North Thurston Public Schools, Washington

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North Thurston Public Schools
Lacey, Washington
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District Profile
Superintendent:Raj Manhas
Graduation rate:85.3%
Number of schools:21
Budget: $139.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Aaron K. Owada
Board members:5
Term length:4
North Thurston Public Schools is a school district in Washington that served 14,382 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 23rd largest by enrollment in the state of Washington. North Thurston School District has an operating budget of $139.1 million in the 2013-2014 school year.[1][2]

About the district

North Thurston Public Schools is located in Thurston County, Washington
North Thurston Public Schools is located in the City of Lacey in Thurston County, Washington. The population of Lacey was 42,393 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Olympia lags behind the state average for higher education achievement but outperforms median income and poverty rates. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (30.8%) is lower than the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Lacey's median income at $59,572 while the state median income was $58,890. Olympia had a poverty rate of 10.1% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Lacey (%) Washington (%)
White 74.2 77.3
Black or African American 5.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.5
Asian 8.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.7 0.6
Two or More Races 7.0 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 9.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 58.3 38.8
2008 59.9 38.2
2004 55.6 42.6
2000 51.8 41

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.[5]


The current Superintendent of North Thurston Public Schools is Raj Manhas. He has served in the position since 2009 after working as Chief Operations Officer and Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools from 2001 to 2006.[6] Manhas left Seattle Public Schools in 2006 after contentious relations with school board members over his plan to save money by closing schools.[7]

School board

The North Thurston 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.[8]

North Thurston School Board
Member District Term Ends
Marcia Coppin 1 2015
Chuck Namit 2 2017
Aaron K. Owada 3 2017
Laurie Davies 4 2015
Leah Wells 5 2015

School board elections

See also: North Thurston Public Schools elections (2013)

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


North Thurston Public Schools 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 $118,228,591 72.9% $2,215,961 1.4% $29,805,527 18.4% $11,883,190 7.3% $0 0% $162,133,269
Averages: $118,228,591 73% $2,215,961 1% $29,805,527 18% $11,883,190 7% $0 0% $162,133,269

Teacher salaries

North Thurston Public Schools employed 784 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 through the 2014-2015 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,048 38,787
B.A. 15 34,968 41,135
B.A. 30 35,920 43,635
B.A. 45 36,875 48,249
B.A. 90 39,939 57,693
B.A. 135 41,913 60,535
MA 40,820 57,731
MA 45 43,885 61,447
MA 90/Ph.D. 45,860 64,174


Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the North Thurston Education Association (NTEA). The current president of NTEA is Conni Van Hoose.[10]

Schools in district


The district served 14,382 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 5.2% 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 13,668 -
2009 13,807 1.0
2010 14,184 2.8
2011 14,143 -0.3
2012 14,382 1.7

District schools

North Thurston Public Schools operates 21 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

North Thurston Public Schools
Aspire Middle School
Chambers Prairie Elementary
Chinook Middle School
Evergreen Forest Elementary
Horizons Elementary
Komachin Middle School
Lacey Elementary
Lakes Elementary
Lydia Hawk Elementary
Meadows Elementary
Mountain View Elementary
Nisqually Middle School
North Thurston High School
Olympic View Elementary
Pleasant Glade Elementary
River Ridge High School
Seven Oaks Elementary
South Bay Elementary
South Sound High School
Timberline High School
Woodland Elementary

Academic performance

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2012-2013 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.

North Thurston Public Schools met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district did not meet AYP goals for reading at the elementary, middle or high school levels.[12]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2012-2013
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 76.4 73.2
4 76.5 68.2
5 72.4 68.4
6 72.3 67.6
7 70.0 63.8
8 86.8 54.4
10 94.1 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2012-2013
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No Yes
Middle School No Yes
High School No Yes

Contact information

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North Thurston Public Schools
305 College St. NE
Lacey, WA 98516-5390
Phone: (360) 412-4400

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