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  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018

     

    Sex Ed, and Bond Consultant controversies


    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Controversy over new California sex education law comes to Orange Unified Board of Education


    Like many school boards across the state,  the Orange Unified School Board was blindsided when without notice at their regular  May 24, 2018 school board meeting the public comment section was inundated with speakers opposing new teaching programs implementing California's new sex education law The California Healthy Youth Act.   Sex education was not on the agenda.

    The result of the public comments was a hastily called unscheduled Special OUSD Board meeting held six days later on May 30th. At that meeting hours of testimony from members on both sides of the issue showed up. As a result, the OUSD Board froze the rollout of the new program that the district had purchased, That sex education program is called Teen Talk.
    For more information click on the report here OUSD Agenda

    Despite the surprise at the May 24th meeting, the Orange Unified administration did have a warning of how explosive the new program's material was being received. Early in the school year OUSD conducted a two-day training for OUSD Science teachers assigned to teach the new program. During the training, a mini-revolt occurred from several science teachers who themselves were shocked by the Teen Talk program. Reports are that teachers returned to schools to tell their principals they would not teach the material.  The revolt was quickly put down when a top district administrator appeared at the training to tell the teachers that they had no choice if they did not teach the material they would lose their job.

    The California Healthy Youth Act was adopted in 2015.  It did not go through the usual path of  California educational adoptions of frameworks then curriculum.

    The new law was to address California's uneven record in sex education and health in public schools brought to light by the 2012 court case called American Academy of Pediatrics v. Clovis USD.  The case took three years to conclude.

    In 2003 California passed the  California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act to update numerous contradictory topic specific amendments that over the years had been added to the Education Code. The law required California school districts to ensure that all students in grades seven to twelve receive comprehensive  HIV prevention education and "sexual health education". The law told school districts that sex education could not just focus on abstinence until marriage. 

    Then in 2011, a damning report of California's sex education programs in public schools was published.  The report from researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that school districts across California were not complying with the 2003 law. The research found that the following about the school programs:
    For more information click on the report here UCSF REPORT

    In 2012 a lawsuit was filed against Clovis Unified alleging the district's violation of the 2003 California law.  In the lawsuit named American Academy of Pediatrics vs Clovis Unified,  two parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network alleged that the school district was using an abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education curriculum in the district's high schools in violation of the 2003 law. The lawsuit claimed the abstinence-only curriculum was putting teens' health at risk by giving students misinformation and denying them critical instruction about pregnancy prevention.   The lawsuit also alleged that the district textbook's information on HIV prevention did not mention condoms and stated all adults should abstain from sex until marriage. The lawsuit also cited a district required video on sexual health that had a new husband on the married couples wedding night comparing his wife to a dirty shoe because she was not a virgin. The lawsuit also stated that the video also provided information that men were physically unable to stop themselves once they become sexually aroused.

    The plaintiffs were represented for free by the American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

    Clovis Unified while fighting the lawsuit did work to change its sex education program with the plaintiffs. In 2014 the plaintiffs dropped the lawsuit, but the court proceeded with a ruling. In 2016 Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black ruled against the school district concluding that because of the high rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy that medically accurate sexual health information is “an important public right.”
    For more information click on  CLOVIS CASE

    Later in 2016 on the heels of their victory, the American Civil Liberties Union sponsored the legislation that would become the California Healthy Youth Act. San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber carried the bill in the legislature.

    The California Healthy Youth Act requires public schools  “to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and from unintended pregnancy (and) provide pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and  family.”  The 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.  

    The law also requires the curriculum will include information about “sexual harassment, sexual assault, adolescent relationship abuse, intimate partner violence, and sex trafficking” and  “comprehensive, accurate and unbiased” information on sexual health and HIV prevention.   the law allows for a parental opt-out of the lessons related to sex.

    If anatomy and sex weren't enough,  the most controversial aspects of the law for conservatives are the inability for parents to opt-out of the gender identification lesson requirements.  Conservative media have dubbed this requirement as "gender ideology". The law specifically states that all California public schools are to teach students about gender expression and gender stereotypes. The law specifies that the parental opt-out does not extend to “instruction, materials, presentations, or programming that discuss gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, discrimination … relationships or family".

    Implementation of the law has been complicated by the fact that no official state adopted curriculum is available.  A new California Health Education Framework is not expected to be adopted by the State Board of Education until at least May 2019.  After a framework adoption, it normally takes two years before there is an approved list of state recommended materials for courses. While school districts can create their own materials that adhere to the law, having no state-approved curriculum has led to a variety of private and public organizations creating programs to meet the law's requirements.

    For more information click on: CDE Health Framework Timeline

    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.  The list includes two free online programs and four programs that can be purchased in various configurations.  All meet the new California standards, but in different ways and at different price points.  
    For more information click on: 
                                                                                                                                   
    The most controversial and widely adopted is Northern California based Health Connected's Teen Talk program. That is the program was adopted by Orange Unified. The program has come under fire across the state from conservative groups and religious institutions. Aside from what critics are calling the graphic nature and age inappropriateness of the Teen Talk program,  Critics are also concerned about the program's requirement of identification of local health resources for students. Teen Talk is seen by critics as providing local resources as what they deem "politically oriented".

    From Chino to San Diego, from Fremont to San Juan Capistrano, and from Cupertino Union School District to Orange local boards have been targeted by critics over the new law.  Even the Orange County Board of Education has been targeted by protestors.



    The list of growing public outcry continues to grow with Orange just the latest. Chino, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, and Cupertino Union have all experienced rallies, or petitions, or demonstrations, and/or coordinated public appearances at school board meetings similar to Orange Unified.  
    Protest  in Cupertino Unified School District

    In Cupertino and San Juan Capistrano, thousands signed online protest petitions. Protest rallies and opt-out days (including an international one on April 23, 2018) have taken place and are still being planned. Fremont, Capistrano USD  and Orange school boards quickly voted to suspend the Teen Talk programs.   In Cupertino after protests, the district dropped the Teen Talk program and held a  series of more than two dozen public events that several hundred people attended as part of the district’s preparation for its new sexual health curriculum program Positive Prevention.
     For more information click on: 


    The California Department of Education has little way to ensure school districts teach to the new sex education standards after the state stopped auditing districts for compliance four years ago because of lack of resources.   In light of the growing controversy, in April the California Department of Education sent out a letter to school district superintendents.  While the letter addressed the HIV and SDI portion that parents can opt-out of, it did not address the gender issue controversy or the lack of state-approved materials. The Orange County Department of Education also issued a similar FAQ sheet as a news item.
    For more information click on: 


    Despite the state not having the resources to enforce compliance, with the backing of the ACLU, any district that chooses to totally ignore the law could be targeted for an expensive lawsuit and most likely a losing court battle.

    C.A.R.E Bond consultant under scrutiny in ABC Unified  bond contract
    AMN Key Solutions and its relations with a C.A.R.E. Measure S Bond leader has been in the news concerning a contract in the ABC Unified School District.

    Last week the Los Cerritos News Hews Media Group (HMG-CN) published a story on a recently approved contract involving ABC Unified's latest attempts to win approval of a school facilities bond. HMG-CN reports it found inconsistencies with the application from Ann Nock the owner of AMN Key Solutions.

    Last month, AMN Key Solutions was awarded a community outreach services contract for that upcoming ABC Unified School District bond election. The approval came as the ABC Unified Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu pushed back on concerns by ABC Trustees after HMG-CN reported that Nock submitted questionable information on her bid documents. The HMG-CN report alleged the contract application had "suspect references"* citing Nock's reference from the Orange Bond campaign C.A.R.E. Endorsement Chair Denise Bittel. 

    HMG-CN reports AMN Key Solutions had bid on the 2016 OUSD bond outreach contract but then withdrew their bid from consideration. After the OUSD Board voted to place the bond on the 2016 ballot, AMN Key Solutions was hired by C.A.R.E. HMG-CN reported that AMN Key Solutions' contract bid reported that they directly worked for Orange Unified School District.

    Aside from the references about the OUSD Bond, the HMG-CN report cited other matters concerning AMN Key Solutions'  contract bid for ABC Unified that included its physical location and media presence.*

    The OUSD Measure S connection in the HMG-CN investigation documented in its report that ABC Unified officials were aware AMN Key Solutions falsely claimed to work for the Orange Unified School District. The HMG-CN report states that AMN Key Solutions actually worked for the independent C.A.R.E group through the group's campaign filings.  Those filings show over $58,000 was paid to AMN from August to November of 2016, $30,000 for November.-September; $21,000 in Oct.-Nov.; and $7,500 in January 2017.  states that campaign documents show Bittel was paid over $2,000.

    HMG-CN reported that AMN Key Solutions bid for the ABC contract included a reference page listing Denise Bittel. HMG-CN reports the reference page on AMN Key Solutions bid misspelled Bittel's name as "Biddle" (twice)  and referenced her as the Co-Chair of C.A.R.E.
    The HMG-CN report states:
    "HMG-CN phoned Ms. Bittel who, true to form, gave a glowing testimonial about Nock’s services. 

    Bittel indicated she “was Co-Chair of the bond” and that Nock “advised heavily on the bond.”

    But the investigation found that Bittel was not the “Chair of the Orange Unified Bond,” as Nock had stated in her bid documents. She was not even Chair of CARE.

    Quite the contrary, on the CARE website, Bittel was number thirteen down on the list as the Endorsements Chair of CARE"

    For more information click on:

    Inside the June 7 Agenda
    Information Item 13 Item 4: Information on a proposed performing arts theater for OUSD and the surrounding communities. The Greater Orange Community Arts Theater.

    For information about the theater proposal and fundraising efforts see the video below:



    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 June 7, 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 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, May 23, 2018

     

    Trustee asks for investigation into student voter registration

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    Trustee Ortega

    Orange Unified Trustee John Ortega wants a blank check to hire a law firm to investigate OUSD high school student voter registration drives with connections to billionaire Tom Steyer


    Orange Unified Trustee John Ortega placed an item on the Orange Unified School Board Agenda for May 24, 2018, requesting to hire a law firm to investigate student voter registration drives at two OUSD high schools in April of this year.

    Agenda Item 12 D (page 56) states "I [John Ortega] am recommending an attorney from the law firm of Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) to complete the investigation and provide a report back to the board".  Ortega states in the agenda item that the investigation is to look into any "potential violation of the California Education Code, and any other laws associated with the occurrence".

    The total cost of the requested Ortega Investigation is listed as "To be determined".

    Image result for orange county voter information projectThe voter registration drives were organized by the Orange County Voter Information Project (OCVIP).  The voter registration drives were held this year on April 11th at Richland H.S. and April 17th at El Modena H.S.  April is a traditional month for student registration drives.

    A post on April 11, 2018, on the OCVIP Facebook (the website for OCVIP does not work) has this message about the Richland voter drive:
    April 11 · 
    Two back to back voter registration drives at two different high schools! First school, we registered 47 students. This was a success because only about 200+ students attend that school due to its status as a continuation high school. Next day, in Irvine (private high school) we registered 45 students. This was yet another success given that - that school had only about 90 students that were eligible to register to vote. With that said, we registered 50% of students that are eligible to register! Thank you to our community partners and to NextGen America for partnering with us for these two voter registration presentations and VR drives. On to the next! 
    #civicengagement    #engage  #inform  #turnout

    Adult volunteers at the April 11, 2018 OCVIP student registration drive at Richland H.S. 



    For more information click on OCVIP FACEBOOK


    An April 17, 2018 OCVIP Facebook post about the El Modena registration drive reads:
    April 17 · 
    After a two-day visit, one day of civic engagement presentations followed up by a lunch time voter registration drive today, we registered a total of 190 new voters at a local Orange County high school.
    A special thanks to NextGen California and to the women from Women for Humanity for helping us out these past two days!
    Message us if you would like to get involved with our quest to register young individuals throughout Orange County or find out how to get involved by emailing Otniel Pavia @ otniel@ocvip.org.

    OCVIP Facebook post about El Modena voter registration drive

    The OCVIP Facebook page includes an April 17th "like" of a El Modena H.S. post about the event:
    April 17 · Orange, CA · 
    It's #CAVoterEducationWeek April 16-27 and community volunteers worked with the Orange County Voter Information Project - OCVIP to help @ElModenaHS with student voter registration!

    For more information click on OCVIP FACEBOOK

      

    The both OCVIP and El Modena HS postings on the April 17 event included photos of the event. The photos of adult registration drive volunteers included OUSD Trustee Andrea Yamasaki.  Yamasaki is up for reelection in November 2018.


    OUSD Trustee Andrea Yamasaki (far right)  at OCVIP Student Registration Drive on April 17, 2018


    For more information click on OCVIP FACEBOOK

     Both OCVIP April posts about the OUSD high school student registration drives also mention and thank NextGen California for helping with the voter registration drives:
      "Thank you to our community partners and to NextGen America for partnering with us for these two voter registration presentations and VR drives"
    -Excerpt from April 11, 2018, OCVIP Facebook post

    NextGen was founded by California billionaire environmentalist and political activist Tom Steyer. The billionaire activist is best known for his television advertisements to impeach President Trump,  Steyer also founded and funds NextGen.
    For more information click on 

    Just this week news broke that Steyer had just funded NextGen California with $350,000 to work to unseat California Republican Congressional members and flip the seats of two retiring Republican congressmen. The Hill,  a top national political website, reported this week:
     "NextGen America is rolling out a campaign to urge 200,000 young voters to go to the polls on June 5 in four GOP-held districts: the seats held by Reps. Jeff Denham and Dana Rohrabacher as well as the seats being vacated by retiring Reps. Ed Royce and Darrell Issa. All four districts were carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and are part of Democrats’ planned path to taking back the House."

    For more information click on THE HILL: STEYER OUTREACH

    The NextGen website has a page that lists "partners".  OCVIP is listed on the page with its name as a hyperlink. When you click on the Orange County Voter Information Project on the partners' page, it takes you to the Orange County Federation of Labor home page.

    For more information click on NEXT GEN PARTNERS

    On it's Facebook page, OCVIP states it is a non-partisan organization:
    The Orange County Voter Information Project (OCVIP) is a non profit, non partisan, organization that aims to facilitate civic participation via voter registration and promotes civic engagement throughout Orange County.
    General Information
    Nonprofit, non-partisan, organization

    Much of the OCVIP website, however, is devoted to similar causes that NextGen advocates including attacking Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, immigration rights, and affordable healthcare.  The NextGen website explains its mission on its webpage as:
     Our story
    NextGen America acts politically to prevent climate disaster, promote prosperity, and protect the fundamental rights of every American.
    Since our founding as NextGen Climate in 2013, we’ve worked to fight climate change by advancing the transition to a clean energy economy. We’ve supported candidates who support climate action. We’ve fought to halt the Keystone XL pipeline and registered more than 1 million voters nationwide.

    Now, the same values that drive our work on climate are under unprecedented attack from all directions.

    We’re proud to step up the fight for immigrant rights, affordable health care, prosperity, and equality.


    Also appearing frequently on the OCVIP Facebook posts are connections to Swing So Cal Left.  Their website describes Swing SoCal Left as:
    Description
    Swing SoCal Left works to connect progressive organizers and volunteers who want to help flip the California congressional swing districts CA-25, CA-39, CA-45, CA-48 and CA-49. We painstakingly maintain the regional district flipper's calendar of events at Swingsocalleft.org. We provide landing pages on the site for Action Council coalitions in each district and sundry other activities to help facilitate SoCal's incoming Blue Wave.

    For more information click on: SWING SoCal LEFT

    Ironically or perhaps coincidentally, also on the OUSD Agenda for May 24 is an item updating Board Policies.  Information Item 13 B (Agenda page 59) includes a new addition regarding Student Voter Registration. The new Board Policy would have the OUSD Administration designating a staff contact at each high school to facilitate Student Registration on each campus.

    The local watchdog group Greater Orange Community Group* sent out a community email about the student voter registration flap. The email praised Ortega for bringing the item to the attention of the public and took Yamasaki to task for her involvement.  The group also urged that the Trustees move on and not waste tax money hiring legal experts for an "investigation":
    The Greater Orange Community Group shares the concerns of Trustee John Ortega over political groups or organizations with political agendas on a public school campus under the guise of student voter registration.  The Greater Orange Community Group is also concerned with the participation of Trustee Yamasaki in the OCVIP registration efforts at OUSD high schools.

    At the same time, the Greater Orange Community Group understands how vital it is for our democracy to engage students early to both register to vote and to actually vote.

    While we applaud Trustee Ortega for bringing the El Modena and Richland student registration incidents to the public's attention, his proposal to spend an undetermined amount of tax-payer educational funds on legal services for an "investigation"  is the wrong thing to do.

    If the majority of the OUSD Board feels an investigation is needed, we urge the OUSD Board to have the very capable OUSD Administration report back to the OUSD Board how the voter registration with the OCVIP group occurred and any possible legal violations.

    The citizen's of Greater Orange support the goals of young people voting. However, we urge the OUSD Trustees to not waste educational tax dollars on lawyers, lawsuits, and litigation but instead learn from this event and move forward with a partisan-free plan to educate and engage students to register to vote.


    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, May 24, 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    Trustee Kathy Moffat will be teleconferencing from Hawaii requiring all votes to be by voice.

    CLOSED SESSION- 6:30 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, May 08, 2018

     

    Orange Unified UPDATES

    Orange Unified donated portable will become new District Office Meeting space
    Consent Item 18 J on May 10, 2018, Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees Agenda (page 71) is a resolution to accept the donation and use of a portable classroom.

    According to the agenda item, the 36' x 60' portable modular building donated by Chapman University will be added to the District Office Center campus as a new "administrative/training/meeting room".  The portable was being used as a science classroom. All the furnishings and science equipment that were also donated will go to OUSD school sites.

    OUSD agreed to contribute $50,000 toward the relocation of the portable from Chapman University to the site in OUSD. 

    OUSD to approve financing arrangements for
    Kelly Field and El Rancho Charter campus improvements
    Action Item 16 C on May 10, 2018, Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees agenda is a resolution to establish  $11,000,000 in financial instruments to finance the upgrades and refurbishing of Fred Kelly Stadium and the El Rancho Charter School improvements. 

    The funding for the El Rancho Charter School improvements that were completed in December 2017 will be paid back to OUSD by the charter school.   Action Item 16 D is the loan agreement between OUSD and El Rancho Charter.

    Agenda Consent Item 18F (page 62) shows that the total cost of the El Rancho Charter improvements for the new science building and gym after the construction change orders was $12.1 million.

    Inside the May 10 OUSD Agenda
    Item 4 Work/Study Session (page 1): This 5:00 pm open session will be a training on Superintendent/ Trustees protocols on interactions and goals.

    Item 13 E Distinguished School Award (page 4): Recognition of Crescent Elementary School as a 2018 California Distinguished School Award recipient 

    Item 13 F (page 5): Proclamation of the week of May 20-26, 2018 as Classified School Employee Week.

    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 May 10 , 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    Work/Study Session-5:00 pm
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 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

    ARCHIVAL Information and direct news can be found at:
    the Greater Orange News Service http://greaterorange.blogspot.com/
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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

    ARCHIVAL Information and direct news can be found at:
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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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