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Ventura Unified School District, California

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Ventura Unified School District
Ventura, California
Ventura Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Trudy Tuttle Arriaga
Graduation rate:86.4%
Number of schools:29
Budget: $153.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John B. Walker
Board members:5
Term length:4
Ventura Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Ventura, California. It is the 92nd largest school district in California, serving 17,429 students in 29 schools with an operating budget of $153.3 million.[1][2]

About the district

Ventura Unified School District is located in Ventura County, California
Ventura Unified School District is located in Ventura County in Ventura, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, San Buenaventura is home to 70,709 residents.[3]


San Buenaventura outperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.6% of San Buenaventura 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 San Buenaventura was $66,226 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in San Buenaventura was 10.5% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race San Buenaventura (%) California (%)
White 76.6 57.6
Black or African American 1.6 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.0
Asian 3.4 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 5.2 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 31.8 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 166,462 38.61
Republican 155,180 35.99
American Independent 13 0.00
Libertarian 2,700 0.63
Peace and Freedom 926 0.21
Green 2,324 0.54
Americans Elect 5,733 1.33
Other 262,180 5.39

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


Trudy Tuttle Arriaga is the current superintendent of Ventura Unified School District. She has served in this role since July 2001. She is a lifelong Ventura resident that graduated from Ventura High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University. She earned her Master's degree from California State University Northridge and her Doctoral degree from the University of Southern California.[7]

School board

The Ventura Unified Board of Education is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8]

Ventura Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
John B. Walker At-large 2017
Mary Haffner At-large 2017
Debbie Golden At-large 2015
Barbara J. Fitzgerald At-large 2015
Velma Lomax At-large 2017

School board elections

See also: Ventura Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the Ventura 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 two seats will be up for election in 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Ventura Unified School District:[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
2013-2014 $121,452,642 82.3% $10,643,287 7.2% $12,380,173 8.4% $0 0% $3,095,520 2.1% $147,571,622
2014-2015 $130,147,285 84.9% $8,015,498 5.2% $11,957,625 7.8% $0 0% $3,159,796 2.1% $153,280,204
Averages: $125,799,963.5 84% $9,329,392.5 6% $12,168,899 8% $0 0% $3,127,658 2% $150,425,913

Teacher salaries

Ventura Unified School District employed 824 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 Ventura Teachers Association for 2011 through 2014:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 41,661 65,770
B.A. + 30 46,910 70,077
B.A. + 45 or MA 46,910 74,397
B.A. + 75 or B.A. + 60 w/MA 46,910 78,754
B.A. + 75 w/MA 47,966 83,093

Schools in Ventura Unified School District


Ventura Unified School District serves 17,429 students in 29 schools.[1]

District schools

Ventura Unified School District operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Ventura Unified School District
Anacapa Middle
Balboa Middle
Blanche Reynolds Elementary
Buena High
Buena Vista High
Cabrillo Middle
Citrus Glen Elementary
De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts
E. P. Foster Elementary
El Camino High
Elmhurst Elementary
Foothill Technology High
Juanamaria Elementary
Junipero Serra Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Loma Vista Elementary
Montalvo Elementary
Mound Elementary
Pacific High
Pierpont Elementary
Poinsettia Elementary
Portola Elementary
Saticoy Elementary
Sheridan Way Elementary
Sunset Elementary
Ventura High
Ventura Islands High
Will Rogers 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 61 54
Mathematics 52 50
Science 67 57
History/Social Science 58 48

Contact information

Ventura Unified School District seal.jpg
255 West Stanley Avenue, Suite 100
Ventura, CA 93001-1348
Phone: (805) 641-5000

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed-Data, "District Profile - Fiscal Year: 2011-12," accessed January 27, 2014
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named budget
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Sanbuenaventura (city), California," accessed October 2, 2013
  4. California Secretary of State, "Report of Registration as of February 10, 2013 - Registration by County," accessed January 7, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Ventura Unified School District, "Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga," accessed January 27, 2014
  8. Ventura Unified School District, "Board of Education," accessed January 27, 2014
  9. Ventura County - Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, "Tentative Calendar of Events," accessed January 27, 2014
  10. Ventura Unified School District, "Financial Reports," accessed December 8, 2014
  11. Ventura Unified School District, "Agreement between Ventura Unified School District and Ventura Teachers Association CTA/NEA," accessed January 27, 2014 (dead link)
  12. Ventura Unified School District, "School Directory," accessed January 27, 2014
  13. Ed-Data, "Student Performance - 2012," accessed January 27, 2013