South Kitsap School District, Washington

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South Kitsap School District
Port Orchard, Washington
South Kitsap SD Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Michelle Reid
Graduation rate:72.8%
Number of schools:16
Budget: $93.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Keith Garton
Board members:5
Term length:4
South Kitsap School District is a school district in Washington that served 9,593 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 32nd largest by enrollment in the state of Washington.[1]

About the district

South Kitsap School District is located in Kitsap County, Washington
South Kitsap School District in Port Orchard is located in Kitsap County along the western banks of the Puget Sound. The population of Port Orchard was 11,144 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Port Orchard outpaced the state poverty rate while lagging behind in median income and higher education achievement. The city had a poverty rate of 9.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Port Orchard's median income at $51,593 while the state median income was $58,890. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (24.1%) is below the state average (31.4%).[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Port Orchard(%) Washington (%)
White 80.8 77.3
Black or African American 3.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.5
Asian 5.8 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.4 0.6
Two or More Races 6.4 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.6 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.2 42.6
2008 54.9 42.6
2004 51.2 46.9
2000 48.9 45.1

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.[4]


The current Superintendent of South Kitsap School District is Dr. Michelle Reid. She was unanimously appointed by the board in February 2013 and took over the position from Interim Superintendent Beverly Cheney in July 2013. Reid previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Port Angeles School District from 2004 to 2013.[5]

School board

The South Kitsap Board of Directors consists of five members each 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.[6]

South Kitsap Board of Directors
Member Area Assumed Office Term Ends
Patty Henderson 1 2003 2015
Keith Garton 2 1998 2015
Christopher Lemke 3 2009 2017
Rebecca Diehl 4 2013 2017
Greg Wall 5 2011 2015

School board elections

See also: South Kitsap School District elections (2013)

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


The table below displays the budget for South Kitsap School District.[7]

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 $76,081,265 80.9% $8,102,963 8.6% $9,604,293 10.2% $0 0% $223,919 0.2% $94,012,440
2012-2013 $76,328,495 81.8% $7,716,354 8.3% $9,014,288 9.7% $0 0% $221,674 0.2% $93,280,811
Averages: $76,204,880 81% $7,909,658.5 8% $9,309,290.5 10% $0 0% $222,796.5 0% $93,646,625.5

Teacher salaries

South Kitsap School District employed 540 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. Teachers with graduate degrees earn higher starting salaries as well as higher maximum salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2012-2013 school year:[8]

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 60,279
MA 90/Ph.D. 44,989 62,955

Schools in district


The district served 9,593 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 6.3% decline 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 10,238 -
2009 10,186 -0.5
2010 9,907 -2.7
2011 9,806 -1.0
2012 9,593 -2.1

District schools

South Kitsap School District operates 16 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

South Kitsap School District
Burley Glenwood Elementary
Cedar Heights Junior High
Discovery Alternative High School
East Port Orchard Elementary
Explorer Academy
Hidden Creek Elementary
John Sedgwick Junior High
Manchester Elementary
Marcus Whitman Junior High
Mullenix Ridge Elementary
Olalla Elementary
Orchard Heights Elementary
Sidney Glen Elementary
South Colby Elementary
South Kitsap High School
Sunnyslope 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.

Schools in the South Kitsap 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 level in 2011-2012.[10]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 72.8 77.4
4 78.2 72.1
5 80.1 74.0
6 77.2 73.9
7 70.0 57.5
8 65.9 58.3
10 84.3 -

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


Collective bargaining issues

The South Kitsap Education Association (SKEA) and the district struggled to find middle ground on a contract but reached agreement the evening before the first day of school. Relations between SKEA and district officials have been strained since the district cut 61 teaching positions in May 2013. The district has experienced a 6.3% decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2012 while the staff cuts represent 10% of the 2012-2013 teaching staff. These cuts along with an additional 47 resignations or retirements led the district to allow class sizes as high as 40 students in high schools.[11] Teachers voted during an August 26 meeting to reject the district's proposed contract. This vote also approved a strike starting September 1 if continued negotiations failed to produce a new contract.[12][13] The Board of Directors responded with votes on August 28 to allow the superintendent to seek an injunction against striking teachers and hire temporary teachers.[14] The issue was resolved on September 3 when 96% of SKEA members approved a three-year contract that would reduce classroom sizes and restore some of the eliminated teaching positions.[15]

Contact information

South Kitsap SD Logo.jpg
South Kitsap Board of Directors
2689 Hoover Ave. SE
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Phone: (360) 874-7000

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