Las Virgenes Unified School District, California

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Las Virgenes Unified School District
Calabasas, CA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Dan Stepenosky
Enrollment:11,319
Graduation rate:94.6
Number of schools:15
Budget: $89.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lesli Stein
Board members:5
Term length:4

The Las Virgenes Unified School District is a school district in California that is based in Calabasas, California in Los Angeles County. It currently serves 11,319 students in 15 schools.

About the district

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Las Virgenes School District is located in Western Los Angeles County, California in Calabasas, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 23,058 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Calabasas (%) California (%)
White 83.9 57.6
Black or African American 1.6 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 1.0
Asian 8.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.4
Two or More Races 4.0 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 37.6

Demographics

Calabasas outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Calabasas was $118,182 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 64.8% of Calabasas 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 Calabasas was 6.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 97.1% of Calabasas residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

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.[4]

Superintendent

Dr. Dan Stepenosky is the current Superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District. He has served in this role since 2011. Prior to serving as Superintendent, Stepenosky held the positions of teacher, principal, and deputy Superintendent. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Villanova University, his teaching certificate from the University of San Diego, his Master's degree from California State University-Northridge, and his doctorate from the University of California: Los Angeles.[5]

School board

Current school board members include:[6]

Lancaster School District Board of Trustees
Member Board Position Term Ends
Jill M. Gaines President 2015
Cindy Iser Vice President 2015
Lesli Stein Board Clerk 2017
Dallas B. Lawrence Member 2017
Dave Moorman Member 2017

Budget

The Las Virgenes Unified School District on average receives $8,205 per pupil based on the California School Finance Center[7]

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
2010-2011 $75,961,731 56.6% $1,848,831 1.4% $11,024,365 8.2% $13,006,650 9.7% $32,364,953 24.1% $134,206,530
2011-2012 $76,740,101 56.1% $2,361,882 1.7% $9,577,498 7% $14,073,435 10.3% $34,093,665 24.9% $136,846,581
Averages: $76,350,916 56% $2,105,356.5 2% $10,300,931.5 8% $13,540,042.5 10% $33,229,309 25% $135,526,555.5

Teacher salaries

The Las Virgenes Unified School District employs approximately 518 teachers. Below is the salary schedule for certificated teachers.[8]

Las Virgenes Unified FY2013-2014 Salary Scheduled
Years EXP Non-credentialed B.A. B.A. +15 B.A. +30 B.A. +45 or MA B.A. +60 or MA +45 B.A. +75 or MA +60 Prior 2/1/86
1 40,857 43,211 43,211 44,867 44,867 45,222 47,687
2 42,081 44,507 44,507 44,867 46,098 48,818 51,545
3 42,081 44,507 44,507 45,614 48,344 51,069 53,792
4 42,488 44,939 45,576 48,321 51,071 53,831 56,577
5 42,627 45,086 47,841 50,593 53,340 56,088 58,840
6 44,774 47,358 50,105 52,856 55,608 58,360 61,111
7 46,918 49,624 52,366 55,119 57,872 60,624 63,372
8 49,059 51,889 54,626 57,392 60,145 62,898 65,644
9 56,898 59,655 62,406 65,156 67,910
10 61,915 64,667 67,426 70,176
11 64,178 66,931 69,693 72,444
12 69,692 72,476 75,246
13 79,853
14 52,362 57,370 64,651 70,164 72,949 80,326
16 53,021 58,029 65,310 70,823 73,608 80,865
21 55,058 60,066 67,347 72,860 75,645 83,022
26 57,897 62,906 70,186 75,700 78,485 85,861

District schools

Las Virgenes School District operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Las Virgenes Unified School District
Name
Agoura High
Alice C. Stelle Middle
Arthur E. Wright Middle
Bay Laurel Elementary
Calabasas High
Chaparral Elementary
Indian Hills Continuation High
Lindero Canyon Middle
Lupin Hill Elementary
Mariposa School of Global Education
Round Meadow Elementary
Sumac Elementary
White Oak Elementary
Willow Elementary
Yerba Buena 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- Las Virgenes Unified School District - Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced[11]

Las Virgines School District Proficient/Advanced Percentage
Subject District percentage State average
English-Language Arts 81% 54%
Mathematics 71% 50%
Science 84% 57%
History - Social Science 69% 48%

Issues

Implementation of Common Core

$2.2 million was awarded to Las Virgenes Unified School District in order to prepare for the implementation of Common Core. The district may spend on teacher training, technology and instructional materials before the Common Core takes effect in 2014. Some parents in the district are concerned because the STAR system of pupil evaluation had been used to determine placement into honors and advanced programs in the district. Assistant Superintendent Mary Schillinger said "Given the short runway for gearing up to the Common Core State Standards, and the significant shifts in the focus of the new standards, transition needs to begin this year. This cannot fully occur if there continues to be accountability to the current standards and STAR. Doing away with STAR in math, English/language arts, and social studies gives the green light for implementation of the common core state standards and the associated shifts in instruction."[12]

Contact information

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Las Virgenes Unified School District
4111 Las Virgenes Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-880-4000
District website

Website Evaluation

The Las Virgenes school district website contains links to budget information[13], the Board of Education members and agenda[14], Board meeting web casts[15], and bond info[16].

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