Mead School District, Washington

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Mead School District is a school district in Washington that served 9,387 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] This district is the 33rd largest by enrollment in the state of Washington.

About the district

Mead School District is located in Spokane County, Washington
Mead School District serves K-12 students in the Town of Mead and the City of Spokane in Spokane County, Washington. The population of Mead was 7,275 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Mead lagged behind state averages for median income and higher education achievement but outperformed the state poverty rate in 2010. The percentage of town residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (26.9%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Mead's median income at $57,125 while the state median income was $58,890. Mead had a poverty rate of 4.1% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[2]


The current Superintendent of Mead School District is Tom Rockefeller. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2006. Rockefeller previously served as the Superintendent of Pullman School District.[5] He earned an annual salary of $179,051 during the 2012-2013 school year.[6]


Mead School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[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
2010-2011 $58,753,000 68.6% $4,722,000 5.5% $19,840,000 23.2% $2,308,000 2.7% $0 0% $85,623,000
Averages: $58,753,000 69% $4,722,000 6% $19,840,000 23% $2,308,000 3% $0 0% $85,623,000

Teacher salaries

Mead School District employed 534 K-12 teachers during the 2013-2014 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-credit intervals up to 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 negotiated between the district and teachers for 2009-2010:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 34,237 39,002
BA 15 35,162 41,363
BA 30 36,120 43,877
BA 45 37,080 48,517
BA 90 40,161 58,014
BA 135 42,145 60,871
MA 41,047 58,051
MA 45 44,128 61,788
MA 90/Ph.D. 46,115 64,531


Teachers in Mead School District are represented during negotiations by the Mead Education Association (MEA). The current President of MEA is Toby Doolittle.[9]

Schools in Mead School District


The district served 9,387 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 0.5% increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 9,334 -
2010 9,450 1.2
2011 9,395 -0.5
2012 9,396 -
2013 9,387 -

District schools

Mead School District operates 15 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Academic performance

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2012-2013 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 was to meet proficiency goals at all grade levels and student demographics by the 2013-2014 school year.

Mead School District met the state goal of 95% participation across all level. The district did not meet AYP goals for reading at the elementary and middle school levels.[11]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2012-2013
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 83.0 78.8
4 85.3 79.1
5 79.8 73.0
6 88.1 75.3
7 78.4 72.8
8 73.1 65.2
10 89.1 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2012-2013
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No Yes
Middle School No Yes
High School Yes Yes

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
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Last rated on December 18, 2012.

The good

  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[12]
    • 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.[13]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 2 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 2 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[14]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are not archived for 3-5 years.
  • Budget
    • Budgets are not posted.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not posted.
  • Background checks
    • The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are not posted online.
  • Contracts
    • Teacher collective bargaining statements are not provided.
  • Public Records
    • Public records information and request form not available.
  • Academic Performance
    • Academic performance is not noted.
  • Taxes
    • Tax information not provided.
  • Background Check
    • Background check policy not posted.

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