Elementary
Bryant Elementary
Fairmount Elementary
Glendale Elementary
Independence Academy
Korte Elementary
Little Blue Elementary
Luff Elementary
Mill Creek Elementary
Nowlin Middle
Ott Elementary
Pioneer Ridge Middle
Procter Elementary
Randall Elementary
Santa Fe Trail
Sugar Creek Elementary
Sycamore Hills Elementary
Three Trails Elementary
Truman High
William Crisman
William Southern Elementary

Academic performance

Missouri’s Top 10 by 20 plan holds as a primary goal that all students will graduate high school college-and-career-ready. To measure progress toward this goal and to distinguish among school and district performance, the Department computes an Annual Performance Report (APR) score for each Local Education Agency (LEA) and school. This overall score is comprised of scores for each of the MSIP 5 Performance Standards

  • Academic Achievement
  • Subgroup Achievement
  • High School Readiness (K-8 districts) or College and Career Readiness (K-12 districts)
  • Attendance Rate
  • Graduation Rate (K-12 districts).

Status, progress, and growth (where applicable) are used to calculate a comprehensive score used to determine the accreditation level of a school district. Data for academic achievement (English language arts and mathematics), subgroup achievement (English language arts and mathematics) and graduation rate are also used for federal accountability determinations, including reward, focus and priority school identification, for LEAs and schools.

The MSIP 5 Performance Standards were approved by the State Board of Education in December of 2011 and go into effect two years from the date of approval. Missouri’s ESEA Flexibility Request was approved by the United States Department of Education in July of 2012. The components used for federal accountability went into effect upon approval of the request.[11]

MSIP 5 Performance Comparison
MSIP 5 Standards Possible Points Points Earned Percent Earned
Academic Achievement 56 42 75%
Subgroup Achievement 14 8 57.1%
College and Career Ready 30 24 80%
Attendance 10 6 60%
Graduation Rate 30 22.5 75%
Total 140 102.5 73.2%

For the 2012-2013 school year, Independence School District students earned an average Missouri Assessment Program index score of 346.5. Students scored highest in social studies with an index score of 361.1, but they scored lowest in mathematics with an index score of 329.0. The district's average MAP index score ranked 238 out of the 469 Missouri school districts that reported scores for all four tested subject areas.[12]

Contact information

Independence School District seal.jpg
Independence School District
201 North Forest
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816)-521-5300

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