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Tacoma Public Schools, Washington
|Tacoma Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||50|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Debbie Winskill|
- 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
Tacoma 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 (24.3%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Tacoma's median income at $49,232 while the state median income was $58,890. Tacoma had a poverty rate of 17.1% 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 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The current Superintendent is Carla Santorno, who has served in the position since her appointment in June 2012. She previously served in an interim capacity from January 2012 to June 2012. Santorno worked as an administrator with the Denver Public Schools and Seattle Public Schools prior to arriving in Tacoma in 2009.
The Tacoma Public Schools Board of Directors is a five-member board with each member elected at-large to a six-year term. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.
|Tacoma Public Schools Board of Directors|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
School board elections
- See also: Tacoma Public Schools elections (2013)
Members of the Board of Directors are elected to six-year terms on a staggered basis. One seat on the board is up for election on November 5, 2013, two seats will be up for election on November 3, 2015 and two seats will be on the ballot in November 2017.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Tacoma Public Schools employed 1,810 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2012-2013 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in Tacoma School District are represented by the Tacoma Education Association (TEA). The current president of TEA is John Solberg who has served in the post since 2012.
Schools in district
The district served 28,321 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 2.3% 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 (%)|
Tacoma Public Schools operates 50 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Tacoma Public Schools|
|Baker Middle School|
|Bryant Middle School|
|Browns Point Elementary|
|Crescent Heights Elementary|
|Fern Hill Elementary|
|First Creek Middle School|
|Foss High School|
|Giaudrone Middle School|
|Gray Middle School|
|Jason Lee Middle School|
|Lincoln High School|
|Mason Middle School|
|Meeker Middle School|
|Mount Tahoma High School|
|Northeast Tacoma Elementary|
|Oakland High School|
|Point Defiance Elementary|
|School of the Arts|
|Science and Math Institute|
|Stadium High School|
|Stewart Middle School|
|Tacoma Virtual Learning|
|Truman Middle School|
|Wilson 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.
Tacoma 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 school level and failed to reach AYP for reading and math at the middle school and high school levels.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
2011 teacher strike
On September 12, 2011, the district and the Tacoma Education Association halted negotiations over a new three-year contract. This impasse led to 1,900 teachers striking for smaller class sizes and a halt to salary cuts. Governor Christine Gregoire negotiated a conclusion to a 10-day strike that maintained limits on class sizes and froze teacher salaries.
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites
Last rated on March 26, 2013.
- Budgets are posted.
- Budgets are archived to 20007.
- Administrative Officials
- Officials are listed with contact information on department pages.
- Elected Officials
- School Board members are listed with contact information.
- Meeting dates, agendas, and minutes are available.
- Agendas and minutes are archived to 2011.
- Audits are posted.
- Audits are archived to 2003.
- Collective bargaining agreements are posted.
- Bids and vendor contracts are available.
- Public Records
- Public records information and request form provided.
- Tax levy information is provided.
- Link provided to District Report Card.
- Background Checks
- Background check policy is posted.
- None posted yet.
- Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction," "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed August 5, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Tacoma," accessed August 5, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- LinkedIn, "Carla Santorno," accessed August 5, 2013
- The News Tribune, "New Superintendent Carla Santorno wants Tacoma Public Schools to earn ‘innovation’ label," September 20, 2012
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Policy Manual," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Summary of General Fund Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Budget," accessed December 16, 2014
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Salary Schedules," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Education Association, "Council Leadership," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Schools," accessed August 5, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed August 5, 2013
- Christian Science Monitor, "In Tacoma, teachers needed to strike simply to keep the status quo," September 22, 2011
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Budgets," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Departments & Programs," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "School Board," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "More Meetings," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "CAFR," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Purchasing," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Public Records Requests," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Ask a Levy Question," accessed August 5, 2013
- Tacoma Public Schools, "Background Check" accessed August 5, 2013