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Lancaster School District, California

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Lancaster School District
Lancaster, CA
Lancaster seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Michele Bowers
Graduation rate:N/A
Number of schools:21
Budget: $117.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Chris Grado
Board members:5
Term length:4

The Lancaster School District is a school district in California that is based in Lancaster, California in Los Angeles County. It currently serves 9,953 students in 14 schools.

About the district

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Lancaster 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.[1]


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.[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

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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Dr. Michele Bowers is the current Superintendent of the Lancaster School District. She earned her Master's Degree from California State University Bakersfield and her Ed.D. from Pepperdine University.

School board

Current school board members include:[5]

Lancaster School District Board of Trustees
Member Board Position Term Ends
John Miller President 2015
Diane V. Grooms Vice President 2017
Merle (Mel) Kleven Clerk 2015
Sandy Price Member 2017
Chris Grado Member 2017


The table below displays the budget for Lancaster School District:[6]

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
2013-2014 $92,984,342 80% $9,358,374 8.1% $12,591,767 10.8% $0 0% $1,275,380 1.1% $116,209,863
2014-2015 $98,315,167 83.6% $6,955,364 5.9% $11,034,923 9.4% $0 0% $1,307,148 1.1% $117,612,602
Averages: $95,649,754.5 82% $8,156,869 7% $11,813,345 10% $0 0% $1,291,264 1% $116,911,232.5

Teacher salaries

The Lancaster School District employs approximately 574 teachers. Below is the salary schedule for certificated teachers.[7]

Lancaster FY2013-2014 Salary Scheduled
Years EXP BA B.A. +15 B.A. +30 B.A. +45 or MA B.A. +60 + MA +15 B.A. +75 + MA +30
1 36,405 39,678 42,961 46,237 49,511 52,785
2 38,042 41,318 44,597 47,870 51,151 54,423
3 39,678 42,961 46,237 49,511 52,785 56,063
4 41,318 44,597 47,870 51,151 54,423 57,699
5 42,961 46,237 49,511 52,785 56,063 59,341
6 44,597 47,870 51,151 54,423 57,699 60,975
7 46,237 49,511 52,785 56,063 59,341 62,619
8 47,870 51,151 54,423 57,699 60,975 64,250
9 49,511 52,785 56,063 59,341 62,619 65,893
10 51,151 54,423 57,699 60,975 64,250 67,527
11 52,785 56,063 59,341 62,619 65,893 69,169
12 64,250 67,527 70,802
13 69,169 72,445
14 74,081

Beginning with the fifteenth (15th) year of service in the Lancaster School District a $2,000 anniversary increment shall be added to the salary. An additional $2,000 service increment shall be added at the beginning of the twentieth (20th), twenty-fifth (25th), thirtieth (30th) and thirtyfifth (35th) year of service. An additional $1,234 will be added to the fortieth (40th) year of service in the Lancaster School District. This increase shall be applied only to stipends and allowances calculated on the basis of basic salary.[8]

Schools in Lancaster School District

Lancaster School District operates 21 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Lancaster School District
Amargosa Creek Middle
Crossroads Community Day
Desert View Elementary
El Dorado Elementary
Endeavour Middle
Jack Northrop Elementary
John and Jacquelyn Miller Elementary
Joshua Elementary
Lancaster Alternative and Virtual Academies
Life Source International Charter
Lincoln Elementary
Linda Verde Elementary
Mariposa Elementary
Monte Vista Elementary
Nancy Cory Elementary
New Vista Middle
Piute Middle
Sierra Elementary
Sunnydale Elementary
West Wind Elementary

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 eleven. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades 2-11, science in grades 5 and 8-11, and history-social science in grades 8, 10, and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are five benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency on STAR. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students.[10]

STAR- El Rancho Unified School District - Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced[11]

Lancaster School District Proficient/Advanced Percentage
Subject District percentage State average
English-Language Arts 43% 54%
Mathematics 41% 50%
Science 51% 57%
History - Social Science 39% 48%


Test cheating allegations

On September 23, 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported Piute Middle School in Lancaster School District had been accused of wrongdoing after more than 70 students reported a teacher had worked through test questions on the chalk board. More than half also reported that the teacher "stated it was OK to go back and correct their answers." The report was gathered along with reports of misconduct from other districts, which showed the cases of cheating were usually isolated, with one teacher acting alone.[12] The investigation remains ongoing, while the math teacher in question remains on administrative leave. After a preliminary statement and a two and a half hour interview it was determined the teacher encouraged students to go back and change their answers.[13]

Contact information

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Lancaster School District
44711 N Cedar Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
661 948-4661
District website

See also

External links