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Richland School District
Richland, Washington
Richland Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Rick Schulte
Graduation rate:80.8%
Number of schools:18
Budget: $246.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rick Jansons
Board members:5
Term length:4
Richland School District is a school district in Washington that served 11,536 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 29th largest by enrollment in the state of Washington.[1]

About the district

Richland School District is located in Benton County, Washington
The City of Richland is located in Benton County in south-central Washington. The county is surrounded by tributaries of the Columbia River with the Yakima and Columbia Rivers connecting in Richland. The population of Richland was 48,109 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


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%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Richland (%) Washington (%)
White 87.0 77.3
Black or African American 1.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 4.7 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 3.2 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 35.4 62.2
2008 36.1 62.2
2004 - -
2000 - -

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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


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.[5]

School board

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.[6]

Richland School Board
Member Seat Assumed Office Term Ends
Heather Cleary 1 2005 2017
Rick Jansons 2 2001 2017
Rick Donahoe 3 2011 2015
Mary Guay 4 2003 2015
Phyllis Stickler 5 1995 2015

School board elections

See also: Richland School District elections (2015)

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.


The table below displays the budget for Richland School District:[7][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
2012-2013 $74,992,917 68% $6,822,355 6.2% $11,237,663 10.2% $7,585,000 6.9% $9,618,571 8.7% $110,256,506
2013-2014 $85,634,002 46.8% $14,164,115 7.7% $17,877,669 9.8% $9,925,000 5.4% $55,238,887 30.2% $182,839,673
2014-2015 $89,928,671 36.5% $13,573,578 5.5% $19,691,558 8% $10,990,000 4.5% $112,297,394 45.6% $246,481,201
Averages: $83,518,530 46% $11,520,016 6% $16,268,963.33 9% $9,500,000 5% $59,051,617.33 33% $179,859,126.67

Teacher salaries

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:[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
B.A. 135 41,116 59,385
MA 40,045 56,634
MA 45 43,051 66,154
MA 90/Ph.D. 44,989 69,092


Teachers in the district are represented by the Richland Education Association (REA). The current president of REA is Jeri Morrow.[11]

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 10,524 -
2009 10,924 3.8
2010 11,027 0.9
2011 11,282 2.3
2012 11,536 2.3

District schools

Richland School District operates 18 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

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
Jefferson Elementary
Lewis & Clark Elementary
Marcus Whitman Elementary
Richland High School
River's Edge High School
Sacajawea Elementary
Tapteal Elementary
Three Rivers HomeLink
Tri-Tech Skills Center
White Bluffs Elementary
William Wiley 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.

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.[13]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 75.5 72.4
4 76.3 68.1
5 77.6 73.0
6 73.0 61.9
7 78.0 60.3
8 70.5 59.6
10 84.9 -

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


Superintendent firing

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.[5][14]

Contact information

Richland Logo.jpg
Richland School Board
615 Snow Avenue
Richland, WA 99352
Phone: (509) 967-6000

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