Lodi Unified School District, California

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Lodi Unified School District
San Joaquin County, California
Lodi Unified School District seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Cathy Washer
Enrollment:30,256 students
Graduation rate:82.8%[1]
Number of schools:53
Budget: $222.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bonnie Cassel
Board members:7
Term length:4 years

Lodi Unified School District is a school district in California that served 30,256 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 30th-largest by enrollment in the state of California.

About the district

Lodi Unified School District is located in San Joaquin County, California.

Lodi Unified School District is located in San Joaquin County, California. The county seat is Stockton. San Joaquin County was home to 704,379 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


San Joaquin County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.9 percent of San Joaquin 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 San Joaquin County was $53,895 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for San Joaquin County was 17.5 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race San Joaquin County (%) California (%)
White 68.4 73.5
Black or African American 8.1 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.0 1.7
Asian 15.7 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.5
Two or more race 5.1 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 40.1 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, San Joaquin County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 113,504 85,852
2008 113,974 91,607
2004 87,012 100,978
2000 79,776 81,773

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]


Dr. Cathy Washer has been the superintendent of the Lodi Unified School District since July 1, 2008. Prior to serving in this position, Washer served as superintendent of the Manteca Unified School District. She also previously worked for the Stockton Unified School District as a principal and as a district administrator.[6]

School board

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

Lodi Unified Board of Education
Member Trustee Area Term Ends
Bonnie Cassel 1 2014
Ralph Womack 2 2016
George Neely 3 2014
Ruth Davis 4 2014
Ron Heberle 5 2014
Ron Freitas 6 2016
Joe Nava 7 2016

School board elections

See also: Lodi Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Lodi Unified Board of Education are elected by trustee areas to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered election year. The seats from Trustee Areas 1, 3, 4 and 5 were up for election in 2014, and the seats from Trustee Areas 2, 6 and 7 will be up for election in 2016.[7]

Public participation in board meetings

The Lodi 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.

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 either before or during the Board's consideration of each item of business to be discussed at regular or special meetings.
2. At a time so designated on the agenda, members of the public may bring before the Board, at a regular meeting, 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.
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.
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.
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 it, the Board shall provide an opportunity for the public to speak.
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 will be allowed three minutes to address the Board on each agenda item. The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each agenda 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. 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.
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 chair 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.
When such disruptive conduct occurs, the Superintendent or designee shall contact local law enforcement.[8]

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


The table below displays the budget for Lodi 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
2009-2010 $201,784,856 86.8% $7,754,242 3.3% $21,491,243 9.2% $0 0% $1,470,535 0.6% $232,500,877
2010-2011 $179,816,839 84.6% $10,129,391 4.8% $21,967,525 10.3% $0 0% $666,250 0.3% $212,580,006
2011-2012 $180,048,853 82.1% $15,932,197 7.3% $22,506,124 10.3% $0 0% $946,457 0.4% $219,433,631
2012-2013 $182,683,805 82.1% $9,362,036 4.2% $25,248,086 11.3% $0 0% $5,162,604 2.3% $222,456,531
Averages: $186,083,588.25 84% $10,794,466.5 5% $22,803,244.5 10% $0 0% $2,061,461.5 1% $221,742,761.25

Teacher salaries

Lodi Unified School District employed 1,416 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 Lodi Unified School District for the 2014-2015 school year.[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 40,492 43,119
B.A. + 15 40,896 47,436
B.A. + 30 42,933 57,943
B.A. + 45 44,208 77,645
B.A. + 60 45,521 79,952
B.A. + 75 46,872 81,100

Schools in Lodi Unified School District


Lodi Unified School District served 30,256 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district decreased by 2.3 percent from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 30,942 -
2010-2011 30,528 -1.4
2011-2012 30,319 -0.7
2012-2013 30,222 -0.3
2013-2014 30,256 0.1

District schools

Lodi Unified School District operates 53 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Lodi Unified School District
School Name
Adult Education
Ansel Adams Elementary School
Bear Creek High School
Beckman Elementary School
Career Technical Education
Christa McAuliffe Middle School
Clairmont Elementary School
Creekside Elementary School
Davis Elementary School
Delta Sierra Middle School
Elkhorn Elementary School
Elkhorn School
Ellerth Larson Elementary School
George Lincoln Mosher Elementary School
Henderson Community Day School
Heritage Primary Elementary School
Houston School
Independence High School
Joe Serna Jr Charter School
John Muir Elementary School
Julia Morgan Elementary School
Lakewood Elementary School
Lawrence Elementary School
Liberty High School
Lincoln Technical Academy
Live Oak Elementary School
Lockeford Elementary School
Lodi High School
Lodi Middle School
Lois Borchardt Elementary School
Manlio Silva Elementary School
Middle College High School
Millswood Middle School
Morada Middle School
Needham School
Nichols Elementary School
Oakwood Elementary School
Parklane Elementary School
Plaza Robles High School
Podesta Ranch Elementary School
Reese Elementary School
Ronald McNair High School
School Readiness Preschool
Sutherland Elementary
Tokay High School
Turner Academy
Victor Elementary School
Vinewood Elementary School
Wagner Holt Elementary
Walter J. Katnich CDS
Washington Elementary School
Westwood Elementary School
Woodbridge 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 50 55
Mathematics 47 50
Science 54 59
History and Social Science 48 49

Contact information

Lodi Unified School District seal.png

Lodi Unified School District
1305 E Vine Street
Lodi, CA 95240
Phone: 209-331-7000

See also

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