Pasco School District, Washington

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Pasco School District
Pasco, Washington
Pasco School District Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Saundra Hill
Graduation rate:71%
Number of schools:19
Budget: $152.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Sherry Lancon
Board members:5
Term length:4
Pasco School District is a school district in Washington that served 15,990 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 18th largest based on enrollment in the state of Washington.[1]

About the district

Pasco School District is located in Franklin County, Washington
The City of Pasco in Franklin County is located along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington. The population of Pasco was 59,781 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Pasco lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.9%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Pasco's median income at $47,252 while the state median income was $58,890. Pasco had a poverty rate of 22.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[2]


The current Superintendent of Pasco School District is Saundra Hill. She has served in various capacities in the district since 1982 including Bilingual Program Administrator and Director of Staff Development and Evaluation. Hill was served as Superintendent since July 2002.[4]

School board

The Pasco Board of Directors is a five-member board with each member elected by district to a four-year term. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[5]

Pasco Board of Directors
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Ruben Peralta 1 2011 2015
Ryan Brault 2 2011 2015
William Leggett 3 1997 2013
Sherry Lancon 4 2007 2013
Darrell Toombs 5 2013 2013

School board elections

See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)

Members of the Pasco Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.


Pasco School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[6]

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 $135,853,584 57.9% $3,654,831 1.6% $83,294,564 35.5% $11,881,521 5.1% $0 0% $234,684,500
Averages: $135,853,584 58% $3,654,831 2% $83,294,564 35% $11,881,521 5% $0 0% $234,684,500

Teacher salaries

Pasco School District employed 1,000 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 salary schedule sets higher starting salaries and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2012-2013 school year:[7]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 33,401 38,050
BA 15 34,303 40,353
BA 30 35,238 42,806
BA 45 36,175 47,332
BA 90 39,180 56,597
BA 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 in negotiations by the Pasco Association of Educators (PAE). The current president of PAE is Joy Reilly.[8]

Schools in district


The district served 15,990 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 16.7% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 13,700 -
2009 14,437 5.4
2010 15,127 4.8
2011 15,633 3.3
2012 15,990 2.2

District schools

Pasco School District operates 19 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

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.

Pasco School District met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district did not meet AYP goals for reading at the elementary and middle school levels. The State Report Card also concluded that district high schools failed to meet AYP goals for math and reading.[10]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 49.1 48.4
4 54.3 51.1
5 56.6 53.4
6 50.7 44.1
7 54.3 51.3
8 54.6 39.8
10 69.5 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

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


Budget shortfall

In a work session on August 27, the Board of Directors discussed a budget shortfall expected with the expiration of the current maintenance and operations levy in December 2014. The district currently receives $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value to fill in gaps left by state funding and other revenue. A tax levy increase of at least $0.10 per $1,000 would be necessary to fill the expected budget gap. Superintendent Saundra Hill and board members in attendance voiced no support for an increased tax levy on the February 2014 ballot, focusing instead on studying potential cuts in the budget while maintaining the current levy amount.[11]

Campaign law complaint

Local resident Roger Lenk filed an elections complaint against the district with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission in June 2013. Lenk claims that Superintendent Saundra Hill and other officials used district resources to secure public approval for a $46.8 million bond measure in February 2013. The complaint claims coordination between the district and a group called Pasco Citizens for Better Schools, which advocated for approval of the bond. The Public Disclosure Commission will investigate the district and likely use hearings rather than court proceedings if further deliberations are required.[12]

Contact information

Pasco School District Logo.jpg
Pasco School District
C.L. Booth Education Center
1215 W. Lewis Street
Pasco, WA 99301-5472
Phone: (509) 543-6700

See also

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