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  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015

     

    Brown Act and 2016 Bond news


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    More litigation over possible Brown Act violations for Orange Unified School  Board

    The Orange Unified School Board Agenda for Thursday April 16th includes Closed Session Item 4 C on "Anticipated Litigation" concerning Brown Act violations.  The agenda item follows item 4 B which is a discussion on "Existing Litigation" to the Brown Act- California Government Code 54957.

    The 4 C item  specifies two more cases of : "Possible initiation of litigation pursuant to subdivision (d) (4) of Section 54956.9".  That section is from the  Brown Act- the California statute that governs meetings of local elected officials- all city and county  government agencies as well as local and county governmental boards.

    The beginning of  Section 54956.9 specifically states:

    54956.9.  (a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent a legislative body of a local agency, based on advice of its legal counsel, from holding a closed session to confer with, or receive advice from, its legal counsel regarding pending litigation when
    discussion in open session concerning those matters would prejudice
    the position of the local agency in the litigation.

    OUSD has had a history of Brown Act problems which at one point years ago had OUSD under a court order to tape record OUSD Closed Sessions for review by a judge for over a year.

    
    
    OUSD 2016 Facilities Bond direction to be discussed
    Action item 12 A has the Orange Unified Trustees discussing and voting  to authorize Superintendent Michael Christiansen's Administration to identifying services and resources for planning a  OUSD 2016 Facilities Bond. The four areas offered in a proposed timeline to be presented by the OUSD Staff include: Planning for a 2016 Bond election; Refining Measure K cost estimates for phase one construction; planning for possible special tax districts School Facility Improvement Districts; Financing planning.

    The interim license agreement with Drotter LLC to operate Super Range Golf and Recreation Center on the Peralta site will be voted on.


     Oakland Charter school files for OUSD Charter
    
    
    East Oakland based Unity Middle College High School is petition the OUSD School  Board to open a charter school to serve at-risk high school students. The charter also operates a middle school in Oakland.  The charter organization began holding meetings in Orange County in March- including at El Modena High School and in Santa Ana Public Library.

    For more information on the Unity MCHS Click ON; UNITY

    INSIDE the OUSD Agenda April 16, 2015: Information items
    13 A: Information on Trustee Area Realignment
    Realignment of Trustee areas seems to come around after particularly political periods in OUSD. The last time was after the failure to qualify a Recall of controversial former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco. The subsequent former OUSD Trustee Kimberlee Nichols proposal for a Trustee Area Realignment moved the boundaries so Rocco was forced to run in a different Trustee Area -not as in incumbent resulting in his loss.  

    13 B: OUSD Term Limit discussion
    OUSD President, and long-time Trustee John Ortgea is exploring the idea of term-limits on the OUSD Board. Originally elected as part of the Citizen's Board in the 2001 OUSD Recall Election, John Ortgea has never faced a re-election opponent.   Term limits were originally part of Dr. Alexia Deligianni's first campaign for  Trustee.  The longest serving Trustee is Rick Ledesma, who won his seat back as part of the Citizen's Board in 2001.  Kathy Moffat first won her seat in 2001 with John Ortega.

    13 C: El Rancho construction project update

    Cost and legal ramifications will be discussed for the El Rancho Charter School project. 
    
    
     

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday April 16, 2015
    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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    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

     

    New leases for Peralta site

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    New lease proposal for Super Sports for former VPHS golf coach
    OUSD Board votes 4-3 to oust
    Peralta Golf Partners from Peralta Site

    At the February 26th Orange Unified School Board Meeting, the OUSD Trustees voted 4-3 against the option for a $200,000 month-to-month lease for the Super Sports Golf and Recreation Center run by the Peralta Golf Partnership at the former Peralta school site.  The vote shuts down the operations of the Peralta Golf Partnership at the end of March.

    OUSD Board President John Ortega and Trustees Tim Surridge, Rick Ledesma and Mark Wayland voted against the month-to-month arrangement with Trustees Kathy Moffat, Diane Singer and Dr. Alexia Deligianni voting to continue the current lease on a month-to month basis.

    The OUSD Board did vote for the option to enter into separate agreements with three subtenants. The February Agenda item called for the following arrangements to be negotiated:  Olive Crest Academy for $230,000 annually plus utilities ; Arena Soccer Club  for $57,360 annually plus utilities and maintenance; and Tennis Specialists will pay for $24,000 annually with OUSD paying for utilities and maintenance.  OUSD will also be responsible for major maintenance repairs for Olive Crest.

    The March 12, 2015 OUSD Agenda Item 12 B (page 4) calls for approval of an interim agreement with the three subtenants during the negotiations after the March 31 expiring of the Peralta Golf Partners lease. 

    When the OUSD Board originally sought bids to develop the Peralta site under a 99 year lease, Peralta Golf Partnerships was one of the bidders to develop the 20 acre site for high density use.  When they lost that bid to the Fairfield Companies, the facility appeared to take the side of the neighborhood in trying to maintain the site without development. That apparent position did not sit well with the two Trustees who were most pushing for the high density development- Timothy Surridge and Rick Ledesma.  Subsequent appearances by Peralta Golf Partnership representatives before the OUSD Board after the defeat of the high density lease agreement were met by visible distain by Surridge and Ledesma. The most notable of these interactions at the Canyon High School "on-the-road" meeting was named "Beating at the Meeting" by the Save Peralta group on YouTube:


     

    Jason Drotter
    After voting for the subleases the OUSD Board directed staff to prepare to take bids on the driving range that was leased by Peralta Golf Partnerships. 

    The March 12, 2015 OUSD Agenda Item 12 C (page 5) reveals that while the Peralta Golf Partners leased the site, the day-to-day operations of the driving range and the management of the entire site was provided by Jason Drotter LLC.

    The Agenda item offers two options for the granting Jason Drotter management of the Super Sports site.  Option one for $30,000 a year gives "regular maintenance" and management responsibilities to Drotter.  Option 2 for $60,000 a year outlines less maintenance responsibility for OUSD.

    Drotter, the former coach of the Villa Park High School boy's and girls' golf teams for six years is currently the head coach of the CSUF men's golf program in addition to managing the Super Sports complex for Peralta Golf Partners. Drotter has also played golf professionally and is a professional golf instructor. 

    Closed Session Property Negotiations
    Two OUSD properties will be discussed for sale in the March 12, closed session:

    INSIDE the March 12 Agenda
     Action Item 12 A: Approving $2.5 million to restart the OUSD Elementary Music program in the 2015-16 school year
    Action Item 12 D : Trustee Singer requesting to look at OUSD Trustee Area realignment
    Information Item 13 B:  Trustee Ledesma requested information on the costs for the three OUSD labor contracts approved at the January meeting.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING March 12, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
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    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

     

    Peralta lease, employee costs etc...

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    OUSD trustees vote...
    No sale for Peralta, Yes to employee contracts;
    while community leaders take trustees to task
    Dysfunction was on parade as the Orange Unified Trustees at their January 22, 2015 meeting argued, voted and belittled each other in front of a full house of employees and community members.  

    Several times Board President John Ortega had to warn the audience to exercise proper decorum as the out-numbered Trustees faced a hostile audience on the numerous issues.  Despite being out-numbered, the trustees kept to their well-known positions.  There were however some unexpected highlights.

    Trustee Mark Wayland took the Peralta neighborhood to task for not supporting Measure K despite the fact that they had said they would rally around a bond issue if Peralta was not sold.

    In the end, after rehashing years-old arguments, positions and trying to even on-going political scores the OUSD Trustees failed to gain the "super majority" needed to sell the Peralta site. The 4 yes votes came from Ortega, Wayland, Surridge and Ledesma. The three no votes Moffat, Singer and Deligianni.

    Also, after two delays amounting to almost two months, the OUSD Board approved all the employee contracts they had negotiated by a 5 to 2 vote. The two no votes were Trustees Ledesma and Surridge.  Speakers from the audience before the vote called on the OUSD Trustees to renew the Peralta Golf Partners lease on a month to month basis when the current lease expires at the end of March. Item 15 A (page 5) on the February 26, 2015 agenda is  asking the Trustees to approve a month-to-month lease with the Peralta Golf Partners.  The agenda item also includes a back-up proposal that in the event the Trustees do not vote for the month-to-month  arrangement with Peralta Golf, to allow the sub-leasers to continue operation by paying OUSD directly.

    Trustees Rick Ledesma took Singer and Moffat to task for their union endorsements and contributions and called for them to recluse themselves in the contract votes. Ledesma however, after not receiving the Republican Party endorsement ( because of his support for Measure K), also had sought the endorsement of the teacher's union.  In fact Ledesma, who after originally being elected in the 1990's to the OUSD Board was then defeated in a reelection bid by the ultra reactionary Jacobson Majority. Ledesma  won back his seat in the 2001 Recall as part of the slate known as the Citizen's Board that was endorsed -and largely paid for by -the teacher's union. It was Ledesma who was for many years was the champion of ensuring the resulting Recall Reforms of that Citizen Board's election- largely written by then OUSD Board President Bob Viviano- were preserved.

    Trustee Timothy Surridge also took  Moffat and Singer to task for their union support  calling it a "quid-pro-quo".  Surridge too  sought the endorsement of the teacher's union after being rebuffed by the Republican Party for his support of Measure K.

    After hours of watching the Board reach higher levels of dysfunction, numerous speakers took the Board to task for the continued dysfunctional antics. As the meeting wore on, Board President John Ortega acknowledged those comments and took responsibility for this parts and commented about moving forward.

    Meanwhile, after years of being on the Board, Dr. Alexia Deligianni seems to have found her voice. Her unapologetically in-your-face defending of her stance on Measure K to Ledesma and Surridge seemed to take the whole room by surprise. Her feistiness continued as she outlined other options to explore for facilities improvements and as she voiced concern for students and school staff's working conditions and supported the new employee contracts after outlining the sacrifices of the district's employees.  To end the meeting Deligianni pulled a Consent item for what she called the outrageous hourly rate by her estimates of $250 an hour, as an OUSD administrator defended the cost by saying the expensive parent trainings were "popular".  Deligianni ended up being the lone "No" vote against the expense.

    Old Towne Preservation Association wins state vote on Killefer site
    Last month the California State Historical Resource Commission voted unanimously to approve the Old Towne Preservation Association's (OTPA) request to nominate the former OUSD Lydia D. Killefer Elementary School to the National Register of Historic Places.

    Built in 1931 and later re-named for the school's first principal Killefer.  It's historical significance is as one of the first schools in California to voluntarily desegregate allowing Latino's . With the closing of the nearby Latino-only Cypress school in 1944, Killefer was desegregated three years before the California case-Mendez v Westminster- desegregated schools across the state in 1947 - a full seven years before the landmark 1954 U. S. Supreme Court case Brown v Topeka mandated desegregation  nationwide.

    Named for Lydia Killefer who was a school teacher and then a principal, born in 1872, her father Joseph Killefer was a Civil War veteran of the Union Army before moving to Orange in the late 1800's.

    The application for approval of the nomination also highlighted the architectural style of Spanish Revival and the fact the building is one of the few survivors of that style of the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. 

    Lat year the OUSD Board voted unanimously to sell the 1.7 acre property located at 541 Lemon to the highest bidder, the Olson Company, for $5.1 million for a housing development.  After the OTPA move toward historical recognition,  Olson backed out of buying the property. OUSD then turned to the second highest bidder, Western State Housing.

    While a designation on the National Register of Historic Places does not preclude the buildings from being demolished, it can help to make it slightly less likely when the process goes before city officials.
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    INSIDE the February 26 Agenda 
    Chicago Peninsula Hotel Lobby
    Trustee Kathy Moffat will participate in the meeting by teleconferencing from the Peninsula Hotel lobby in Chicago, thus requiring by California law that all votes be roll call votes.

    Select Agenda Items ( see link below for complete agenda).

    Work Study Session Item 4 A: Measure K - Bond Election Information and Discussion Study Session - 5:00 pm


    Action Items :
    Item 15 A: Peralta Site Lease Item
    Item 15 B: Deferred Maintenance Projects
    Item 15 C: El Rancho Charter Proposed Construction Project
    Item 15 D: Cost of Labor  Agreements request by Trustee Rick Ledesma

    Informational Item:
    Item 16 B: Information on the Budget Development Project

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING February 26, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    Work Study Session: 5:00 pm
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA

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    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

     

    OUSD takes on big issues

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    First 2015 OUSD Agenda "carpe diem" on taking on Greater Orange issues
    OUSD Board will vote on resolution to sell Peralta Site 
    The majority on the Orange Unified School District Board of Education trustees lost no time making good on the promise to proceed with the controversial sale of the former Peralta  School Site property if the November 2014 OUSD Measure K School Bond failed.

    Items to sell the Peralta Property are on the January 22, 2015 OUSD Board agenda.
    The OUSD Trustees will meet in Closed Session starting at 5:30 pm with the sale of the Peralta Site on the agenda as item 4 B (Agenda page 1).  The item lists the potential buyers of the Peralta Site as:
    "An unidentified number of potential buyers who may buy the Property through statutory rights or public bid process". 
     
    Under California law, other governmental entities have priority in buying public lands for sale.  Lacking another public agency buying the site, the site could be sold to the highest private bidder.

    Later in meeting, during Open Session, Action Item 12 A is  the Resolution  to authorize the sale of the Peralta Site. If approved, the sale of the property is to take place after the end of the current lease on the site ends on March 31, 2015.

    The title of the Resolution to sell the site begins;
    "RESOLUTION No. 13-14-15 RECOPNFIRMING ACCEPTTANCE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF DISTRICT REAL PROPERTY ...."

    The price of the property is set at $23 million, but allows consideration of lower offers if no offer matches the $23 million price.  By law, money raised from the sale must go towards school facilities.

    The OUSD attempt to lease Peralta to an apartment building conglomerate failed when the neighborhood untied under the Save the Peralta organization. Those efforts and the fight of the Orange Park  Acres neighborhood fighting the Sully-Miller development led to the formation of a city-wide organization of  neighborhood organizations called United Neighborhoods of Orange (UNO).  UNO has notified its members of the pending Thursday night action of the OUSD Board.

    OUSD employee contracts on January 22 agenda
    The OUSD Board of Education is again scheduled to take up the contracts of its three bargaining units at its January 22, 2015 meeting. 

    The OUSD Board has twice postponed the vote on the Tentative Agreements, once to move the original scheduled vote at the regular December 2014 Board meeting to a Special Board meeting a week later. That Special Meeting was then cancelled by OUSD Board President John Ortega ( Click on: Meeting Cancelled Release )

    The Tentative Agreement contract votes are Action Items 12 B ( Agenda page 15-30).  The item includes a copy of the legally required budget analysis  (Agenda page 14) shows that if the OUSD approves the contracts, with the current funding level, OUSD will continue to have a budget surplus for the next three years.

    Resolution calling for repeal of Section 27 of SB 858
    Action Item 12 C ( Agenda page 31-33) calls on the OUSD to vote on a resolution calling on the state government to repeal wording in Section 12 of Senate Bill 858. Similar resolutions have been passed by other school districts across the state in response to a request for those resolutions by the California School Board Association.

    In wake of passage of Proposition 2 passed in November 2014 (aka the Rainy Day Fund), Section 12 wording puts caps (per a specific formula) on reserves school districts may have in years following any year that the state pays into the new reserve fund called the Public School System Stabilization Account (PSSSA).

    Opponents of Section 12   point to local control issues and insist that the Proposition 98 reserve will never be enough to help in major economic turn downs.

    Those favoring Section 12 argue that school districts should not act like banks and hoard money intended to be spent on education.

    If the Section 12 language remains, it is estimated that the timeline for the state  emergency fund to be ready and for districts to spend down their reserves is after 2020.

    Measure K election results and future options
    Measure K results and possible future options will be also be discussed at the January 22 meeting.  Information Agenda Item 13 A calls for staff to present "election results, possible options for funding facility improvements".  Detailed information on voting patterns are expected in the report.

    This agenda item  is for information only therefore the Board members will not be voting on any proposals.


    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING January 22, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
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    Saturday, January 10, 2015

     

    Bus driver of April crash arrested

    COMMUNITY UPDATE     

    Former OUSD bus driver arrested and charged in April 2014
    Anaheim Hills crash

    ABC News is reporting that the former Orange Unified School District bus driver involved in the April 24, 2014 Anaheim Hills school bus crash has been arrested and charged with perjury plus felony child abuse and endangerment.


    For the complete story CLICK ON:  BUS CRASH



    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

     

    Trustees cancel vote again

    SPECIAL REPORT
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    OUSD President cancels Special Meeting of OUSD Trustees to discuss Tentative Agreements on employee contracts

    For the second time in less than 1 week, the OUSD Board President John Ortega has cancelled consideration of the Tentative Agreements with the OUSD employees groups after those groups voted last month to approve the agreements offered by OUSD.

    Orange Unified School Board President John Ortega issued a statement in a press release late Wednesday afternoon reporting that the December 18 Special Board meeting, the second meeting that  the OUSD Board was scheduled to consider the Tentative Agreements reached by OUSD and their employees, was cancelled.
    ( for coverage of the December 11 meeting CLICK ON: OUSD Dec 11 )

    Ortega's statement stated the "Unfortunately not all members of the Board are able to attend on the 18th"  and that  "...the cancellation will allow staff time to provide more information to the Board".

    (For full statement CLICK ON : ORTEGA STATEMENT  )

    Ortega had originally placed the OUSD Tentative Agreements with its employees on the December 11th Board Agenda. Those agreements were reached after months of negotiations with the district's employee groups and after five separate agendized Closed Session meetings between the OUSD Trustees and their designated district negotiators  between May and September and an additional session in December. 

    After returning 15 min late from Closed Session on December 11th, Board President John Ortega in calling for approval of the meeting's agenda stated that Item 14 D (consideration of the Tentative Agreements) would be removed and a Special Board meeting would be called for the following Thursday December 18 to take up the item.  At that time, no trustee indicated that they would not be able to make the Special December 18th meeting, and the trustees voted 7-0 to accept the agenda as changed without further comment. The December 18th Special Board Meeting then appeared on the OUSD Board of Education on Monday December 15th, but without the agenda.

    Both OUSD employee groups, the Orange Unified Education Association (OUEA) and the California School Employees Association Chapter 67 (CSEA) had asked its members to show up at the Special Board Meeting on December 18.

    Sources inside OUSD report that the Trustees delay on voting on the Tentative Agreements further complicates the employee's health benefit  situation.  OUSD had consolidated employee health plans under the CALPERS health plan.  The plan offers numerous health package choices to OUSD employees. When open enrollment began, at the beginning of the school year, many of the offered plans had substantial increases but employees could switch to less expensive plans.  Those increases are scheduled to take effect in January.

    The Tentative Agreements reached with the employees provided not only a pay increase, but also covered this year's increases to the various plans.  The employees who changed their health benefits based on the initial announced CALPERS increases in theory could re-evaluate the financial impact  taking into account the Tentative Agreements health benefit items. Based on that re-evaluation, they could then rescind the initial changes they made to their health benefits. 

    However, the deadline for those wishing to rescind health care changes is 10 am Friday December 19th.  That date would of been in plenty of time for employees to re-evaluate  finances if the Tentative Agreements were approved by the Trustees on December 11.  The December 18th date made it imposable for most employees to change, but now with both votes cancelled, the rescinding option appears to now have been taken away from any employees who might have wanted to change back to their original  health plans based on the Tentative Agreements.

    In addition, any employees who did rescind their changes based on the Tentative Agreement's health package, will now be faced with substantial health care increases in January.

    The next regularly scheduled OUEA Board meeting is January 22, 2015.    

    NEXT REGULAR OUSD BOARD MEETING January 22, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM


    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
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    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

     

    SPECIAL REPORT

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    OUSD Board calls unprecedented
    special meeting on employee contracts
    At their December 11, 2014 meeting, the Orange Unified School Board without comment withdrew the scheduled Action Item vote on the contract with all of its employee units from the December 11, 2014 Agenda and moved it to an unprecedented end-of-the-year Special Meeting on December 18, 2014.

    OUSD Board President John Ortega announced the move when he called for approval of the December 11 Agenda eliminating Agenda Item 14 D of the published agenda. The OUSD Board voted 7-0 to approve the agenda minus item 14 D- the vote on the "Tentative Agreement between the District and its Related Employee Associations".  The agreements covered the classified employee union, the teacher's association and the administrative leadership organization.  Votes to accept the agreements had already been conducted by the OUSD employees.

    The Orange Unified California School's Employee Association (CSEA) Local 67 immediately  released a statement on the move (bold emphasis from the original) :

    "In a shocking and extraordinary move for the Orange Unified School District (OUSD), the Board of Trustees removed from tonight's agenda the Tentative Agreements scheduled to be approved for CSEA as well as the OUEA."

    As the statement continued, it included:

    "These actions are VERY disturbing to us so soon after the recent elections where Board members who we and OUEA did not support (we in fact endorsed their opponents) are the VERY ONES who moved to table these agreements. If this was indeed their motivation, these actions would be ILLEGAL and CSEA would pursue every legal avenue available to us."  

    "We know that finances cannot be a legitimate concern for the District because despite the failure of passing the recent bond (which was NOT slated for salaries but only for building/repairs) the District STILL enjoys a reserve in EXCESS of $80 million dollars

    The CSEA webpage includes a link to this OUSD Budget Analysis: Click on: BUDGET


    The Orange Unified Education Association (OUEA) website also had a statement to its members which in part reads:

    "The Orange Unified School Board had a series of action items that they were ready to take action on…except for one! The lone item was Action Item 14D; The Tentative Agreements (TA) scheduled to be approved for OUEA as well as for classified employees. The approval of the Tentative Agreements were tabled and will be discussed during a Special Board Meeting on December 18, 2014 at 6 pm."

    Both bargaining units (OUEA & CSEA) have already ratified the agreements which were negotiated with the District’s bargaining team. All that was needed was for the OUSD School Board to approve the TA. Usually it’s a quick mention during the meeting and then life goes on. Now, There is a delay.

    The district’s bargaining team had full authorization from the School Board to complete the TA. Rejecting a tentative agreement negotiated in good faith would establish a poor precedent for future negotiations."

    Trustees Rick Ledesma and Tim Surridge easily won re-election in November despite the fact that their opponents  were  endorsed by the OUSD employee unions. Both Surridge and Ledesma had sought the endorsements of the teacher's union.

    The OUSD Trustees had met once a month in Closed Session with their district negotiators from  for six consecutive months, from March to September of this year. The Tentative Agreements were announced in mid November. Votes by both employee associations to approve the agreements immediately followed. The vote for approval of the agreement by the OUSD Board-considered a mere formality because of the six months of Closed Session meetings with their negotiators  -  was scheduled for the December 11th meeting. 

    During the Great Recession, OUSD employee groups early on  agreed to a series of cost saving measures including furlough days that lasted for years. Those employee concessions along with other cost cutting measures lead Orange Unified to be on solid financial  footing throughout the Great Recession giving it a stellar financial reputation across California. That reputation led OUSD to be one of the first districts in the state to promote its budget director to the district's top job. The financial architect of the OUSD budget miracle, Michael Christensen, was promoted to OUSD Superintendent.  When Christensen's appointment was announced in the OUSD Board Room filled with OUSD employees, the room burst into cheers and applause.

    OUSD Board elects 2014 officers on a 4-3 gender vote
    At the December 11th meeting, the OUSD Trustees voted three times to exclude Dr. Alexia Deligianni for any Board Office along gender lines. Nominated for OUSD Board President, Vice-President and Clerk, all three votes were cast along gender lines. Kathy Moffat, Diane Singer and Dr. Deligianni were out voted on all three votes by the male trustees, John Ortega, Timothy Surridge, Mark Wayland and Rick Ledesma. 

    John Ortega was elected President, Timothy Surridge was elected Vice President and Mark Wayland was elected clerk.

    OUSD Board votes to oppose Killefer site nomination to the National Registries of Historic Places
    Also at the December 11 meeting, during Closed Session, the OUSD Trustees voted  7-0 vote, to oppose the Old Towne Preservation Association attempt to add the former Killerfer School site buildings to the National Register of Historic Places.

    In April 2013,  a split Orange Unified Board  voted in to sell the Killerfer site to Olsen Urban Housing for a housing development.  

    The OPTA is trying to get the site's buildings placed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the first schools in California to voluntarily desegregate before the landmark 1947 California desegregation case Mendez vs. Westminster. That case included the El Modena School District plaintiff Lorenzo Ramirez as one of the five families that successfully helped end segregated schools in California.  After the case won in California and in a federal appeal, based on the rulings then California Governor Earl Warren signed the law ending segregated schools in California. Warren then went on to be the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice and it was his court that issued the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case of Brown vs Topeka Board of Education that ended the "separate by equal" doctrine in public education across the United States, thus ending legal segregated schools.

    The Killerfer School was racially integrated in 1943 when the school for the Hispanic population, the Cypress Street School (located a block away), closed.

    In August, OPTA notified OUSD that they were in the process of getting the Killerfer historic school site placed on the National Register of Historic Places. OPTA has hired a consultant to work on the designation that has included filing documents to nominate the site as historic to the California's State Historical Resources Commission. 

    If the site does get placed on the National Register of Historic Places the buildings could be adapted for re-use, but not destroyed.

    For the National Register of Historic Places: CLICK ON NRHP

    NEXT OUSD SPECIAL BOARD MEETING December 18, 2014
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:30 pm
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: AGENDA INFO


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