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Morgan Hill Unified School District
Santa Clara County, California
District Profile
Superintendent:Steve Betando
Enrollment:9,130 students
Graduation rate:93.2%[1]
Number of schools:15
Budget: $62.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bob Benevento
Board members:7 at-large
Term length:4 years

Morgan Hill Unified School District is a school district in California that served 9,130 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 181st-largest by enrollment in the state of California.

About the district

Morgan Hill Unified School District is located in Santa Clara County, California.

Morgan Hill Unified School District is located in Santa Clara County, California. The county seat is San Jose. Santa Clara County was home to 1,862,041 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Santa Clara County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 46 percent of Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County was $90,747 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Santa Clara County was 9.7 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Santa Clara County (%) California (%)
White 57.2 73.5
Black or African American 2.9 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.7
Asian 34.1 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.5
Two or more race 4.0 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 26.8 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Santa Clara County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 450,818 174,843
2008 462,241 190,039
2004 386,100 209,094
2000 332,490 188,750

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]


Steve Betando is the superintendent of the Morgan Hill Unified School District. He became interim superintendent for the district in January 2012 and was appointed to permanent superintendent in July 2012. Betando previously worked as a teacher, a vice principal, a principal, a curriculum director and an assistant superintendent. He started his career in education with the Franklin-McKinley School District and moved on to work for the Fremont Unified School District and the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District before joining the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Betando earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's degree in education, administration and supervision.[6]

School board

The Morgan Hill Unified School District Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected at-large to four-year terms.[7][8]

Morgan Hill Unified Board of Trustees
Member Term Ends
Rick G. Badillo 2016
Bob Benevento 2016
Amy Porter Jensen 2016
Ron Woolf 2018
Donna Foster Ruebusch 2018
Gino Borgioli 2018
David Gerard 2018

School board elections

See also: Morgan Hill Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Morgan Hill Unified Board of Trustees are elected at-large to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered election year. Four seats were up for election in 2014, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.[7][9]

Public participation in board meetings

The Morgan Hill Unified Board of Trustees maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Members of the public are encouraged to attend Board meetings and to address the Board concerning any item on the agenda or within the Board's jurisdiction.

In order to conduct district business in an orderly and efficient manner, the Board requires that public presentations to the Board comply with the following procedures:

1. The Board shall give members of the public an opportunity to address the Board on any item of interest to the public that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board, either before or during the Board's consideration of the item. (Education Code 35145.5, Government Code 54954.3)

2. At a time so designated on the agenda at a regular meeting, members of the public may bring before the Board matters that are not listed on the agenda. The Board shall take no action or discussion on any item not appearing on the posted agenda, except as authorized by law. (Education Code 35145.5, Government Code 54954.2)

3. Without taking action, Board members or district staff members may briefly respond to statements made or questions posed by the public about items not appearing on the agenda. Additionally, on their own initiative or in response to questions posed by the public, a Board or staff member may ask a question for clarification, make a brief announcement, or make a brief report on his/her own activities. (Government Code 54954.2)

Furthermore, the Board or a Board member may provide a reference to staff or other resources for factual information, ask staff to report back to the Board at a subsequent meeting concerning any matter, or take action directing staff to place a matter of business on a future agenda. (Government Code 54954.2)

4. The Board need not allow the public to speak on any item that has already been considered by a committee composed exclusively of Board members at a public meeting where the public had the opportunity to address the committee on that item. However, if the Board determines that the item has been substantially changed since the committee heard the item, the Board shall provide an opportunity for the public to speak. (Government Code 54954.3)

(cf. 9130 - Board Committees)

5. A person wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the president and shall then proceed to comment as briefly as the subject permits.

Individual speakers shall be allowed up to three minutes to address the Board on each agenda or nonagenda item. The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each item to 20 minutes. With Board consent, the president may increase or decrease the time allowed for public presentation, depending on the topic and the number of persons wishing to be heard. The president may take a poll of speakers for or against a particular issue and may ask that additional persons speak only if they have something new to add.

6. The Board president may rule on the appropriateness of a topic. If the topic would be more suitably addressed at a later time, the president may indicate the time and place when it should be presented.

The Board shall not prohibit public criticism of its policies, procedures, programs, services, acts, or omissions. (Government Code 54954.3) In addition, the Board may not prohibit public criticism of district employees.

Whenever a member of the public initiates specific complaints or charges against an employee, the Board president shall inform the complainant that in order to protect the employee's right to adequate notice before a hearing of such complaints and charges, and also to preserve the ability of the Board to legally consider the complaints or charges in any subsequent evaluation of the employee, it is the policy of the Board to hear such complaints or charges in closed session unless otherwise requested by the employee pursuant to Government Code 54957. The Board president shall also encourage the complainant to file a complaint using the appropriate district complaint procedure.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

7. The Board president shall not permit any disturbance or willful interruption of Board meetings. Persistent disruption by an individual or group shall be grounds for the president to terminate the privilege of addressing the Board.

The Board may remove disruptive individuals and order the room cleared if necessary. In this case, members of the media not participating in the disturbance shall be allowed to remain, and individuals not participating in such disturbances may be allowed to remain at the discretion of the Board. When the room is ordered cleared due to a disturbance, further Board proceedings shall concern only matters appearing on the agenda. (Government Code 54957.9)

When such disruptive conduct occurs, the Superintendent or designee shall contact local law enforcement.[10]

—Morgan Hill Unified School District website, (2014), [11]


The table below displays the budget for Morgan Hill Unified School District:[12]

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 $52,032,660 79.1% $2,782,451 4.2% $7,778,067 11.8% $0.00 0% $3,181,277 4.8% $65,774,455
2011-2012 $50,011,848 78.7% $2,681,659 4.2% $6,966,351 11% $0.00 0% $3,853,744 6.1% $63,513,602
2012-2013 $50,120,448 79.7% $2,638,162 4.2% $6,408,399 10.2% $0.00 0% $3,687,634 5.9% $62,854,643
Averages: $50,721,652 79% $2,700,757.33 4% $7,050,939 11% $0 0% $3,574,218.33 6% $64,047,566.67

Teacher salaries

Morgan Hill Unified School District employed 393 teachers in the 2011-2012 school year.[13] 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 table below shows the salary schedule for teachers in the Morgan Hill Unified School District for the 2014-2015 school year.[14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 47,967 63,123
B.A. + 45 49,886 79,869
B.A. + 60 51,882 89,851

Schools in Morgan Hill Unified School District


Morgan Hill Unified School District served 9,130 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district decreased by 5.4 percent from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 9,620 -
2010-2011 9,532 -0.9
2011-2012 9,306 -2.4
2012-2013 9,241 -0.7
2013-2014 9,130 -1.2

District schools

Morgan Hill Unified School District operates 15 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[15][16][17][18]

Morgan Hill Unified School District
School Name
Ann Sobrato
Central Continuation
Community Adult School
El Toro
Jackson Academy Math/Music (K-8)
K-8 Home School Program
Live Oak
Los Paseos
Martin Murphy
P. A. Walsh
Paradise Valley
San Martin/Gwinn

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 59 55
Mathematics 49 50
Science 66 59
History and Social Science 60 49

Contact information

Morgan Hill Unified School District
15600 Concord Circle
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Phone: 408-201-6000
Fax: 408-201-6006

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Accountability (API/AYP/Performance)," accessed December 8, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Profile of District," accessed December 8, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Santa Clara County, California," accessed July 3, 2013
  4. Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, "Past Election Results," accessed July 3, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Morgan Hill Unified School District, "Superintendent's Office," accessed December 8, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Morgan Hill Unified School District, "Meet Your Trustees," accessed December 8, 2014
  8. Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, "Unofficial Semi-Final Results," accessed November 4, 2014
  9. Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, "Contest/Candidate Proof List Gubernatorial General Election," accessed July 28, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Morgan Hill Unified School District, "BB 9323 Board Bylaws: Meeting Conduct," accessed December 8, 2014
  12. Ed-Data, "Morgan Hill Unified School District," accessed December 9, 2014
  13. Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Teacher Salaries," accessed December 8, 2014
  14. Morgan Hill Unified School District, "BASIC SALARY SCHEDULE: 185 Calendar Days, 2013-2015," accessed December 8, 2014
  15. Morgan Hill Unified School District, "High Schools," accessed December 8, 2014
  16. Morgan Hill Unified School District, "Middle Schools," accessed December 8, 2014
  17. Morgan Hill Unified School District, "Elementary Schools," accessed December 8, 2014
  18. Morgan Hill Unified School District, "Other Schools," accessed December 8, 2014