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Palmdale School District, California

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Palmdale School District
Palmdale, California
Palmdale School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Pauline Winbush
Graduation rate:N/A
Number of schools:26
Budget: $157.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Maria Molina
Board members:5
Term length:4
Palmdale School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Palmdale, California. It is the 70th largest school district in California, serving 20,585 students in 26 schools with an operating budget of $157.9 million.[1][2]

About the district

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Palmdale School District is located in northern of Los Angeles County, California in Palmdale, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 152,750 residents.[3]


Palmdale underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Palmdale was $55,213 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 15.4% of Palmdale residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Palmdale was 18.3% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 74.1% of Palmdale residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Palmdale (%) California (%)
White 49.0 57.6
Black or African American 14.8 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.0
Asian 4.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 5.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 54.4 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[6]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Pauline Winbush is currently serving as the interim Superintendent of Palmdale School District. She has served in this position since October 2013. Winbush earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and earned her Master's degree from California State University, Bakersfield. She has served the Palmdale School District since 1992 and has served as a teacher, principal, director of human resources and assistant superintendent.[8]

School board

The Palmdale Board of Trustees is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[9]

Palmdale Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
Maria Molina At large 2015
Nancy K. Smith At large 2017
Robert "Bo" Bynum At large 2015
Joyce Ricks At large 2017
Juan Carrillo At large 2017

School board elections

See also: Palmdale School District elections (2013)

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


The table below displays the budget for Palmdale School District:[11]

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 $131,972,828 63.8% $6,486,323 3.1% $16,214,863 7.8% $0 0% $52,461,249 25.4% $206,737,661
2010-2011 $129,341,938 66.2% $6,685,214 3.4% $16,619,692 8.5% $0 0% $43,001,397 22% $195,283,266
2011-2012 $132,819,497 79.9% $7,434,353 4.5% $19,054,175 11.5% $0 0% $3,012,079 1.8% $166,293,120
2012-2013 $128,533,137 81.4% $6,224,718 3.9% $17,413,367 11% $0 0% $5,825,810 3.7% $157,997,032
Averages: $130,666,850 72% $6,707,652 4% $17,325,524.25 10% $0 0% $26,075,133.75 14% $181,577,769.75

Teacher salaries

Palmdale School District employed 816 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:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. + 15 41,485 64,520
B.A. + 30 44,396 70,476
B.A. + 30 w/MA 47,294 75,861
B.A. + 45 50,204 81,262
B.A. + 45 w/MA 53,108 89,137
B.A. + 60 w/MA 56,010 92,039

Schools in Palmdale School District


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

District schools

Palmdale School District operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Palmdale School District
Barrel Springs Elementary
Buena Vista Elementary
Cactus Elementary
Chaparral Elementary
Cimarron Elementary
David G. Millen Elementary
Desert Rose Elementary
Desert Willow Elementary
Dos Caminos Elementary
Golden Poppy Elementary
Joshua Hills Elementary
Juniper Elementary
Los Amigos Elementary
Manzanita Elementary
Mesquite Elementary
Oak Tree Elementary
Ocotillo Elementary
Palmdale Learning Plaza
Palm Tree Elementary
Quail Valley Elementary
Shadow Hills Elementary
Summerwind Elementary
Tumbleweed Elementary
Yellen Learning Center
Yucca 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.[14]

STAR Performance Comparison
Subject District average (%) State average (%)
English Language Arts 44 54
Mathematics 49 50
Science 52 57
History/Social Science 42 48

Contact information

Palmdale School District seal.jpg
Palmdale School District
Palmdale, CA 93550

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