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The Mead District at a Glance . . .

  • 92% "on-time" (4-year) graduation rate at Mead and Mt. Spokane High Schools
  • 95% "extended" (5-year) graduation rate at Mead and Mt. Spokane High Schools
  • 7 out of 10 high school graduates attend college - tops in the Spokane Region (Spokesman August 2013)
  • Newsweek/The Daily Beast (2013) ranked both our high schools among "America's Best High Schools"
  • Washington School Research Center ranks the Mead district in the state's top 5% for performance

Rich Academics & Activities

  • Elementary: In addition to core academics offer music (band, choir, orchestra), intramural sports and Quest, a program for gifted students
  • Secondary: 250+ course offerings including an advanced placement program. music (orchestra, band, jazz, choir), art, drama, languages, Project-Lead-The-Way engineering and bio-med courses, plus vocational classes offered in house and at the Skills Center
  • One of only three districts statewide to be named a S.T.E.M. Lighthouse District, teaching accelerated science, technology, engineering and mathematics - only district in the state to receive a $25,000 grant in conjunction with this designation
  • Both traditional high schools offer rich athletic programs; Mead is a 4A school and Mt. Spokane is 3A - 65% of high school students participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and athletics

Outstanding Educators

  • 2012 & 2011 Washington Achievement Award - Mountainside Middle School
  • 2013, 2012 & 2011 School of Distinction Award - Five Mile Prairie School
  • 2011 & 2007 High School Principal of the Year (Great Spokane League)
  • 2011 WORD Administrator of the Year (Washington Organization of Reading Development)
  • 2011 Administrator of the Year (Washington Association for Learning Alternatives)
  • 2010 Washington Achievement Award - Shiloh Hills Elementary
  • 2010 Washington State Coach of the Year
  • 2010 Washington State Forensics Coach of the Year
  • 2009 Blue Ribbon School (U.S. Depart. of Education) - Colbert Elementary
  • 2009 ESD 101 Teacher of the Year
  • 32 National Board Certified Teachers
  • Teachers average 15 years experience and 77% have a masters degree

Smart Financial Management
  • $89.5 million operating budget, 85% of which pays for staff
  • Mead employs 20% fewer administrators than state guidelines specify, educating each student for 10% less than the state average and for less than any other Spokane County school district - we rank 274 out of 295 Washington school districts in per student expenditures
  • Accurate forecasting: the district has a 3-6% cash reserve goal
  • Expert financial leadership:
  • Superintendent Dr. Tom Rockefeller is an adjunct professor teaching graduate-level finance at the university level
  • CFO Wayne Leonard has 21 years in school district financial management, 8 years as a state auditor reviewing school districts and universities, and is former President of the Washington Association of School Business Officials
  • Board members have 81 years of collective board experience and they bring extensive prior experience in financial management

Who Funds Us?

  • 74% State government
  • 20% Local taxes
  • 6% Federal government

Where the Budget Goes
  • 70% Teaching
  • 5 % Central Office Administration
  • 6% Building Administration
  • 8% Maintenance
  • 5% Transportation
  • 3% Food Service
  • 3% Other