Carlsbad Unified School District, California

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Carlsbad Unified School District
San Diego County, California
Carlsbad Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Suzette Lovely
Enrollment:10,993 students
Graduation rate:94.9%[1]
Number of schools:15
Budget: $146.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ann Tanner
Board members:5
Term length:4 years
Carlsbad Unified School District is a school district in California that served 10,993 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 146th-largest school district by enrollment in California.

About the district

Carlsbad Unified School District is located in San Diego County, California.

Carlsbad Unified School District is located in San Diego County, California. The county seat of San Diego County is San Diego. San Diego County was home to 3,211,252 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


San Diego County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.4 percent of San Diego 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 San Diego County was $63,373 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for San Diego County was 13.9 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race San Diego County (%) California (%)
White 76.6 73.5
Black or African American 5.6 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.7
Asian 11.7 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6 0.5
Two or more race 4.2 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 32.9 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern,
San Diego County[4][5][6][7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 626,957 536,726
2008 666,581 541,032
2004 526,437 596,033
2000 437,666 475,736

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.[8][9]


Suzette Lovely is the superintendent of Carlsbad Unified School District. She has served in this position since July 2012. Lovely previously served the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District as assistant superintendent of personnel services. She also served the Capistrano Unified School District from 1983 to 2009 as a teacher, principal, director of elementary school operations, chief personnel officer and deputy superintendent of personnel services. From 2007 to 2009 she served two terms as acting superintendent. Lovely earned her doctoral degree from California State University Fullerton.[10]

School board

The Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees is composed of five members elected at-large to four-year terms.[11]

Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
Ann Tanner At-large 2014
Veronica Williams At-large 2014
Claudine Jones At-large 2014
Elisa Williamson At-large 2016
Lisa Rodman At-large 2014

School board elections

See also: Carlsbad Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Carlsbad Unified Board of Trustees are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered election year. The general election for four seats, three four-year terms and one two-year term, was held on November 4, 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.[11]

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.

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 either before or during the Board's consideration of each item of business to be discussed at regular or special meetings. (Education Code 35145.5, Government Code 54954.3)

2. At a time so designated on the agenda, members of the public may bring before the Board, at a regular meeting, matters that are not listed on the agenda. The Board may refer such matters to the Superintendent or designee or take it under advisement, but shall not take action at that time except as allowed by law. The matter may be placed on the agenda of a subsequent meeting for action or discussion by the Board. (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 it 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 nonagenda item. The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each nonagenda item to 15 minutes. Individual speakers shall be allowed five minutes to address the Board on each agenda item. The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each agenda item to 30 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.

(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 chair 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 individual(s) 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]

—Carlsbad Unified School District's website, (2014)[13]


The table below displays the budget for Carlsbad Unified School District:[14]

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 $70,986,102 49.5% $2,473,055 1.7% $9,865,482 6.9% $12,601,323 8.8% $47,540,477 33.1% $143,466,439
2011-2012 $67,324,802 43.3% $2,060,653 1.3% $10,190,583 6.6% $14,168,005 9.1% $61,663,952 39.7% $155,407,995
2012-2013 $57,260,490 39.1% $6,911,870 4.7% $12,270,499 8.4% $19,376,910 13.2% $50,660,351 34.6% $146,480,120
Averages: $65,190,464.67 44% $3,815,192.67 3% $10,775,521.33 7% $15,382,079.33 10% $53,288,260 36% $148,451,518

Teacher salaries

Carlsbad Unified School District employed 480 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year.[15] 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:[16]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 40,271 82,636
B.A. + 30 42,083 85,455
B.A. + 60 or M.A. 43,895 87,871
M.A. + 15 45,708 89,079
Doctorate or M.A. + 30 47,520 91,496

Schools in Carlsbad Unified School District


Carlsbad Unified School District served 10,993 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district increased by 0.8 percent from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 10,906 -
2010-2011 11,046 1.3
2011-2012 11,063 0.2
2012-2013 10,956 -1.0
2013-2014 10,993 0.3

District schools

Carlsbad Unified School District operates 15 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[17]

Carlsbad Unified School District
School Name
Aviara Oaks Elementary
Aviara Oaks Middle
Buena Vista Elementary
Calavera Hills Elementary
Calavera Hills Middle
Carlsbad High
Carlsbad Seaside Academy
Carlsbad Village Academy
Hope Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Kelly Elementary
Magnolia Elementary
Pacific Rim Elementary
Poinsettia Elementary
Valley 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 74% 55%
Mathematics 66% 50%
Science 79% 59%
History - Social Science 66% 49%

Contact information

Carlsbad Unified School District seal.jpg
Carlsbad Unified School District
6225 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Phone: (760) 331-5000

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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "San Diego County, California," accessed July 14, 2014
  4. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "Presidential General Election November 6, 2012, Official Results," accessed July 14, 2014
  5. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "Presidential General Election November 4, 2008, Official Results," accessed July 14, 2014
  6. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "General Election November 2, 2004, Final Official Results," accessed July 14, 2014
  7. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "General Election November 7, 2000," accessed July 14, 2014
  8. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  9. 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.
  10. Carlsbad,, "Suzette Lovely Unanimously Voted CUSD Superintendent," May 10, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Carlsbad Unified School District, "Board Members," accessed May 5, 2014
  12. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  13. Carlsbad Unified School District, "Meeting Conduct," accessed May 5, 2014
  14. Ed Data, "District Reports," accessed December 11, 2014
  15. Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Teachers Salaries," accessed November 25, 2014
  16. Carlsbad Unified School District, "2013-14 Certificated Salary Schedule," accessed May 5, 2014
  17. Carlsbad Unified School District, "Schools," accessed May 5, 2014