Richland School District, Washington
|Richland School District|
|Number of schools:||18|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Rick Jansons|
- 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
Richland outperforms state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (41.0%) is above the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Richland's median income at $67,666 while the state median income was $58,890. Richland had a poverty rate of 8.4% 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 Richland School District is Rick Schulte. He has served since his appointment in July 2013. Schulte previously served as the Superintendent of Oak Harbor School District for 20 years.
The Richland School Board is a five-member board with each member elected at-large to a four-year term. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.
|Richland School Board|
|Member||Seat||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
School board elections
Members of the School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were on the ballot on November 5, 2013 and three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.
Richland School District published its annual budget on their district website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Richland School District employed 546 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current schedule also creates higher starting and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2012-2013 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in the district are represented by the Richland Education Association (REA). The current president of REA is Jeri Morrow.
Schools in district
The district served 11,536 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 9.6% 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 (%)|
Richland School District operates 18 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Richland School District|
|Badger Mountain Elementary|
|Carmichael Middle School|
|Chief Joseph Middle School|
|Delta High School|
|Enterprise Middle School|
|Hanford High School|
|Jason Lee Elementary|
|Lewis & Clark Elementary|
|Marcus Whitman Elementary|
|Richland High School|
|River's Edge High School|
|Three Rivers HomeLink|
|Tri-Tech Skills Center|
|White Bluffs Elementary|
|William Wiley Elementary|
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.
Richland 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.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
Jim Busey was fired as Superintendent of Richland School District in January 2013 due to a breach of contract. Busey had an affair with an employee in the district and the school board invoked the contract's morality clause. He is currently seeking $1 million in damages for discrimination and wrongful termination from the district.
- Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed August 6, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Richland," accessed August 7, 2013
- Benton County Elections, "Archived Election Results," accessed August 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Tri-City Herald, "Richland hires Rick Schulte to be next superintendent," April 29, 2013
- Richland School District, "School Board," accessed August 6, 2013
- Richland School District, "Richland School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 9, 2013
- Richland Education Association, "2012-2015 Certified Contract," August 30, 2012
- Richland Education Association, "Executive Board," accessed August 6, 2013
- Richland School District, "Schools," accessed August 6, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 6, 2013
- Tri-City Herald, "Richland School District says it will stick with morality clause in superintendent contracts," May 18, 2013