Los Banos Unified School District, California

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Los Banos Unified School District
Merced County, California
Los Banos Unified School District seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Steve Tietjen
Enrollment:10,065 students
Graduation rate:89.5%[1]
Number of schools:11
Budget: $69.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dennis A. Areias
Board members:7
Term length:4 years

Los Banos Unified School District is a school district in California that served 10,065 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 176th-largest by enrollment in the state of California.

About the district

Los Banos Unified School District is located in Merced County, California.

Los Banos Unified School District is located in Merced County, California. The county seat is Merced. Merced County was home to 263,228 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]

Demographics

Merced County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 12.5 percent of Merced County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 for California as a whole. The median household income for Merced County was $43,565 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Merced County was 24.6 percent compared to 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Merced County (%) California (%)
White 81.9 73.5
Black or African American 4.2 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.5 1.7
Asian 8.1 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or more race 3.0 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 56.8 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Merced County[4][5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 33,005 27,581
2008 34,031 28,704

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]

Superintendent

Steve Tietjen is the superintendent of the Los Banos Unified School District. He has served in this position since July 2007. Tietjen previously served as the superintendent of Woodlake Public Schools. He earned his master's degree in education leadership and administration from California State University at Fresno and his doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Southern California.[8]

School board

The Los Banos Unified School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms by specific geographic trustee areas.[9]

Los Banos Unified Board of Education
Member Trustee Area Term Ends
Dennis A. Areias 1 2018
Dominic Falasco 4 2016
Tommy Jones 2 2016
Marlene Smith 3 2018
Carole Duffy 6 2016
Anthony J. Parreira 5 2018
John Anthony Mueller 7 2018

School board elections

See also: Los Banos Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Los Banos 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, 5 and 7 were up for election in 2014, and the seats from Trustee Areas 2, 4 and 6 will be up for election in 2016.[9][10]

Public participation in board meetings

The Los Banos Unified Board of Education does not publish its policies on public testimony during board meetings.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Los Banos Unified School District.[11]

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 $56,343,666 83.8% $4,865,340 7.2% $4,760,165 7.1% $84,879 0.1% $1,208,452 1.8% $67,262,502
2011-2012 $57,637,884 85.6% $3,659,237 5.4% $5,315,141 7.9% $113,622 0.2% $635,011 0.9% $67,360,896
2012-2013 $59,375,235 85.9% $3,141,613 4.5% $5,161,165 7.5% $169,920 0.2% $1,235,865 1.8% $69,083,798
Averages: $57,785,595 85% $3,888,730 6% $5,078,823.67 7% $122,807 0% $1,026,442.67 2% $67,902,398.67

Teacher salaries

Los Banos Unified School District employed 362 teachers in the 2011-2012 school year.[12] 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 Los Banos Unified School District does not publish teacher salary schedules.

Schools in Los Banos Unified School District

Enrollment

Los Banos Unified School District served 10,065 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district increased by 10.3 percent from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 9,027 -
2010-2011 9,250 2.4
2011-2012 9,515 2.8
2012-2013 9,892 3.8
2013-2014 10,065 1.7

District schools

Los Banos Unified School District operates 11 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Los Banos Unified School District
School Name
Charleston Elementary
Henry Miller Elementary
Lorena Falasco Elementary
Los Banos Elementary
Los Banos High
Los Banos Junior High
Mercey Spring Elementary
Pacheco High
R. M. Miano Elementary
Volta Elementary
Westside Union Elementary

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 44 55
Mathematics 40 50
Science 53 59
History and Social Science 38 49

Contact information

Los Banos Unified School District seal.png

Los Banos Unified School District
1717 S. 11th St.
Los Banos, CA 93635
Phone: 209-826-3801
Fax: 209-826-6810

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Accountability (API/AYP/Performance)," accessed December 3, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Profile of District," accessed December 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Merced County, California," accessed July 24, 2014
  4. Merced County Registrar of Voters, "November 6, 2012 Election Results," accessed July 24, 2014
  5. Merced County Registrar of Voters, "November 8, 2008," accessed July 24, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  8. "LinkedIn, "Steve Tietjen: Superintendent at Los Banos Unified School district," accessed December 3, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Los Banos Unified School District, "Board of Education," accessed December 3, 2014
  10. Merced County Registrar of Voters, "Gubernatorial General Election November 4, 2014," accessed July 24, 2014
  11. Ed-Data, "Los Banos Unified School District," accessed December 9, 2014
  12. Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Teacher Salaries," accessed December 3, 2014
  13. Los Banos Unified School District, "Schools," accessed December 3, 2014