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John Hutak
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Former candidate for
Candidate, Antelope Valley Union High School District
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Ph.D.University of La Verne
John Hutak was a candidate for the Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees. He was opposed by five candidates.


John Hutak is a school safety consultant and owner of John Hutak Consultant. From 2004 to 2006 he served as Superintendent of Unified School Districts. He received a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of La Verne.[1]



See also: Antelope Valley Union High School District elections (2013)


John Hutak was opposed by incumbents R. Michael Dutton and Barbara Willibrand as well as challenging candidates R. Michael Dutton, Paul O. Scott and Dana F. Coleman.

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Robert Michael Dutton, Sr., Dana F. Coleman and Barbara Willibrand defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education.

Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Michael Dutton, Sr. 19.5% 9,140
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDana F. Coleman 19.3% 9,081
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Willibrand 18.2% 8,555
     Nonpartisan James T. "Jim" Lott 16.8% 7,876
     Nonpartisan John Hutak 14.1% 6,635
     Nonpartisan 12.1% 5,678
Total Votes 46,965
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013


Hutak has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

About the district


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Antelope Valley Union High School District is located in the Northern Los Angeles County, California in Lancaster, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 159,055 residents.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Lancaster (%) California (%)
White 49.6 57.6
Black or African American 20.5 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.0
Asian 4.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 5.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 38.0 37.6


Lancaster underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. It has the same percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma as the rest of the state of California. The median household income in Lancaster was $52,290 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 16.5% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Lancaster was 20.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 80.8% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[4]

What was at stake?

Three At Large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013.


Underperforming charter school

In 2011, the California Charter School Association (CCSA) recommended ten charter schools not have their charters renewed by their individual school districts. The Los Angeles County Online High School under the authorization of Antelope Valley Union High School District was included in this list. In order to meet the CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal a charter school must have been in operation for a minimum of four years and meet on of the following:[5]

  • Academic Performance Index (API) score of at least 700 in most recent year
  • 3-year cumulative API growth of at least 50 points (2010-11 growth + 2009-10 growth + 2008-09 growth)
  • Within range of or exceeding predicted performance based on similar student populations statewide, for at least two out of the last three years, based on CCSA's metric, the Similar Students Measure.

Despite these recommendations, the Los Angeles County Online High School remains in operation.


As of August 27, 2013, Hutak had not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[6]