Vancouver Public Schools, Washington
|Vancouver Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||34|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Dale Q. Rice|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in district
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the district
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%).
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. 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.
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 $4,800.
|Vancouver Board of Directors|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Dale Q. Rice||1990||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Vancouver Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015
The Vancouver Public School District's budget is published on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Vancouver School District employed 1,111 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current schedule also creates higher starting and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2011-2012 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in the district are represented by the Vancouver Education Association (REA). The current president of VEA is Courtney Eyer.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Vancouver Public Schools operates 34 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Vancouver Public Schools|
|Alki Middle School|
|Columbia River High School|
|Discovery Middle School|
|Fort Vancouver High School|
|Fruit Valley Elementary|
|Gaiser Middle School|
|Hazel Dell Elementary|
|Hudson's Bay High School|
|Jason Lee Middle School|
|Lake Shore Elementary|
|Lewis and Clark High School|
|McLoughlin Middle School|
|Salmon Creek Elementary|
|Skyview High School|
|Thomas Jefferson Middle School|
|Vancouver iTech Preparatory|
|Vancouver School of Arts and Academics|
|Walnut Grove Elementary|
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.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
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.
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites
Last rated on June 14, 2012.
- Administrative Officials
- Some contact information is provided.
- Elected Officials
- Board of Directors are listed with term information.
- Meeting dates, agendas, and minutes are posted.
- Public Records
- Public records information and request form provided.
- Some levy information is posted.
- Background Checks
- Background check policy is posted.
- Academic performance
- The district posts District Performance Scorecards for the past two years.
- Budget documents are not posted.
- Administrative Officials
- Email addresses are not provided.
- Elected Officials
- No contact information for Board of Directors
- Audits are not available.
- Vendor contracts are not available.
- Levy rate is not posted.
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Clark County," accessed September 20, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Vancouver," accessed September 20, 2013
- Clark County Auditor's Office, "Election Results," September 20, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- The Columbian, "Clark County's top earners," June 30, 2013
- Vancouver Public Schools, "VPS Meet the Board," accessed September 20, 2013
- Vancouver Public Schools, "Summary of General Fund Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
- Vancouver Education Association, "Comprehensive Professional Agreement," accessed September 23, 2013
- Vancouver Education Association, "VEA Executive Board," accessed September 23, 2013
- Vancouver Public Schools, "Schools in VPS," accessed September 20, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed September 20, 2013
- The Columbian, "Media in a lather over Vancouver schools chief's shower," September 17, 2013
- Vancouver Public Schools, "Budget Main," accessed September 20, 2013
- 2011-2012 Vancouver Public Schools, "2011-2012 Budget Summary," accessed September 20, 2013
- Vancouver Public Schools, "Request a Public Record," accessed September 20, 2013
- Vancouver Public Schools, "Purchasing Department," accessed September 20, 2013
- Vancouver Public Schools, "Collective Bargaining Agreement," accessed September 20, 2013
- Vancouver Public Schools, "Levy and Bond Facts," accessed September 20, 2013
- Vancouver Public Schools, "District Performance Scorecard," accessed August 9, 2012