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Mead School District
Mead , Washington
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District Profile
Superintendent:Tom Rockefeller
Graduation rate:88.2%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $85.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ron Farley
Board members:5
Term length:4
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]

School board

The Mead School District Board of Directors consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[7]

Mead School District Board of Directors
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Maureen O'Connor 1 2005 2017
Denny Denholm 2 1998 2015
Bob Olson 3 1985 2015
Ron Farley 4 1999 2015
Tom Hunt 5 1996 2017

School board elections

See also: Mead School District elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Mead School District Board of Directors maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[8]

The Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings. In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board will provide a period at the beginning of the meeting during which visitors may make formal presentations. Such presentations should be scheduled in advance.

The Board will also allow individuals to express an opinion prior to Board action on agenda items the Board determine require or will benefit from public comment. Written and oral comment will be accepted by the Board before the adoption or amendment of policies not expressly or by implication authorized by state or federal law, but which will promote the education of kindergarten through twelfth grade students in public schools or will promote the effective, efficient or safe management and operation of the district. Individuals wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the President. Individuals, after identifying themselves, will proceed to make comments as briefly as the subject permits. Any representative of a firm eligible to bid on materials or services solicited by the Board shall also be entitled to express an opinion. The President may interrupt or terminate an individual's statement when it is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene or irrelevant. The Board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.

The Board shall not hear oral complaints regarding district employees. A member of the public wishing to make such a complaint shall do so in writing to the President and/or Superintendent who shall take appropriate action.

Individuals with disabilities who may need a modification to participate in a meeting should contact the Superintendent's office no later than three days before a regular meeting and as soon as possible in advance of a special meeting so that arrangements for the modification can be made.[9]



Mead School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[10]

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:[11]

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.[12]

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:[13]

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.[14]

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

Contact information

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Mead School District Board of Directors
2323 E. Farwell Road
Mead, WA 99021
Phone: (509) 465-6000

Website evaluation

Taxes N
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Budget N
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Meetings P
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts N
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Audits N
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Public Records N
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Academics N
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Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites

Last rated on December 18, 2012.

The good

  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[15]
    • 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]

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.

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections, 2013" Accessed January 6, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Mead," Accessed November 25, 2013
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Pre-2004 Election Results," Accessed August 5, 2013
  4. Spokane County Elections, "Results and Statistics from Previous Elections," Accessed August 5, 2013
  5. Moscow-Pullman Daily News, "Pullman names new school boss," April 13, 2006
  6. Kitsap Sun, "Staff Record For: THOMAS J ROCKEFELLER," Accessed January 10, 2014
  7. Mead School District, "Board Member Compensation," March 26, 2007
  8. Mead School District, "Public or Audience Participation in Public Meetings," March 26, 2007
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. U.S. Census, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," Accessed December 11, 2013
  11. Mead Education Association, "Collective Bargaining Agreement," Accessed January 10, 2014
  12. Mead Education Association, "Executive Board," Accessed January 10, 2014
  13. Mead School District, "Our Schools," Accessed January 10, 2014
  14. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," Accessed January 10, 2014
  15. Mead School District, "Departments," Accessed December 18, 2012
  16. Mead School District, "Meet Our Board Members," Accessed December 18, 2012
  17. Mead School District, "Board Meetings 2013-2014," Accessed December 18, 2012