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School Board Members

Board President, Richard Lopez

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Richard Lopez

Position: MUHSD Board President
Address: 1904 Vistana Drive, Atwater, CA 95301
Phone: 209-756-8925
Area 5
December 2018 to December 2022

Board Vice President, Tiffany Pickle

Tiffany Pickle

Position: Board Vice President
Address: 1972 Station Avenue, Atwater, CA 95301
Phone: 209-701-3582
Area 2
December 2018 to December 2022

Board Clerk, Erin Hamm

Erin Hamm

Position: Board Clerk
Address: 2874 Forist Lane, Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-425-4073
Area 1
December 2018 to December 2022

Board Member, John Medearis

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John Medearis

Position: Board Member
Address: 4836 Langley Way Merced, CA 95348
Phone: 209-720-7805
Area 4
12/02/2016 to 12/04/2020

Board Member, Julio Valadez

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Julio Valadez

Position: Board Member
Address: P.O. Box 777 Livingston, CA 95334
Phone: 209-277-1402
Area 3
12/02/2016 to 12/04/2020

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) became California's school funding structure in 2013-14. It provides funding for all students, and additional funding for districts who serve a large population of Foster Youth, Low Income and English Learner students. The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) explains how the district will use the additional funds to support identified students and provide them with an equal opportunity to succeed.

LCAP Goals for MUHSD

LCAP Goal #1 - All Students College and Career Ready

LCAP Goal #2 - Equitable Access

LCAP Goal #3 - School Climate

LCAP Goal #4 - Recruit & Retain Staff

Among the many responsibilities that come with serving as a school board member, the board also sets goals for the Superintendent. The 2019-2020 goals are displayed below.


  • Continued refinement of safety preparation and planning both from a physical point of view and social-emotional point of view
  • Identify and consistently implement essential standards in core areas, including embedded skills (communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking).
  • Continue implementation of student-centered instructional delivery methods and authentic assessments (real-world, multiple measures) in all core areas with special emphasis in mathematics.
  • Focus on providing timely and accurate communications to families, staff and the community to promote all school and district activities consistently at all sites.
  • Explore best options to attain student voice at the board level.
  • Explore Digital Citizenship options for a comprehensive approach for staff, students and parents.
  • Explore options to provide students with financial literacy proficiency.
  • Explore options to increase collaboration and communication with feeder districts.
  • Explore options to provide students with work-ready certifications.


All Goals for 2018-19 in progress (see below):

Goal #1

Improve opportunities and outcomes for special populations including, English learners, special ed, foster youth and homeless students.

Goal #2

Research options and plan for facility improvements at all sites.


All Goals for 2017-18 Completed (see below):

Goal #1- Develop alternative schedules for students (7-period day)
LCAP Priority- All Students College and Career Ready

Goal #2- Update and Revamp Counseling Services
LCAP Priority- Equitable Access

Goal #3- Develop a Leadership Academy
LCAP Priority- Recruit and Retain Highly Qualified Staff

Goal #4- Create Five-year Facilities Plan
LCAP Priority- School Climate

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