Central Unified School District, California

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Central Unified School District
Fresno County, California
Central Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Michael Berg
Enrollment:15,490 students
Graduation rate:79.6%[1]
Number of schools:21
Budget: $134.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Leonard Ramirez
Board members:7
Term length:4 years
Central Unified School District is a school district in California that served 15,490 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 105th-largest school district by enrollment in California.

About the district

Central Unified School District is located in Fresno County, California.

Central Unified School District is located in Fresno County, California. The county seat of Fresno County is Fresno. Fresno County was home to 955,272 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Fresno County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.4 percent of Fresno 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 Fresno County was $45,741 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Fresno County was 24.8 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Fresno County (%) California (%)
White 77.4 73.5
Black or African American 5.9 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 3.0 1.7
Asian 10.5 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.5
Two or more race 2.9 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 51.6 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Fresno County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 129,129 124,490
2008 136,706 131,015
2004 103,154 141,988
2000 95,059 117,342

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]


Michael Berg is the superintendent of Central Unified School District. He has served in this position since November 2009. Berg previously served the Fresno Unified School District as director of facilities and management planning.[6]

School board

The Central Unified School District Board of Trustees is composed of seven members elected by geographic area to four-year terms.[7]

Central Unified School District Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
Phil Rusconi 1 2018
Ruben Coronado 2 2018
Leonard Ramirez 3 2016
Richard Atkins 4 2018
Cynthia Berube 5 2016
Terry Cox 6 2016
Diana Milla 7 2018

School board elections

See also: Central Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Central 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 was held on November 4, 2014, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.[8]

Public participation in board meetings

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

Presentations to the Board of Trustees by Members of the Public

The Board of Trustees of the school district encourages members of the public to attend meetings and welcomes their views on pertinent subjects.

All meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held in accordance with the general laws of the state and be conducted in such a manner as to enable the public to be informed of its proceedings and actions.

The members of the Board of Trustees shall give thoughtful consideration to the advice they receive from individuals and community groups interested in the schools, but they shall use their own best judgment in arriving at decisions.

Advance Written Request

Any member of the public may request that a matter within jurisdiction of the Board be placed on agenda of a regular meeting. The request must be in writing and be submitted to the Superintendent with supporting documents and information at least fourteen (14) calendar days before the next regularly scheduled meeting date. The Board or Superintendent shall respond to the requestor regarding the submission within two (2) calendared scheduled Board Meetings. The Board President, in consultation with the Superintendent, shall decide whether and when the item may be placed before the Board. Items submitted less than fourteen (14) calendar days before the next regularly scheduled meeting date, and items that cannot be logistically accommodated at the next regular meeting, may be postponed to a later meeting in order to allow sufficient time for consideration and research of the issue.

The Board President and the Superintendent shall decide whether a request from the public is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board. Items not within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board will not be placed on the agenda. In addition, the Board President and the Superintendent shall determine if the item is merely a request for information or whether the item is covered by an existing policy or administrative regulation before placing the item on the agenda. Insignificant items or matters routinely handled by the Administration need not be placed on the Board's agenda.

A request from a community or board member to place an item on the agenda that was heard, voted upon and decided by the Board within the past six (6) months, will not be granted unless: (1) at least 2/3rds of board's membership agrees to place item on agenda; or (2) a majority of the Board agree that the requesting party shows new material facts or significantly changed circumstances sufficient to justify reconsideration the board's previous decision.[9]

—Central Unified School District's website, (2014)[10]


The table below displays the budget for Central Unified School District:[11]

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
2013-2014 $95,809,350 75.9% $8,090,034 6.4% $19,362,183 15.3% $0 0% $2,890,608 2.3% $126,152,178
2014-2015 $102,923,086 76.4% $6,352,099 4.7% $20,380,927 15.1% $0 0% $5,084,430 3.8% $134,740,545
Averages: $99,366,218 76% $7,221,066.5 6% $19,871,555 15% $0 0% $3,987,519 3% $130,446,361.5

Teacher salaries

Central Unified School District employed 656 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year.[12] 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:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. + 30 41,118 57,567
B.A. + 45 42,660 60,715
B.A. + 60 44,516 64,302
B.A. + 75 46,454 76,315

Schools in Central Unified School District


Central Unified School District served 15,490 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district increased by 6.1 percent from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 14,547 -
2010-2011 14,817 1.8
2011-2012 14,896 0.5
2012-2013 15,262 2.4
2013-2014 15,490 1.5

District schools

Central Unified School District operates 21 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Central Unified School District
School Name
Biola-Pershing Elementary
Central High East Campus
Central Unified Alternative/Opportunity
El Capitan Middle
Glacier Point Middle
Harvest Elementary
Herndon-Barstow Elementary
Houghton-Kearney Elementary
James K. Polk Elementary
John Steinbeck Elementary
Madison Elementary
McKinley Elementary
Norman Liddell Elementary
Pathway Community Day
Pathway Elementary Community Day
Pershing Continuation High
Rio Vista Middle
River Bluff Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
Teague Elementary
William Saroyan 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.[1]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District State average
English-Language Arts 48% 55%
Mathematics 49% 50%
Science 50% 59%
History - Social Science 46% 49%

Contact information

Central Unified School District seal.jpg
Central Unified School District
4605 N. Polk Ave.
Fresno, CA 93722
Phone: (559) 274-4700

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