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  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018

     

    OUSD to spend over $200,000 on PR


    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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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


    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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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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    Wednesday, November 08, 2017

     

    Were OUSD bond opponents right?

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Trustees appear to be trying to prove the facility bond  opponents were right after all ...
    OUSD Board looks to spend hundreds of thousands of educational tax dollars on public relations
    How bad has the OUSD Board's reputation become?

    Apparently bad enough that after almost 20 years, the Orange Unified Trustees are contemplating spending hundreds of thousands of educational tax dollars on public relations.

    On the November 9, 2017 OUSD Agenda, Information Item 16 B (Agenda page 32) will be a follow-up staff report on options for obtaining an OUSD Public Relations position. Staff will present the cost options of an in-house public relations position and a consultant public relations firm.

    The move comes on the heels of reported blistering remarks about the OUSD Board in the stakeholder surveys for a new OUSD Superintendent and just a year after OUSD voters approved a massive tax increase in the form of Measure S to update the district's high schools.

    Ironically, part of the opposition to the numerous bond attempts from the community were that the schools were in such dire disrepair because the OUSD Trustees and the OUSD Administration could not manage the budgeted educational tax dollars.  Now with Measure S passed after a Herculean effort by the administration of former Superintendent Mike Christensen, it appears that the OUSD Trustees are ready to not learn from history.  First by numerous accounts forcing a popular Superintendent out , and next  by hiring a public relations firm and returning to a educational tax wasting model.

    The Reactionary Jacobson Board that was eventually recalled in the famous 2001 Orange Recall faced a similar public relations crisis. Then Superintendent Dr. Robert French tried to delicately bring the item of their reputation to the OUSD Board's attention by conducting a "community survey". The consequences of what the community thought of them was the Jacobson majority firing French.

    Hundreds of thousands of  wasted educational dollars latter on public relations,  lawyers and lawsuits, phony voter measures etc, etc, etc, and the OUSD PR person was fired and the Jacobson Majority recalled.

    The last OUSD PR person
    The last Orange Unified  Public Information Officer was Judy Frutig who was hired by the then Reactionary Board controlled by Education Alliance Trustee Marty Jacobson's anti-public education majority (that Board was eventually recalled in the 2001 Orange Recall Election).

    Frutig's position became the mouthpiece for the reactionary policies for a board majority out-of-control with policies growing more and more unpopular. The information disseminated by Frutig was directly dictated by Board President Marty Jacobson. Frutig quickly became a lightning rod for uniting the Greater Orange Community against the Jacobson Majority.

    As the Recall pressure on the Board intensified, Frutig was unable to meet the overwhelming challenge of the growing community communication network and the state and national news scrutiny brought on by outrageous Board actions and by the landmark gay student rights case Colin vs Orange Unified. The under fire Board majority, now facing a recall election, abruptly fired Frutig.

    French eventually had the last laugh when the Reactionary Board was recalled and the newly elected Citizen's Board hired French back with the departure of Jacobson's hand-picked Superintendent Barbara Van Otterloo.

    New OUSD Superintendent search and Measure S
    on Board of Trustees November 9th Agenda
    The Orange Unified School Board will meet for a Study Session and for a Regular Meeting on November 9, 2017,

    The 5:00 pm public Study Session will be on the search for a new OUSD Superintendent. The meeting is scheduled for the Building B Conference Room near the Superintendent's Office.

    The Regular OUSD Board Meeting will take place at 7:00 pm in the regular OUSD Board Room.

    During the regular session, the Trustees will receive a report on the Measure S Capital Faculties Program Update ( Agenda Item 16 A, agenda page 31). 

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING November 9, 2017
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    Work Study Session 5:00 pm Building B Conference Room
    CLOSED SESSION-  5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room Building H
    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, October 09, 2017

     

    Fire Closures at OUSD

    Orange USD School Closures

    Orange, CA – October 9, 2017 -5:23 pm - The Orange Unified School District will close the following schools tomorrow October 10, 2017 due to the Canyon Fire 2:
    Anaheim Hills Elementary
    Running Springs Elementary
    Canyon Rim Elementary
    Chapman Hills Elementary
    Linda Vista Elementary
    Panorama Elementary
    Santiago Charter School
    El Rancho Charter School
    El Modena High School will also be closed to students and staff.  
    The OC Sheriff and Orange Police Department Incident Command Center and Red Cross Evacuation Center are located at El Modena.  The District staff continues to monitor the Canyon Fire 2 situation carefully and further updates will be provided when available.
    The Orange Unified School District is committed to student safety and is working closely with police and fire in Anaheim Hills and Orange.
    Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D.
    Interim Superintendent
    Orange Unified School District

    Wednesday, October 04, 2017

     

    OUSD gets first top two women

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    OUSD makes history with top two administrators 
    Truex to join Hanson as interim  leader
    Interim Superintendent Hansen
    The new Orange Unified School District top two interim administrator will mark the first time in OUSD history that the two top leadership positions in the district are both held by women. 

    At the September OUSD Trustee meeting, the OUSD Board rejected hiring two interim co- superintendent candidates named in the OUSD Agenda item and selected OUSD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Gunn Marie Hansen  as Interim OUSD Superintendent.

    Item 16 C on the Thursday October 5, 2017 is a vote on filling Dr. Hasen's Deputy Superintendent position on an interim basis with Anne Truex, OUSD's Executive Director of  Elementary  Education .


    OUSD Trustees will hold study session on Superintendent search
    The Orange Unified School Board will hold a Work/Study session on Thursday October 5th.  The session will take place at 6:00 pm, one hour before the regular 7 pm Board Meeting.

    At the September 14, 2017  Board meeting, the OUSD Board voted for a contract with Leadership Associates to lead the search for a superintendent. Representatives from the firm will review the process for that search during the October 5th Work/Study Session.

    The Work/Study session will be held in the Building B Conference Room at the OUSD District Office Campus.

    Inside the OUSD October 5th Agenda
    Other items on the October 5, 2017  OUSD Board of Education Agenda:
    ·     Agenda Item 13F (page 5) A proclamation for celebrating "Week of the School Administrator" October 8-14

    ·   Agenda Item 17A (page 13) A follow-up on the discussion of a future student calendar with an earlier date for school starting. The item includes a report on the information gathered in the outreach by the District Student Calendar Committee in a straw poll.


    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING October 5, 2017
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  5:00 pm
    Work Study Session 6:00 pm Building B Conference Room
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room Building H
    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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