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Vancouver Public Schools
Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver Public Schools Logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Steven Webb
Graduation rate:72%
Number of schools:34
Budget: $249.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dale Q. Rice
Board members:5
Term length:4
Vancouver Public Schools is a school district in Washington that served 22,533 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the seventh largest by enrollment in the state of Washington.

About the district

Vancouver Public Schools is located in Clark County, Washington
Vancouver is the county seat of Clark County, which is situated along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington. Vancouver's population was 161,791 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


Vancouver lags behind the rest of Washington based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Vancouver was $50,387 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 15.5% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.5%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Vancouver (%) Washington (%)
White 80.9 77.3
Black or African American 2.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 5.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.0 0.6
Two or More Races 4.8 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 10.4 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.1 42.1
2008 51.9 46.8
2004 46.7 52.0
2000 45.6 49.6

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


The current Superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools is Dr. Steven Webb. He has served in the position since July 2008 after two years as the Deputy Superintendent. Webb earned annual compensation totaling $213,263 including $191,262 in salary in 2012.[4]

School board

The Vancouver Board of Directors is a five-member board with each member elected to a four-year term. Members of the board are eligible to receive $50 per day of work on district matters with maximum annual compensation of $4,800.[5]

Vancouver Board of Directors
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Dale Q. Rice 1990 2015
Edri Geiger 2005 2015
Kathy Gillespie 2009 2017
Mark Stoker 2007 2017
Mari Greves 1996 2015

School board elections

See also: Vancouver Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Vancouver Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015


The table below displays the budget for Vancouver Public School District:[6][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 $170,987,101 82.7% $14,978,871 7.2% $20,140,271 9.7% $0 0% $586,276 0.3% $206,692,519
2012-2013 $174,658,471 82.6% $17,556,192 8.3% $18,082,393 8.6% $0 0% $1,190,203 0.6% $211,487,259
2013-2014 $190,727,754 81.3% $25,382,969 10.8% $17,286,431 7.4% $0 0% $1,190,867 0.5% $234,588,021
2014-2015 $194,423,338 78% $13,210,816 5.3% $41,643,235 16.7% $0 0% $0 0% $249,260,691
Averages: $182,699,166 81% $17,782,212 8% $24,288,082.5 11% $0 0% $741,836.5 0% $225,507,122.5

Teacher salaries

Vancouver School District employed 1,111 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 schedule also creates higher starting and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2011-2012 school year:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 33,01 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 44,989 62,955


Teachers in the district are represented by the Vancouver Education Association (REA). The current president of VEA is Courtney Eyer.[9]

Schools in district


The district served 22,533 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 1.4% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2011 before rebounding in the 2012-2013 school year. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 -
2009 22,356 0.6
2010 22,340 -
2011 22,365 0.1
2012 22,533 0.7

District schools

Vancouver Public Schools operates 34 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Vancouver Public Schools
Alki Middle School
Anderson Elementary
Chinook Elementary
Columbia River High School
Discovery Middle School
Eisenhower Elementary
Felida Elementary
Fort Vancouver High School
Franklin Elementary
Fruit Valley Elementary
Gaiser Middle School
Harney Elementary
Hazel Dell Elementary
Hough Elementary
Hudson's Bay High School
Jason Lee Middle School
King Elementary
Lake Shore Elementary
Lewis and Clark High School
Lincoln Elementary
McLoughlin Middle School
Marshall Elementary
Minnehana Elementary
Ogden Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
Sacajawea Elementary
Salmon Creek Elementary
Skyview High School
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Truman Elementary
Vancouver iTech Preparatory
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
Walnut Grove Elementary
Washington 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.

Vancouver 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, middle or high school levels in 2011-2012. The State Report Card also conclude that middle schools in the district failed to meet AYP goals in mathematics.[12]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 64.8 68.7
4 63.2 52.4
5 65.5 60.6
6 67.2 52.8
7 66.4 51.1
8 62.9 50.5
10 80.8 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2011-2012
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No Yes
Middle School No No
High School No Yes


Private shower in district office

The district attracted attention for installing a shower in the restroom near Superintendent Steven Webb's office. The shower cost about $4,000 and was part of the district's summer renovations of administrative offices and schools. The Board of Directors had no knowledge of the shower until September 2013 and board members had different reactions to the news. Board president Dale Rice noted that the board wouldn't have seen plans for the shower as the cost fell below the approval threshold. He also argued that other officials will have access to the shower. Board vice president Edri Geiger countered that she would have voted no for the expense if the board had the opportunity.[13]

Contact information

Vancouver Public Schools Logo.png
Vancouver Board of Directors
2901 Falk Road
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 313-1000

Website evaluation

Taxes P
Budget P
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Audits N
600px-Red x.png
Public Records
Background Checks

School district websitesGuide.png
Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites

Last rated on June 14, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budget information and 2011-2012 budget summary is provided.[14][15]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Some contact information is provided.
  • Elected Officials
    • Board of Directors are listed with term information.[5]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting dates, agendas, and minutes are posted.[5]
  • Public Records
    • Public records information and request form provided.[16]
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted.[17]
    • Collective bargaining agreements are provided.[18]
  • Taxes
    • Some levy information is posted.[19]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is posted.
  • Academic performance
    • The district posts District Performance Scorecards for the past two years.[20]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budget documents are not posted.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Email addresses are not provided.
  • Elected Officials
    • No contact information for Board of Directors
  • Audits
    • Audits are not available.
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts are not available.
  • Taxes
    • Levy rate is not posted.

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Vancouver," accessed September 20, 2013
  2. Clark County Auditor's Office, "Election Results," September 20, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. The Columbian, "Clark County's top earners," June 30, 2013 (timed out)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Vancouver Public Schools, "VPS Meet the Board," accessed September 20, 2013
  6. Vancouver Public Schools, "Summary of General Fund Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
  7. Vancouver Public Schools, "2014-2015 Budget," accessed December 16, 2014
  8. Vancouver Education Association, "Comprehensive Professional Agreement," accessed September 23, 2013
  9. Vancouver Education Association, "VEA Executive Board," accessed September 23, 2013
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named vancouver
  11. Vancouver Public Schools, "Schools in VPS," accessed September 20, 2013
  12. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed September 20, 2013
  13. The Columbian, "Media in a lather over Vancouver schools chief's shower," September 17, 2013
  14. Vancouver Public Schools, "Budget Main," accessed September 20, 2013
  15. 2011-2012 Vancouver Public Schools, "2011-2012 Budget Summary," accessed September 20, 2013
  16. Vancouver Public Schools, "Request a Public Record," accessed September 20, 2013
  17. Vancouver Public Schools, "Purchasing Department," accessed September 20, 2013
  18. Vancouver Public Schools, "Collective Bargaining Agreement," accessed September 20, 2013
  19. Vancouver Public Schools, "Levy and Bond Facts," accessed September 20, 2013
  20. Vancouver Public Schools, "District Performance Scorecard," accessed August 9, 2012