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Lynwood Unified School District
Lynwood, CA
Lynwood Unified seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Paul Gothold
Graduation rate:70.0%
Number of schools:18
Budget: $144.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Briseida Gonzalez
Board members:5
Term length:4
The Lynwood Unified School District is a school district in California that is based in Lynwood, California in Los Angeles County. It currently serves 15,515 students in 18 schools.

About the district

See also: Lynwood Unified School District, California
Lynwood Unified Map.png
Lynwood Unified School District is located in central Los Angeles County, California in Lynwood, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 69,772 residents.[1]


Lynwood 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 Lynwood was $41,875 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 4.6% of Lynwood 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 Lynwood was 21.6% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 49.1% of Lynwood residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[2]


Paul Gothold is the current Superintendent of Lynwood Unified School District and has served in this position since June 2013. Prior to serving in this position he was the deputy superintendent for the district. He also served as a teacher in the Los Angeles County Office of Education for at-risk students at Alhambra High School.[4]

School board

Current school board members include:[5]

Lynwood Unified School Board
Member Board Position Term Ends
Briseida Gonzalez President 2015
Alfonso Morales Vice President 2017
Maria Lopez Clerk 2015
Alma-Delia Renteria Member 2017


Lynwood Unified School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[6]

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 $111,510,682 77% $0 0% $28,611,289 19.8% $0 0% $4,634,801 3.2% $144,756,772
Averages: $111,510,682 77% $0 0% $28,611,289 20% $0 0% $4,634,801 3% $144,756,772

Teacher salaries

Lynwood Unified School District employed 595 teachers for 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.[7]

Salary structure
Lowest salary offered BA + 60 (Step 10) Offered ($) Highest salary offered ($) Average salary paid ($)
$43,347 $70,750 $82,399 $69,507

District schools

Lynwood Unified School District operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

Academic performance

California STAR program

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 two through eleven. STAR results include English-language arts 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 benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency on STAR. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students.[9]

STAR - Lynwood Unified School District - Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced [10]


Arrest of Jonas Silverio

Former Firebaugh High School Principal Jonas Silverio was arrested in July 2009 on 17 counts of lewd acts upon a child. An investigation revealed that Silverio was convicted in 1995 of a lewd act against a child. Sources close to the ongoing investigation say there were also incidents at a private school in 1996 in Los Angeles, and in 2001 at a Whittier school.[11]

According to a local newspaper, Silverio’s history came to the attention of the Lynwood School District in 2005 or 2006. The school board was told that district officials were looking into the allegations. Silverio resigned from his teaching position at Firebaugh on June 30, 2009.

School board recall

Lynwood Schools Recall of Board Members, 2009
Four of the five members of the Lynwood School District faced a recall election in 2009.[12]

The districts's superintendent is Dhyan Lal. He is paid $220,000 per year and his contract with the district ends in October 2010. In mid-July, all five members of the school board voted to authorize an investigation into concerns they have regarding the management of the district. They were told not to disclose any details to the press.[13]

Website evaluation

The Lynwood school district website contains links to budget and financial information[14], the school accountability report cards (SARCs)[15], the Board of Education members[16], and the Board meeting agendas[17].

Contact information

Lynwood Unified seal.jpg
Lynwood Unified School District
11321 Bullis Rd.
Lynwood, CA 90262
District website

See also

External links