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Olympia School District
Olympia, Washington
Olympia SD Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dick Cvitanich
Graduation rate:84.5%
Number of schools:19
Budget: $100.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Eileen Thomson
Board members:5
Term length:4
Olympia School District is a school district in Washington that served 8,993 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 34th largest by enrollment in the state of Washington. Olympia School District has an operating budget of $100.9 million in the 2014-2015 school year.[1][2]

About the district

Olympia School District is located in Thurston County, Washington
Olympia School District is located in the capital city of Olympia, Washington in Thurston County. The population of Olympia was 46,478 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Olympia outperforms the state average for higher education achievement but lags behind median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (43.3%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Olympia's median income at $52,371 while the state median income was $58,890. Olympia had a poverty rate of 15.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Olympia (%) Washington (%)
White 83.7 77.3
Black or African American 2.0 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.5
Asian 6.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.6
Two or More Races 5.0 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 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 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 current Superintendent of Olympia School District is Dick Cvitanich. He has served in the office since July 2012 after serving for six years as the Superintendent of Lake Pend Oreille School District in Idaho from 2006 to 2012.[7]

School board

The Olympia Board of Directors 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]

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Olympia Board of Directors
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Frank L. Wilson 1 2007 2015
Allen T. Miller 2 2008 2015
Eileen Thomson 3 2008 2017
Justin L. Montermini 4 2011 2015
Mark Campeau 5 2008 2017

School board elections

See also: Olympia School District elections (2015)

Members of the Board of Directors 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 are up for election on November 3, 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Olympia School District:[2][9]

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 $70,549,352 79.8% $17,775,649 20.1% $0 0% $0 0% $50,000 0.1% $88,375,001
2013-2014 $75,435,070 79.8% $19,076,748 20.2% $0 0% $0 0% $50,000 0.1% $94,561,818
2014-2015 $85,026,773 84.2% $8,080,038 8% $7,656,674 7.6% $0.00 0% $176,335 0.2% $100,939,820
Averages: $77,003,731.67 81% $14,977,478.33 16% $2,552,224.67 3% $0 0% $92,111.67 0% $94,625,546.33

Teacher salaries

Olympia School District employed 510 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 for the 2011-2012 school year:[10]

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 44,989 62,955

Schools in district


The district served 8,993 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 2.6% 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 9,236 -
2009 9,199 -0.4
2010 8,901 -3.2
2011 8,853 -0.5
2012 8,993 1.5

District schools

Olympia School District operates 19 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Olympia School District
Avanti High School
Boston Harbor Elementary School
Capital High School
Centennial Elementary School
Garfield Elementary School
Hansen Elementary School
Jefferson Middle School
Lincoln Elementary School
LP Brown Elementary School
Madison Elementary School
Marshall Middle School
McKenny Elementary School
McLane Elementary School
Olympia High School
Olympia Regional Learning Academy
Pioneer Elementary School
Reeves Middle School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Washington Middle School

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.

Olympia 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.[12]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2012-2013
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 84.0 71.1
4 81.3 68.1
5 84.5 68.6
6 82.4 72.0
7 81.1 74.9
8 79.5 64.7
10 94.1 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

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


Settlement over child molestation case

Olympia School District has been sued by two families in the district for failing to prevent former bus driver Gary Shafer from sexually assaulting three students. Shafer was founded guilty in 2011 for sexual assault and the district was accused of failing to provide supervision or acting upon earlier allegations of inappropriate behavior. An earlier case awarded $1.4 million to family members of a victim and a settlement was reached in September 2013 with another family for $750,000.[13]

Contact information

Olympia SD Logo.jpg
Olympia Board of Directors
1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-6100

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," December 4, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "General Fund Financial Summary," September 13, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Olympia," accessed September 25, 2013
  4. Thurston County Auditor, "Election Information and History," accessed September 25, 2013
  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. Olympia School District, "About Dick Cvitanich," accessed September 25, 2013
  8. Olympia School District, "Policies and Procedures," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Olympia School District 2014-2015 Budget Overview," accessed December 16, 2014
  10. Olympia School District, "11-12 OEA Salary Schedule," accessed September 25, 2013
  11. Olympia School District, "Schools," accessed September 24, 2013
  12. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed September 24, 2013
  13. The Olympian, "Olympia schools' insurer to pay $750,000 to family of girl molested by former bus driver," September 5, 2013