Lynwood Unified School District, California
|Lynwood Unified School District|
|Number of schools:||18|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Briseida Gonzalez|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Lynwood Unified School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtLos 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lynwood Board of Education is composed of five members serving four-year terms. Jose Luis Solache resigned from the board in 2013 to run for Lynwood City Council, which left one seat on the board vacant.
|Lynwood Board of Education|
School board elections
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. Two seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.
Lynwood Unified School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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|
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:
|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.
Lynwood Unified School District operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Lynwood Unified School District|
|Cesar Chavez Middle|
|Helen Keller Elementary|
|Janie P. Abbott Elementary|
|Marco Antonio Firebaugh High|
|Mark Twain Elementary|
|Rosa Parks Elementary|
|Thurgood Marshall Elementary|
|Will Rogers Elementary|
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.
|STAR Performance Comparison|
|Subject||District average (%)||State average (%)|
|English Language Arts||39||54|
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.
School board recall
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.
- School board elections portal
- Lynwood Unified School District elections (2013)
- California school districts
- List of school districts in California
- Ed-Data, "District Profile - Fiscal Year: 2011-12," accessed January 7, 2014
- Lynwood Unified School District, "2012-2013 Adopted Budget," accessed December 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Lynwood (city), California," accessed October 2, 2013
- California Secretary of State, "Report of Registration as of February 10, 2013 - Registration by County," accessed January 7, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Los Angeles Wave, "Superintendent Gothold takes over for Velasquez Monday," accessed January 7, 2014
- Lynwood Unified School District, "Board of Education," accessed January 7, 2014
- Dena Burroughs, Lynwood News Examiner, "Solache announces he will run for Lynwood’s City Council," August 5, 2013
- Los Angeles County - Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, "Tentative Calendar of Events," accessed January 7, 2014
- Lynwood Unified School District, "Agreement between Lynwood Unified School District and Lynwood Teachers Association CTA/NEA," accessed January 7, 2014
- Lynwood Unified School District, "School Directory," accessed January 7, 2014
- Ed-Data, "Student Performance - 2012," accessed January 7, 2013
- Los Angeles Wave, "Former principal's arrest wasn't his first brush with the law," July 16, 2009
- Los Angeles Wave, "School board members receive recall notices," July 22, 2009 (dead link)