Chico Unified School District, California

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Chico Unified School District
Chico, California
Chico Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Kelly Staley
Enrollment:13,817 students
Graduation rate:88.1%[1]
Number of schools:29
Budget: $128 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kathleen E. Kaiser
Board members:5
Term length:4 years
Chico Unified School District is a school district in California that served 13,817 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 119th-largest school district by enrollment in California.

About the district

Chico Unified School District is located in Butte County, California.

Chico Unified School District is located in Butte County, California. The county seat of Butte County is Oroville. Butte County was home to 222,090 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Butte County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.0 percent of Butte 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 Butte County was $43,339 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Butte County was 20.6 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Butte County (%) California (%)
White 87.0 73.5
Black or African American 1.8 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.4 1.7
Asian 4.4 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.5
Two or more race 4.1 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 15.1 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Butte County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 42,669 44,479
2008 49,013 46,706
2004 42,448 51,662
2000 31,338 45,584

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]


Kelly Staley is the superintendent of Chico Unified School District. She has served in this position since 2008. Staley was named regional superintendent of the year in March 2014.[6]

School board

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

Chico Unified School District School Board
Member District Term Ends
Kathleen E. Kaiser At-large 2018
Gary M. Loustale At-large 2018
Eileen Robinson At-large 2018
Linda Hovey At-large 2016
Elizabeth Griffin At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Chico Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Chico Unified School District Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered election year. The general election for three seats was held on November 4, 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.[8]

Public participation in board meetings

The school board 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 provide other information as a condition of attending the meeting. At the discretion of the Board President, student speakers may be given priority to address items to the Board.

The Board need not allow the public to comment on any item that is scheduled for future Board discussion. The Board need not allow the public to speak on any item that has already been considered at a public meeting by a committee composed exclusively of Board members 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)

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. However, when 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. (Government Code 54957)[9]

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


The table below displays the budget for Chico 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
2010-2011 $86,943,686 75.1% $3,947,166 3.4% $7,047,188 6.1% $4,112,745 3.6% $13,705,463 11.8% $115,756,248
2011-2012 $88,472,605 76.5% $4,327,405 3.7% $7,517,511 6.5% $2,918,825 2.5% $12,383,563 10.7% $115,619,909
2012-2013 $77,132,644 60.3% $9,634,385 7.5% $12,593,536 9.8% $3,964,176 3.1% $24,651,665 19.3% $127,976,406
Averages: $84,182,978.33 70% $5,969,652 5% $9,052,745 8% $3,665,248.67 3% $16,913,563.67 14% $119,784,187.67

Teacher salaries

Chico Unified School District employed 663 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 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 2012-2013:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 38,541 58,853
B.A. + M.A. 39,615 59,927
B.A. + 45 39,724 66,420
B.A. + 45 w/M.A. 40,798 67,494
B.A. + 60 40,943 74,960
B.A. + 60 w/M.A. 42,017 76,034

Schools in Chico Unified School District


Chico Unified School District served 13,817 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district increased by 6.0 percent from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 12,985 -
2010-2011 13,060 0.6
2011-2012 13,646 4.3
2012-2013 13,869 1.6
2013-2014 13,817 -0.4

District schools

Chico Unified School District operates 29 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Chico Unified School District
School Name
Academy for Change
Bidwell Junior High
Blue Oak Charter
Center for Alternative Learning
Chapman Elementary
Chico Country Day
Chico High
Chico Junior High
Citrus Avenue Elementary
Emma Watson Elementary
Fair View High
Forest Ranch Charter
Hooker Oak Elementary
Inspire School of Arts and Sciences
Little Chico Creek Elementary
Loma Vista
Marigold Elementary
Marsh (Harry M.) Junior High
McManus (John A.) Elementary
Neal Dow Elementary
Nord Country
Parkview Elementary
Pleasant Valley High
Rosedale Elementary
Shasta Elementary
Sherwood Montessori
Sierra View Elementary
Wildflower Open Classroom

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 54% 55%
Mathematics 52% 50%
Science 67% 59%
History - Social Science 58% 49%

Contact information

Chico Unified School District seal.jpg
Chico Unified School District
1163 East Seventh Street
Chico, CA 95928
Phone: (530) 891-3000

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