Park Hill School District, Missouri

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Park Hill School District
Kansas City, Missouri
Park Hill School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Scott Springston
Graduation rate:90.4%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $160.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Susan Newburger
Board members:7
Term length:3
Park Hill School District is a school district in Missouri that serves the city of Kansas City, Missouri. It is the 20th largest school district in Missouri, serving 10,446 students in 15 schools in the 2012-2013 school year.[1] The school district had an operating budget of $155.7 million in the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Park Hill School District is located in Platte County, Mo.
Park Hill School District is located in north-west Missouri in Platte County. The county seat of Platte County is Platte City. Platte County is home to 93,310 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Platte County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.2 percent of Platte County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Platte County was $67,721 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Platte County was 7.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Platte County (%) Missouri (%)
White 87.7 83.7
Black or African American 6.4 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 2.5 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Platte County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 19,175 25,618
2008 21,459 24,460
2004 18,412 23,302
2000 15,325 17,785

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]


Scott Springston is the current superintendent of Park Hill School District. He has served in this role since July 2012. Prior to serving in this role he served as superintendent of Valley Center School District in Kansas, as a principal in the Blue Valley School District and as a science teacher in the Hays School District.[7]

School board

The Park Hill School District Board of Education is composed of seven members serving three-year terms.[8]

Park Hill Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Susan Newburger At-large 2016
Boon Lee At-large 2014
Chris Seufert At-large 2014
Todd Fane At-large 2016
Janice Bolin At-large 2014
Matt Pepper At-large 2015
Allison Wurst At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Park Hill School District elections (2015)

Members of the Park Hill Board of Education are elected to three-year terms. There was no primary election, and the general election for two seats was held on April 7, 2015. Three seats were up for election in 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.


The table below displays the budget for Park Hill 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
2013-2014 $122,961,682 79% $0.00 0% $10,041,255 6.4% $8,424,800 5.4% $14,255,252 9.2% $155,682,989
2014-2015 $100,317,966 62.7% $10,600,096 6.6% $17,239,236 10.8% $9,717,693 6.1% $22,073,748 13.8% $159,948,739
Averages: $111,639,824 71% $5,300,048 3% $13,640,245.5 9% $9,071,246.5 6% $18,164,500 12% $157,815,864

Teacher salaries

Park Hill School District employed 580 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 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 credit intervals. 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 Park Hill Teachers for 2013-2014:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 37,835 40,859
B.A. + 8 38,610 42,084
B.A. + 16 39,734 43,708
B.A. + 24 40,859 45,353
MA 41,983 62,765
MA + 8 43,108 64,446
MA + 16 44,232 66,127
MA + 24 45,357 67,808
MA + 32 46,481 69,490
EDS w/ MA + 40 47,606 71,171
EDS + 8 w/ MA + 48 48,731 72,852
EDS + 16 w/ MA + 56 49,855 76,033
EDS + 24 50,980 77,715
Ph.D. 52,104 79,396

Schools in Park Hill School District


Park Hill School District served 10,446 students in 15 schools in the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

District schools

Park Hill School District operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Park Hill School District
Chinn Elementary
Congress Middle School
English Landing Elementary
Graden Elementary
Hawthorn Elementary
Lakeview Middle School
Lawn Creek Elementary
Park Hill High
Park Hill South High
Plaza Middle
Prairie Point Elementary
Renner Elementary
Southeast Elementary
Tiffany Ridge Elementary
Union Chapel Elementary

Academic performance

Missouri’s Top 10 by 20 plan holds as a primary goal that all students will graduate high school college-and-career-ready. To measure progress toward this goal and to distinguish among school and district performance, the Department computes an Annual Performance Report (APR) score for each Local Education Agency (LEA) and school. This overall score is composed of scores for each of the MSIP 5 Performance Standards

  • Academic Achievement
  • Subgroup Achievement
  • High School Readiness (K-8 districts) or College and Career Readiness (K-12 districts)
  • Attendance Rate
  • Graduation Rate (K-12 districts).

Status, progress, and growth (where applicable) are used to calculate a comprehensive score used to determine the accreditation level of a school district. Data for academic achievement (English language arts and mathematics), subgroup achievement (English language arts and mathematics) and graduation rate are also used for federal accountability determinations, including reward, focus and priority school identification, for LEAs and schools.

The MSIP Five Performance Standards were approved by the State Board of Education in December of 2011 and go into effect two years from the date of approval. Missouri’s ESEA Flexibility Request was approved by the United States Department of Education in July of 2012. The components used for federal accountability went into effect upon approval of the request.[12]

MSIP 5 Performance Comparison
MSIP 5 Standards Possible Points Points Earned Percent Earned
Academic Achievement 56 56 96.4%
Subgroup Achievement 14 13.5 89.3%
College and Career Ready 30 29.5 83.3%
Attendance 10 7.5 75%
Graduation Rate 30 30 100%
Total 140 136.5 97.5%

For the 2012-2013 school year, Park Hill School District students earned an average Missouri Assessment Program index score of 396.8. Students scored highest in science with an index score of 402.8, but they scored lowest in mathematics with an index score of 391.2. The district's average MAP index score ranked ninth out of the 469 Missouri school districts that reported scores for all four tested subject areas.[13]

Contact information

Park Hill School District seal.jpg
Park Hill School District
7703 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64153
Phone: (816) 359-4000

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