Lynwood Unified School District, California

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Lynwood Unified School District
Lynwood, California
Lynwood Unified seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Paul Gothold
Graduation rate:70.0%
Number of schools:18
Budget: $133.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Briseida Gonzalez
Board members:5
Term length:4
Lynwood Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Lynwood, California. It is the 96th largest school district in California, serving 15,515 students in 18 schools with an operating budget of $133.0 million.[1][2]

About the district

Lynwood Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Lynwood Unified School District is located in central Los Angeles County in Lynwood, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Lynwood is home to 70,709 residents.[3]


Lynwood underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 5.4% of Lynwood 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 in Lynwood was $42,723 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Lynwood was 23.7% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Lynwood (%) California (%)
White 39.3 57.6
Black or African American 10.3 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 0.7 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.4
Two or More Races 3.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 86.6 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,486,479 51.11
Republican 1,048,507 21.55
American Independent 109,055 2.24
Libertarian 25,808 0.53
Peace and Freedom 24,950 0.51
Green 24,534 0.50
Americans Elect 2,583 0.05
Other 262,180 5.39

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.[5][6]


Paul Gothold is the current Superintendent of Lynwood Unified School District and has served in this position since June 2013. Prior to serving in this position, he was the deputy superintendent for the district. He also served as a teacher in the Los Angeles County Office of Education for at-risk students at Alhambra High School.[7]

School board

The Lynwood Board of Education is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8] Jose Luis Solache resigned from the board in 2013 to run for Lynwood City Council, which left one seat on the board vacant.[9]

Lynwood Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Briseida Gonzalez At-large 2015
Alfonso Morales At-large 2017
Maria Lopez At-large 2015
Alma-Delia Renteria At-large 2017
Vacant At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Lynwood Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the Lynwood Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[10] Two seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Lynwood Unified School District:[2]

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 $101,932,788 76.3% $6,619,608 5% $20,521,932 15.4% $0 0% $4,571,164 3.4% $133,645,492
2014-2015 $101,636,880 76.4% $5,706,752 4.3% $21,264,759 16% $0 0% $4,378,427 3.3% $132,986,818
Averages: $101,784,834 76% $6,163,180 5% $20,893,345.5 16% $0 0% $4,474,795.5 3% $133,316,155

Teacher salaries

Lynwood Unified School District employed 595 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Lynwood Teachers Association for 2011 through 2014:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. + 15 43,347 62,510
B.A. + 30 44,177 68,763
B.A. + 30 w/MA 44,927 69,513
B.A. + 45 47,442 73,262
B.A. + 45 w/MA 48,204 74,023
B.A. + 60 w/MA 53,280 82,399

Schools in Lynwood Unified School District


Lynwood Unified School District serves 15,515 students in 18 schools. Lynwood Unified School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Lynwood Unified School District operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Lynwood Unified School District
Cesar Chavez Middle
Helen Keller Elementary
Hosler Middle
Janie P. Abbott Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Lindbergh Elementary
Lugo Elementary
Lynwood High
Lynwood Middle
Marco Antonio Firebaugh High
Mark Twain Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
Rosa Parks Elementary
Thurgood Marshall Elementary
Vista High
Washington Elementary
Will Rogers Elementary
Wilson Elementary

Academic performance

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 2-11. STAR results include English 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 STAR benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students. The following table compares the percentage of district students who score at a "Proficient" or "Advanced" level with the statewide averages from the 2011-2012 school year.[13]

STAR Performance Comparison
Subject District average (%) State average (%)
English Language Arts 39 54
Mathematics 34 50
Science 40 57
History/Social Science 31 48


Arrest of Jonas Silverio

Former Firebaugh High School Principal Jonas Silverio was arrested in July 2009 on 17 counts of lewd acts upon a child. An investigation revealed that Silverio was convicted in 1995 of a lewd act against a child. Sources close to the investigation stated there were additional incidents at a private school in 1996 in Los Angeles, and again in 2001 at a Whittier school. According to a local newspaper, Silverio’s history came to the attention of the Lynwood School District in 2005 or 2006. The school board was told that district officials were looking into the allegations. Silverio resigned from his position at Firebaugh on June 30, 2009.[14]

School board recall

See also: Lynwood Schools Recall of Board Members, 2009

Four of the five members of the Lynwood School District were threatened with a recall election in 2009. Local resident Raquel Vasquez led the recall campaign, arguing that the school board had failed to improve academic performance, increase student safety or wisely use public funds. The recall effort did not proceed to a vote.[15]

Contact information

Lynwood Unified seal.jpg
Lynwood Unified School District
11321 Bullis Road
Lynwood, CA 90262
Phone: (310) 886-1600

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed-Data, "District Profile - Fiscal Year: 2011-12," accessed January 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lynwood Unified School District, "2014-15 Adopted Budget," accessed December 8, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Lynwood (city), California," accessed October 2, 2013
  4. California Secretary of State, "Report of Registration as of February 10, 2013 - Registration by County," accessed January 7, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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.
  7. Los Angeles Wave, "Superintendent Gothold takes over for Velasquez Monday," accessed January 7, 2014
  8. Lynwood Unified School District, "Board of Education," accessed January 7, 2014
  9. Dena Burroughs, Lynwood News Examiner, "Solache announces he will run for Lynwood’s City Council," August 5, 2013
  10. Los Angeles County - Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, "Tentative Calendar of Events," accessed January 7, 2014
  11. Lynwood Unified School District, "Agreement between Lynwood Unified School District and Lynwood Teachers Association CTA/NEA," accessed January 7, 2014
  12. Lynwood Unified School District, "School Directory," accessed January 7, 2014
  13. Ed-Data, "Student Performance - 2012," accessed January 7, 2013
  14. Los Angeles Wave, "Former principal's arrest wasn't his first brush with the law," July 16, 2009
  15. Los Angeles Wave, "School board members receive recall notices," July 22, 2009 (dead link)