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A Public Hearing has been scheduled to seek public comment regarding the Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program, sufficiency of textbooks and/or instructional materials as follows:

Centralia School District Board Room

6625 La Palma Avenue

Buena Park, CA  90620

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

5:30 p.m.

Please call the Superintendent’s Office at

714-228-3131 if you have any questions.


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2016-2017 Update
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Welcome to Centralia School District

The Centralia School District is located in beautiful Southern California in the northern part of Orange County, located between Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Centralia School District was established in 1875 and was the first school district in California to provide free textbooks to students.  Today, the district's eight elementary schools are located in the cities of Buena Park, Anaheim and La Palma. Enrollment is approximately 4,500 students. 



Centralia School District is pleased to welcome some new fresh faces to our team this school year, and congratulate one who has promoted. 

First, we would like to welcome Mr. Robert (Rob) French as our new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, effective July 1, 2016.  He will fill the vacancy created by the announcement of the retirement of Mr. Randy Helms, current Deputy Superintendent, Human Resources. Mr. French comes to us from Perris School District, where he served as the Director of Human Resources for the past two years.  His extensive background includes six years as an elementary school teacher in both the Covina Valley and Murrieta School Districts, and vice principal and principal for nine years in Perris School District before being promoted to Director of Human Resources.  He is very knowledgeable and has been involved in all aspects of human resources from recruitment and retention to chairing the negotiations committee.  Mr. French is looking forward to working in the CESD and serving as a support to the staff and Board.   He believes that, “All of the decisions I have made as an administrator have been to make a positive effect on children’s’ lives.”  We are excited for Mr. French to join our administrative team!

Joining our San Marino School team, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Omaira Lee.  Dr. Lee comes to us from Compton Unified School District where she served as principal of George Washington Elementary School.  She has a vast amount of experience having served as an elementary classroom teacher, resource teacher, Reading First literacy coach, assistant principal, principal and Regional School Improvement/Instructional Services, Coordinator & Title III co-lead for the Riverside County Office of Education.  Dr. Lee is excited to be joining the outstanding Centralia School District team and also looking forward to working with the great team of educators at San Marino School.  Dr. Lee says that she is, “Deeply committed to maximizing individual student achievement through a cooperative team spirit.”  We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lee to San Marino!

There will be a new principal of Raymond Temple School as well, please join us as we welcome Dr. Estela Salas-Sarmiento.  Dr. Salas-Sarmiento comes to us from Bellflower School District where she served as vice principal, a position that allowed her to hone her administrative skills.  She has also served as a teacher and ELD Coordinator for 20 years in the Downey Unified School District. She is very excited to be coming to the Centralia School District as principal.  She stated that, “I am an enthusiastic, hardworking bilingual administrator, who has earned trust and respect from students, teachers, community, and colleagues and I have been passionate about education for 20+ years.”  We are excited to welcome Dr. Salas-Sarmiento to Raymond Temple!

Some hearty congratulations are in order to Mr. Jonathan Raymond, Teacher on Special Assignment who has been chosen to serve as a Coordinator in the Student Services Department for Special Education. Mr. Raymond was an Applied Behavior Analysis Tutor for the Greater Anaheim SELPA and a Teacher in the District Autism Program for three years in the Norwalk La-Mirada Unified School District before taking a position as TOSA in the Centralia School District in 2014.  He is dedicated to helping students with special needs successful in their school careers and works diligently to make that happen.  Mr. Raymond shared that he has learned through personal experience that, “Centralia School District is a leading District possessing an ongoing passion aimed towards educating all learners through equal access with the philosophy that all children can learn.  I embrace this vision, particularly with regards to children with special needs.”  We congratulate Mr. Raymond in his new position at CESD!


Congratulations to all and we look forward to great things as we move eagerly into this new school year, and beyond!




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6625 La Palma Avenue
Buena Park, CA


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Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed 12:00-1:00 daily

Email: Ruth Ann McMillen,
Assistant to the Superintendent




Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. 

Autograph your work with excellence.” --Author Unknown


Dear Parents/Guardians:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Cabinet, staff and myself, I welcome our new and returning families to the start of what promises to be another exciting year of learning in the Centralia Elementary School District.   As I begin my second year as your superintendent, I wish to share my appreciation for your tremendous support and belief in the great work that happens in each of our schools. 


As we prepare to embark on a new academic year, it is important that we pause to reflect back on the many notable moments of accomplishment achieved by Centralia School District staff and students in the 2015-16 school year.



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