Our Address:

The Richland School District Offices are physically located at:

300 N. Valley St.

Shafter, CA 93263

Our mailing address is below.

School Board

Tony Aguirre, President, Area 5

Mike Svilich, Clerk, Area 4

Steve Mann, Member, Area 2

Tammy Rubio Criswell, Member, Area 1

Deanna Rodriguez-Root, Member, Area 3

The Next Regular Board Meeting is on Monday, September 8, 2014

Regular Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held in the Golden Oak Elementary School Cafeteria located at 195 S. Wall St., Shafter, unless otherwise noted.

For Board Agendas and Minutes Click Here

For Information on Trustee Areas Click Here

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Richland School District serves elementary age children living in the City of Shafter and outlying areas. The District operates four schools that are located in the city: Golden Oak Elementary School (K-6), Redwood Elementary School (K-6), Sequoia Elementary School (K-6) and Richland Junior High School (7-8).


The Richland School District adheres to the premise that all children can learn. The District's mission is to be consistent in empowering all schools at all grade levels in nurturing the mental, physical, social and emotional growth of all students by bringing about excellence through planned instruction, based on a CORE of knowledge in which all children should learn, that promotes a positive self, academic success, and a social consciousness that will lead toward productive citizenship.


Upon completion of Eighth Grade students attend Shafter High School which is part of the Kern High School District.





September 1 - Labor Day

September 4 - Back to School Night:  Golden Oak, Redwood and Sequoia

September 11- Back to School Night:  Richland Junior High


Richland School District Highlights

Richland School District opened 2014-2015 on the first day of school with a total enrollment of 3610, Pre-K through 8th grade.

At the August 18th Board meeting, Rosa Romero, Principal Redwood Elementary and David Franz, Director Shafter Education Partnership gave a presentation about the Richland School District Summer Program. The Summer Reading Academy was a 5-week, 4-hour per day program for Richland students entering first, second, and third grades. The program was hosted at Redwood Elementary in June and July.  Redwood Principal Rosa Romero led the instructional staff of 9 teachers and 17 tutors. An average of 158 students attended each day or 6 students for every adult.  This allowed for a great deal of individual attention and small group instruction. The Reading Academy is a key component of the partnership between Richland School District and the City of Shafter to increase reading ability in the early grades. Students typically forget some of what they learn over the summer break, losing weeks or even months of hard won gains. We aim to reverse that, helping students make progress through the summer and begin the new school year prepared. This year, students more than doubled the number of sight words they knew from the beginning to the end of the five weeks and increased reading speed by 10%.

The Board of Education approved routine items of business including the following:

A minor modification to the Superintendent’s contract, allowing her to work her full contract of 226 work days from August 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. It will resume to the regular 12 month contract in 2015-2016.

The SCICON contract was approved, allowing the 6th grade students to attend Science Camp for five days from December 2014 through May 2015.

Conference Request: The 2nd annual California STEM Symposium will be held on September 21-23, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center. The Symposium brings together approximately 3000 educators and industry representatives to engage them in STEM education. It highlights leaders in classroom innovation from across the state and student teams to showcase critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork. A team of 10 certificated staff will represent the Richland School District at the Symposium, to learn strategies and resources for program implementation. The team consists of one teacher and one administrator from each school site, the Technology Coach and the Superintendent. The team will be responsible for providing staff development to rest of their colleagues at their perspective sites. They will also make a brief presentation to the Board at the October Board meeting. The Symposium will be funded with the Common Core money specifically earmarked for staff development, instructional materials and technology.

Upcoming Events

September 4th:            Back to School Night for the 3 Elementary sites, 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

September 8th:            Regular Board meeting, 6:00 pm: Unaudited Actuals Fiscal

                                    Report for 2013-2014

September 11th:          Back to School Night for RJH, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

September 29th:          Special Board Meeting, 6:00 pm: School Services 

                                    Financial Report on Possible Unification               



Posted by: Esmeralda Quintana
Published: 8/22/14

21st Century Learning

Our goal is to prepare ALL Richland Students to be successful in their college and career choices. By implementing the new Common Core State Standards, the new State English Language Development Standards, and 21st Century Skills for Students, we will better prepare them to be successful in THEIR world. More information on these initiatives can be found here:

21st Century Learning in the RSD

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