Welcome to Central Valley School District
Located in the Spokane Valley, Central Valley School District serves nearly 12,000 students in the City of Liberty Lake, City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County. Across our 80-square-mile district, we are the common thread connecting the students, families, schools, business and civic organizations of these communities together in partnership to deliver quality public education in support of student achievement.
In Central Valley schools, our primary focus is learning and teaching. We strive to ensure optimal learning opportunities for students who attend our 22 schools. Offering high quality academic and co-curricular programs for students in grades K-12 and pre-school programs, Central Valley School District sets high expectations, fosters student self-discipline, self-esteem and responsibility and promotes lifelong learning.
The Central Valley School District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected by patrons in specific geographic areas of the district. The Superintendent reports to the School Board and leads the day-to-day operations of the district. Along with the Superintendent, district administration is led by a team of directors, working closely with principals who oversee school building administration.
The Central Valley School Districtís 2009/2010 general fund budget is $110.8 million. The district receives funding from state, federal and local sources. More than 70 percent of the districtís funding comes from the State of Washington. The remaining revenues flow from local taxpayers via the Maintenance and Operations (M & O) levy ($18.1 million), the federal government ($13.7 million) and other sources ($4.2 million). The district also maintains separate funds for capital projects, transportation vehicles, debt service and Associated Student Body (ASB) activities.
Teachers and Class Size
Our highly-qualified employee team includes certificated teachers, building administration (principals and assistant principals), classified staff and central office administration. Student to teacher ratios (class size) are established within the district and vary by grade level:
- Kindergarten: 22 to 1
- Grades 1-3: 25 to 1
- Grade 4: 26 to 1
- Grade 5: 28 to 1
- Grades K-5 Combo: 21 to 1
- Grades 6-8: 29 to 1 (middle school)
- Grades 9-12: 32 to 1
A wide variety of programs and services support student learning in the Central Valley School District. Non-traditional and alternative schools, career and technical education, programs for highly capable students, special education, learning support programs, English language development, programs for home schooled students, child care, transportation, food service, school nursing, staff development, early childhood education, and curriculum development are just a few of the many programs offered to support our students, teachers, families and community.
Central Valley School District #356 is one of 296 public school districts in the State of Washington. We work closely with neighboring school districts, Educational Service District 101 and the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.