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  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018

     

    OUSD Athletic fields and new admin positions

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    Fred Kelly Stadium and  high school athletic fields on OUSD agenda
    The Orange Unified School Board's Thursday, April 12, 2018, Agenda Item 12 F (page 28) will be a report on the modernization of Fred Kelly Stadium and information on the condition of the athletic fields at Canyon, El Modena, Orange and Villa Park high schools.

    Included in the report at the meeting will be preliminary budget costs for the high school projects as the OUSD staff seeks direction the OUSD Trustees. 

    Currently, OUSD is seeking design and installation proposals for the high school projects.  According to the agenda item, the Fred Kelly Stadium project has plans that are ready to go to bid.

    OUSD Administration cuts support positions 
    and creates new Executive Director positions
    Citing the "budget planning process for the 2018-2019 school year"  Agenda Item 14 G ( page 54) eliminates four part-time instructional assistant positions for a savings of $105,198.

    The April 10th Agenda's Certificated Personal Report (page 38) reports that as of July 1, 2018, Cathleen Corella the Administrative Director of K-12 Curriculum/GATE will have a new title of Executive Director of Curriculum/GATE/Student Support K-12.  Also on July 1st, Shoal "Christina" Lin, the Administrative Director of Technology Services will have the new title of Executive Director Technology Services.  The current Interim Administrative Director of Elementary Services Elena Rodriquez on July 1st will become the new Executive Director of Accountability/Special Programs/School Support.

    Agenda Item 14 H (page 55) reveals that the current state-wide educator shortage is impacting the district's ability to recruit another Executive Director, the position of Executive Director of Special Education/SELPA.  Employees at this level from outside of OUSD are able to currently transfer 10 years of qualifying experience to the OUSD pay scale.  Item 14 H would allow new employees at the "Executive Director level or higher"  to transfer 20 years of qualifying experience to the OUSD pay scale.

    In Closed Session Agenda Item 4 B, the OUSD Board will hire a new Assistant Superintendent of Business Services.

    Agenda Item 14 I (page 56) is approval of the contract for the new Assistant Superintendent of Business Services contract through June 30, 2020.

    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- 
    • news on former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco
    • OUSD teachers not recovering from the Great Recession
    • Chapman University supported Charter School in OUSD 
    (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 
    OUSD in the NEWS

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday, April 12, 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, March 05, 2018

     

    Peralta Site FOR SALE


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    Battle sign from last  Peralta development attempt


    OUSD to try to sell Peralta Site




    The Orange Unified Board of Trustees is again offering the Peralta Property for sale to developers.  

    The March 8, 2018, OUSD Agenda does not identify the Peralta Site by name. The Agenda just uses the site's address in the Closed Session portion of the Agenda that deals with the potential sale.  

    It has been customary to name the site under consideration for sale in the OUSD Agenda.

    Agenda Item 4 B introduction states:

    B. CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS Government Code 54956.8 Property: Approximately 19.57 acres of property located at 2190 N. Canal Street, Orange, California (“Property”).

    The agenda item then goes on to list the OUSD negotiators and who and what  they are negotiating:  
    "and an unidentified number of potential buyers or lessees for the Property which may acquire or lease the Property pursuant to applicable California law (Proposed Buyer/Lessee".

    While not identifying the "potential buyers"  it does list the current leaseholders as negotiating for new leases.  The agenda item further states that the Trustees are to instruct the negotiators as to how much to charge for the lease renewals and to buy the property outright:
    "Instruction to Negotiators will concern both price and terms of payment for the licenses for the identified Property and price and terms of payment for the potential disposition of the identified Property".

    Last month the Orange Unified Trustees voted to increase taxes to build new schools. The same conservative majority that voted to increase taxes to pay for new schools, has insisted that the Peralta Site is not needed for future schools because of declining enrollment.


    Peralta Jr. High School closed in 1985.
    Click on: 


    The Closed Session meeting will start at 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 8, 2018.


    OUSD Public Relations
    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 (Click on): OUSD in the NEWS

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday, March 8, 2018

    CLOSED SESSION 5:00 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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    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

     

    OUSD 8.78% tax hike on agenda

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    Deligianni spends and  taxes
    OUSD will vote to increase taxes 8.78% on new residential and business construction



    At the Thursday, February 15, 2018, Orange Unified School Board meeting,  Board President Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges will bring forward votes for a politically tainted $213,473 Public Relations contract and a vote for an 8.78%*  tax increase.

    After a lengthy process at the request of the OUSD Board to select a PR Firm, at their January 18, 2018, the OUSD Board rejected the staff recommendation to award the public relations contract to VMA Communications.    Instead, the Board directed the OUSD Administration to negotiate with Communication Labs of Orange for the contract worth hundreds of thousands of educational tax dollars. 

    Agenda Item 12 C on February 15, 2018, OUSD Board Agenda is to approve a contract for the politically connected local public relations firm Communications Lab. 

    Trustee Barrios
    Communication Lab's owner is Arianna Barrios, a Trustee for Rancho Santiago Community College
    Aside from the Rancho Santiago College's close ties and working relationship with OUSD, Barrios has other cozy connections to OUSD and its Board members. Barrios served on the OUSD Gifted and Talented  Education Community Advisory Committee and the OUSD Legislative Coalition (LegCo).  Barrios serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Orange which coordinates closely with OUSD and has given financial support to the district, most notably with the district's Fred Kelly Stadium. 

    In 2008, Barrios made an unsuccessful run for OUSD Area 6 Trustee and was endorsed by both OUSD Trustees Kathy Moffat and John Ortega.  Unless  Moffat and Ortega recuse themselves from the contract vote, both will be voting on the Barrios contract this week. Moffat is one of four OUSD Trustees up for re-election in November 2018.

    At the January 18th OUSD Board Meeting,  Board President Dr. Deligianni-Brydges led a conversation on rationales for hiring a public relations firm. Citing declining enrollment in OUSD, combined with the loss of OUSD students to other districts-especially Tustin Unified- Trustees and staff said a public relations firm was needed for a campaign to keep OUSD Students in the district.

    OUSD has been very aggressive in retaining students who live in the district. An example is a recent move by Panorama Heights residents to break away from OUSD to join Tustin Unified.  

    Last year (for the second time) Panorama Heights residents petitioned to leave Orange Unified and join Tustin Unified.  In September 2017, after holding two public meetings, the Orange County Committee on School District Organization voted to allow an election to move forward for a Panorama Heights vote on whether to join Tustin Unified. The loss of Panorama Heights students to Tustin was forecast by OUSD to cost the district's budget  $700,000 a year.

    The election, however, is now on hold after a legal move by OUSD that will delay an election for years.  OUSD appealed the county ruling to the State Board of Education. With the current backlog in Sacramento, a date for the appeal is not expected for at least three years.  The delay involved with the appeal will save the OUSD budget around $2.1 million if the election had proceeded and the Panorama Heights area voted to leave OUSD.  In three years,  high school construction under Measure S should be well underway with portions of new construction potentially finished. Many of the petitioners may also have moved past the desire to leave OUSD.


    OUSD to vote to increase local taxes (school fees)  8.78%*
    Every two years, the State Allocation Board (SAB) recalculates "school fee"  taxes that school districts are allowed to level on new construction. A district's Trustees must vote to implement the tax increase. The taxes are maintained in a special account to use for building new schools or improvements to current schools. The school taxes are often called "development fees" or the "development tax", but they are a government tax.

    In January of this year, the State Allocation Board authorized a bi-annual "adjustment" in the tax. After tax increases are authorized by the SAB, state law then requires school districts who want to increases taxes locally to vote to increase the tax.   The new increase becomes effective 6o days after a school board approves the new tax rate. 

    The current SAB authorization and the OUSD Board resolution hike the residential development tax 8.78%* to $3.79 per square foot of residential buildings and $0.61 per square foot for commercial/industrial buildings.  The new tax rate calculates to $3,790 per 1000 square feet of homes and $ 610 per 1000 square feet for commercial ( a new 10,000 square foot industrial building would have a tax of $ 6,100).

    In 2014, the last time the SAB authorized hikes the SAB raised the allowable tax at first 1.05% then readjusted it upwards to 3.5%.  The 2014 taxes were  $3.48 per square foot for residential and $0.56 for commercial/industrial.

    On February 2, 2018, OUSD ran the required notice for the public hearing and vote on the OUSD tax increase.  (see the PUBIC HEARING NOTICE  link at the bottom of the post).
      
    OUSD Agenda Item 12 C (page 34)  for the February 15th meeting includes the resolution to "INCREASE THE STATUTORY SCHOOL FEES" (taxes).  The Tax Resolution, by law, must lay out the justifications for the tax increase. 

    The OUSD Tax Resolution in Section 13 allows for 3% of all taxes collected to go to "administrative costs" caused by the collection of the tax.

    Page 1 ( Agenda page 36) of the OUSD Tax resolution cites two state requires justification studies, one on residential and another on the commercial. The studies are mandated for a district to raise the developer tax. Among the legal requirements, the studies need to address is "(2) the need for school facilities" and "(e) an evaluation and projection of the number of students that will be generated by new residential development".

    Section 10 on page two of the OUSD Tax Resolution states a reason for the increase in taxes is "the School District does not have sufficient student capacity to serve the students generated by such new" developments.

    For over a decade, OUSD has actually closed school facilities and been in a process to sell off district property designated for new schools as "surplus property".  The February 15th Agenda includes a Closed Session item (Agenda Item 4 C) for further price negotiations on selling the surplus Killerfer Site.  When Trustee Timothy Surridge was Board President, the conservative majority went to great lengths to point out the OUSD demographics studies showed declining enrolment. Surridge met with community groups across Greater Orange telling them that OUSD would not need any of the surplus school sites, including the Peralta site for future schools. Surridge and his trustee allies' plans for high-density apartments on the surplus site caused a firestorm of neighborhood and voter opposition. 

    The OUSD Administrators and the OUSD Board have made the declining enrollment the main reason for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on President Deligianni-Brydges request for a public relations firm.  The OUSD Budget leaders have since last year had a doomsday budget scenario that primarily puts the blame on the narrative of declining enrollment.

    Section 5 on Page 2 of the OUSD Tax Resolution states that the current schools (yes the ones with declining enrollment) cannot handle new students from any future development: "There is not sufficient capacity in the existing School Facilities to accommodate all additional students".

    Measure S supporters may be surprised to learn that Page 3 Section 8 of the Tax Resolution states that the new taxes can be used for " accusation for additional School Facilities" and for "remodeling existing School Facilities to add additional classrooms and technology" and "remodeling of existing School Facilities". The money can also be used for the district office facilities: as well as any required "central administrative and support facilities".

    The latest OUSD Budget figures show that OUSD's current surplus reserves (called "Unaudited Actuals ")  are $52.6 million. 

    Ironically, it will be two of OUSD's self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives who will sign the Tax Increase Resolution: Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges and Timothy Surridge:


    Signature page for OUSD Tax Resolution for an 8.78% tax hike-Agenda page 42





    So it appears that the OUSD Board and Budget makers are trying to have their cake and eat it too:

      For more information Click on the links below:

    OUSD Website section devoted to Developer Fees:
    (as of this posting- none of the website links in this section worked)

    Continue to provide fiscal responsibility for taxpayers, and fighting for continued strong fiscal oversight. I will never vote to raise your taxes.-  Dr. Alexia Deligianni campaign promise 2012





    Lorzano Smith ESQ info on State Allocation Board (SAB)


    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING February 14, 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    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, January 17, 2018

     

    OUSD to spend over $200,000 on PR


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    Orange Unified Board to spend $219,000 on a Public Relations contract calling the educational tax dollars "discretionary money"

    Deligianni-Brydges stops fighting and starts spending

    Board President Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges first major accomplishment on the OUSD Board will be spending over $219,000 on a Public Relations contract.  Deligianni who has portrayed herself in her election campaigns as a "fiscal conservative" was elected as OUSD Board President in December 2017.  Those campaigns include her trustee position and her unsuccessful runs for California Superintendent of Public Instruction and for the state Assembly.



    In her last contested OUSD Trustee race in 2012, Deligianni promised voters she would:
    " Continue putting students first in all of our district's decisions, and ensuring money continues to go directly into our classrooms not bureaucracy."

    "Continue to provide fiscal responsibility for taxpayers, and fighting for continued strong fiscal oversight.."



    It appears that as Board President, Deligianni has stopped fighting and started spending.

    For more information click on Deligianni Campaign Promises

    The new Public Relations spending comes just over a year after OUSD voters for the first time approved a property tax hike bond -Measure S.

    After the Trustees had mock PR campaigns from two public relations firms presented at their last meeting on January 8th, (without a price-tag attached), at this week's Thursday's Board meeting the Trustees will be voting on a $219,425 contract with VMA Communications using educational tax funds that the agenda item describes as "discretionary" .

    This Thursday's January 18, 2018, OUSD Agenda Item 12 B (page 6) calls the $219,425 in "discretionary" educational tax dollars for a public relations contract a  "limited budget".

    With increasing pension costs, the OUSD Administration's staff has for months been predicting a deficit in future budget years.

    No rational or needs assessment for hiring a public relations firm is listed in the Agenda Item explaining why OUSD needs to spend the over $200,000 in educational tax dollars the staff describes as "discretionary ". No data collection plans on how to assess the effectiveness of spending over  $200,000 a year in educational tax dollars are included in the Agenda Item.  In five years, at the current rate without increases, the public relations contract will cost over one million dollars in educational tax dollars.

    The VMA website lists 30 school districts as "clients".  The only Orange County school district on the client list is Buena Park School District

    Why would little Buena Park School District need to waste educational tax dollars on a Public Relations Firm?  In April of 2017,  the Buena Park Board of Education President Dennis Chambers was arrested on suspicion of trafficking in child pornography when thousands of pornographic images and videos were found in his home on an electronic storage device.

    The move by OUSD Trustees to jump into a traditional PR contract comes just as PR is shifting to earned media.

    The VMA website describes its services to its clients as:

    VMA will:
     Click on VMA Client list


    What does over $219,000 a year in educational tax dollars actually buy in an era of internet and social media?  

    Here's what the evidence shows.

    A Google search of "news" for the VMA client Buena Park School District ( the district with the pornography Trustee story) gets you this search results despite spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on PR (click on): 


    What will over $219,000 buy Orange Unified?  Well since OUSD will not be doing any measurable data collection, ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE will. Beginning with this issue, we will be helping you keep track of what your $219,424 in educational tax money buys you with the VMS Public Relations promise of "appropriate, harmonized messaging and communications plans".

    Here is the January 2017 baseline Google News for OUSD without a $219,424 Public Relations contract:

    Four OUSD trustees are up for re-election in November of this year. Self-described fiscal conservatives Rick Ledesma and Timothy Surridge, plus Kathy Moffat and Andrea Yamasaki.

    INSIDE the OUSD Agenda
    Agenda Item 9 A: Recognition of the CIF Football State Champions El Modena and Orange High Schools
    Agenda Item 12 A: Approval of  a Deferred Maintence Plan for Summer of 2018
    Measure S:  Several Measure S Bond items can be found throughout the agenda: Item 13 Information Items and Item 14 Consent Items.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday September 11, 2014

    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, January 08, 2018

     

    Rare Monday OUSD Board Meeting


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    OUSD Trustees meet on January 8, 2018
    The Orange Unified School Board will start an scheduled 18 regular board meetings for 2018 with a rare Monday regular meeting on the first school day back from winter break.

    Board members will be voting on the contract with newly appointed OUSD Superintendent Dr. Gunn Marie Hansen.

    The Trustees will also vote on the charter application for the Tomorrow's Leadership Collaborative Charter School.

    The Trustees will vote on an incentive for retiring teachers to give the district early notice of plans to retire to allow the district time to plan to hire a new teacher.  The incentive would be about $1500 for the early notice.

    Two PR firms will present "mock"  PR Campaigns for OUSD in hopes of being selected for a PR Contract with the district.

    Los Angeles based VMA Communications and Orange based Communications Lab are the two contenders.

    What does money for a PR Firm buy?
    Currently OUSD does not have a PR Firm.
    To see the Google Search results for Orange Unified
    Click on ORANGE UNIFED

    One of VMA's clients is Rio Hondo College.
    To see the Google Search results for Rio Hondo College,
    Click on RIO HONDO
      
    One of Communication Lab's  clients is Oxford Academy.
    To see the Google Search results for Oxford Academy,
    Click on OXFORD

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING January 8, 2019
    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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    Monday, December 04, 2017

     

    Two OUSD Board meetings this week

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    OUSD Board of Trustees to hold Special Session and Regular Session meetings this week

    ORANGE, CA   The Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold two meetings this week.

    On Tuesday, December 5th,  the Board will hold a Special Session to discuss the process of hiring a new superintendent. While the discussions on the process will occur in Closed Session, Public Comments can be made prior to adjournment into the Closed Session.  The meeting will be held in Building B of the OUSD District Office Campus.
    OUSD Board of Education Special Session

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017 6:00 P.M.
    BUILDING B CONFERENCE ROOM
    For the Agenda click on:  DECEMBER 5, 2017 


    On Thursday the OUSD Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting.  Meeting in the regular OUSD Boardroom at the District Office Campus. The agenda items include:
    Item 13A: An increase in developer fees
    Item 13D: Interim Budget Report
    Item 14A: Annual Audit Report
    Item 14B: Measure S Report-Orange H.S. Design Development Report 

    The Thursday, December 7th Board Meeting's Closed Session starts at 5:00 pm, with the Regular Session beginning at 7:00 pm.
    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 5:00 P.M. Closed Session/ 7:00 pm Regular Session
    OUSD BOARD ROOM

    For the Agenda click on: DECEMBER 7, 2017



    Thursday, November 30, 2017

     

    Its a Greater Orange Holiday

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    Greater Orange celebrations 

    open holiday season







    OPA  and Plaza Tree lighting, Santa Tour,  and 20th Villa Park Dry Land Boat Parade




    Orange Park Acres Tree Lighting 
    Saturday December 2nd
    The Christmas holiday season’s official Greater Orange kickoff for 2017 will  be in  Orange Park Acres (OPA). The OPA will open the Greater Orange Holidays with its Community Tree Lighting at the corner of  Orange Park Blvd and Santiago Canyon.  

    The OPA will kick-off the holiday season with a down-home tree lighting complete with caroling, candy canes, home-baked cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and kids crafts.

    OPA will be collecting donations for Love Bugs Rescue (www.lovebugsrescue.org) and gifts for Operation Santa Claus to provide Christmas presents for foster children and children in needy families.

     

    23rd Annual Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession December 3rd
    The City of Orange Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession kickoff celebrates 23 years of tree lighting ceremonies in the Historic Old Towne Orange Plaza on Sunday December 3, 2017.

    At 5:15 p.m. we will officially light our tree for the season, which will then become the backdrop for a 350-voice choir candlelight procession orchestra, led by Greater Orange legendary  musical director Michael Short.

    The 2017 guest narrator for the holiday evening will be former Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell.

    The whole family is invited to this free event to enjoy good cheer, photo opportunities with Santa, and family fun activities including crafts, carnival games and a moon bouncer.

    As always, refreshments will be sold by local non-profit groups for a nominal fee, which goes to support their works in the community.

    The traditional local kick-off to the holiday season starts at 3:30 p.m., as Santa Claus comes to the Old Towne Plaza for kids of all ages. 

    The center piece of the event-the official tree lighting-will take place at  5:15 p.m. with the traditional candle light choir procession. 

    In case of rain please call the official Orange Special Events Hotline for details: 714-744-7278.


    Santa to Tour Villa Park December 9th 
    before heading back to the North Pole
    Few people outside Villa Park may know that Santa and Mrs. Claus keep their Southern California vacation residence right here in Greater Orange at the Claus Villa in Villa Park.

    Each year before making the final push towards getting ready for that Christmas Eve world tour, the Claus family spends a weekend at their Villa Park get-a-way. Traditionally, Santa has thanked his home-away-from home neighbors with the Annual Villa Park Santa Tour winding his way through Greater Orange's “Hidden Jewel” in a bright red fire truck. 

    This year’s Santa's annual tour (with some locally famous very large elves) is Saturday December 9, 2017 from 8:00 am- 3:30 pm.

    Along with the scheduled stops, Santa has been known to drop by or stop along the route where ever there is a gathering of believers. 

    For more information contact the Villa Park City Hall at 714-998-1500. 

    The Annual Santa Tour is sponsored by the Villa Park Foundation.

    For more information CLICK ON: Santa Tour


    20th Anniversary of 
    Villa Park Inland Boat Parade  
    Sunday Dec 11th
    Being land-locked never bothered many in Greater Orange, especially in Villa Park where the Annual Great Villa Park Inland Boat Parade takes place on Sunday December 11th, 2017. 

    This year's 20th Annual theme is "Decades of Holiday D'Lights".

    The flotilla sails through the backwaters of Villa Park, starting at 5:00 pm from Villa Park High School on Sunday December 11th. The mighty Villa Park Fleet will sail to the Villa Park Towne and Community Centre arriving around 6:00 pm. for more hometown festivities including a tree lighting ceremony and entertainment.

    The Great Villa Park Inland Boat Parade is sponsored by the Villa Park Foundation.


    For a map and more information CLICK ON and scroll to the bottom: VP Boat Parade
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