Alameda Unified School District, California

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Alameda Unified School District
Alameda, California
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District Profile
Superintendent:Kirsten Vital
Graduation rate:85.5%[1]
Number of schools:20
Budget: $83.3 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Margie Sherratt
Board members:5
Term length:4
Alameda Unified School District is a school district in California that serves Alameda County. It is the 150th-largest school district by enrollment in California, serving 10,669 students in the 2011-2012 school year with an operating budget of $83.3 million.[2][3]

About the district

Alameda Unified School District is located in Alameda County, California.

Alameda Unified School District is located in Alameda County, California. The county seat of Alameda County is Oakland.[4] Alameda County is home to 1,578,891 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5]


Alameda County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 41.1 percent of Alameda County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for Alameda County was $71,516 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Alameda County was 12 percent compared to 15.3 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Alameda County (%) California (%)
White 52.3 73.7
Black or African American 12.8 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.7
Asian 27.6 13.9
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0 0.5
Two or more race 5.1 3.6
Hispanic or Latino 22.7 38.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Alameda County[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 469,684 108,182
2008 489,106 119,555
2004 422,585 130,911
2000 342,889 119,279

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.[7]


Kirsten Vital is the superintendent of Alameda Unified School District. She has served in this position since January 2009. Vital previously served with Oakland Unified School District as an associate superintendent, and she also held the position of director of instruction and health and human services with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Vital also worked as a co-principal with Santa Monica High School. Vital earned her bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and her master's degree from Whittier College.[8]

School board

The Alameda Unified Board of Education is composed of five members elected at-large serving four-year terms.[9]

Alameda Unified Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Margie Sherratt At-large 2014
Trish Herrera Spencer At-large 2016
Mike McMahon At-large 2014
Barbara Kahn At-large 2016
Niel Tam At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Alameda Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Alameda Unified Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. The general election for two seats will be held on November 4, 2014.[10] Three seats were up for election in 2012, and no seats will be up for election in 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings, last updated in 1994:[11]

It is the intent of the Legislature that members of the public be able to place matters directly related to school district business on the agenda of school district governing board meetings. Every agenda for regular meetings shall provide an opportunity for members of the public to directly address the governing board on any item of interest to the public, before or during the governing board's consideration of the item, that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the governing board. Governing boards shall adopt reasonable regulations to insure that this intent is carried out. The regulations may specify reasonable procedures to insure the proper functioning of governing board meetings.

This subdivision shall not preclude the taking of testimony at regular meetings on matters not on the agenda which any member of the public may wish to bring before the board, provided that, except as authorized by Section 54954.2 of the Government Code, no action is taken by the board on those matters at the same meeting at which the testimony is taken. Nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed to limit further discussion on the same subject matter at a subsequent meeting.[12]


The table below displays the recent budget for Alameda Unified School District.[2]

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
2010-2011 $61,467,386 78.5% $2,626,793 3.4% $12,508,974 16% $232,956 0.3% $1,489,895 1.9% $78,326,003
2011-2012 $66,216,105 79.5% $3,675,181 4.4% $12,686,723 15.2% $147,863 0.2% $605,548 0.7% $83,331,420
Averages: $63,841,745.5 79% $3,150,987 4% $12,597,848.5 16% $190,409.5 0% $1,047,721.5 1% $80,828,711.5

Teacher salaries

Alameda Unified School District employed 536 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] 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 credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the California Teachers Association for 2013-2014:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 44,015 58,144
B.A. + 30 44,487 64,937
B.A. + 45 45,500 69,731
B.A. + 60 48,555 78,120
B.A. + 75 51,751 83,930

Schools in Alameda Unified School District


Alameda Unified School District served 10,936 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Alameda Unified School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Alameda Unified School District operates 20 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Alameda Unified School District
School Name
Academy of Alameda
Alameda Community Learning Center
Alameda High
Alameda Science and Technology Institute
Amelia Earhart Elementary
Bay Area School of Enterprise
Bay Farm
Donald D. Lum Elementary
Edison Elementary
Encinal High
Frank Otis Elementary
Franklin Elementary
Henry Haight Elementary
Island High
Lincoln Middle
Maya Lin
Nea Community Learning Center
Ruby Bridges Elementary
Will C. Wood Middle
William G. Paden Elementary

Academic performance

California STAR program

California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA) and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), measures the achievement of California content standards for grades two through 11. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades two through 11, science in grades five and eight through 11, and history-social science in grades eight, 10 and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are four benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency on STAR: below basic, basic, proficient and advanced. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students.[15]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District State average
English-Language Arts 69% 55%
Mathematics 60% 50%
Science 70% 59%
History - Social Science 60% 49%

Contact information

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Alameda Unified School District
2060 Challenger Dr
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 337-7000

See also

External links

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