Visalia Unified School District, California

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Visalia Unified School District
Visalia, California
Visalia Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Craig Wheaton
Graduation rate:87.3%
Number of schools:38
Budget: $192.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jim Qualls
Board members:7
Term length:4
Visalia Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Visalia, California. It is the 42nd largest school district in California, serving 27,268 students in 38 schools with an operating budget of $132.1 million.[1][2]

About the district

Visalia Unified School District is located in Tulare County, California
Visalia Unified School District is located in Tulare County in Visalia, California. It is located in the 18th largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Visalia is home to 124,442 residents.[3]


Visalia underperformed 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 21.4% of Visalia 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 Visalia was $54,019 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Visalia was 17.2% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Visalia (%) California (%)
White 64.5 57.6
Black or African American 2.1 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.0
Asian 5.4 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 4.6 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 46.0 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 49,183 33.95
Republican 63,336 43.72
American Independent 4,826 3.33
Libertarian 737 0.51
Peace and Freedom 454 0.31
Green 474 0.33
Americans Elect 13 0.01
Other 265 0.18

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]


Craig Wheaton is the current Superintendent of Visalia Unified School District. He has served in this role since June 2010. Prior to serving in this role, Wheaton served as Director of State & Federal Projects, the Administrator of Curriculum & Instruction, and most recently as an Area Administrator for secondary education for VUSD.[6]

School board

The Visalia Board of Education is composed of seven members serving four-year terms.[7]

Visalia Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Jim Qualls Trustee Area 3 2017
Juan Guerrero Trustee Area 2 2017
Charles Ulmschneider Trustee Area 1 2017
John L. Crabtree Trustee Area 4 2017
William Fulmer Trustee Area 7 2015
Donna Martin Trustee Area 5 2015
Lucia Vazquez Trustee Area 6 2015

School board elections

See also: Visalia Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the Visalia Unified Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[8] Four seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.


The Visalia Unified School District's budget is published on the Education Data Partnership's website.[9]

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 $167,289,292 83.7% $10,922,671 5.5% $16,837,960 8.4% $0 0% $4,923,747 2.5% $199,973,670
2010-2011 $158,832,805 81.2% $12,688,452 6.5% $17,528,388 9% $0 0% $6,522,618 3.3% $195,572,263
2011-2012 $157,363,928 81.9% $9,376,362 4.9% $16,792,005 8.7% $0 0% $8,633,678 4.5% $192,165,973
Averages: $161,162,008.33 82% $10,995,828.33 6% $17,052,784.33 9% $0 0% $6,693,347.67 3% $195,903,968.67

Teacher salaries

Visalia Unified School District employed 1,124 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 Visalia Teachers Association for 2011 through 2014:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. + Permit 41,796 41,796
B.A. + Credential 44,321 48,999
B.A. + 30 44,321 57,913
B.A. + 45 or MA 44,536 71,284
B.A. + 60 or MA + 12 46,272 78,906
B.A. + 75 w/MA or MA + 24 48,077 81,887

Schools in Visalia Unified School District


Visalia Unified School District serves 27,268 students in 18 schools.[1]

District schools

Visalia Unified School District operates 38 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Visalia Unified School District
Annie R. Mitchell
Charter Alternatives Academy
Charter Home School Academy
Conyer Elementary
Cottonwood Creek Elementary
Crestwood Elementary
Crowley Elementary
Divisadero Middle
El Diamante High
Elbow Creek Elementary
Fairview Elementary
Four Creeks Elementary
Golden Oak Elementary
Golden West Elementary
Goshen Elementary
Green Acres Middle
Highland Elementary
Houston Elementary
Hurley Elementary
Ivanhoe Elementary
La Joya Middle
Linwood Elementary
Manuel F. Hernandez
Mineral King Elementary
Mountain View Elementary
Mt. Whitney High
Oak Grove Elementary
Pinkham Elementary
Redwood High
Royal Oaks Elementary
Sequoia High
Valley Oak Middle
Veva Blunt Elementary
Visalia Charter Independent Study
Visalia Technical Education Center
Washington Elementary
Willow Glen 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.[12]

STAR Performance Comparison
Subject District average (%) State average (%)
English Language Arts 53 54
Mathematics 50 50
Science 62 57
History/Social Science 53 48

Contact information

Visalia Unified School District seal.jpg
Visalia Unified School District
5000 W. Cypress Ave.
Visalia, CA 93277
Phone:(559) 730-7300

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