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Calexico Unified School District, California

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Calexico Unified School District
Calexico, California
Calexico Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Maria Ambriz
Graduation rate:77.3%[1]
Number of schools:11
Budget: $69.7 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Leticia Z. Vizcarra
Board members:5
Term length:4
Calexico Unified School District is a school district in California that served 9,203 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 184th-largest school district by enrollment in California and had an operating budget of $69.7 million for the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Calexico Unified School District is located in Imperial County, California.

Calexico Unified School District is located in Imperial County, California. The county seat of Imperial County is El Centro. Imperial County is home to 176,584 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Imperial County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 13.2 percent of Imperial 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 Imperial County was $41,255 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Imperial County was 23.0 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Imperial County (%) California (%)
White 89.6 73.5
Black or African American 3.5 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.6 1.7
Asian 2.4 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.5
Two or more race 1.8 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 81.8 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Imperial County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 25,136 12,777
2008 24,162 14,008
2004 17,964 15,890

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


Maria Ambriz is the superintendent of Calexico Unified School District. She has served in this position since November 2012. Ambriz began her career as a teacher in the Central Union High School District before becoming an assistant principal in the Calexico Unified School District. She then became a principal in the Central Union High School District before rejoining CUSD as the assistant superintendent for instructional services and as interim superintendent. Ambriz earned her bachelor's degree from California State University Los Angeles, her master's degree from San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus and her doctoral degree from San Diego State University California State University.[6]

School board

The Calexico Unified School District Board of Trustees is composed of five members elected at-large to four-year terms.[7]

Calexico Unified School District Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
Leticia Z. Vizcarra At-large 2016
Ciro C. Calderon At-large 2016
Ruth V. Duarte At-large 2014
Norma A. Aguilar At-large 2014
Eric Ortega At-large 2014

School board elections

See also: Calexico Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Calexico Unified Board of Trustees are elected to four-year terms. The general election for three seats will be held on November 4, 2014.[8] 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 2004:[9]

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 Board 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 Board 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 Board 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 Board 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 Board 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.

Recording by the Public

The Superintendent or designee shall designate locations from which members of the public may broadcast, photograph, or tape record open meetings without causing a distraction.

(cf. 9324 - Board Minutes and Recordings)

If the Board finds that noise, illumination, or obstruction of view related to these activities would persistently disrupt the proceedings, these activities shall be discontinued or restricted as determined by the Board. (Government Code 54953.5, 54953.6)[10]


The table below displays the budget for Calexico 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 $61,977,983 84.7% $3,305,042 4.5% $6,854,708 9.4% $0 0% $1,072,480 1.5% $73,210,213
2011-2012 $59,439,375 85.3% $2,454,952 3.5% $6,755,694 9.7% $741,570 1.1% $315,883 0.5% $69,707,474
Averages: $60,708,679 85% $2,879,997 4% $6,805,201 10% $370,785 1% $694,181.5 1% $71,458,843.5

Teacher salaries

Calexico Unified School District employed 397 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:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 35,302 54,719
B.A. + 15 37,420 58,778
B.A. + 30 39,539 62,838
B.A. + 45 41,657 70,781
B.A. + 60 or B.A. + 45 w/M.A. 43,775 75,591
B.A. + 60 w/M.A. 45,893 77,709

Schools in Calexico Unified School District


Calexico Unified School District served 9,203 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Calexico Unified School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Calexico Unified School District operates 11 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Calexico Unified School District
School Name
Aurora High (Continuation)
Blanche Charles Elementary
Calexico High
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Dool Elementary
Enrique Camarena Jr. High
Jefferson Elementary
Kennedy Gardens
Mains Elementary
Rockwood Elementary
William Moreno Junior High

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.[13]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District State average
English-Language Arts 35% 55%
Mathematics 35% 50%
Science 30% 59%
History - Social Science 29% 49%

Contact information

Calexico Unified School District seal.jpg
Calexico Unified School District
901 Andrade Ave.
Calexico, CA 92231
Phone: (619) 588-3000

See also

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