Spokane Public Schools, Washington

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Spokane Public Schools
Spokane, Washington
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District Profile
Superintendent:Shelley Redinger
Graduation rate:76.7%
Number of schools:49
Budget: $340.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bob Douthitt
Board members:5
Term length:6
Spokane Public Schools is a school district in Washington that served 29,091 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] The district is the second largest by enrollment in the state of Washington behind Seattle Public Schools. Spokane Public Schools opened its doors in 1889 with four elementary schools and one high school.[2]

About the district

Spokane Public Schools is located in Spokane County, Washington
The City of Spokane is the county seat of Spokane County, which is located in eastern Washington. The city sits in the middle of the county about 20 miles west of the state's border with Idaho. The population of Spokane was 209,440 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Spokane lags behind state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (29.2%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Spokane's median income at $41,466 while the state median income was $58,890. Spokane had a poverty rate of 18.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Spokane (%) Washington (%)
White 86.7 77.3
Black or African American 2.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.0 1.5
Asian 2.6 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.6 0.6
Two or More Races 4.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[4][5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 45.7 51.5
2008 48.2 49.3
2004 43.0 55.0
2000 43.4 51.9

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]


The current Superintendent of Spokane Public Schools is Dr. Shelley Redinger who has served in the position since her appointment in 2012. She previously served as the superintendent for Spotsylvania School District in Virginia. Redinger's annual compensation is $239,999.20 with a base salary of $214,285 and an annuity of $25,714.20. The Spotsylvania School Board attempted to reclaim $20,000 in relocation costs as Redinger left with three years left on her contract but the contract did not allow this request.[8]

School board

The Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors consists of five members elected in geographic districts to six-year terms. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[9]

Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Susan Chapin 1 2007 2019
Bob Douthitt 2 2007 2019
Jeffrey Bierman 3 2008 2015
Rocco Treppiedi 4 1996 2015
Deana Brower 5 2011 2017

School board elections

See also: Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Directors are elected to six-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013, two seats will be up for election on November 3, 2015 and one seat will be on the ballot in November 2017.


The table below displays the budget for Spokane Public School District:[10]

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 $252,800,373 84.1% $17,356,287 5.8% $28,480,195 9.5% $0 0% $1,953,792 0.6% $300,590,646
2012-2013 $259,723,823 82.1% $17,379,253 5.5% $37,902,209 12% $0 0% $1,409,165 0.4% $316,414,450
2013-2014 $273,817,182 83.2% $19,195,119 5.8% $34,420,883 10.5% $0 0% $1,679,331 0.5% $329,112,515
2014-2015 $281,934,000 82.8% $19,749,000 5.8% $35,752,500 10.5% $0 0% $3,064,500 0.9% $340,500,000
Averages: $267,068,844.5 83% $18,419,914.75 6% $34,138,946.75 11% $0 0% $2,026,697 1% $321,654,402.75

Teacher salaries

Spokane Public Schools employed 1,758 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 salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2011-2012 school year:[11]

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/Dr. 44,989 62,955


Teachers working at Spokane Public Schools are represented in salary negotiations by the Spokane Education Association (SEA). The current president of SEA is Jenny Rose.[12]

Schools in district


The district served 29,091 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 1.7% decrease 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 29,609 -
2009 29,416 -0.7
2010 29,243 -0.6
2011 29,203 -0.1
2012 29,091 -0.4

District schools

Spokane Public Schools operates 49 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Spokane Public Schools
Adams Elementary
Arlington Elementary
Audubon Elementary
Balboa Elementary
Bemiss Elementary
Browne Elementary
Chase Middle School
Cooper Elementary
Ferris High School
Finch Elementary
Franklin Elementary
Garfield Elementary
Garry Middle School
Glover Middle School
Grant Elementary
Hamblen Elementary
Holmes Elementary
Hutton Elementary
Indian Trail Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Lewis & Clark High School
Libby Center
Lidgerwood Elementary
Lincoln Heights Elementary
Linwood Elementary
Logan Elementary
Longfellow Elementary
Madison Elementary
Moran Prairie Elementary
Mullan Road Elementary
NEWTECH Skills Center
North Central High School
On Track Academy
Regal Elementary
Ridgeview Elementary
Rogers High School
Roosevelt Elementary
Sacajawea Middle School
Salk Middle School
Shadle Park High School
Shaw Middle School
Sheridan Elementary
Stevens Elementary
The Community High School
Westview Elementary
Whitman Elementary
Willard Elementary
Wilson Elementary
Woodridge 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.

Spokane Public Schools 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.[14]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 66.6 65.3
4 69.7 63.8
5 68.0 66.3
6 69.3 70.6
7 68.3 62.3
8 62.8 53.9
10 77.7 -

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


Charter school authorization

A statewide initiative passed in November 2012 allowing 40 charter schools in public school districts by 2017. Superintendent Shelley Redinger has advocated the creation of charter schools since her appointment in 2012 and the district applied to the state to develop authorized charter programs.[15] The Washington State Board of Education approved Spokane as the first district with charter school authorization powers on September 11, 2013.[16]

Arming employees

The Board of Directors approved a plan in April 2013 to allow resource officers in the district to carry guns. Board members are revisiting prior to the 2013-2014 school year though implementation would not take place until January 2014. Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub and the district's security supervisor, Mark Howard, support the plan if proper precautions are taken. District officials and the Board of Directors will have to negotiate with the SEA to adjust staff contracts while ensuring employee safety.[17]

Contact information

Spokane Logo.gif
Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors
Administration Building
200 N. Bernard
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 354-5900
Email: SchoolBoard@spokaneschools.org

Website evaluation

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Public Records
Background Checks

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites

Last rated on December 30, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 4 years.[18]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[19]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 4 years.[20]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 4 years.[21]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[22]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2008 are available.[23]
  • Contracts
    • Collected bargaining agreements are provided.[24]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[25]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by Associate Superintendent position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[26]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Academics
    • Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.[27]
  • Background Checks
    • The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are posted online.[28]

The bad

  • None posted yet.

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Office of the Superintendent of Public Education, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed August 5, 2013
  2. Spokane Public Schools, "First 100 Years," November 21, 1989
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Spokane," accessed August 5, 2013
  4. Washington Secretary of State, "Pre-2004 Election Results," accessed August 5, 2013
  5. Spokane County Elections, "Results and Statistics from Previous Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  8. Fredericksburg.com, "Redinger's pay will increase in next post," May 1, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Spokane Public Schools, "Board of Directors," accessed August 5, 2013
  10. Spokane Public Schools, "Budget Information," accessed December 16, 2014
  11. Spokane Public Schools, "Certified Teachers Salary Schedule," September 1, 2011
  12. Spokane Education Association, "Executive Board," accessed August 5, 2013
  13. Spokane Public Schools, "District Profile," accessed August 5, 2013
  14. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 5, 2013
  15. The Spokesman-Review, "Spokane Public Schools step closer to charter schools," July 10, 2013
  16. Yakima Herald, "State board empowers Spokane district to OK charter schools," September 12, 2013
  17. King5.com, "Spokane school board moves toward armed employees," August 14, 2013
  18. Spokane Public Schools, "Budgets," accessed December 30, 2012
  19. Spokane Public Schools, "Staff Directory," accessed December 31, 2012
  20. Spokane Public Schools, "Meeting Minutes," accessed December 30, 2012
  21. Spokane Public Schools, "Meeting Agendas," accessed December 30, 2012
  22. Spokane Public Schools, "Meeting Calendar," accessed December 30, 2012
  23. Spokane Public Schools, "Audits," accessed December 30, 2012
  24. Spokane Public Schools, "Bargaining," accessed December 30, 2012
  25. Spokane Public Schools, "Levy," accessed December 31, 2012
  26. Spokane Public Schools, "Public Records," accessed December 31, 2012
  27. Spokane Public Schools, "Annual School Reports," accessed: December 30, 2012
  28. Spokane Public Schools, "Board Policy-Background Checks," accessed: December 30, 2012