Wayzata Public Schools, Minnesota

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Wayzata Public Schools
Hennepin County, Minnesota
Wayzata Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Chace B. Anderson
Enrollment:10,464 students
Graduation rate:89.9%[1]
Number of schools:11
Budget: $123.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Linda A. Cohen
Board members:7
Term length:4
Wayzata Public Schools is a school district in Minnesota that served 10,464 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2] This district is the 12th-largest by enrollment in the state of Minnesota.

About the district

Wayzata Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Wayzata Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The county seat of Hennepin County is Minneapolis. Hennepin County is home to 1,184,576 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.[3]


Hennepin County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 45.5% of Hennepin County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 32.2% for Minnesota as a whole. The median household income in Hennepin County was $63,559 compared to $59,126 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Hennepin County was 12.6% compared to 11.2% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Hennepin County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 76.7 86.5
Black or African American 12.3 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.3
Asian 6.7 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.0 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 6.9 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Hennepin County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 423,982 240,073
2008 420,958 231,054
2004 383,841 255,133
2000 307,599 225,657

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.[5]


The superintendent of Wayzata Public Schools is Dr. Chace B. Anderson.[6] He was appointed to the position by the school board in July 2008. Before taking the position, Anderson served as an educator and administrator in Bellevue Public Schools in Nebraska and in both Edina Public Schools and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District in Minnesota. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa, his M.S. degree in Secondary School Administration from the University of Nebraska and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.[7]

School board

Wayzata Public Schools is overseen by a seven-member board, all of whom are elected to four-year terms.[8]

Wayzata School Board[9]
Member Term Ends
Linda A. Cohen 2015
Jay Hesby 2015
Carter G. Peterson 2015
Cheryl Polzin 2015
Andrea Cuene 2017
Sarah Johansen 2017
Chris McCullough 2017

School board elections

See also: Wayzata Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Wayzata School Board are elected to four-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2013 and four seats will be up for election in 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Wayzata School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[10]

The following procedures will be utilized to facilitate public participation in regular School Board meetings. The School Board will provide a specified period of time at the Board’s regular monthly meeting where citizens may address the School Board on any topic, subject to the limitations of Policy 211. The School Board reserves the right to allocate a specific period of time for this purpose and limit time for speakers accordingly.

1. Citizens who wish to speak at a public School Board meeting may do so in one of the following ways: 1) notify the Superintendent’s office in advance of the School Board meeting. 2) notify a member of the board or staff prior to the start of the meeting; or 3) stand and state their wish to address the board when the Board Chair extends the invitation to speak to the audience at the appropriate time on the agenda. All speakers will be asked to complete a form indicating the topic or agenda item to which their comments relate, their name, address, and affiliation with a group (if applicable.)

2. Citizens who address the School Board should open their comments by stating the subject or agenda item(s) to which their comments pertain, their name, address, and affiliation with a group (if applicable.)

3. The School Board Chair will recognize one speaker at a time and will rule out of order other speakers who are not recognized. Only those speakers recognized by the Chair are allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order. Individuals who interfere with or interrupt speakers, the School Board, or the proceedings may be directed to leave.

4. Comments by individual speakers are normally limited to a maximum of three to five minutes. The School Board retains the discretion to limit comments on any agenda item or topic to a reasonable period of time. If a group or organization wishes to address the School Board on a topic, the School Board reserves the right to require designation of one or more representatives or spokespersons to speak on behalf of the group or organization.

5. Matters raised by a public speaker which may involve data privacy concerns and/or preliminary allegations, or which may be potentially libelous or slanderous in nature, shall not be considered in public but shall be processed as determined by the School Board in accordance with governing law.

6. The School Board Chair shall promptly rule out of order any discussion by any person, including School Board members, that would violate the provisions of state or federal law, this policy or the statutory rights of privacy of an individual.

7. Personal attacks by anyone addressing the School Board are unacceptable. Persistence in such remarks by an individual shall terminate that person’s privilege to address the School Board.

8. Depending upon the number of persons in attendance seeking to be heard, the School Board reserves the right to impose such other limitations and restrictions as necessary in order to provide an orderly, efficient and fair opportunity for those present to be heard.

9. Public speakers at the Regular Board Meeting will be identified in the formal minutes and the remarks will be televised as part of the proceedings.[11]


The table below displays the budget for Wayzata Public Schools:[12]

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
2013-2014 $91,539,617 74% $3,323,461 2.7% $18,296,010 14.8% $0 0% $10,581,838 8.6% $123,740,926
Averages: $91,539,617 74% $3,323,461 3% $18,296,010 15% $0 0% $10,581,838 9% $123,740,926

Teacher salaries

Wayzata Public Schools employed 652 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[13] 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. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Wayzata Education Association for 2013-2014:[14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 37,202 52,805
BA + 15 37,915 58,773
BA + 30 38,988 65,112
BA + 45 40,239 67,725
BA + 60 41,846 74,064
MA 43,455 77,049
MA + 15 44,884 78,912
MA + 30 46,493 80,776
MA + 45 48,100 82,644
MA + 60 49,708 84,508
Ph.D. 52,030 87,116

Schools in Wayzata Public Schools


Wayzata Public Schools serves 10,464 students. Wayzata Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Wayzata Public Schools operates 11 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Wayzata Public Schools
School Name
Birchview Elementary
Central Middle School
East Middle School
Gleason Lake Elementary
Greenwood Elementary
Kimberly Lane Elementary
Oakwood Elementary
Plymouth Creek Elementary
Sunset Hill Elementary
Wayzata High School
West Middle School

Academic performance

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are standardized tests conducted to measure student progress toward the state's academic benchmarks. The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made Adequate Yearly Progress toward all students becoming proficient in these subjects. The science tests are required by the No Child Left Behind Act but not included in the AYP calculations. Reading and mathematics tests are both given to students in grades 3 through 8, along with an additional reading test given to students in grade 10 and an additional mathematics test given to students in grade 11. Science tests are given to students in grades 5 and 8, along with an additional test given when students complete a life science or biology course in high school.[16]

Reading MCA Performance, Grade 10[17][18]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 90% 1064 75% 1057
2011-2012 93% 1064 77% 1057
2012-2013 80% 1060 62% 1053

Mathematics MCA Performance, Grade 11[17][18]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 69% 1158 49% 1147
2011-2012 69% 1157 43% 1146
2012-2013 79% 1162 52% 1149

Science MCA Performance, Grade HS[17][18]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 78% 1056 N/A N/A
2011-2012 75% 1057 52% 1049
2012-2013 77% 1056 53% 1049

Contact information

Wayzata Public Schools seal.jpg

Wayzata Public Schools
210 County Road 101 N.
PO Box 660
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 763-745-5000
Fax: 763-745-5091

See also

External links


  1. MinnCAN, "Wayzata Public School District," accessed February 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed February 11, 2014
  4. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Wayzata Public Schools, "Superintendent's Office," accessed February 11, 2014
  7. Wayzata Public Schools, "Superintendent Chace B. Anderson, Ph.D.," accessed February 11, 2014
  8. Wayzata Public Schools, "School Board of Wayzata Public Schools," accessed February 11, 2014
  9. Wayzata Public Schools, "Meet the Board," accessed February 11, 2014
  10. Wayzata Public Schools, "200 - Board of Directors," accessed February 11, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Wayzata Public Schools, "Wayzata School District: Preliminary Budget," accessed December 2, 2013
  13. Minnesota Department of Education, "Data Reports and Analytics," accessed February 11, 2014
  14. Wayzata Public Schools, "Employee Contracts," accessed February 11, 2014
  15. Wayzata Public Schools, "Home," accessed February 11, 2014
  16. Minnesota Department of Education, "Testing Information," accessed December 26, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Pioneer Press, "Wayzata," accessed February 11, 2014