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Snohomish School District
Snohomish, Washington
District Profile
Superintendent:William Mester
Graduation rate:83.8%
Number of schools:16
Budget: $97.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jay Hagen
Board members:5
Term length:4
Snohomish School District is a school district in Washington that served 9,820 K-12 schools. The district is the 31st largest by enrollment in the state of Washington. Snohomish School District had an operating budget of $97.2 million during the 2013-2014 school year.[1][2]

About the district

Snohomish School District is located in Snohomish County, Washington
The City of Snohomish is located along the Snohomish River in northwestern Washington. The population of Snohomish was 9,098 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Snohomish lags behind state averages for median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state's poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.6%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Snohomish's median income at $52,386 while the state median income was $58,890. Snohomish had a poverty rate of 11.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Snohomish (%) Washington (%)
White 89 77.3
Black or African American 0.5 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.5
Asian 2.1 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.6
Two or More Races 3.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.8 40.0
2008 58.1 39.3
2004 53.0 45.5
2000 51.6 43.6

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


The current Superintendent of Snohomish School District is William Mester. He has served in the position since his appointment in July 2002. Mester earned an annual salary of $219,742 during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]

School board

The Snohomish 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.[7]

Snohomish Board of Directors
District Member Term Ends
1 Shaunna Ballas 2017
2 Leah Hughes-Anderson 2015
3 Josh Seek 2017
4 David Johnston 2015
5 Jay Hagen 2017

School board elections

See also: Snohomish School District elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Directors 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 Snohomish School District.[2][8]

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 $74,755,661 82.5% $5,568,455 6.1% $10,082,137 11.1% $0 0% $219,800 0.2% $90,626,053
2012-2013 $76,946,765 82.8% $5,742,031 6.2% $10,078,063 10.8% $0 0% $172,297 0.2% $92,939,156
2013-2014 $80,733,417 83% $5,848,356 6% $10,550,343 10.9% $0.00 0% $101,026 0.1% $97,233,142
Averages: $58,108,960.75 83% $4,289,710.5 6% $7,677,635.75 11% $0 0% $123,280.75 0% $70,199,587.75

Teacher salaries

Snohomish School District employed 487 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 also sets a minimum annual salary of $40,806 for certified teachers with Master's degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,048 35,373
B.A. 15 34,601 36,976
B.A. 30 35,376 39,362
B.A. 45 36,124 49,599
B.A. 90 39,357 55,699
B.A. 135 42,599 59,132
MA 45 40,806 55,699
MA 90 42,991 59,322
MA 135 45,384 64,018


Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the Snohomish Education Association (SEA). The current president of the SEA is Justin Fox-Bailey.[10]

Schools in district


The district served 9,098 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 2.1% 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 9,614 -
2009 9,804 2.0
2010 9,806 -
2011 9,789 -0.2
2012 9,820 0.3

District schools

Snohomish School District operates 16 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Snohomish School District
AIM High School
Cascade View Elementary
Cathcart Elementary
Centennial Middle School
Central Primary Center
Dutch Hill Elementary
ECEAP Preschool
Emerson Elementary
Glacier Peak High School
Little Cedars Elementary
Machias Elementary
Riverview Elementary
Seattle Hill Elementary
Snohomish High School
Totem Falls Elementary
Valley View Middle School

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.

Snohomish 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.[12]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2012-2013
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 74.4 60.1
4 72.1 59.7
5 68.7 63.1
6 72.4 61.4
7 70 57.3
8 63.1 48.6
10 88.4 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2012-2013
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No Yes
Middle School No Yes
High School Yes Yes

Contact information

Snohomish Board of Directors
1601 Avenue D
Snohomish, WA 98290
Phone: (360) 563-7280

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