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Kennewick School District, Washington

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Kennewick School District
Kennewick, Washington
Kennewick Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dave Bond
Graduation rate:73.6%
Number of schools:25
Budget: $219.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dawn Adams
Board members:5
Term length:4
Kennewick School District is a school district in Washington that served 16,774 K-12 students during the 2012-13 school year. The district is the 17th-largest by enrollment in the state of Washington.[1]

About the district

Kennewick School District is located in Benton County, Washington
The City of Kennewick is located along the Columbia River in south-central Washington. The population of Kennewick was 73,917 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Kennewick lags behind state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (20.7%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Kennewick's median income at $49,299 while the state median income was $58,890. Kennewick had a poverty rate of 15.9% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Kennewick(%) Washington (%)
White 78.5 77.3
Black or African American 1.7 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.4 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 4.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 24.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 35.4 62.8
2008 36.1 62.2
2004 - -
2000 - -

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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current Superintendent of Kennewick School District is Dave Bond. Bond has served in the position since his appointment in 2008. He was an Assistant Superintendent for the district from 2006 to 2008 and a principal at Kamiakan High School from 2001 to 2006.[5]

School board

The Kennewick School Board consists of five members each elected 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.[6]

Kennewick School Board
Member Seat Assumed Office Term Ends
Heather Kintzley 1 2009 2017
Dawn Adams 2 2001 2017
Ben Messinger 3 2011 2015
Ron Mabry 4 2011 2015
Brian Brooks 5 2011 2015

School board elections

See also: Kennewick School District elections (2015)

Members of the School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were on the ballot in November 5, 2013, and three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Kennewick School District:[7]

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 $134,860,034 65.7% $2,811,721 1.4% $57,551,646 28% $10,005,000 4.9% $0 0% $205,228,401
2014-2015 $136,049,619 62.1% $2,820,703 1.3% $70,162,725 32% $10,212,194 4.7% $0 0% $219,245,241
Averages: $135,454,826.5 64% $2,816,212 1% $63,857,185.5 30% $10,108,597 5% $0 0% $212,236,821

Teacher salaries

Kennewick School District employed 933 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 schedule also creates higher starting 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 by the Kennewick Education Association (KEA). The current president of KEA is Teri Staudinger.[9]

Schools in district


The district served 16,774 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 7.9% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 15,540 -
2009 15,827 1.8
2010 16,167 2.1
2011 16,317 0.9
2012 16,774 2.8

District schools

Kennewick School District operates 25 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Kennewick School District
Amistad Elementary
Canyon View Elementary
Cascade Elementary
Cottonwood Elementary
Delta High School
Desert Hills Middle School
Eastgate Elementary
Edison Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Highlands Middle School
Horse Heaven Hills Middle School
Kamiakan High School
Kennewick High School
Legacy High School
Lincoln Elementary
Mid-Columbia Parent Partnership
Park Middle School
Phoenix High School
Ridge View Elementary
Southgate Elementary
Southridge High School
Sunset View Elementary
Vista Elementary
Washington Elementary
Westgate 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.

Kennewick 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 and failed to meet reading and math AYP goals at the middle school level.[11]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 70.3 58.8
4 73.7 54.2
5 67.1 52.0
6 66.5 45.4
7 68.7 51.7
8 67.7 47.4
10 80.9 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

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

Contact information

Kennewick Logo.jpg
Kennewick School Board
1000 W. Fourth Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 222-5000

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