Palmdale School District, California

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Palmdale School District
Palmdale, California
Palmdale School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Pauline Winbush
Graduation rate:N/A
Number of schools:26
Budget: $161.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Maria Molina
Board members:5
Term length:4
Lynwood Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Lynwood, California. It is the 70th largest school district in California, serving 20,585 students in 26 schools with an operating budget of $161.8 million.[1][2]

About the district

See also: Palmdale School District, California
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Palmdale School District is located in northern of Los Angeles County, California in Palmdale, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 152,750 residents.[3]


Palmdale 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 Palmdale was $55,213 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 15.4% of Palmdale 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 Palmdale was 18.3% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 74.1% of Palmdale residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[4]


Pauline Winbush is currently serving as the interim Superintendent of Palmdale School District. She has served in this position since October 2013. Winbush earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and earned her Master's degree from California State University, Bakersfield. She has served the Palmdale School District since 1992 and has served as a teacher, principal, director of human resources and assistant superintendent.[7]

School board

The Palmdale Board of Trustees is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8]

Palmdale Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
Maria Molina At large 2015
Nancy K. Smith At large 2017
Robert "Bo" Bynum At large 2015
Joyce Ricks At large 2017
Juan Carrillo At large 2017

School board elections

See also: Palmdale School District elections (2013)

Members of the Palmdale Board of Trustees 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 Palmdale School District's budget is published on the Education Data Partnership's 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
2009-2010 $131,972,828 63.8% $6,486,323 3.1% $16,214,863 7.8% $0 0% $52,461,249 25.4% $206,737,661
2010-2011 $129,341,938 66.2% $6,685,214 3.4% $16,619,692 8.5% $0 0% $43,001,397 22% $195,283,266
2011-2012 $132,819,497 82% $7,434,353 4.6% $19,054,175 11.8% $0 0% $3,012,079 1.9% $161,877,653
Averages: $131,378,087.67 70% $6,868,630 4% $17,296,243.33 9% $0 0% $32,824,908.33 17% $187,966,193.33

Teacher salaries

Palmdale School District employed 816 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 Lynwood Teachers Association for 2011 through 2014:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA + 15 41,485 64,520
BA + 30 44,396 70,476
BA + 30 w/MA 47,294 75,861
BA + 45 50,204 81,262
BA + 45 w/MA 53,108 89,137
BA + 60 w/MA 56,010 92,039

Schools in Palmdale School District


Palmdale School District serves 15,515 students in 18 schools. Palmdale School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Palmdale School District operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

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]

Contact information

Palmdale School District seal.jpg
Palmdale School District
Palmdale, CA 93550

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