Coachella Valley Unified School District, California

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Coachella Valley Unified School District
Riverside County, California
Coachella Valley Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Darryl S. Adams
Enrollment:18,850 students
Number of schools:22
Budget: $207,677,449
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lowell Kamper
Board members:7
Term length:4
Coachella Valley Unified School District is a school district in California that served 18,850 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] This district is the 88th-largest by enrollment in the state of California.

About the district

Coachella Valley Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California.

Coachella Valley Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California. The county seat of Riverside County is Riverside. Riverside County was home to 2,292,507 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2]

Demographics

Riverside County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.5 percent of Riverside 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 Riverside County was $57,096 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for Riverside County was 15.6 percent while it was 15.3 percent statewide.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Riverside County (%) California (%)
White 80.7 73.5
Black or African American 7.0 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.9 1.7
Asian 6.7 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or more race 3.3 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 46.9 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Riverside County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 329,063 318,127
2008 325,017 310,041
2004 228,806 322,473
2000 202,614 232,029

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.[4][5]

Superintendent

Dr. Darryl S. Adams is the superintendent of Coachella Valley Unified School District. Adams worked as a musician, songwriter and music publisher before teaching music and directing band. In addition to teaching, he has served as an assistant principal in the middle school and high school settings, as a high school principal, as a director of human resources and as an assistant superintendent of human resources. Adams earned his bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Memphis, his master's in education administration from California State University at Los Angeles and his doctoral degree from Azusa Pacific University.[6]

School board

The Coachella Valley Unified School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms by specific geographic districts.[7][8][9][10]

Coachella Valley Unified Board of Education
Member Trustee Area Term Ends
Anna Lisa Vargas 1 2018
Manuel Jarvis-Martinez 1 2016
Joey Acuña Jr. 1 2018
Meagan Caress 2 2018
Joe Murillo 2 2016
Lowell Kamper 3 2016
Maria G. Machuca 4 2016

School board elections

See also: Coachella Valley Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Coachella Valley Unified Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered year. Three seats were up for election in 2014, and four seats will be up for election in 2016.[7]

Public participation in board meetings

The Coachella Valley Unified Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

To encourage community involvement in the schools, Board meetings shall provide opportunities for questions and comments by members of the public.[11]

—Coachella Valley Unified School District website, (2014)[12]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Coachella Valley 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
2012-2013 $150,902,299 72.7% $0 0% $56,267,150 27.1% $0 0% $508,000 0.2% $207,677,449
Averages: $150,902,299 73% $0 0% $56,267,150 27% $0 0% $508,000 0% $207,677,449

Teacher salaries

Coachella Valley Unified School District employed 859 teachers in the 2011-2012 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 table below shows the salary schedule for teachers in the Coachella Valley Unified School District for the 2014-2015 school year.[15]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 43,531 54,816
B.A. + 15 45,492 57,798
B.A. + 30 47,649 69,329
B.A. + 45 or M.A. 50,736 76,712
B.A. + 60 including M.A. 52,756 79,610
B.A. + 75 including M.A. 55,898 90,195

Schools in Coachella Valley Unified School District

Enrollment

Coachella Valley Unified School District served 18,850 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 18,186 -
2010-2011 18,464 1.5
2011-2012 18,409 -0.3
2012-2013 18,720 1.7
2013-2014 18,850 0.7

District schools

Coachella Valley Unified School District operates 22 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:

Coachella Valley Unified School District
School Name
Adult School
Bobby Duke Middle School
Cahuilla Desert Academy
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Coachella Valley High School
Coral Mountain Academy
Desert Mirage High School
John Kelley School
La Familia High School
Las Palmitas Elementary
Mecca School
Mountain Vista Elementary
Oasis School
Palm View Elementary
Peter Pendleton Elementary
Saul Martinez Elementary
Sea View Elementary
Toro Canyon Middle School
Valle del Sol Elementary
Valley View Elementary
Westside School
West Shores High School

Academic performance

California STAR program

California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests, the California Modified Assessment and the California Alternate Performance Assessment, measures student achievement in grades two through 11 for California's academic content standards. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades two through 11, science in grades five and eight through 11 and history and 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 five STAR performance benchmarks to indicate a student's academic proficiency. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards. The table below shows the percentage of students in the district who scored proficient or advanced during the 2012-2013 school year.[16]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District (%) State average (%)
English-Language Arts 32 55
Mathematics 36 50
Science 41 59
History and Social Science 25 49

Issues

Recall effort falls short

Five members of the Coachella Valley Unified School District Board of Education were targeted in a 2013 recall effort that failed to get enough signatures. A group of parents in the district served the board members recall notices on May 2, 2013, citing poor spending choices, intimidation tactics and destabilizing school sites by firing or reassigning 40 school administrators since 2011 as reasons for the recall. Election laws required the group to collect at least 4,109 signatures by December 2, 2013, but the group was short of 4,000 signatures at the deadline.[17][18] Incumbent Anna Lisa Vargas was the only board member up for re-election in 2014 who was targeted in the recall effort.[19] She lost her bid for re-election in the general election on November 4, 2014, coming in third behind two newcomers.[20]

Contact information

Coachella Valley Unified School District seal.jpg

Coachella Valley Unified School District
87225 Church St.
Thermal, CA 92274
Phone: 760-399-5137
Fax: 760-399-1052

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Data, "District Reports: Profile of District," accessed November 14, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States Census Bureau, "Riverside County, California," accessed July 3, 2014
  3. County of Riverside Registrar of Voters, "Past Elections," accessed July 3, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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.
  6. Coachella Valley Unified School District, "Superintendent," accessed November 14, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Contest/Candidate Proof List, Consolidated General Election," accessed September 9, 2014
  8. Coachella Valley Unified School District, "Board Members," accessed November 17, 2014
  9. Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "November 4, 2008, Final Official Election Results," accessed November 17, 2014
  10. Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "November 2, 2010, Final Official Results," accessed November 17, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Coachella Valley Unified School District, " Board Bylaws: BB 9320," accessed November 17, 2014
  13. Coachella Valley Unified School District, "2012-2013 Adopted Budget," accessed December 9, 2013
  14. Ed Data, "District Reports: Teacher Salaries," accessed November 17, 2014
  15. Coachella Valley Unified School District, "Salary Schedules," accessed January 5, 2014
  16. Ed Data, "District Reports: Accountability (API/AYP/Performance)," accessed November 17, 2014
  17. Channel 3 News, "Community calls for CVUSD school board recall," May 2, 2013
  18. Riverside County Office of Education, "Coachella Valley Unified School District recall effort falls short," December 2, 2013
  19. Desert Sun, "Valley school board races heating up," July 19, 2014
  20. Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Consolidated General Election, November 4, 2014