Alhambra Unified School District, California

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Alhambra Unified School District
Alhambra, California
Alhambra Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Laura Tellez-Gagliano
Graduation rate:91.1%[1]
Number of schools:18
Budget: $276.3 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Robert L. Gin
Board members:5
Term length:4
Alhambra Unified School District is a school district in California that serves Los Angeles County. It is the 89th-largest school district by enrollment in California, serving 18,290 students in the 2011-2012 school year with an operating budget of $276.3 million.[2][3]

About the district

Alhambra Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California.

Alhambra Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California. The county seat of Los Angeles County is Los Angeles.[4] Los Angeles County is home to 10,017,068 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5]


Los Angeles County underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles County was $56,241 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Los Angeles County was 17.1 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Los Angeles County (%) California (%)
White 71.6 73.7
Black or African American 9.3 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5 1.7
Asian 14.5 13.9
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or more race 2.8 3.6
Hispanic or Latino 48.2 38.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Los Angeles County[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 2,216,903 885,333
2008 2,295,853 956,425
2004 1,907,736 1,076,225
2000 1,710,505 871,930

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7]


Laura Tellez-Gagliano is the superintendent of Alhambra Unified School District. She was appointed to the position in July 2012. Tellez-Gagliano began her career as a classroom teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. For 17 years Tellez-Gagliano served the Garvey School District as a resource teacher, assistant principal and principal. In 2003, she joined the Alhambra Unified School District as assistant superintendent. She earned her bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University, her administrative services credential from California State University Los Angeles and her doctoral degree from the University of La Verne.[8]

School board

The Alhambra Unified School Board is composed of five members elected by district serving four-year terms.[9]

Alhambra Unified School Board
Member District Term Ends
Jane C. Anderson 2 2016
Robert L Gin 4 2014
Chester Chau 5 2014
Adele Andrade-Stadler 1 2016
Patricia Rodriguez-Mackintosh 3 2016

School board elections

See also: Alhambra Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Alhambra Unified School Board are elected to four-year terms. The general election for two seats is to 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 school board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings, last updated in 2012:[11]

Public Participation

Members of the public are encouraged to attend Board meetings and to address the Board concerning any item on the agenda or within the Board's jurisdiction. So as not to inhibit public participation, persons attending Board meetings shall not be requested to sign in, complete a questionnaire, or otherwise provide their name or other information as a condition of attending the meeting.

In order to conduct district business in an orderly and efficient manner, the Board requires that public presentations to the Board comply with the following procedures:

1. The Board shall give members of the public an opportunity to address the Board on any item of interest to the public that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board, either before or during the Board's consideration of the item. (Education Code 35145.5, Government Code 54954.3)

2. At a time so designated on the agenda at a regular meeting, members of the public may bring before the Board matters that are not listed on the agenda. The Board shall take no action or discussion on any item not appearing on the posted agenda, except as authorized by law. (Education Code 35145.5, Government Code 54954.2)

3. Without taking action, Board members or district staff members may briefly respond to statements made or questions posed by the public about items not appearing on the agenda. Additionally, on their own initiative or in response to questions posed by the public, a Board or staff member may ask a question for clarification, make a brief announcement, or make a brief report on his/her own activities. (Government Code 54954.2)

Furthermore, the Board or a Board member may provide a reference to staff or other resources for factual information, ask staff to report back to the Board at a subsequent meeting concerning any matter, or take action directing staff to place a matter of business on a future agenda. (Government Code 54954.2)

4. The Board need not allow the public to speak on any item that has already been considered by a committee composed exclusively of Board members at a public meeting, meeting where the public had the opportunity to address the committee on that item. However, if the Board determines that the item has been substantially changed since the committee heard the item, the Board shall provide an opportunity for the public to speak. (Government Code 54954.3)

(cf. 9130 - Board Committees)

5. A person wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the president and shall then proceed to comment as briefly as the subject permits.

Individual speakers shall be allowed three minutes to address the Board on each agenda or nonagenda item. The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each item to 21 minutes. With Board consent, the president may increase or decrease the time allowed for public presentation, depending on the topic and the number of persons wishing to be heard. The president may take a poll of speakers for or against a particular issue and may ask that additional persons speak only if they have something new to add.

6. The Board president may rule on the appropriateness of a topic. If the topic would be more suitably addressed at a later time, the president may indicate the time and place when it should be presented.

The Board shall not prohibit public criticism of its policies, procedures, programs, services, acts, or omissions. (Government Code 54954.3) In addition, the Board may not prohibit public criticism of district employees.

Whenever a member of the public initiates specific complaints or charges against an employee, the Board president shall inform the complainant that in order to protect the employee's right to adequate notice before a hearing of such complaints and charges, and also to preserve the ability of the Board to legally consider the complaints or charges in any subsequent evaluation of the employee, it is the policy of the Board to hear such complaints of charges in closed session, unless otherwise requested by the employee pursuant to Government Code 54957. The Board president shall also encourage the complainant using the appropriate district complaint procedure.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

7. The Board president shall not permit any disturbance or willful interruption of Board meetings. Persistent disruption by an individual or group shall be grounds for the president to terminate the privilege of addressing the Board.

The Board may remove disruptive individuals and order the room cleared if necessary. In this case, members of the media not participating in the disturbance shall be allowed to remain, and individuals not participating in such disturbances may be allowed to remain at the discretion of the Board. When the room is ordered cleared due to a disturbance, further Board proceedings shall concern only matters appearing on the agenda. (Government Code 54957.9)

When such disruptive conduct occurs, the Superintendent or designee shall contact local law enforcement.[12]


Alhambra Unified School District does not publish its annual budget on its website.[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
2011-2012 $139,256,096 50.4% $0 0% $125,894,757 45.6% $7,854,721 2.8% $3,337,266 1.2% $276,342,840
Averages: $139,256,096 50% $0 0% $125,894,757 46% $7,854,721 3% $3,337,266 1% $276,342,840

Teacher salaries

Alhambra Unified School District employed 755 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 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 46,775 71,546
B.A. + 30 47,019 77,558
B.A. + 45 47,262 84,486
B.A. + 75 or B.A. + 60 w/M.A. 47,507 91,558
B.A. + 75 or B.A. + M.A. 47,750 100,666

Schools in Alhambra Unified School District


Alhambra Unified School District served 18,290 students in the 2011-2012 school year.[3] Alhambra Unified School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.

District schools

Alhambra Unified School District operates 18 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Alhambra Unified School District
School Name
Alhambra High
Brightwood Elementary
Century High
Emery Park Elementary
Fremont Elementary
Garfield Elementary
Granada Elementary
Independence High
Marguerita Elementary
Mark Keppel High
Martha Baldwin Elementary
Monterey Highlands Elementary
Park Elementary
Ramona Elementary
Repetto Elementary
San Gabriel High
William Northrup Elementary
Ynez 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 64% 55%
Mathematics 65% 50%
Science 66% 59%
History - Social Science 54% 49%

Contact information

Alhambra Unified School District seal.jpg
Alhambra Unified School District
1515 West Mission Road
Alhambra, CA 91803
Phone: (626) 943-3000

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