Ruth Livingston came to Pasco in 1911. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and had been a high school Latin teacher in Wisconsin.
Livingston was appointed to the Pasco School Board in 1926. She was subsequently elected to the Board and served continuously for 25 years until she resigned in 1951.
She received state-wide recognition for her services to schools and children. Livingston served as State Vice President of the Parent Teachers Association and was state president of 4-H leaders. She served on the State Board of Education and was also elected Franklin County Auditor. Ruth Livingston Elementary was named in her honor when it opened in 1978.
Livingston Elementary houses the district’s English Spectrum Program for highly capable 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Students in the top 10% from around the district participate in advanced, project-based instruction that challenges and enriches them. Livingston also has two special education resource rooms, one self-contained class, and a life skills classroom. It is one of just two schools in the district that no longer has a bilingual program.
In October 2010, Livingston Elementary was named a School of Distinction, one of just 52 elementary schools statewide to earn the recognition for the year. The award, which is given by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, is presented to the top 5% of highest improving schools in the state that are at or above the state average. Livingston is also the only school in the entire Tri-Cities to earn the “Exemplary” rating on the State Board of Education’s Performance Index. Well done Leopards!
Livingston principal Susan Sparks has worked at the school continuously since 1982, except for a short 14-month stint as Assistant Principal of Emerson Elementary. Two of Sparks’ previous students when she taught third grade are Chess Principal Wendi Manthei and McLoughlin Assistant Principal Kim Mahaffey. Well done, Susan!