Berkeley Unified School District, California

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Berkeley Unified School District
Alameda County, California
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District Profile
Superintendent:Donald Evans
Enrollment:10,181 students
Graduation rate:85.5%[1]
Number of schools:18
Budget: $118.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Josh Daniels
Board members:5
Term length:4 years
Berkeley Unified School District is a school district in California that served 10,181 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 175th-largest school district by enrollment in California.

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.[3] Alameda County was home to 1,578,891 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Alameda County (%) California (%)
White 52.0 73.5
Black or African American 12.4 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.7
Asian 28.2 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0 0.5
Two or more race 5.2 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 22.7 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Alameda County[5]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]


Donald Evans is the superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District and has served in this position since 2014. Prior to joining the district, he served as superintendent of Hayward Unified School District. Evans began his career in education as a teacher in the San Diego Unified School District in 1988. He then became a principal in the Ravenswood City Elementary School District, which was followed by a term as elementary school area superintendent in Oakland Unified School District. He also served as an assistant superintendent in the Compton Unified School District. Evans earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware, his master's degree from United States International University and his doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley.[8]

School board

The Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education is composed of five members elected at-large to four-year terms.[9]

Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Karen Hemphill At-large 2018
Josh Daniels At-large 2018
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler At-large 2016
Judy Appel At-large 2016
Ty Alper At-large 2018

School board elections

See also: Berkeley Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Berkeley Unified School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered year. The general election for three seats was held on November 4, 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.[10]

Public participation in board meetings

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

Any meeting held by a council or committee specified in subdivision (b) shall be open to the public and any member of the public shall be able to address the council or committee during the meeting on any item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the council or committee. Notice of the meeting shall be posted at the schoolsite, or other appropriate place accessible to the public, at least 72 hours before the time set for the meeting. The notice shall specify the date, time, and location of the meeting and contain an agenda describing each item of business to be discussed or acted upon. The council or committee may not take any action on any item of business unless that item appeared on the posted agenda or unless the council or committee members present, by unanimous vote, find that there is a need to take immediate action and that the need for action came to the attention of the council or committee subsequent to the posting of the agenda. Questions or brief statements made at a meeting by members of the council, committee, or public that do not have a significant effect on pupils or employees in the school or school district or that can be resolved solely by the provision of information need not be described on an agenda as items of business. If a council or committee violates the procedural meeting requirements of this section and upon demand of any person, the council or committee shall reconsider the item at its next meeting, after allowing for public input on the item.[11]

—Berkeley Unified School District's website, (2014)[12]


The table below displays the budget for Berkeley Unified School District.[13]

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 $89,462,791 79.9% $3,541,813 3.2% $19,534,375 17.4% $0.00 0% $-518,398 -0.5% $112,020,582
2011-2012 $90,572,200 79% $3,834,671 3.3% $20,301,907 17.7% $0.00 0% $-20,475 -0% $114,687,703
2012-2013 $96,320,567 81.5% $3,762,231 3.2% $18,460,372 15.6% $0.00 0% $-402,034 -0.3% $118,141,136
Averages: $92,118,519.33 80% $3,712,905 3% $19,432,218 17% $0 0% $-313,635.67 -0% $114,949,807

Teacher salaries

Berkeley Unified School District employed 605 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year.[14] 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 2012-2013 school year:[15]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 39,459 50,925
B.A. + 24 46,857 55,445
B.A. + 36 48,217 59,361
B.A. + 48 or M.A. 49,617 63,954
B.A. + 60 or M.A. + 12 49,617 77,898
B.A. + 72 or M.A. + 24 49,617 79,928
B.A. + 84 or M.A. + 36 49,617 82,022

Schools in Berkeley Unified School District


Berkeley Unified School District served 10,181 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district increased by 9.6 percent from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 9,204 -
2010-2011 9,468 2.8
2011-2012 9,545 0.8
2012-2013 9,779 2.4
2013-2014 10,181 3.9

District schools

Berkeley Unified School District operates 18 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

Berkeley Unified School District
School Name
Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier
Berkeley High
Berkeley Technology Academy
Cragmont Elementary
Emerson Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
John Muir Elementary
Leconte Elementary
Longfellow Arts and Technology Middle
Malcolm X Elementary
Martin Luther King Middle
Oxford Elementary
REALM Charter High
REALM Charter Middle
Rosa Parks Environmental Science Magnet
Thousand Oaks Elementary
Washington Elementary
Willard 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.[1]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District State average
English-Language Arts 64% 55%
Mathematics 57% 50%
Science 65% 59%
History - Social Science 50% 49%


Board, union negotiations brought to panel

The Berkeley Unified School District has been at odds with the Berkeley Council of Classified Employees (BCCE), a union representing 570 of its employees, since 2011. After using a mediator from the State Mediation and Conciliation Service for seven months, negotiations continued to sour. In August 2014, the two groups turned to a fact-finding panel.[17]

Though the union and the district reached agreements on many issues, they could not agree on involuntary transfers, benefits contribution, maintaining the merit system and paid family medical leave for part-time employees. These issues were brought to an impartial three-member fact-finding panel made up of one member appointed by the district, one member appointed by BCCE and one member mutually agreed upon by both parties. Each party submitted their final offers to the panel on September 12, 2014.[17]

The two groups announced they had reached a tentative agreement on October 2, 2014, which was subject to ratification by the BCCE and approval by the Berkeley Unified Board of Education. The agreement included a 2.5 percent increase in pay retroactive to July 2013 for all employee members of the BCCE, and another 2 percent raise retroactive to July 2014. Wording regarding involuntary transfers was changed, and the district also agreed to contribute approximately $60 more per month per employee toward health care benefits.[18]

Contact information

Berkeley Unified School District seal.jpg
Berkeley Unified School District
2020 Bonar Street, Room 202
Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: (510) 644-4500

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Accountability (API/AYP/Performance)," accessed November 25, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Profile of District," accessed November 25, 2014
  3. Alameda County, "About Us," accessed July 1, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Alameda County, California," accessed July 1, 2014
  5. California Secretary of State, "Statewide elections," accessed June 30, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  8. Berkeley, "Superintendent's Page," accessed May 2, 2014
  9. Berkeley, "School Board Members," accessed May 2, 2014
  10. Alameda County Registrar of Voters, "November 4, 2014 – General Election," accessed May 2, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Berkeley Unified School District, "Public Participation," accessed May 2, 2014
  13. Ed-Data, "Berkeley Unified School District," accessed December 9, 2014
  14. Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Teacher Salaries," accessed November 25, 2014
  15. Berkeley, "Salary Schedules 12-13," accessed May 2, 2014
  16. Berkeley, "Schools," accessed May 2, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Berkeleyside, "Mediation between school district, staff union fizzles," August 1, 2014
  18. Berkeley Unified School District, "Tentative Agreement Announced Between BUSD and BCCE," October 2, 2014