Peninsula School District, Washington
|Peninsula School District|
|Gig Harbor, Washington|
|Number of schools:||15|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Wendy Wojtanowicz|
- 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
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%.
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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.
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 $4,800 per year.
School board elections
Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
The table below displays the budget for Peninsula School District.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Peninsula School District employed 486 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current salary schedule establishes higher starting salaries and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2011-2012 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the Peninsula Education Association (PEA).
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Peninsula School District operates 15 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Peninsula School District|
|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|
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.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
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. 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.
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projection," accessed August 21, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Gig Harbor," accessed August 21, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Peninsula School District, "About the Superintendent," accessed August 21, 2013
- Peninsula School District, "Board of Directors Overview," accessed August 21, 2013
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- Peninsula School District, "Salary Schedule 2011-2012," accessed August 21, 2013
- Peninsula Education Association, "Home," accessed August 21, 2013
- Peninsula School District, "Schools," accessed August 21, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 21, 2013
- Gateline.com, "Peninsula School District Approves Capital Projects Levy," July 31, 2013
- Gig Harbor Patch, "Group Forms To Oppose $50 Million Peninsula School District Levy In November," August 21, 2013