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Peninsula School District
Gig Harbor, Washington
Peninsula School District Logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Charles Cuzzetto
Graduation rate:80.5%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $91.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Wendy Wojtanowicz
Board members:5
Term length:4
Peninsula School District is a school district in Washington that served 8,923 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 35th largest by enrollment in the state of Washington.[1]

About the district

Peninsula School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
Peninsula School District serves students in Gig Harbor and other towns on the Key Peninsula. The district is located in Pierce County in northwestern Washington. The population of Gig Harbor was 7,126 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Gig Harbor surpasses state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (44.3%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Gig Harbor's median income at $62,421 while the state median income was $58,890. Gig Harbor had a poverty rate of 9.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Gig Harbor (%) Washington (%)
White 90.2 77.3
Black or African American 1.2 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 2.4 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.6
Two or More Races 3.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.4 43.3
2008 54.9 42.8
2004 50.4 48.0
2000 51.4 44.0

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.[4][5]


The current Superintendent of Peninsula School District is Charles Cuzzetto. He was first appointed to the position in December 2012 after working as the Acting Superintendent for six months. Cuzzetto has worked in various administrative positions in the district since 1999.[6]

School board

The Peninsula Board of Directors is a five-member board with each member elected 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.[7]

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Peninsula Board of Directors
Member Position Assumed Office Term Ends
Matthew Wilkinson 1 2007 2015
Wendy Wojtanowicz 2 2007 2017
Rand Wilhelmsen 3 2010 2015
Harlan Gallinger 4 2012 2015
David Olson 5 2013 2017

School board elections

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013, and three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Peninsula School District.[8][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
2011-2012 $67,638,134 81.2% $5,711,450 6.9% $9,570,972 11.5% $0 0% $371,789 0.4% $83,252,345
2012-2013 $67,774,976 80.6% $6,177,181 7.3% $9,719,246 11.6% $0 0% $391,323 0.5% $84,062,726
2014-2015 $71,856,506 78.8% $7,114,387 7.8% $11,866,230 13% $0.00 0% $363,949 0.4% $91,201,072
Averages: $69,089,872 80% $6,334,339.33 7% $10,385,482.67 12% $0 0% $375,687 0% $86,172,047.67

Teacher salaries

Peninsula School District employed 486 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 establishes 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
MA 40,045 56,634
B.A. 135 41,116 59,385
MA 45 43,051 60,279
MA 90/Dr. 44,989 62,955


Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the Peninsula Education Association (PEA).[11]

Schools in district


The district served 8,923 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 3.4% 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 9,241 -
2009 9,174 -0.6
2010 9,096 -0.8
2011 9,018 -0.9
2012 8,923 -1.1

District schools

Peninsula School District operates 15 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Peninsula School District
Artondale Elementary
Discovery Elementary
Evergreen Elementary
Gig Harbor High School
Goodman Middle School
Henderson Bay High School
Harbor Heights Elementary
Harbor Ridge Middle School
Key Peninsula Middle School
Kopachuck Middle School
Minter Creek Elementary
Peninsula High School
Purdy Elementary
Vaughn Elementary
Voyager Elementary

Academic performance

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.

Peninsula 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 or middle school levels.[13]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 76.0 70.6
4 84.3 71.2
5 81.3 74.1
6 78.4 73.9
7 80.4 69.7
8 77.3 67.4
10 91.5 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2011-2012
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No Yes
Middle School No Yes
High School Yes Yes


Opposition to November tax levy

On July 31, 2013, the Board of Directors unanimously approved placement of a $50 million tax levy on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The levy would use an additional $1.40 per $1,000 in assessed property value to raise funds for building improvements including a new elementary school. Opposition to the four-year tax levy emerged in August 2013 in part because the November vote is believed to circumvent the bond process. A 2011 bond measure designed to improve district facilities failed to pass with 60% approval required by law.[14] The board's decision has also led to the creation of a committee opposed to the levy. "The goal of the committee is to inform the public of the impacts of this levy plus options and alternatives that should be explored before asking the taxpayers for an increase of over 50% in their property taxes they pay to schools," noted committee chair Ken Manning in a letter published following the board vote.[15]

Contact information

Peninsula School District Logo.png
Board of Directors
Peninsula School District
14015 62nd Avenue NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Phone: (253) 530-1000

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projection," accessed August 21, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Gig Harbor," accessed August 21, 2013
  3. Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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.
  6. Peninsula School District, "About the Superintendent," accessed August 21, 2013
  7. Peninsula School District, "Board of Directors Overview," accessed August 21, 2013
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named budget
  9. Peninsula School District, "2014-2015 Adopted Budget," accessed December 16, 2014
  10. Peninsula School District, "Salary Schedule 2011-2012," accessed August 21, 2013
  11. Peninsula Education Association, "Home," accessed August 21, 2013
  12. Peninsula School District, "Schools," accessed August 21, 2013
  13. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 21, 2013
  14., "Peninsula School District Approves Capital Projects Levy," July 31, 2013
  15. Gig Harbor Patch, "Group Forms To Oppose $50 Million Peninsula School District Levy In November," August 21, 2013