Montebello Unified School District, California

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Montebello Unified School District
Montebello, California
Montebello Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Cleve Pell, Susanna Contreras Smith
Graduation rate:78.4%
Number of schools:30
Budget: $162.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:David Vela
Board members:5
Term length:4
Montebello Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Montebello, California. It is the 27th-largest school district in California, serving 36,316 students in 30 schools with an operating budget of $162.2 million.[1][2]

About the district

Montebello Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Montebello Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County in Montebello, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Montebello is home to 62,500 residents.[3]


Montebello underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011 and median household income. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.7% of Montebello 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 Montebello was $52,496 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Montebello was 15.1% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Montebello (%) California (%)
White 53.8 57.6
Black or African American 0.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1
Asian 11 13
Native Hawaiian 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 79.3 36.7

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, 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.[5]


Cleve Pell and Susanna Contreras Smith both serve as Superintendents of Montebello Unified School District.

School board

The Montebello Board of Education is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[6]

Montebello Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Lani Cupochoy At-large 2017
Benjamin Cardenas At-large 2017
Hector A. Chacon At-large 2017
Edgar Cisneros At-large 2015
David Vela At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Montebello Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the Montebello Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[7] Three seats were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be up for election in 2015.


Montebello Valley Unified School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[8]

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 $147,610,592 91% $3,052,042 1.9% $9,323,671 5.7% $906,488 0.6% $1,331,509 0.8% $162,224,302
Averages: $147,610,592 91% $3,052,042 2% $9,323,671 6% $906,488 1% $1,331,509 1% $162,224,302

Teacher salaries

Montebello Unified School District employed 1,249 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 Montebello Teachers Association for 2011 through 2014:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 40,160 62,250
B.A. + 30 43,020 67,320
B.A. + 45 w/MA 45,880 72,390
B.A. + 60 48,740 77,460
B.A. + 75 51,610 82,530
B.A. + 90 w/MA 53,040 83,960

Schools in Montebello Unified School District


Montebello Unified School District serves 31,316 students in 30 schools.[1]

District schools

Montebello Unified School District operates 30 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Montebello Unified School District
Applied Technology Center
Bandini Elementary
Bell Gardens Elementary
Bell Gardens High
Bell Gardens Intermediate
Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
Eastmont Intermediate
Fremont Elementary
Garfield Elementary
Greenfield Elementary
Joseph A. Gascon Elementary
La Merced Elementary
La Merced Intermediate
Laguna Nueva
Macy Intermediate
Montebello Community Day
Montebello Gardens Elementary
Montebello High
Montebello Intermediate
Montebello Park Elementary
Potrero Heights Elementary
Rosewood Park
Schurr High
Suva Elementary
Suva Intermediate
Vail High
Washington Elementary
Wilcox Elementary
Winter Gardens 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.[11]

STAR Performance Comparison
Subject District average (%) State average (%)
English Language Arts 42 54
Mathematics 39 50
Science 47 57
History/Social Science 31 48

Contact information

Montebello Unified School District seal.jpg
Montebello Unified School District
123 S. Montebello Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640
Phone: (562) 806-7900

See also

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