North Thurston Public Schools, Washington
|North Thurston Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||21|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Aaron K. Owada|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in district
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the district
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%.
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.
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. Manhas left Seattle Public Schools in 2006 after contentious relations with school board members over his plan to save money by closing schools.
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 $4,800 per year.
|North Thurston School Board|
|Aaron K. Owada||3||2017|
School board elections
Members of the North Thurston School Board are elected by district to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 while three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
North Thurston Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
North Thurston Public Schools employed 784 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current salary schedule sets higher starting salaries and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule through the 2014-2015 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the North Thurston Education Association (NTEA). The current president of NTEA is Conni Van Hoose.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
North Thurston Public Schools operates 21 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|North Thurston Public Schools|
|Aspire Middle School|
|Chambers Prairie Elementary|
|Chinook Middle School|
|Evergreen Forest Elementary|
|Komachin Middle School|
|Lydia Hawk 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|
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.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2012-2013|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2012-2013|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," December 4, 2012
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "General Fund Financial Summary," September 13, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Lacey," accessed September 25, 2013
- Thurston County Auditor, "Election Information and History," accessed September 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- North Thurston Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed September 25, 2013
- Seattle Times, "Seattle schools chief steps down," October 23, 2006
- North Thurston Public Schools, "School Board," accessed September 25, 2013
- North Thurston Public Schools, "Education Association Contract 2010-2015," accessed September 25, 2013
- North Thurston Education Association, "NTEA President's Corner," accessed September 25, 2013
- North Thurston Public Schools, "Home," accessed September 25, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed September 25, 2013