Pasco School District is the heart and centerpiece of one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation. According to the most recent U.S. Census report the Tri Cities was first on the list of the fastest growing metro areas in the W.S. from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 and Franklin County was the fifth fastest growing county in the nation during the same time period. Since 2000, enrollment has increased by more than 7,100 students to 15,944 - 81%, or an average of about 600 students a year - enough students to open a new school annually.
Pasco School District has 19 school campuses: seven elementary schools (K-5), four elementary schools (1-5), one early learning center, three middle schools, two high schools, one alternative high/middle school, and one Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) high school.
Enrollment: 15,994(as of Oct. 2012)
·Non-English or Bilingual Homes: 58%
·English Language Learners: 35%
·Transitioning English Learners: 17%
·Special Education: 12%
African American: 2.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.8%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: .3%
·Average monthly payroll: $9.5 million
·District employees: 1913(not including substitutes)
·Teachers with advanced degrees: 64%
·National Board Certification: 84
·Average years of teacher experience: 11.6
·Miles traveled by buses in 2011-12: 1.6 million miles
·Number of buses: 124
·Breakfasts served in 2011-12: 674,024
·Lunches served in 2011-12: 1,686,602
·Free or Reduced-Price Meals: 73%
Recent Awards and Distinctions
Superintendent Hill was named the 2013 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators.
Livingston Elementary was classified as a Reward School by the office of the Superindent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for being among the top 10 percent of Title 1 schools in reading and math, combined, for three years.
Livingston Elementary Principal Susan Sparks was named 2012-2013 Distinguished Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) and the Elementary School Principals of Washington (ESPAW).
McGee Elementary, Livinston Elementary, and Markham Elementary were named 2012-2013 Schools of Distinction by The Center for Educational Effectiveness for outstanding improvement in student achievement.