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    July 27th, 2005 Special Report on Expenses

    This is the orginal report from July 2005 that OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco brought up at the March 9th 2006 OUSD School Board Meeeting and was met by laughter from OUSD Trustees Kim Nichols, Wes Poustma (who threw up his hands and left the meeting)and Melissa Smith:


    On July 14th 2005, the OUSD Trustees approved an open agenda item of conferences to spend the conference budget. Who and how they spend it is not tracked or reviewed-except now, for the first time, by Orange Net News.
    SPECIAL REPORT

    Orange Unified Schools Digest
    a news service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/


    ORTEGA LEADS OUSD CONFERENCE COSTS
    The Orange Unified School District taxpayers shelled out over $10,500 in educational tax dollars for conference expenses for OUSD Trustee John Ortega to attended 15 conferences for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 school years. Ortega topped the long list of conference expenses for OUSD Trustees and OUSD Administrators for the expenses of those two school years (the 2004-2005 conference expenses were not yet available to ONN). OUSD Trustee Rick Ledesma topped the list for highest average expense in those two school years with two his two conferences costing an average of $1191.92 per conference / $349.55 per day (see charts below).

    In analyzing the data, the results of having no OUSD expense policy results in large differences in expenses for the same conference by elected officials and district bureaucrats. The following are examples:
    Example 1
    The California School Board Association (CSBA) 2002 Annual Conference held for four days in San Francisco from 12/4/02-12/7/02. Former OUSD Trustee Bob Viviano arrived a day early and left a day after the conference (6 days total), yet had the second lowest daily expense account-$318.25 a day. OUSD Trustee Melissa Smith only stayed two days, yet had the highest daily expense of almost $500.00 a day. Trustee John Ortega had the lowest daily rate for the San Francisco conference at $294.27 a day. Totals for all OUSD attendees:
    Melissa Smith: daily cost $490.49 x 2 days= $ 980.98 expense total
    Kim Nichols: daily cost - $474.49 x 2 days= $ 949.98 expense total
    Kathy Moffat: daily cost - $426.55 x 4 days= $1706.22 expense total
    Robert French: daily cost $419.60 x 3 days= $1258.79 expense total
    Rick Ledesma: daily cost $366.16 x 3 days= $1098.48 expense total
    Bob Viviano: daily cost - $318.25 x 6 days= $1909.50 expense total
    John Ortega: daily cost - $294.27 x 4 days= $1177.09 expense total

    Example 2
    Totals for the 2003 CSBA Conference 12/10/03-12/13/03:
    Rick Ledesma: daily cost $321.59 x 4 days= $1286.37 expense total
    Bob Viviano: daily cost - $290.34 x 4 days= $1161.37 expense total
    Kathy Moffat: daily cost - $251.13 x 4 days= $1004.53 expense total
    John Ortega: daily cost - $248.76 x 4 days= $ 995.06 expense total
    Melissa Smith: daily cost $238.87 x 4 days= $ 955.49 expense total
    Robert French: daily cost $218.99 x 4 days= $ 875.99 expense total
    Kim Nichols: daily cost - $186.02 x 4 days= $ 744.08 expense total

    Example 3
    At the revocation law firm Miller, Brown, Dannis one-day workshop called Current Law for Educators held on October 25, 2002 in Long Beach, the following expenses were paid:
    Trustee Kathy Moffat $ 0
    Trustee Kim Nichols $ 160.00
    Ass’t Superintendent Cheryl Cohen $ 200.00

    A year later on November 21, 2003, OUSD employees had these expenses for the Miller, Brown, Dannis workshop Current Law for Educators :
    Ass’t Superintendent Thomas Godley $55.00
    Ass’t Superintendent Ed Kissee $25.22

    OUSD Superintendent Thomas Godley reported that the recently approved Orange Unified School Board budget for 2005-2006 school year included cutting the Conference Budget from $50,000 to $20,000. At the last OUSD Board meeting July 14th 2005, the OUSD Trustees approved Item DD giving blanket approval for the Trustees to attend local conferences for this year to spend that $20,000. ONN has obtained the completed conference expense records for those “local conferences” that are covered by similar Item DD Blanket Budget approval for the 2003-2004 and 2002-2003 school years. Those year’s were the beginning of the current budget crisis were cut backs and layoffs began as then Assistant Superintendent Thomas Godley announced his three budget possibilities including his now famous “doomsday” budget. While the district spent freely over 1.5 million dollars on a controversial consulting program called Focus on Result, the following conference expenses also piled up.

    (For next year’s 2005-2006 budget to make-up for the shortfalls and cutbacks, the OUSD Trustees for the first time turned to the Orange Education Foundation. The Orange Education Foundation sent out letters to parents asking for a donation of $175.00 per family).

    TOTAL OUSD 2002-2004 CONFERENCE EXPENSES for Trustees and Administrators (Ranked from highest to lowest):
    $10,540.11 15 Conferences – 29 Days
    John Ortega - Trustee
    $460.00 National Hispanic Leadership Summit-Washington D.C. 7/12/04
    $1100.00 NALEO Annual Conference 2004- Washington D.C. 6/23/04
    $780.06 CSBA Educational Opp for Hispanic Students 3/19/04
    No Charge CSBA Sacramento 2/28/04
    No Charge CSBA Sacramento 1/19/04
    $995.06 CSBA Annual Conference 12/10/04
    $155.00 CSBA Back to School Workshop 9/24/04
    $691.16 CSBA Legislative Action 5/18/03
    $916.96 League of Cities Latino Caucus Meeting 4/30/03
    $585.46 Legislative Coalition –Sacramento 3/11/03
    $897.34 CSBA New and First Term 1/31/03
    $1177.09 CSBA Annual Education Conference- San Francisco 12/4/03
    $752.88 California Latino School Board Association 10/3/03
    $829.10 NALEO Annual Conference 6/27/03
    $1200.00 CSBA Masters in Governance 1/17/02
    Average $702.67 per conference/ $ 363.45 per day
    (60 parents donating $175.00 each to Orange Education Foundation= $10,500.00)

    $8904.81 13 Conferences – 24 days (not including travel)
    Robert French, Superintendent

    $721.68 CA City/Schools Sup’t Conference- San Diego 5/06/04
    $1478.93 ASCA Superintendent Symposium 1/27/04
    $874.99 CSBA Annual Education Conference 12/10/03
    $817.00 CA City/Schools Sup’t Conference- San Francisco 10/1/03
    $155.00 CSBA Back to School Workshop 9/24/03
    $153.54 California Sup’t Conference – San Diego 5/1/03
    $651.79 LegCo Conference- Sacramento 3/10/03
    $1,479.41 ACSA Su’t Symposium- Monterey 1/29/03
    $1,258.79 CSBA Annual Conference-San Francisco 12/5/02
    $185.00 Miller, Brown, Dannis Workshop 10/25/02
    $125.00 CSBA Back to School Workshop 9/25/02
    $250.00 ACSA-Supt’s County Meeting No Date
    Average $684.98 per conference/ $371.03 per day
    (51 parents donating $175.00 each to the Orange Education Foundation= $8925.00)

    $5951.05 12 conferences- 19 days
    Kathy Moffat- Trustee

    $ 60.00 EdSource Overhauling School Funding 3/19/04
    $1004.53 CSBA Annual Conference 12/10/03
    $55.00 School Services Workshop-Ontario 12/10/03
    $155.00 CSBA Back-to School 9/24/03
    $60.00 EdSource Overhauling School Funds Workshop 3/19/04
    $50.00 EdSource 4/3/03
    $1,200.00 CSBA Masters in Governance 1/17/03
    $1,706.22 CSBA Annual Conference San Francisco 12/4/02
    $1,098.80 CSBA San Diego 11/28/02
    No Charge Miller, Brown, Dannis Workshop 10/25/02
    $125.00 CSBA Back to School Workshop 9/25/02
    $496.50 National Laser Science Education 7/21/02
    Average $495.92 per conference / 313.23 per day
    (34 parents donating $175.00 each to the Orange Education Foundation= $5950.00)

    $4003.75 3 Conferences -9 Days
    Bob Viviano- Trustee

    $1,161.37 CSBA Annual Education Conference 12/10/03
    $1,909.50 CSBA Education Conference-San Francisco 12/03/03
    $1,932.88 CSBA Masters in Governance 10/5/03
    Average $1334.33 per conference / $444.86 per day
    (23 parents donating $175.00 each to the Orange Education Foundation=$4025.00)

    $3406.75 8 Conferences- 14 Days (not including travel)
    Wes Poutsma –Assistant Superintendent (2002-2003)

    (Last year before his retirement, elected as Trustee last year)
    $739.20 CASBO 4/23/03
    $281.60 2003 CalSSTRS Meeting- Long Beach 4/3/03
    $548.80 ACSA –Pomona 2/26/03
    $265.00 2003 Budget Workshop 1/15/03
    $199.80 Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations Workshop-Orange 11/14/02
    $235.00 Employee Benefits- Ontario 10/21/02
    $1006.83 Labor and Employee Law- Monterey 9/25/02
    $129.97 ACSA Collective Bargining Workshop-Mission Valley 9/20/02
    Average $425.84 per conference / 227.11 per day
    (19 parents donating $175.00 each to the Orange Education Foundation= $3325.00)

    $2925.30 8 Conferences –15 Days
    Kim Nichols - Trustee

    $446.74 Legislative Coalition 4/20/04
    $87.50 Ed Source Overhauling School Funding 3/19/04
    $130.00 School Services Budget Workshop 1/14/04
    $744.08 CSBA Annual Conference 12/10/03 $155.00 CSBA Back to School Workshop 9/24/03
    $227.00 CSBA Sacramento 12/4/02
    $160.00 Miller, Brown, Dannis Workshop 10/25/02
    $125.00 CSBA Back to School Workshop 9/25/02
    Average $365.66 per conference /$195.00 per day
    (17 parents donating $175.00 to the Orange Education Foundation= $2975.00)

    $2383.85 2 Conferences –7 days
    Rick Ledesma- Trustee

    $1,098.48 CSBA Annual Education Conference-San Francisco 12/4/04
    $1,285.37 CSBA Annual Education Conference 12/10/03
    Average $1191.92 per conference / $349.55 per day
    (14 parents donating $175.00 to the Orange Education Foundation=$2450. 00)

    $2283.13 8 Conferences 8 days (not including travel)
    Thomas Godley -Assistant Superintendent

    $109.00 May Revise Workshop-Rancho Cucamonga 5/19/04
    $249.88 Office of Public School Constriction- Sacramento 2/11/04
    $164.24 Budget Workshop-Long Beach 1/14/04
    $266.00 School Services Workshop-Ontario 12/10/03
    $55.00 Current Law for Educators 11/21/03
    $218.00 2003 School Finance Workshop-Ontario 7/15/03
    $180.00 2003 Budget Workshop -Ontario 1/15/03
    $180.00 Budget Basics Workshop –Ontario 1/10/03
    Average $285.39 per conference / $285.39 per day
    (13 parents donating $175.00 to the Orange Education Foundation =$2275. 00)

    $2116.50 6 Conferences 11 days (not including travel)
    Cheryl Cohen -Assistant Superintendent

    $397.50 SELPA Meeting-Sacramento 12/3/03
    $130.00 California Institute for School Improvement –Costa Mesa 11/3/03
    $150.00 Beyond the Basics 10/23/03
    $130.00 2003 Budget Workshop- Ontario 1/10/03
    $120.00 Dr. Richard DeFour- Speaker 12/12/02
    $989.00 CEC Conference 1/6/02
    Average $352.75 per conference / $192.40 per day
    (12 parents donating $175.00 to the Orange Education Foundation=$2100.00)

    $2080.95 3 Conferences – 7 Days
    Melissa Smith - Trustee

    $955.49 CSBA Annual Conference 12/10/03
    $144.48 Legislative Coalition – Sacramento 3/10/03
    $980.98 CSBA Annual Conference- San Francisco 12/5/02
    Average $693.95/ $297.27 per day
    (11 parents donating $175.00 to the Orange Education Foundation= $1925.00)

    $995.65 5 Conferences 8 Days (not including travel)
    Ed Kissee- Assistant Superintendent

    (2003-2004 only: Replaced W. Poutsma)
    $46.65 Leave of Absence Workshop-Cerritos 5/4/04
    $136.38 Navigating Certificated Layoffs 1/21/04
    $635.85 ACSA Symposium for Negotiators –San Diego 1/7/04
    $25.22 Current Law for Educators-Long Beach 11/21/04
    $151.55 Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations-Garden Grove 11/7/03
    Average $199.13 per conference / $124.45 per day
    (6 parents donating $175.00 to the Orange Education Foundation = $1050.00)

    No Conference Fees 2002-2004
    Bill Lewis - Trustee


    On July 14th 2005, the OUSD Trustees approved an open agenda item of conferences to spend the $20,000 budgeted. Who and how they spend it is not tracked or reviewed-except now, for the first time, by Orange Net News.

    This SPECIAL REPORT is a production of
    Orange Unified Schools Digest a news service of the Orange Communication System OCS

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