Spokane Public Schools, Washington
|Spokane Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||49|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Bob Douthitt|
- 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 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the district
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%.
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 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.
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 $4,800 per year.
|Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
School board elections
- See also: Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)
Members of the Board of Directors are elected to six-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013, two seats will be up for election on November 3, 2015 and one seat will be on the ballot in November 2017.
The Spokane Public School District's budget is published on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Spokane Public Schools employed 1,758 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2011-2012 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
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.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Spokane Public Schools operates 49 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Spokane Public Schools|
|Chase Middle School|
|Ferris High School|
|Garry Middle School|
|Glover Middle School|
|Indian Trail Elementary|
|Lewis & Clark High School|
|Lincoln Heights Elementary|
|Moran Prairie Elementary|
|Mullan Road Elementary|
|NEWTECH Skills Center|
|North Central High School|
|On Track Academy|
|Rogers High School|
|Sacajawea Middle School|
|Salk Middle School|
|Shadle Park High School|
|Shaw Middle School|
|The Community High School|
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.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
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. The Washington State Board of Education approved Spokane as the first district with charter school authorization powers on September 11, 2013.
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.
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites
Last rated on December 30, 2012.
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 4 years.
- Administrative Officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- 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.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2008 are available.
- Collected bargaining agreements are provided.
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- 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.
- A fee schedule for documents is provided.
- Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.
- Background Checks
- The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are posted online.
- None posted yet.
- The Office of the Superintendent of Public Education, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed August 5, 2013
- Spokane Public Schools, "First 100 Years," November 21, 1989
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Spokane," accessed August 5, 2013
- Washington Secretary of State, "Pre-2004 Election Results," accessed August 5, 2013
- Spokane County Elections, "Results and Statistics from Previous Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Fredericksburg.com, "Redinger's pay will increase in next post," May 1, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Board of Directors," accessed August 5, 2013
- Spokane Public Schools, "Summary of General Fund Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
- Spokane Public Schools, "Certified Teachers Salary Schedule," September 1, 2011
- Spokane Education Association, "Executive Board," accessed August 5, 2013
- Spokane Public Schools, "District Profile," accessed August 5, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 5, 2013
- The Spokesman-Review, "Spokane Public Schools step closer to charter schools," July 10, 2013
- Yakima Herald, "State board empowers Spokane district to OK charter schools," September 12, 2013
- King5.com, "Spokane school board moves toward armed employees," August 14, 2013
- Spokane Public Schools, "Budgets," accessed December 30, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Staff Directory," accessed December 31, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Meeting Minutes," accessed December 30, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Meeting Agendas," accessed December 30, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Meeting Calendar," accessed December 30, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Audits," accessed December 30, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Bargaining," accessed December 30, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Levy," accessed December 31, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Public Records," accessed December 31, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Annual School Reports," accessed: December 30, 2012
- Spokane Public Schools, "Board Policy-Background Checks," accessed: December 30, 2012