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Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, Alaska

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Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
Palmer, Alaska
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Deena M. Paramo
Graduation rate:73.5%[1]
Number of schools:45
Budget: $219.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Susan Pougher
Board members:7
Term length:3
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is a school district in Alaska that served 17,480 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the second-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Alaska.

About the district

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Districtis located in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is located in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska. Matanuska-Susitna Borough is home to 95,192 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Matanuska-Susitna Borough underperformed in comparison to the rest of Alaska in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.2 percent of Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.5 percent for Alaska as a whole. The median household income in Matanuska-Susitna Borough was $70,728 compared to $69,917 for the state of Alaska. The poverty rate in Matanuska-Susitna Borough was 9.9 percent compared to 9.6 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Matanuska-Susitna Borough (%) Alaska (%)
White 84.5 67.3
Black or African American 1.3 3.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 6.0 14.7
Asian 1.3 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 1.2
Two or More Races 6.6 7.1
Hispanic or Latino 4.5 6.6

Party affiliation data, Matanuska-Susitna Borough[4]
Party Number of Registered Voters
Republican Party 4,781
Democratic Party 1,101
Other 610
No Party 2,121
Undeclared 4,320

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is Dr. Deena M. Paramo. Serving in this position since July 14, 2011, Paramo first joined the district in 1993. She previously served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Paramo has a bachelor's degree in education, master's in administration and doctorate in learning assessment and system performance.[7]

School board

The Matanuska-Sustina school board is composed of seven members serving three-year terms.[8]

Matanuska Borough School District
Member District Term Ends
Deborah Retherford Seat A 2015
Sarah Welton Seat B 2015
Susan Pougher Seat C 2016
R. "Ole" Larson Seat D 2017
Tiffany R. Scott Seat E 2017
Donna Dearman Seat F 2016
Ray Michaelson Seat G 2016

School board elections

See also: Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District elections (2013) and Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District elections (2014)

Members of the school board are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday in October. Two seats were up for election in October 2014, two seats are up for election in October 2015 and three seats are up for election in October 2016.[9]


The table below displays the budget for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District:[10]

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
2012-2013 $215,546,092 77.3% $0 0% $60,262,675 21.6% $0 0% $2,999,179 1.1% $278,807,947
2013-2014 $216,302,404 78% $0 0% $60,357,452 21.8% $0 0% $706,723 0.3% $277,366,579
Averages: $215,924,248 78% $0 0% $60,310,063.5 22% $0 0% $1,852,951 1% $278,087,263

Teacher salaries

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District employs over 2,200 employees. Over half of those employees are teachers.[11]

The school board enters into negotiated agreements with unions representing district employees.[12] The negotiated agreement with the Classified Employees Association provides for a salary schedule from $10.80 to $39.71.[13]

The negotiated agreement with the Mat-Su Education Association provided salary increases of 4% in FY11 and FY13 3.75% in FY10 for the district's teachers.[14] The teacher salary schedule for FY13 ranged from $45,079 to $82,665.[15]

The board's negotiated agreement with the Mid-level Management Association provides for a 2.5% salary increase over the three years for which the agreement is in effect, FY2012 through FY2014, with the FY2013 salary schedule ranging from $37,721 to $82,052.[16]

The Mat-Su Principal's Association negotiated agreement with the school board provides for a 2% pay increase each year.[17] The salary schedule for principals in FY2011 ranges from $72,045 to $120,641.[17]

Schools in Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

District schools

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District operates 45 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[18]

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Schools
Name Grades
Academy Charter School K-8
American Charter School 2-12
Beryozova School K-12
Big Lake Elementary School K-5
Birchtree Alternative School K-8
Burchell High Alternative School 9-12
Butte Elementary School K-5
Career & Tech High School 9-12
Colony Middle School 6-8
Colony High School 9-12
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School K-5
Finger Lake Elementary K-5
Fronteras Spanish Charter School K-5
Glacier View School K-5
Goose Bay Elementary K-2
Houston High School 9-12
Houston Middle School 6-8
Iditarod Elementary K-5
Knik Elementary 4-5
Larson Elementary K-5
Machetanz Elementary K-5
Mat-Su Central School K-12
Mat-Su Day School K-12
Mat-Su Secondary 6-12
Meadow Lakes Elementary K-5
Midnight Sun Charter K-8
Palmer High School 9-12
Palmer Middle School 6-8
Pioneer Peak Elementary K-5
Shaw Elementary K-5
Sherrod Elementary 4-5
Snowshoe Elementary K-5
Su Valley Jr/Sr. High School 6-12
Sutton Elementary K-5
Swanson Elementary K-2
Talkeetna Elementary K-6
Tanaina Elementary K-5
Teeland Middle School 6-8
Trapper Creek Elementary K-6
Twindly Bridge Charter K-12
Valley Pathways School 9-12
Wasilla High School 9-12
Wasilla Middle School 6-8
Willow Elementary K-6

Academic performance

Mantanuska-Susitna Borough School District has a graduation rate of 73.5%. The 2012-2013 Standards Based Assessments (SBA) are available from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and are listed in the charts below.[19]

Standards Based Assessments

Standard Based Assessments results, 2012-2013
Subject Percent Tested (%) Advanced (%) Proficient (%) Below Proficient (%) Fair Below Proficient (%)
Reading 98.48 41.02 45.78 10.25 2.96
Writing 98.40 21.42 59.73 16.68 2.17
Mathematics 98.07 35.92 40.28 14.57 9.23
Science 95.58 28.65 34.95 25.54 13.19

Contact information

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Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
501 N Gulkana St.
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: 907-746-9200
Email: webmaster@matsuk12.us

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, "2012-2013 Report Card for Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District," accessed November 25, 2014
  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska," accessed July 25, 2014
  4. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Voter Registration Statistics, accessed July 25, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, "Superintendent Bio," accessed November 25, 2014
  8. Matanuska-Sustina Borough School District, "School Board," accessed February 5, 2014
  9. Matanuska-Suisitna Borough, "Office of the Borough Clerk: Election Information," accessed August 5, 2013
  10. Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, "FY 2013-2014 Adopted Budget Document," accessed November 26, 2013
  11. Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, "About Us: Our District" Accessed August 5, 2013
  12. District Forms (dead link)
  13. CEA Salary Schedule for FY13
  14. MSEA Negotiated Agreement
  15. MSEA Negotiated Agreement
  16. MLMA Negotiated Agreement
  17. 17.0 17.1 MSPA Negotiated Agreement
  18. Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, "About us: Our District," accessed August 5, 2013
  19. Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, "Report Card to the Public," accessed February 5, 2014