Pasco School District, Washington
|Pasco School District|
|Number of schools:||19|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Sherry Lancon|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in district
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
Pasco lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.9%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Pasco's median income at $47,252 while the state median income was $58,890. Pasco had a poverty rate of 22.2% 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
The current Superintendent of Pasco School District is Saundra Hill. She has served in various capacities in the district since 1982 including Bilingual Program Administrator and Director of Staff Development and Evaluation. Hill was served as Superintendent since July 2002.
The Pasco Board of Directors is a five-member board with each member elected by district to a four-year term. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.
|Pasco Board of Directors|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Steven A. Christensen||3||2013||2017|
|Amy L. Phillips||5||2013||2017|
School board elections
- See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)
Members of the Pasco Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.
Pasco School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Pasco School District employed 1,000 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current salary schedule sets higher starting salaries and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2012-2013 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the Pasco Association of Educators (PAE). The current president of PAE is Joy Reilly.
Schools in district
The district served 15,990 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 16.7% 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 (%)|
Pasco School District operates 19 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Pasco School District|
|Captain Gray Elementary|
|Chiawana High School|
|Delta High School|
|McLoughlin Middle School|
|New Horizons High/Discovery Middle School|
|Ochoa Middle School|
|Pasco High School|
|Stevens Middle School|
The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2011-2012 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.
Pasco 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 and middle school levels. The State Report Card also concluded that district high schools failed to meet AYP goals for math and reading.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
In a work session on August 27, the Board of Directors discussed a budget shortfall expected with the expiration of the current maintenance and operations levy in December 2014. The district currently receives $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value to fill in gaps left by state funding and other revenue. A tax levy increase of at least $0.10 per $1,000 would be necessary to fill the expected budget gap. Superintendent Saundra Hill and board members in attendance voiced no support for an increased tax levy on the February 2014 ballot, focusing instead on studying potential cuts in the budget while maintaining the current levy amount.
Campaign law complaint
Local resident Roger Lenk filed an elections complaint against the district with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission in June 2013. Lenk claims that Superintendent Saundra Hill and other officials used district resources to secure public approval for a $46.8 million bond measure in February 2013. The complaint claims coordination between the district and a group called Pasco Citizens for Better Schools, which advocated for approval of the bond. The Public Disclosure Commission will investigate the district and likely use hearings rather than court proceedings if further deliberations are required.
- Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections, accessed August 27, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Pasco," accessed August 29, 2013
- Franklin County Auditor, "Archived Election Results," accessed August 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Pasco School District, "Office of the Superintendent," accessed August 27, 2013
- Pasco School District, "Board Policies," accessed August 28, 2013
- Pasco School District, "Fiscal Year 2013-2014," accessed December 3, 2013
- Pasco School District, "Human Resources," accessed August 29, 2013
- WEA Southeast, "Local Presidents," accessed August 29, 2013
- Pasco School District, "Pasco Schools," accessed August 28, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 27, 2013
- Tri-City Herald, "Pasco school operations levy won't meet expected costs, board told," August 27, 2013
- Tri-City Herald, "Pasco School District bond election still under investigation," August 2, 2013