Hemet Unified School District, California

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Hemet Unified School District
Riverside County, California
Hemet Unified School District seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Barry L. Kayrell
Enrollment:21,507 students
Graduation rate:79.0%[1]
Number of schools:32
Budget: $175,771,130
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Paul Bakkom
Board members:7
Term length:4 years

Hemet Unified School District is a school district in California that served 21,507 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 63rd-largest by enrollment in the state of California.

About the district

Hemet Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California.

Hemet 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.[3]


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 state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Riverside County was 15.6 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
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[4]
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, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.[5]


Barry L. Kayrell is the superintendent of the Hemet Unified School District.[6]

School board

The Hemet Unified School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms by specific geographic trustee areas.[7]

Hemet Unified Board of Education
Member Trustee Area Term Ends
Paul Bakkom 2 2014
Lisa DeForest 3 2016
Marilyn Forst 3 2016
Victor J. Scavarda 1 2014
Jim Smith 3 2016
Horacio Moreno Valenzuela 3 2014
Joe M. Wojcik 3 2014

School board elections

See also: Hemet Unified School District elections (2014)

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

Public participation in board meetings

The Hemet Unified Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during 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 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 shall limit the total time for public input on each item to 20 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. 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 may contact local law enforcement at his/her discretion.[8]

—Hemet Unified School District website, (2014), [9]


The Hemet Unified School District's budget is published on the Education Data Partnership's website.[10]

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 $149,566,236 83.7% $6,371,214 3.6% $17,924,833 10% $0 0% $4,840,476 2.7% $178,702,758
2010-2011 $138,182,854 81.8% $6,381,507 3.8% $18,903,849 11.2% $0 0% $5,407,645 3.2% $168,875,855
2011-2012 $142,446,965 81% $8,083,643 4.6% $18,341,469 10.4% $0 0% $6,899,053 3.9% $175,771,130
Averages: $143,398,685 82% $6,945,454.67 4% $18,390,050.33 11% $0 0% $5,715,724.67 3% $174,449,914.33

Teacher salaries

Hemet Unified School District employed 913 teachers in the 2011-2012 school year.[11] Teacher salary schedules are categorized by higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn a higher salary by pursuing graduate courses and gaining 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 Hemet Unified School District for the 2014-2015 school year.[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 44,161 52,494
B.A. + 30 45,105 57,871
B.A. + 45 or M.A. 46,613 66,274
B.A. + 60 including M.A. or M.A. + 15 49,328 70,267
B.A. + 75 including M.A. or M.A. + 30 52,050 87,860

Schools in Hemet Unified School District


Hemet Unified School District served 21,507 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district decreased by 2.9 percent from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 22,132 -
2010-2011 22,268 0.6
2011-2012 21,977 -1.3
2012-2013 21,689 -1.3
2013-2014 21,507 -0.8

District schools

Hemet Unified School District operates 32 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[13][14][15][16][17]

Hemet Unified School District
School Name
Acacia Middle School
ACE Academy
Alessandro High School (11-12)
Bautista Creek Elementary School
Cawston Elementary School
College Prep High School
Cottonwood School (K-8)
Dartmouth Middle School
Diamond Valley Middle School
Family Tree Learning Center (K-8)
Fruitvale Elementary School
Hamilton High School
Hamilton School (K-8)
Harmony Elementary School
Helen Hunt Jackson School (9-12)
Hemet Adult School
Hemet Preschool
Hemet High School
Idyllwild School (K-8)
Jacob Wiens Elementary School
Little Lake Elementary School
McSweeny Elementary School
Ramona Elementary School
Ranch Viejo Middle School
Santa Fe Education Center
Tahquitz High School
Valle Vista Elementary School
West Valley High School
Western Center Academy
Whittier Elementary School
Winchester Elementary 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.[1]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District (%) State average (%)
English-Language Arts 48 55
Mathematics 41 50
Science 48 59
History and Social Science 41 49

Contact information

Hemet Unified School District seal.png

Hemet Unified School District
1791 W. Acacia Ave.
Hemet, CA 92545
Phone: 951-765-5100

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Accountability (API/AYP/Performance)," accessed November 26, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Profile of District," accessed November 26, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Riverside County, California," accessed July 3, 2014
  4. County of Riverside Registrar of Voters, "Past Elections," accessed July 3, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Hayward Unified School District, "Superintendent's Office," accessed November 26, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hemet Unified School District, "Meet the Members," accessed November 26, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Hemet Unified School District, "BB 9323 Board Bylaws: Meeting Conduct," accessed November 26, 2014
  10. Education Data Partnership, "Hemet Unified School District," accessed November 27, 2013
  11. Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Teacher Salaries," accessed November 26, 2014
  12. Hemet Unified School District, "Certificated Teacher," accessed November 26, 2014
  13. Hemet Unified School District, "Preschools," accessed November 26, 2014
  14. Hemet Unified School District, "Elementary Schools," accessed November 26, 2014
  15. Hemet Unified School District, "Middle School," accessed November 26, 2014
  16. Hemet Unified School District, "High Schools," accessed November 26, 2014
  17. Hemet Unified School District, "Alternative Schools," accessed November 26, 2014