Kent School District, Washington

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Kent School District
Kent, Washington
Kent SD Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Edward Lee Vargas
Enrollment:26,613
Graduation rate:69.4%
Number of schools:40
Budget: $262 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Debbie Straus
Board members:5
Term length:4
Kent School District is a school district in Washington that served 26,613 K-12 students during the 2012-13 school year. The district is the fourth largest in the state by enrollment.[1]

About the district

Kent School District is located in King County, Washington
Kent School District is located in the City of Kent in King County, Washington. The population of Kent was 118,588 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

Kent lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.3%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Kent's median income at $58,622 while the state median income was $58,890. Kent had a poverty rate of 15.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Kent (%) Washington (%)
White 55.5 77.3
Black or African American 11.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 15.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.9 0.6
Two or More Races 6.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 16.6 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

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]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Kent School District is Dr. Edward Lee Vargas. Vargas has served in the position since his appointment in 2009. He previously served as Superintendent of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District in California and Ysleta Independent School District in Texas.[5]

School board

The Kent School Board consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[6]

Kent School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Russ Hanscom 1 2011 2015
Karen DeBruler 2 2011 2015
Debbie Straus 3 2011 2015
Agda Burchard 4 2012 2017
Maya Vengadasalam 5 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Kent School District elections (2013)

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

Budget

The Kent School District's budget is published on its website.[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
2011-2012 $204,745,389 84.7% $13,355,295 5.5% $22,245,899 9.2% $0 0% $1,300,113 0.5% $241,646,696
2012-2013 $214,600,303 81.9% $13,288,839 5.1% $33,156,868 12.7% $0 0% $1,044,380 0.4% $262,090,390
2013-2014 $230,516,790 80.2% $17,484,073 6.1% $37,993,629 13.2% $0 0% $1,530,917 0.5% $287,525,409
Averages: $216,620,827.33 82% $14,709,402.33 6% $31,132,132 12% $0 0% $1,291,803.33 0% $263,754,165

Teacher salaries

Kent School District employed 1,450 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 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 Kent Education Association for 2012-2013:[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

Unions

Teachers in Kent School District are represented by the Kent Education Association (KEA).[9]

Schools in district

Enrollment

The district served 26,613 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced an 0.8% decrease 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 26,833 -
2009 26,765 -0.3
2010 26,632 -0.5
2011 26,616 -
2012 26,613 -

District schools

Kent School District operates 40 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Kent School District
Carriage Crest Elementary School
Cedar Heights Middle School
Cedar Valley Elementary School
Covington Elementary School
Crestwood Elementary School
Daniel Elementary School
East Hill Elementary School
Emerald Park Elementary School
Fairwood Elementary School
Glenridge Elementary School
Grass Lake Elementary School
Horizon Elementary School
iGrad
Jenkins Creek Elementary School
Kent Elementary School
Kent Mountain View Academy
Kent Phoenix Academy
Kentlake High School
Kent-Meridian High School
Kentridge High School
Kentwood High School
Lake Youngs Elementary School
Martin Sortun Elementary School
Mattson Middle School
Meadow Ridge Elementary School
Meeker Middle School
Meridian Elementary School
Meridian Middle School
Mill Creek Middle School
Millennium Elementary School
Neely-O'Brien Elementary School
Northwood Middle School
Panther Lake Elementary School
Park Orchard Elementary School
Pine Tree Elementary School
Ridgewood Elementary School
Sawyer Woods Elementary School
Scenic Hill Elementary School
Soos Creek Elementary School
Springbrook Elementary School
Sunrise Elementary 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.

Kent 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 or middle school levels.[11]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 67.6 67.6
4 64.6 53.4
5 68.6 64.1
6 74.0 68.1
7 69.3 65.3
8 68.4 57.7
10 79.4 -

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

Kent SD Logo.jpg
Kent School Board
12033 SE 256th Street
Kent, WA 98030-6503
Phone: (253) 373-7000
Email: kentboard@kent.k12.wa.us

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Last rated on May 23, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • 2011-2012 budget is posted.[12]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Officials are listed with email addresses.[13]
  • Elected Officials
    • School Board members are listed with contact information.[6]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted.[14]
  • Meeting schedule and information is available.[15]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[16]
  • Contracts
    • Collective bargaining agreements and salary schedules are posted.[17]
    • Contract policy is available.[18]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance is noted.[11]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is posted.[19]

The bad

  • Administrative Officials
    • Phone numbers are not provided.
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts and bids are not posted.
  • Budget
    • Previous budgets are not posted.
  • Public Records
    • Public records information and request form not available.
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not posted.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed August 9, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Kent," accessed August 1, 2013
  3. King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 9, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Kent School District, "Superintendent," accessed August 9, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kent School District, "School Board," accessed August 9, 2013
  7. Kent School District, "Summary of General Fund Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
  8. Kent School District, "KEA Contract," September 14, 2011
  9. Kent Education Association, "About KEA," accessed August 9, 2013
  10. Kent School District, "Our Schools," accessed August 9, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 9, 2013
  12. Kent School District, "2012-2913 Budget," accessed August 9, 2013
  13. Kent School District, "Basic District Facts," accessed August 9, 2013
  14. Kent School District, "Board Docs," accessed August 9, 2013
  15. Kent School District, "School Board Meeting Overview," accessed August 9, 2013
  16. Kent School District, "Monthly Financial Statements," accessed August 9, 2013
  17. Kent School District, "Contracts, Calendars and Salary Schedules," accessed August 9, 2013
  18. Kent School District, "Contract Agreements," accessed August 9, 2013
  19. Kent School District, "KSD Careers," accessed August 9, 2013