Madera Unified School District, California

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Madera Unified School District
Madera, California
Madera Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Edward Gonzalez
Graduation rate:86.3%[1]
Number of schools:27
Budget: $140.6 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Michael Salvador
Board members:7
Term length:4
Madera Unified School District is a school district in California that served 19,984 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 74th-largest school district by enrollment in California and had an operating budget of $140.6 million for the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Madera Unified School District is located in Madera County, California.

Madera Unified School District is located in Madera County, California. The county seat is Madera. Madera County is home to 152,389 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Madera County underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 13.9 percent of Madera 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 Madera County was $47,937 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Madera County was 21.1 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Madera County (%) California (%)
White 86.2 73.5
Black or African American 4.0 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 4.6 1.7
Asian 2.5 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.5
Two or more race 2.4 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 55.7 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Madera County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 16,018 22,852
2008 17,952 23,583

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]


Edward Gonzalez is the superintendent of Madera Unified School District. He has served in this position since August 2013. Prior to joining the district he served as administrator of Fresno County Office of Education, associate superintendent of Fresno Unified School District and as superintendent of American Union Elementary School District.

School board

The Madera Unified Board of Education is composed of seven members serving four-year terms.[6]

Madera Unified Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Ray G. Seibert Area 1 2016
Lynn Cogdill Area 2 2014
Robert E. Garibay Area 3 2016
Maria Velarde-Garcia Area 4 2014
Michael Salvador Area 5 2016
Ricardo Arredondo Area 6 2014
Jose Rodriguez Area 7 2014

School board elections

See also: Madera Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Madera Unified Board of Education are elected to four-year terms in geographic area elections. The general election for four seats will be held on November 4, 2014.[7] Three seats were up for election in 2012, and no seats will be up for election in 2015.


The Madera Unified School District's budget is published on the Education Data Partnership's website.[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
2009-2010 $117,262,111 85% $7,404,846 5.4% $10,846,807 7.9% $0 0% $2,508,401 1.8% $138,022,165
2010-2011 $116,921,189 84% $9,198,190 6.6% $10,478,521 7.5% $0 0% $2,547,200 1.8% $139,145,101
2011-2012 $117,782,761 83.8% $6,632,139 4.7% $10,167,716 7.2% $0 0% $6,048,976 4.3% $140,631,593
Averages: $117,322,020.33 84% $7,745,058.33 6% $10,497,681.33 8% $0 0% $3,701,525.67 3% $139,266,286.33

Teacher salaries

Madera Unified School District employed 907 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year.[1] 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 California Teachers Association for 2013-2014:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Child Center Permit 28,478 32,866
B.A. + Credential 39,187 48,171
B.A. + 15 w/Credential 40,557 51,602
B.A. + 30 w/Credential 41,979 57,212
B.A. + 45 43,447 61,287
B.A. + 60 w/Credential 44,969 70,329

Schools in Madera Unified School District


Madera Unified School District served 19,984 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Madera Unified School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Madera Unified School District operates 27 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Madera Unified School District
School Name
Alpha Elementary
Berenda Elementary
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Dixieland Elementary
Eastin-Arcola High
Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy
Furman High
George Washington Elementary
Howard Elementary
Jack G. Desmond Middle
James Madison Elementary
James Monroe Elementary
John Adams Elementary
John J. Pershing Elementary
La Vina Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Madera High
Madera South High
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle
Millview Elementary
Mountain Vista Educational Center
Nishimoto Elementary
Parkwood Elementary
Sherman Thomas Charter
Sherman Thomas Charter High
Sierra Vista Elementary
Thomas Jefferson Middle

Academic performance

California STAR program

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-language arts 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 benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency on STAR. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students.[10]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District State average
English-Language Arts 40% 55%
Mathematics 39% 50%
Science 46% 59%
History - Social Science 42% 49%

Contact information

Madera Unified School District seal.jpg
Madera Unified School District
1902 Howard Road
Madera, California 93637
Phone: (559) 675-4500

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