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Antelope Valley Union High School District elections (2013)

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2013 Antelope Valley Union High School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
California
Antelope Valley Union High School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Antelope Valley Union High School District were up for district wide elections to be held on November 5, 2013. R. Michael Dutton, Dana F. Coleman and Barbara Willibrand defeated three candidates for three at-large seats.

About the district

Location

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Antelope Valley Union High School District is located in the Northern Los Angeles County, California in Lancaster, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 159,055 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Lancaster (%) California (%)
White 49.6 57.6
Black or African American 20.5 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 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 38.0 37.6

Demographics

Lancaster underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree. It has the same percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma as the rest of the state of California. The median household income in Lancaster was $52,290 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 16.5% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Lancaster was 20.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 80.8% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

Antelope Valley Union High School District School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Robert Michael Dutton, Sr., Dana F. Coleman and Barbara Willibrand defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education.

Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Michael Dutton, Sr. 19.5% 9,140
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDana F. Coleman 19.3% 9,081
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Willibrand 18.2% 8,555
     Nonpartisan James T. "Jim" Lott 16.8% 7,876
     Nonpartisan Paul O. Scott 14.1% 6,635
     Nonpartisan John Hutak 12.1% 5,678
Total Votes 46,965
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011 two seats for the Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees were up for election. Candidates Jill McGrady and Donita J. Winn defeated two challenging candidates.

Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education, General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJill McGrady 37.3% 10,952
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonita J. Winn 28% 8,230
     Nonpartisan Kermit F. Franklin 23.2% 6,809
     Nonpartisan Emmett Britney Murrell 11.4% 3,351
Total Votes 29,342
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Antelope Valley Union High School District Voter Information" accessed August 29, 2013

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Antelope Valley Union High School District election in 2013:[6]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

What was at stake?

Three At Large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013.

Issues

Underperforming charter school

In 2011, the California Charter School Association (CCSA) recommended ten charter schools not have their charters renewed by their individual school districts. The Los Angeles County Online High School under the authorization of Antelope Valley Union High School District was included in this list. In order to meet the CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal a charter school must have been in operation for a minimum of four years and meet on of the following:[7]

  • Academic Performance Index (API) score of at least 700 in most recent year
  • 3-year cumulative API growth of at least 50 points (2010-11 growth + 2009-10 growth + 2008-09 growth)
  • Within range of or exceeding predicted performance based on similar student populations statewide, for at least two out of the last three years, based on CCSA's metric, the Similar Students Measure.

Despite these recommendations, the Los Angeles County Online High School remains in operation.

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election is Los Angeles county also held elections for local and municipal positions. November 5, 2013 was the date for many concurrent general municipal elections and contained elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor, and City Council.[8]

See also

External links

References