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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. 



Child Care will be OPEN and available during the Winter Break.  The location will be at G.B. Miller.  For more information or to register please contact (714) 228-3153.


Registration will be from November 28, 2016 - December 9, 2016.


Members of the Centralia School District community gathered on November 8, 2016 to commemorate the service of Trustee Dennis Salts as he retires from the Centralia School District’s Governing Board after 14 years of service.  

Trustee Salts was first appointed to the Centralia School District Governing Board to complete the term of retiring Trustee Robert Lindsay during the 2003-04 school year.  During his tenure, he has served as the Board Clerk, Clerk Pro Tem and Board President.    

During Salts’s tenure as Trustee, the district has seen tremendous changes including the closing of Walter Knott School and its reopening as an Education Center as well as the transformation of classroom instruction with the addition of over 2,000 technology devices for student use. His time of service in the Centralia School District has also seen continued academic success of all of its schools, including two being named Gold Ribbon Schools, three California Distinguished Schools, two Title I Achieving Schools, and all eight receiving honors from the California Business for Educational Excellence. 

Centralia School District Superintendent Norma Martinez shared that, “Dennis Salts has been an ambassador of the District. He is always one who loves to share the accomplishments Centralia School District’s schools and staff with the greater community.  His dedication to our District will be missed.”

In addition to being lauded by current Board Trustees; Connor Traut, Arturo Montez, Steve Harris and Henry Charoen, Trustee Salts was celebrated by members of the community and district. In attendance was retired Centralia Superintendent Dr. Diane Scheerhorn, as well as former Trustees Megan Harding, Lisa Jordan and Irv Trinkle.  During the November 8th meeting, Trustee Salts received proclamations from Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson and Assemblywoman Young Kim. 

Board President Traut thanked Trustee Salts for his dedicated service and stewardship of Centralia School District.  Said Trustee Salts, “I will always have fond memories of my time serving as a trustee for Centralia. It has been both gratifying and challenging. I feel great pride for what our Centralia team has accomplished. Our students, teachers, classified employees and administrators work wonders to ensure that we are helping each student to be the best they can be. It has been a pleasure serving the community in my role as a Trustee.”

Dennis Salts will continue to be an active member of the Buena Park community as he currently serves as a Trustee for the Buena Park Library District and member of the Buena Park Rotary.  


Salvador De La Rosa sits back in a fully reclined dental chair and opens his mouth wide.

A dental hygienist looks over him, scraping plaque and polishing each tooth. Beside them are a laptop, X-ray equipment, dental tools and a suction unit – everything you’d see at a dentist office.

But outside kids are running around and playing. A loud school bell rings.

Salvador, 11, walked across the hall from his classroom at Danbrook Elementary and into the makeshift dentist’s office in another classroom to get his teeth cleaned.

The dental visit and cleaning is part of a new free pilot teledentistry program by Garden Grove-based Healthy Smiles For Kids of Orange County.

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Voters in the Centralia Elementary School District passed Measure N, a $49 million general obligation bond on November 8, 2016.  The Board of Trustees and District officials are grateful for the support shown and are ready to hit the ground running to make the needed improvements. Residents voted to pass the measure with 70 percent of the vote, well above the 55 percent threshold required to pass.       

“We are truly grateful to the entire community for their positive support in the passage of Measure N,” said Superintendent Norma Martinez. “In particular, I want to recognize the efforts of the Centralia Citizens for Measure N Committee, made up of parents and staff, who have volunteered tirelessly on behalf of our students to campaign for this important measure.  I am so appreciative of our volunteers who advocated for our public schools, in particular the learning environments.  We are excited for the positive impact that this school bond will have on facilities at all of our schools.”  Measure N was strongly supported and endorsed by the Buena Park PTA Council, the Centralia Management Association, The Centralia Education Association, the California School Employees Association – Chapter 136, and many community leaders in the Buena Park, Anaheim and La Palma areas. 

Among the facilities needs to be addressed with these funds are critical repairs to classroom heating and cooling systems, updated school security measures, repair/replacement of deteriorating roofs, updated plumbing and electrical systems, upgraded classrooms to keep pace with current technology.  An independent citizens oversight committee will be created to oversee spending.

"We are fortunate to have a diverse community that cares about the future of our young people," stated Board President Connor Traut. "Measure N passed - with 70% voting Yes - because of hardworking volunteers. Our students are eager to begin learning in classrooms that will better prepare them for an ever-changing world. The passage of Measure N ensures our schools are safe places where our children will want to explore more, create more, and achieve more."



6625 La Palma Avenue
Buena Park, CA


Business Hours

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



The District Office will be closed to the public on the following dates:

  • November 21st-25th
  • December 23rd-30th  
  • January 2nd and 3rd

The office will reopen January 4th  

Email: Ruth Ann McMillen,
Assistant to the Superintendent

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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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Important Dates & Events
13 Board of Trustees Meeting- 5:30 p.m. District Office
23-Jan 6 Winter Break - Schools Closed

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