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Bakersfield City School District, California

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Bakersfield City School District
Bakersfield, California
Bakersfield City School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Rob Arias
Enrollment:29,684 students
Number of schools:40
Budget: $236.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Andrae Gonzales
Board members:5
Term length:4 years
Bakersfield City School District is a school district in California that served 29,684 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] This district is the 38th-largest school district by enrollment in California.

About the district

Bakersfield City School District is located in Kern County, California.

Bakersfield City School District is located in Kern County, California. The county seat of Kern County is Bakersfield. Kern County was home to 864,124 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2]


Kern County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 14.9 percent of Kern 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 Kern County was $47,727 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Kern County was 22.5 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Kern County (%) California (%)
White 82.9 73.5
Black or African American 6.3 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 1.7
Asian 5.0 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.5
Two or more race 3.0 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 50.9 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Kern County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 89,495 126,618
2008 93,457 134,793
2004 68,603 140,417
2000 66,003 110,663

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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Rob Arias is the superintendent of Bakersfield City School District and has served in this position since January 2012. He began his education career in 1986 as a teacher in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District and also served the district as assistant principal and principal. In addition to those positions, Arias served as director of educational services and assistant superintendent for the Charter Oak Unified School District, as superintendent of South Pasadena Unified School District and as assistant superintendent of West Covina Unified School District. Before joining BCSD he served as deputy superintendent of Rowland Unified School District. Arias earned his bachelor's degree from Creighton University, his master's degree from California State University Los Angeles and his doctoral degree from the University of Southern California.[5]

School board

The Bakersfield City School District Board of Education is composed of five members elected by district to four-year terms.[6]

Bakersfield City School District Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Andrae Gonzales 4 2018
Pam Baugher 2 2018
Bill McDougle 3 2016
Fred L. Haynes 5 2016
Lillian Tafoya 1 2016

School board elections

See also: Bakersfield City School District elections (2014)

Members of the Bakersfield City School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered election year. The general election for two seats was held on November 4, 2014, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.[7]

Public participation in board meetings

The board of trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings.

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 (Government Code Section 54953.3).

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: 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 Section 35145.5, Government Code Section 54954.3).

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 Section 35145.5, Government Code Section 54954.2).

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 Section 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 Section 54954.2).

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 Section 54954.3). (cf. BB 100.8 – Board Committees) 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 five minutes to address the Board on each agenda or non-agenda item. The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each item to 15 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 (Government Code Section 54954.3).

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 Section 54954.3). In addition, the Board may not prohibit public criticism of district employees.

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 Section 54957.9).

When such disruptive conduct occurs, the Superintendent or designee shall contact local law enforcement.[8]

—Bakersfield City School District's website, (2014), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Bakersfield City School District:[10]

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
2009-2010 $199,381,798 85.8% $12,877,898 5.5% $18,049,743 7.8% $0 0% $1,979,468 0.9% $232,288,908
2010-2011 $194,791,654 84.4% $13,694,765 5.9% $20,367,915 8.8% $0 0% $2,049,373 0.9% $230,903,705
2011-2012 $203,926,494 86.3% $12,522,828 5.3% $18,560,480 7.9% $0 0% $1,413,061 0.6% $236,422,863
2012-2013 $205,196,830 86.7% $10,836,569 4.6% $19,060,939 8% $0 0% $1,708,531 0.7% $236,802,868
Averages: $200,824,194 86% $12,483,015 5% $19,009,769.25 8% $0 0% $1,787,608.25 1% $234,104,586

Teacher salaries

Bakersfield City School District employed 1,410 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year.[11] 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 ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 41,848 52,929
B.A. + 12 43,180 55,716
B.A. + 24 44,572 58,502
B.A. + 36 or M.A. 45,964 61,286
B.A. + 48 or M.A. + 12 47,355 66,331
B.A. + 60 or M.A. + 24 48,752 81,343

Schools in Bakersfield City School District


Bakersfield City School District served 29,684 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district increased by 8.1 percent from 2009 to 2013.[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 27,267 -
2010-2011 27,590 1.2
2011-2012 28,321 2.6
2012-2013 28,987 2.3
2013-2014 29,684 2.3

District schools

Bakersfield City School District operates 40 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Bakersfield City School District
School Name
Bessie E. Owens Intermediate
Bessie E. Owens Primary
Caroline Harris Elementary
Casa Loma Elementary
Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
Chipman Junior High
College Heights Elementary
Colonel Howard Nichols Elementary
Compton Junior High
Curran Middle
Downtown Elementary
Dr. Juliet Thorner Elementary
Emerson Elementary
Evergreen Elementary
Franklin Elementary
Frank West Elementary
Fremont Elementary
Harding Elementary
Henry Eissler Elementary
Horace Mann Elementary
Hort Elementary
Jefferson Elementaty
Leo G. Pauly Elementary
Longfellow Elementary
McKinley Elementary
Mt. Vernon Elementary
Munsey Elementary
Myra A. Noble Elementary
Pioneer Drive Elementary
Ramon Garza Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
Sequoia Middle
Sierra Middle
Stella I. Hills Elementary
Voorhies Elementary
Walter Stiern Middle
Washington Middle
Wayside Elementary
William Penn Elementary
Williams 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.[14]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District State average
English-Language Arts 40% 55%
Mathematics 50% 50%
Science 35% 59%
History - Social Science 29% 49%

Contact information

Bakersfield City School District seal.jpg
Bakersfield City School District
1300 Baker Street
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Phone: (661) 631-4600

See also

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