Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, California

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Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Alameda County, California
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Kelly Bowers
Enrollment:13,634 students
Number of schools:19
Budget: $120 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kate Runyon
Board members:5 at-large
Term length:4 years

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is a school district in California that served 13,634 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] This district is the 128th-largest by enrollment in the state of California.

About the district

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is located in Alameda County, California.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is located in Alameda County, California. The county seat of Alameda County is Oakland.[2] Alameda County was home to 1,578,891 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Alameda County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 41.1 percent of Alameda 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 Alameda County was $71,516 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Alameda County was 12 percent compared to 15.3 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Alameda County (%) California (%)
White 52.0 73.5
Black or African American 12.4 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.7
Asian 28.2 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0 0.5
Two or more race 5.2 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 22.7 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Alameda County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 469,684 108,182
2008 489,106 119,555
2004 422,585 130,911
2000 342,889 119,279

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]


Kelly Bowers is the superintendent of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. She has served in this position since May 2010. Prior to taking the position, Bowers worked as a teacher in elementary, middle, and high school settings in the New Haven Unified School District and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. Bowers earned her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and her administrative credential and master's degree from California State University at East Bay. Her husband and three children all attended and graduated from the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.[6]

School board

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education consists of five members elected at-large to four-year terms.[7]

Livermore Valley Joint Unified Board of Education
Member Trustee Area Assumed office Term Ends
Kate Runyon At-large 2006 2018
Chuck Rogge At-large 2008 2016
Craig Bueno At-large 2004 2018
Anne White At-large 2000 2018
Chris Wenzel At-large - 2016

School board elections

See also: Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified Board of Education are elected at-large to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered election year. Four seats, three four-year terms and one two-year term, were up for election in 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.[7]

Public participation in board meetings

The Livermore Valley Joint 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 ofthe 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 hislher 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)
(ef 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 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.[8]

—Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District website, (2014), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District:[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
2010-2011 $84,945,926 73.8% $3,336,281 2.9% $11,171,172 9.7% $8,753,816 7.6% $6,940,720 6% $115,147,915
2011-2012 $85,906,931 72.4% $3,709,297 3.1% $12,009,417 10.1% $9,523,472 8% $7,474,910 6.3% $118,624,027
2012-2013 $79,846,729 66.5% $7,493,779 6.2% $14,982,826 12.5% $8,980,531 7.5% $8,727,221 7.3% $120,031,086
Averages: $83,566,528.67 71% $4,846,452.33 4% $12,721,138.33 11% $9,085,939.67 8% $7,714,283.67 7% $117,934,342.67

Teacher salaries

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District employed 619 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 Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District for the 2014-2015 school year.[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 48,022 57,913
B.A. + 15 48,023 62,849
B.A. + 30 48,024 67,795
B.A. + 45 48,025 72,744
B.A. + 60 48,035 75,216
B.A. + 75 50,495 85,748

Schools in Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District


Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District served 13,634 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district increased by 4.73 percent from 2009 to 2013.[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 12,989 -
2010-2011 12,771 -1.71
2011-2012 12,781 0.08
2012-2013 12,629 -1.20
2013-2014 13,634 7.37

District schools

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District operates 19 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
School Name
Altamont Creek Elementary
Arroyo Seco Elementary
Christensen Middle School
Croce Elementary
Del Valle Continuation High School
East Avenue Middle School
Granada High School
Jackson Avenue Elementary
Joe Michell K - 8 School
Junction Avenue K - 8 School
Livermore Adult School
Livermore High School
Marylin Avenue Elementary
Mendenhall Middle School
Rancho Las Positas Elementary
Smith Elementary
Sunset Elementary
Vineyard Elementary
Vineyard High 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.[14]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District (%) State average (%)
English-Language Arts 67 55
Mathematics 59 50
Science 76 59
History and Social Science 61 49

Contact information

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Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
685 East Jack London Blvd.
Livermore, CA 94551
Phone: 925-606-3200
Fax: 925-606-3329

See also

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