Turlock Unified School District, California

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Turlock Unified School District
Turlock, California
Turlock Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Sonny H. Da Marto
Graduation rate:88.7%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $129.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bob Weaver
Board members:7
Term length:4
Turlock Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Turlock, California. It is the 119th largest school district in California, serving 13,735 students in 15 schools with an operating budget of $129.5 million.[1][2]

About the district

Turlock Unified School District is located in Stanislaus County, California
Turlock Unified School District is located in Stanislaus County in Turlock, California. It is located in the 16th largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Turlock is home to 68,549 residents.[3]


Turlock underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, median household income and percentage of the population living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.9% of Turlock 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 Turlock was $50,862 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Turlock was 15.2% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Turlock (%) California (%)
White 69.8 57.6
Black or African American 1.7 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.0
Asian 5.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.4
Two or More Races 5.0 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 36.4 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 92,788 40.02
Republican 90,002 38.82
Green 698 0.30
Libertarian 1,144 0.49
American Independent 6,442 2.78
Peace and Freedom 682 0.29
Unaffiliated 37,663 16.24
Other 2,437 1.05

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]


Sonny H. Da Marto is the current Superintendent of Turlock Unified School District. He has served in this role since July 2008. Da Marto has also served as Superintendent of Burlingame School District for eight years and as Assistant Superintendent for San Mateo-Foster City Unified School District for fourteen years.[7]

School board

The Turlock Unified Board of Trustees is composed of seven members serving four-year terms.[8]

Turlock Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
Bob Weaver Trustee Area 4 2017
Deborah Martin Trustee Area 2 2017
Jennifer Carter Trustee Area 6 2017
Barney W. Gordon At-large 2015
Frank Lima At-large 2015
Harinder Grewal At-large 2015
Eileen Hamilton At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Turlock Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the Turlock Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[9] Three seats were up for election in 2013 and four seats will be up for election in 2015. The district is currently undergoing a transition from at-large to trustee area elections.


Turlock Unified School District published its annual budget on the California Ed Data website.[10]

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 $89,969,698 69.7% $5,023,690 3.9% $8,935,700 6.9% $4,416,163 3.4% $20,725,233 16.1% $129,070,484
2011-2012 $90,480,607 69.8% $4,832,937 3.7% $8,595,992 6.6% $4,340,771 3.3% $21,333,153 16.5% $129,583,460
Averages: $90,225,152.5 70% $4,928,313.5 4% $8,765,846 7% $4,378,467 3% $21,029,193 16% $129,326,972

Teacher salaries

Turlock Unified School District employed 642 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 Turlock Teachers Association for 2013 through 2014:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA to 44 47,888 62,526
BA to 44 w/MA 48,965 64,135
BA + 45 50,067 67,640
BA + 45 w/MA 51,319 69,548
BA + 60 52,602 77,949
BA + 60 w/MA 53,917 80,351
BA + 75 55,400 88,036
BA +75 w/MA 56,923 90,766

Schools in Turlock Unified School District


Turlock Unified School District serves 13,735 students in 15 schools.[1]

District schools

Turlock Unified School District operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Turlock Unified School District
Crowell Elementary
Cunningham Elementary
Dennis G. Earl Elementary
eCademy Charter at Crane
John H. Pitman High
Julien Elementary
Marvin A. Dutcher Middle
Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy
Roselawn High
Sandra Tovar Medeiros Elementary
Turlock High
Turlock Junior High
Wakefield Elementary
Walnut Elementary Education Center
Walter M. Brown 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.[13]

STAR Performance Comparison
Subject District average (%) State average (%)
English Language Arts 53 54
Mathematics 45 50
Science 51 57
History/Social Science 52 48

Contact information

Turlock Unified School District seal.jpg
Turlock Unified School District
1574 East Canal Drive
Turlock, CA 95380
Phone:(209) 667-0632

See also

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