Alum Rock Union School District, California

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Alum Rock Union School District
San Jose, California
Alum Rock Union School District seal.gif
District Profile
Superintendent:Stephen Fiss
Number of schools:29
Budget: $128 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Andres Quintero
Board members:5
Term length:4
Alum Rock Union School District is a school district in California that serves Santa Clara County. It is the 127th-largest school district by enrollment in California with 12,941 students during the 2011-2012 school year with an operating budget of approximately $128 million.[2][3]

About the district

Alum Rock Union School District is located in Santa Clara County, California

Alum Rock Union School District is located in Santa Clara County, California. The county seat is San Jose. Santa Clara County is home to 1,862,041 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Santa Clara County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 46 percent of Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County was $90,747 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Santa Clara County was 9.7 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Santa Clara County (%) California (%)
White 57.6 73.7
Black or African American 2.9 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.7
Asian 33.7 13.9
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.5
Two or more race 3.9 3.6
Hispanic or Latino 26.9 38.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Santa Clara County[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 450,818 174,843
2008 462,241 190,039
2004 386,100 209,094
2000 332,490 188,750

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.[6]


Stephen Fiss is the interim superintendent of Alum Rock Union School District. He took over the position on May 1, 2014. Fiss has previously served as executive director and superintendent of Discovery Charter School in San Jose, superintendent of Scotts Valley Unified School District and superintendent of Gridley Unified School District. He also served as assistant superintendent of Alum Rock Union School District.[7]

School board

The Alum Rock Union Board of Trustees is composed of five members elected in at-large elections serving four-year terms.[8]

Alum Rock Union Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
Andres Quintero At-large 2014
Andrea Flores Shelton At-large 2014
Karen Martinez At-large 2016
Frank Chavez At-large 2014
Dolores Marquez At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Alum Rock Union School District elections (2014)

Members of the Alum Rock Union School Board are elected to four-year terms. The general election for three seats will be held on November 4, 2014.[9] Two 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 trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings, last updated in 2012:[10]

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 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 20 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 or charges in closed session unless otherwise requested by the employee pursuant to Government Code 54957. The Board president shall also encourage the complainant to file a complaint 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)[11]


Alum Rock Union Elementary School District published its annual budget on the California Ed Data 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
2010-2011 $90,596,691 60.7% $4,197,369 2.8% $13,871,502 9.3% $6,238,333 4.2% $34,346,907 23% $149,250,802
2011-2012 $89,531,673 70% $4,455,069 3.5% $12,830,521 10% $5,783,398 4.5% $15,357,217 12% $127,957,878
Averages: $90,064,182 65% $4,326,219 3% $13,351,011.5 10% $6,010,865.5 4% $24,852,062 18% $138,604,340

Teacher salaries

Alum Rock Union School District employed 670 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 the 2013-2014 school year:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 47,266 47,266
B.A. + 10-19 47,266 53,134
B.A. + 20-29 47,266 57,913
B.A. + 30-39 47,266 62,685
B.A. + 40-49 55,173 67,462
B.A. + 50-59 59,953 72,209
B.A. + 60+ 65,330 79,104

Schools in Alum Rock Union School District


Alum Rock Union School District served 12,659 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] Alum Rock Union School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.

District schools

Alum Rock Union School District operates 29 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Alum Rock Union School District
School Name
A.J. Dorsa Elementary
Adelante Dual Language Academy
Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle
Anthony P. Russo Academy
Aptitud Community Academy at Goss
Ben Painter Elementary
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Clyde Arbuckle Elementary
Clyde L. Fischer Elementary
Donald J. Meyer Elementary
Harry Slonaker Academy
Horace Cureton Elementary
James McEntee Academy
Joseph George Middle
KIPP Heartwood Academy
Learning in an Urban Community with High Achievement (L.U.C.H.A.)
Lee Matheson Middle
Linda Vista Elementary
Lyndale Elementary
Millard McCollam Elementary
O. S. Hubbard Elementary
Ocala Middle
Renaissance Academy
Renaissance at Mathson
San Antonio Elementary
Sylvia Cassell Elementary
Thomas P. Ryan Elementary
William R. Rogers Elementary
William Sheppard Middle

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.[14]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District State average
English-Language Arts 50% 55%
Mathematics 58% 50%
Science 53% 59%
History - Social Science 41% 49%

Contact information

Alum Rock Union School District seal.gif
Alum Rock Union School District
2930 Gay Ave
San Jose, CA 95127
Phone: (408) 928-6800

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