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  • Monday, December 03, 2018

     

    Former OUSD Superintendent dies


    Former OUSD Superintendent Donald Ingwersom dies
    Former Orange Unified School District Superintendent Donald Ingwerson died on November 4, 2018.  A Laguna Beach  resident, the 85 year old was originally from  Pawnee  City, Nebraska.

    Ingwerson served as OUSD Superintendent in the late 1970's to early 1980's.  In 1981, Ingwerson left to become Superintendent of the beleaguered Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky.   

    Ingwenson appears on national television
    Serving in Jefferson County until 1993, Ingwerson earned a national reputation as a reformer after instituting numerous untested emerging educational innovations including giving principals wide autonomy in site decisions as well as teacher site level decision involvement.  Ingwerson is remembered in Jefferson County as the leader that repaired long damaged relations between the district administration  and the teachers union. Prior to Ingweson's arrival, the Jackson Public Schools employees had several turbulent years that included: the creation of new court ordered desegregated school system by merging with the Louisville Public Schools; desegregation bussing and , budget related layoffs.

    In 1994 amid news local accounts of Jefferson County school system's wide achievement gap and disproportionate suspension rates between black and white students, plus news reports the Superintendent had hired Jefferson school employees to help fix and flip five old houses and Ingwerson announce his resignation.

    In September of 1994, Ingwerson, in a 3-2 vote, Ingwerson was appointed as the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Education.

    In 1996, Ingwerson was awarded the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize  (often just called the "McGraw Prize"). The $25,000 cash prize awarded annually by the McGraw-Hill Publishing.  The prize recognized  his work in first expanding educational technology during the early internet years.  His administration built an education technology program across L.A. County and supported computer training for teachers.

    At the end of his contract in 1997, Superintendent Ingwerson retired from education.

    His published obituary includes:
    Dr. Ingwerson was a 25-year resident of Laguna Beach, first living in the Mystic Hills neighborhood where his home survived the 1993 Laguna Canyon fire and was featured on a CNN news report at the time, and for the past 21 years at Thousand Steps Beach.

    He is survived by his wife, Lona Ingwerson, who is a Christian Science practitioner; his daughters Tanya Thomas (Mark), of Laguna Beach, who is general manager of Fashion Island, and Heidi Thompson (Justin) of Manhattan Beach who is owner of a boutique recruiting firm; his son, Marshall Ingwerson (Clara) of St. Louis, who was editor-in-chief of The Christian Science Monitor and now is chief executive of The Principia, a nonprofit that runs a Christian Science day and boarding school and a liberal arts college; six grandchildren, including two who attended Laguna Beach schools – Margaux Thomas Currie (Thomas) and Marshall Thomas; and a great-granddaughter.


    Orange Bicentennial Commission photo (Photo by Phil Brigandi)
    "This marker erected by the Association of California School Administrators, Orange Chapter, and the Orange Unified School District, March 26, 1976."
    [photo caption]
    Located a short distance southwest of its original location near the entrance to the Chapman University Law School, at 370 S. Glassell Street

    Florence Smiley, who attended classes on this site in the 1890s, unveils the plaque, March 26, 1976. Assisting are Orange Unified School District Trustee Ruth Evans, OUSD Superintendent Donald Ingwerson, and Maxine Schenck of the Association of California School Administrators.




    Wednesday, November 07, 2018

     

    Erickson wins OUSD seat


    Erickson wins OUSD Area 5 seat
    Kris Erickson defeated Timothy Surridge for the Orange Unified Trustee seat.  Surridge was the only OUSD Trustee out of the 4 trustees running reelection to be defeated.

    Trustees Kathy Moffat, Rick Ledesma and Andrea Yamasaki all easily won re-election.


    In the Orange City elections, Mark Murphy was easily elected Mayor and Kimberly Nichols was reelected to the City Council. Joining Nichols will be Chip Monaco.

    Murphy's win will leave a vacancy on the City Council.  


    Monday, November 05, 2018

     

    OUSD Board to meet 2 days after election

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    OUSD School Board to meet two days after Nov 6th election
    The Orange Unified School Board will meet on Thursday November 8, 2018. The meeting will be two days after the November 6th election that could have a major impact on the current make-up of the OUSD Board with four of the Trustees seeking re-election.

    The November 8 OUSD Agenda also includes items to move the OUSD Board's required Annual Organizational Meeting ( where they elect board officers) from December 6 to December 13th ( Action item 12 C and Consent Item 14 P ).

    In general,  the four Trustees up for reelection on November 6th divide equally into the two factions on the current board.

    Depending on the election, the Thursday meeting could be the last for anyone of the current trustees.

    In 2014,  Trustee Rick Ledesma easily won reelection in a three-way race. Controversial former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco polled 4,213 votes (10%) giving Ledesma a clear path to reelection with 56% of the vote.  Rocco again appears on the ballot this year with newcomer Sean Griffin.   

    Surridge's submitted Voter's Edge photo

    In 2014, Trustee Timothy Surridge won his seat against Florice Hoffman by 53. 7% to 46.3 %. In this election, Surridge faces well known community education advocate and attorney Kris Erickson in  what is the most watched OUSD race. As a first time candidate, Erickson has mounted a multi-pronged professional campaign, while Surridge ( who did not even establish a campaign website)  has failed to mount any serious public campaign to keep his seat.







    The other marquee race is between Trustee Kathy Moffat and Joe Ferrentino. As challenger to a popular incumbent, Ferrentino has made an issue out of  the Measure K Bond and Moffat's years on the OUSD Board. In 2014 Moffat won reelection with 61.3% of the vote against two opponents.

    In OUSD Trustee Area 1, the popular Trustee Andrea Yamasaki faces Sandra Angel.

    Inside the OUSD Agenda
    Action Item 12 A on the November 8, 2018 OUSD Board of Education Agenda combines the annual and five-year required accounting of developer taxes.  The item shows that in the last five years, the current OUSD Board under the "fiscal conservative" majority increased developer taxes for both residential and commercial 9% each.
     
    Agenda Item shows record of developer taxes over the last five years

    Closed Session 4D has the Board meeting about the sale of the Walnut property adjacent to Santiago Charter Middle School.  


    At the end of last month, developer Western States Housing pulled out of the deal to buy the historic Killefer Elementary Site. The developer had approval to build three story 24 unit project that would preserve some of the historic building.  The school was the first to desegregate, three years before the 1947 California Supreme Court school desegregation ruling of Mendez v Westminster. 
    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,424 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 
    OUSD in the NEWS

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING October 11, 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040


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    Tuesday, October 09, 2018

     

    OUSD Report on April Student Registration incidents


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    OUSD Board will receive requested report on April Student Voter Registration incidents at two district high schools
    The October 11, 2018 Orange Unified School Board Agenda Item 13 C (Agenda page 16) will be the Report on May Student Voter Registration drives at Richland and El Modena High Schools.  

    At the May 24, 2018 OUSD Board Meeting, Trustee John Ortega placed an item on the Orange Unified School Board Agenda requesting to hire a law firm to investigate student voter registration drives at two OUSD high schools in April of this year.  Ortega's Agenda item stated the registration drives were a:
    "potential violation of the California Education Code, and any other laws associated with the occurrence".

    The voter registration drives were organized by the Orange County Voter Information Project (OCVIP).  The voter registration drives were held on April 11, 2018 at Richland H.S. and April 17, 2018 at El Modena H.S.

    April is a traditional month for student registration drives.

    At the May 2018 Board meeting, Ortega brought up concerns with the voter drive organizers  Orange County Voter Information Project (OCVIP). 

    Ortega also brought up that two of the adults who participated in the student drive were OUSD Trustee Andrea Yamasaki and Kris Erickson. Ortega noted that Yamasaki was up for reelection in November, and Ms. Erickson had stated that she would be a candidate for the OUSD Board. 

    The Board voted to go forward with the recommendation to hire a law firm to investigate the Student Voter Registration drives by a 5-2 vote with Trustee Andrea Yamasaki and Trustee Kathy Moffat voting  against the motion. The majority did agree to have an independent law firm with no ties to OUSD to conduct the investigation.

    The Irvine Based Law Firm of Karen Bell will make the report.  The report comes out less than a month before the School Board election in November.

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    OUSD Trustees Ask for Investigation

    OUSD May 24th Agenda Minutes

    Kris Erickson for OUSD School Board

    Ballotpedia on Andrea Yamasaki

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,424 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 
    OUSD in the NEWS

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING October 11, 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA



    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

     

    OUSD Board meeting Thursday September 19, 2018


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    OUSD Board meets Thursday Sept 19th
    The Orange Unified School Board will have a regular meeting this Thursday Sept 19, 2018.

    The OUSD Agenda includes a Work/Study on the re-organization of the OUSD Business Services Division. The OUSD Trustees will vote on the reorganization later in the meeting under Agenda Item 12 A (agenda page 2).

    The OUSD Board will also receive information on the proposed 2020-2021 student calendar ( agenda page 13).

    In the Consent Items ( agenda page 15) Measure A contracts and the employment contract for the new Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services will be approved by the Trustees.

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,424 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 
    OUSD in the NEWS


    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING September 19, 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  6:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA


    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Wednesday, September 05, 2018

     

    OUSD Board meets September 6th



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    Orange Unified Board will meet on Thursday September 6th Measure S and budget updates are on the agenda

    The Orange Unified School Board will meet on Thursday September 6 for a regular scheduled meeting.

    Topics include updates on the Measure S Facilities Bond and budget updates.

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,424 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 

    OUSD in the NEWS


    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday September 6, 2018

    CLOSED SESSION 6:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    For the AGENDA-CLICK ON: AGENDA


    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Monday, August 13, 2018

     

    OUSD Board meets Thursday August 16th

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    Orange Unified School Board meets Thursday, August 16, 2018

    The revision of Orange Unified Board Policies to meet current state and federal laws are the major agenda item on the August 16, 2018, Orange Unified School Board Agenda.

    Other items include items and updates on Measure S spending at Orange and Villa Park high schools.


    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,424 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 
    OUSD in the NEWS



    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING August 16, 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  6:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA



    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting, questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Sex, Measure S and voting

    eLECTION Watch 2018
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    OUSD Trustees file to run for seats on the Rancho Santiago Board
    Orange Unified School District Trustee John Ortega and former OUSD Trustee Diane Singer filed to run for Rancho Santiago Community College (RSCC) seats in the  November 2018 election.

    OUSD Trustee Ortega
    Ortega is challenging Trustee Larry Labrado for RSCC Trustee Seat 4. Labrado has been on the Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustees since being first appointed to fill a vacancy in 1994.   Ortega was first elected to the OUSD Board in the Orange Recall of 2001.  His current term is up in 2020.  



    If  Ortega won the seat, the legal issue of "Compatibility" of the two seats would have to be decided before requiring Ortega to resign from the Orange Unified Board. 

    Trustees on the Orange Unified Board are subject to a new term limit policy.  The Rancho Santiago Community College Board has no term limits

    Singer will challenge Phil Yarbrough for RSCC Trustee Seat 6. Yarbrough was first elected to the  Rancho Santiago Community College Board in 1996.  Singer was first elected to the OUSD Board in 2006 as Trustee for Area 1.  After being re-elected without an opponent in 2014, in 2015 Singer moved out of Trustee Area 1 and had to resign her seat.  OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge was able to get his friend Greg Salas appointed to the open seat against the wishes of the community, Singer led the petition drive to force a Special Election for the open seat which was won by Andrea Yamasaki who defeated Salas.



    Another Rancho Santiago Community College trustee was recently in the news concerning OUSD. Trustee  Andrea Barrios' public relations firm was selected by the OUSD Trustees over another firm that the OUSD Administration had recommended for a PR contract. 

    Since the selection of  Barrios' firm, the OUSD Administration announced a new Orange Unified slogan:
     "Embrace, Engage, Empower".    That slogan also happens to be the slogan for Islamic proselytizing. 

    For more information click on:

     For Candidate Statements (click on):





    OUSD gets a final candidate as Sex and Measure S become the campaign issues
     Last Friday, August 10th was the deadline to file to run for one of four Orange Unified School Board trustee seats up for re-election in the November 2018 election.  One last minute candidate added his name to the list of 4 incumbents running for reelection and the five challengers.

    Sean Griffin was the last challenger to filed papers. Griffin will challenge Rick Ledesma for the Trustee Area 7 seat.  Griffin is a Middle School teacher and coach with Anaheim Union High School District.  Griffin is also a parent from the El Modena High School community.

    The Area 7 race candidate filing seems to be OUSD's election version of the Netflix hit Stranger Things.  First, you have Trustee Rick Ledesma filing on the first day possible to run for re-election. Next, challenger Rebecca Hultquist  (another parent from the El Modena High School community)  filed to run-then a few days later legally withdrew from the race.  Now add in the eccentric former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco filing to run again after losing to Ledesma two previous times. In 2014, when Ledesma last faced a re-election bid, Rocco also filed to run and received 10.7% of the votes.  Finally, add in a last-minute filing of Griffin to make the Area 7 2018 race similar to the three-way Area 7  2014 race.

    Need more Stranger Things?

    Well just read Steve Rocco's candidate statement.  Here is just the first paragraph - and yes this is EXACTLY (including grammatical mistakes) how it appears on the OC Registrar's website:
    "Steve Rocco grew up on the same street as Marlon Brando. Lucille Ball's best friend lived across the stree. Profiled: every network, Today Show (Katie Couric), PBS, USA"

    Read the rest and you'll wonder why Rocco doesn't give up running for office and go work writing for Netflix.
    For more information CLICK on:


    Campaign themes include controversial Sex Education 
    The 2018 OUSD candidate positions and issue positions on in ballot statements and websites indicate that sex is on the minds of some of the conservative-leaning candidates.   

    After a community push back on the curriculum that was chosen by the OUSD Administrators to meet the mandates of a new 2016 California sex education law, some candidates appear to be ready to make California's new sex education law a campaign issue.

    Joe Ferrention, the challenger in the Trustee Area 4 race, takes incumbent Trustee Kathy Moffat to task for her May 30, 2018 vote on the vendor OUSD picked to meet the guidelines of the law. After a community outcry, the OUSD School Board voted 6-1 to not use the new sex education vendor picked out by the OUSD Administration,  Ferrention points out on his campaign website that Moffat was the lone vote against dumping the new program and using the current textbooks until a new program could be found.

    In the Trustee Area 5 race, incumbent Timothy Surridge writes in his candidate statement: 
    "Opposing the sex education curriculum pushed by Sacramento"

    Similarly, Trustee Rick Ledesma in his Trustee Area 7 candidate statement writes:
    "Oppose the current sex education curriculum being pushed by Sacramento."

    So how will Surridge and Ledesma "oppose"  the legal curriculum?

    On the last day of candidate filing, Friday, August 10, 2018, the Orange County Register published an opinion piece by OUSD Trustee Brenda Lebsack quoting from the dumped OUSD Teen Talk curriculum (see below)  and calling some information medically inaccurate.  Lebsack writes in her piece:
    "Our desire in OUSD is to have curriculum that is medically accurate and inclusive for all students.".

    In her article, Lebsack reveals that OUSD received a warning letter from the ACLU about the OUSD Board's May 30 vote.

    Surridge and Ledesma surely know that they can "oppose" the sex education curriculum all they want, but it is already California law and OUSD must follow the law.  Any move NOT to follow the law by the OUSD Board would bring a lawsuit by the deep-pocketed ACLU which has already won a major case in court regarding sex education that actually led to the 2016 sex education law Surridge and Ledesma say they "oppose".  Not only would it be wasting OUSD resources, like the Jacobson Board (that Ledesma helped recall) did in the legally disastrous court case for the OUSD lawyers called  Colin vs OUSD,  the certain loss would again tie OUSD's name to a precedent-setting sex education case.  As revealed by Trustee Lesbeck both Surridge and Ledesma know that the ACLU has already warned OUSD.

    In 2016 the California State Legislature passed the California Healthy Youth Act sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union after the ACLU settled the landmark American Academy of Pediatrics v. Clovis USD case.   The new California law is based on the court case requires public schools  to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health.  The new law forbids students to be separated by gender to receive this instruction and allows but doesn’t require, schools to teach sex education in elementary grades, starting in kindergarten. It is that law that school districts around the state are trying to find curriculum programs to be in compliance,

    With the new California Health Education Framework not expected to be adopted by the State Board of Education until at least May 2019, implementation of the new law has been complicated by the fact that no official state adopted curriculum is available.

    With no curriculum, most California districts have relied on the non-profit Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group's list of sex education programs to use to comply with the new law.  Unfortunately, Orange Unified selected what would become  most widely adopted, but also the  most controversial program, Health Connected's Teen Talk program.  That program came under fire across the state. After a Special OUSD School Board Meeting, the OUSD Board by a 6-1 vote directed the OUSD Administrators to continue with the current textbook until a new program can be selected.

    So while Surridge and Ledesma can "oppose" Sacramento, the reality is that the law is here to stay and the opposition is little more than a political stand. 
      
    For more information click on:


    Measure S Bond another focus of challengers
    Some of the OUSD candidates are also focusing their campaign on the Measure S Bond with unsubstantiated statements of misused funds. 

    Moffat's challenger Joe Ferrention in his candidate statement writes this unsubstantiated claim about Measure S funds:
    "Orange Unified is on pace to waste millions of dollars that could be used to improve the educational experience that our kids need and deserve. I can provide project management leadership."

    There have been no credible accusations that OUSD Measure S bond money has been wasted or mismanaged.  As required by law, Measure  S has an independent citizen's oversight committee ( see below).

    In addition. in his that statement, Ferrention does not apparently understand the role of an elected trustee is not to provide hands-on "project management leadership".  As an attorney, Ferrention should understand that "project management" is a district administrative responsibility and not in the jurisdiction of one trustee or collectively all of the trustees

    In Ferrention's campaign website position paper about Measure S, he takes issue with the architectural plans calling them over-designed and impractical.  The architectural designs were exhaustively vetted, approved and contracts signed based on them since Measure S was passed by the voters. Some projects have already broken ground. One new Trustee would have no voice at this late date in an expensive massive redesign that would then need the approval of the Division of the State Architect to approve and cause massive delays and cost overruns.

    Candidate  Sandra Angel (who list her occupation as "payroll manager") in her candidate statement also repeats fake news about Measure S :
    "It saddens me to see all the policy changes that have taken place, not to mention the waste of construction bond money. I believe in fair and open negotiations of all school district contracts; but that is not what is happening. The overspending and waste are staggering"

    What Angel also does not seem to understand is that Measure S has an independent Citizen's Oversight Committee. That committee has an impressive list of members:
    Bill Campbell ( Business Owner; Former OC Supervisor, State Assemblyman; MBA, Harvard University);
    Carolyn Cavecche,  (President & CEO, Orange County Tax Payers’ Association; Former City of Orange Mayor; BS, Long Beach State University);
    Diana Fascenelli ( Law Office Administrator/Accountant; City of Villa Park Council Woman; Former Mayor; BS, National University);
    Trevor O’Neil (Business Owner; Immediate Past Chairman of the Board, Orange Chamber of Commerce; BS, California Polytechnic): 
    Jennifer Schuerger,  (Business Owner, CFO President, Orange Community Council PTA BA, University of California, Riverside);
    Mrunal Shah, ( Attorney, Public Finance; Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers; JD, Tulane University );
    William Utter,  Retired, Banker & CFO; President, Board of Directors for the Orange Senior Center; MBA, California State University, Fullerton).

    All the independent Measure S  Citizen's Oversight Committee agenda's minutes and handouts are online.

    For more information click on:


    OUSD Candidate positions
    Trustee Area 1
    In her Candidate Statement Trustee Andrea Yamasaki writes about her priorities:

    "Looking ahead, my priorities are to:
    ·      Create safe and upgraded 21st Century learning environments
    ·      Promote strong board governance emphasizing full transparency
    For the complete statement click on:


    In her Candidate Statement, Sandra Angel writes:
    "If you are tired of seeing School District administrators getting hefty raises while students and teachers do without basic necessities, then I am your candidate for Orange Unified School District Board."

    For the complete statement click on:


    Trustee Area 4
    In her Candidate Statement Trustee Kathy Moffat writes about her priorities and record:
    "Strong academics, student safety, and successful Measure S implementation are my top priorities. I ask the difficult questions, and never shy away from challenge. My service reflects integrity, dedication, transparency, and connection to parents and our community. With my understanding and experience in education issues, governance, and school finance, I pledge to keep OUSD moving forward. "

    For the complete statement click on:

    On the ballot, Joe Ferrention lists himself as a "Small business owner" despite working at the Newport Beach office of the large law firm Newmeyer and Dillion where he is listed as a "Partner".  Newmeyer and Dillion's website describes the firm as "Newmeyer & Dillion is now the 4th-largest indigenous law firm in Orange County".

    For more information click on:



    In his candidate statement. Ferrention writes:
    "School safety, quality education, parents' rights, and fiscal responsibility are all top priorities for me.   Let's build a better future together for OUSD."

    For the complete statement click on:

    Trustee Area 5
    In his last election in 2014, Trustee Timothy Surridge's campaign website stated:
    Please cast your ballots for Timothy L. "Tim" Surridge for Orange Unified School District, Trustee Area 5.
    In his 2018 candidate statement, Surridge writes:
    "As a teacher and leader with over 25 years of experience in education, I have always placed our students’ interests first."
      
    California Department of Education records shows that Surridge's California Teaching Credential for P.E. expired 18 years ago.  He held the credential for only 5 years.

    Trustee Surridge's Teacher Credential Record from the CDE website (CLICK to enlarge)

    Surridge also includes this in his candidate statement:
    "My wife is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with over 30 years of experience."

     For the complete statement click on:
    TIM SURRIDGE


    Kris Erickson is also an attorney. Unlike Joe Ferrention, Erickson does have her own small law practice. On the ballot, Erickson lists herself as an attorney and a "Buisnessowner".

    In her Candidate Statement Kris Erickson writes about her priorities:
    "My focus for OUSD includes the following:
    ·       We must address declining enrollment, which impacts the resources we have available to tackle issues such as class size and implementing innovative programs.
    ·       We must create a functional school board that puts students' success as its top priority and deserves the confidence of the public.
    ·       We must highlight the good works within the district, while taking an honest assessment of those things we need to improve upon.
    ·       We need to ensure that OUSD is fiscally responsible with Measure S dollars and they are spent on projects the voters intended.
    ·       We need to ensure the safety and security of our students."

    For the complete statement click on:

    Trustee Area 7
    Trustee Rick Ledesma lists these goals in his candidate statement:
    "Over the next four years, I’ll continue to:
    Oppose the current sex education curriculum being pushed by Sacramento;
    Promote a back to basics education;
    Advance technology education;
    Oppose Common Core;
    Approve and protect charter schools;
    Fight for complete accountability with your taxpayer dollars"

    In addition to the above, Trustee Rick Ledesma lists these supporters on his candidate statement:
    "My supporters include:
    ·       Orange County Board of Education Trustee, Dr. Lisa Sparks
    ·       Orange County Board of Education Trustee, Dr. Ken Williams
    ·       Orange County Board of Education Trustee, Mari Barke
    ·       OUSD Boardmember, Dr. Alexia Deligianni
    ·       OUSD Boardmember, Timothy L. “Tim” Surridge"

    For the complete statement click on:


    To view Steve Rocco's complete candidate statement click on:


    Sean Griffin lists these goals in his candidate statement:
    "I am running for OUSD school board to work as hard as I can to support every student and educator in our community.

    I will focus on providing students equitable opportunities to achieve a well-rounded education.

    I will be open-minded and collaborative to find solutions to challenges facing our school district; including school safety, structural improvements, and a sensible financial plan. I will utilize my experience as a classroom teacher to help create successful schools"




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