Conejo Valley Unified School District, California

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Conejo Valley Unified School District
Ventura County, California
Conejo Valley Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Jeffrey L. Baarstad
Enrollment:20,142 students
Graduation rate:96.3%[1]
Number of schools:32
Budget: $160.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Peggy Buckles
Board members:5
Term length:4
Conejo Valley Unified School District is a school district in California that served 20,142 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 70th-largest by enrollment in the state of California.

About the district

Conejo Valley Unified School District is located in Ventura County, California.

Conjeo Valley Unified School District is located in Ventura County, California. The county seat of Ventura County is Ventura. Ventura County was home to 839,620 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Ventura County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.2 percent of Ventura 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 Ventura County was $76,483 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Ventura County was 10.3 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Ventura County (%) California (%)
White 85.0 73.5
Black or African American 2.2 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.9 1.7
Asian 7.3 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.5
Two or more race 3.3 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 41.5 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Ventura County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 170,929 147,958
2008 110,008 78,731
2004 148,859 160,314
2000 133,258 136,173

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.[5][6]


Dr. Jeffrey L. Baarstad has been the superintendent of Conejo Valley Unified School District since 2010. He was named superintendent of the year by the Association of California School Administrators in 2013. Before serving as a superintendent, Baarstad worked as a teacher. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, his master's degree in developmental psychology from the University of Denver, and his doctoral degree in educational organization and policy studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.[7]

School board

The Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education consists of five members elected at-large to four-year terms.[8]

Conejo Valley Unified Board of Education
Member Trustee Area Assumed office Term Ends
Peggy Buckles At-large 2008 2016
Betsy Connolly At-large 2008 2016
Mike Dunn At-large 2004 2018
Patricia H. Phelps At-large 1998 2018
John Andersen At-large 1998 2018

School board elections

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

Members of the Conejo 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 two seats will be up for election in 2016.[8][9]

Public participation in board meetings

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

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 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 may limit the total time for public input on each item. 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. 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 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.[10]

—Conejo Valley Unified School District website, (2014)[11]


The table below displays the budget for Conejo Valley Unified School District:[12]

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
2009-2010 $140,091,848 87% $6,314,498 3.9% $13,776,180 8.6% $0 0% $780,441 0.5% $160,962,967
2010-2011 $135,516,007 86.4% $6,256,030 4% $14,091,443 9% $0 0% $1,011,611 0.6% $156,875,092
2011-2012 $138,562,931 87.2% $6,048,541 3.8% $13,442,215 8.5% $0 0% $907,527 0.6% $158,961,214
2012-2013 $137,038,352 85.5% $7,025,587 4.4% $14,604,191 9.1% $0 0% $1,522,155 1% $160,190,284
Averages: $137,802,284.5 87% $6,411,164 4% $13,978,507.25 9% $0 0% $1,055,433.5 1% $159,247,389.25

Teacher salaries

Conejo Valley Unified School District employed 925 teachers in the 2011-2012 school year.[13] 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 Conejo Valley Unified School District for the 2014-2015 school year.[14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
No degree 42,421 47,896
B.A. 44,965 64,165
B.A. + 45 45,406 68,045
B.A. + 60 47,231 77,617
B.A. + 75 50,749 84,368

Schools in Conejo Valley Unified School District


Conejo Valley Unified School District served 20,142 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 21,199 -
2010-2011 21,091 -0.5
2011-2012 20,722 -1.8
2012-2013 20,595 -0.6
2013-2014 20,142 -2.2

District schools

Conejo Valley Unified School District operates 32 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Conejo Valley Unified School District
School Name
Acacia Elementary
Aspen Elementary
Banyan Elementary
Century Academy
Colina Middle
Conejo Elementary
Conejo Valley High
Cypress Elementary
Glenwood Elementary
Ladera Elementary
Lang Ranch Elementary
Los Cerritos Middle
Madrona Elementary
Maple Elementary
Neighborhood for Learning
Newbury Park High
Open Classroom Leadership Magnet
Outdoor School
Parent-Participation Preschool
Redwood Middle
Sequoia Middle
Sycamore Canyon Elementary
Sycamore Canyon Middle
Thousand Oaks High
Walnut Elementary
Weathersfield Elementary
Westlake Elementary
Westlake High
Westlake Hills Elementary
Wildwood Elementary
Wonder Preschool

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.[1]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District (%) State average (%)
English-Language Arts 77 55
Mathematics 66 50
Science 83 59
History and Social Science 75 49

Contact information

Conejo Valley Unified School District seal.jpg

Conejo Valley Unified School District
1400 E. Janss Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Phone: 805-497-9511

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed-Data, "District Reports: Accountability (API/AYP/Performance)," accessed November 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ed Data, "District Reports: Profile of District," accessed November 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Ventura County, California," accessed July 16, 2014
  4. Ventura County Registrar of Voters, "Historical Election Results & Statement of Votes," accessed July 16, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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.
  7. Ventura County Star, "Conejo Valley school chief Jeff Baarstad named superintendent of the year," March 7, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Conejo Valley Unified School District, "Meet the CVUSD Board of Education," accessed November 18, 2014
  9. Ventura County Registrar of Voters, "Offices up for Election," accessed July 16, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Conejo Unified School District, "Board Bylaws: BB 9323," accessed November 18, 2014
  12. Education Data Partnership, "Conejo Valley Unified School District," accessed December 9, 2014
  13. Ed Data, "District Reports: Teacher Salaries," accessed November 18, 2014
  14. Conejo Valley Unified School District, "2014-2015 Teachers' Salary Schedule," accessed November 18, 2014
  15. Conejo Valley Unified School District, "Schools," accessed November 18, 2014