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  • Monday, February 05, 2007

     

    Orange Unified Schools DIGEST

    a news service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/

    • ROOCO SUIT THROWN OUT
    • BRENT BAILEY RESIGNS OUSD


    OUSD WINS MOTION TO DISMISS ROCCO CENSURE LAWSUIT
    In a victory for OUSD Counsel Spencer Covert over Richard McKee’s Californians Aware organization, Orange County Superior Court Judge Clay M. Smith ruled on February 2nd to grant Orange Unified’s motion to dismiss the Rocco Censure Lawsuit. Judge Smith ruled:

    “The Court finds that Petitioners have failed to demonstrate a probability of success as to any cause of action. The motion is therefore granted”

    This isn’t the first time Covert and McKee have tangled in court. The last time it involved OUSD, Covert was on the losing side of the ruling that ordered OUSD to record the Closed Session meetings of the OUSD Trustees for two years.
    For full coverage of the Rocco Censure Lawsuit Court Ruling CLICK ON:
    http://greaterorange.blogspot.com/2007/02/ousd-wins-motion-to-dismiss-rocco-suit.html

    VILLA PARK PLAN FOR ALCOHOL MEETS OPPOSITION FROM BOARD
    As OUSD Trustee Wes Poutsma declared “I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I agree with Mr. Rocco!” a seemingly united Orange Unified School Board made it clear to Villa Park City Manager Ken Domer that they had many concerns regarding the proposal to changing state law to allow The City of Villa Park to use Villa Park High School facilities for city sponsored events that served alcohol. At the January 18th Orange Unified Board Meeting the trustees brought up a variety of concerns that included liability issues, grant monies for Drug Free Schools status, and appropriateness of alcohol at school at any time. Trustee Kathy Moffat who represents Villa Park on the OUSD Board characterized the proposal as a “thorny issue”.

    Domer made it clear that only under a perfect scenario would Villa Park even pursue the idea. It appeared from the conversations at the meeting that the perfect scenario would not occur. The City of Villa Park does not have any parkland or space for a community center. Community events have routinely used the parking lot of the cities only shopping center to stage events.

    OUSD TO ACCEPT RESIGNATION FROM BRENT BAILEY FEBUARY 8th
    The Brent Bailey Affair, which exploded onto the Greater Orange Communities and OUSD just a week ago, will be officially wrapped up as far as Orange Unified’s involvement when the OUSD Trustees vote to approve the February 8th OUSD Board Meeting Consent Agenda which includes Bailey’s resignation (Agenda page 30) dated January 31st. Bailey has been on unpaid leave since the day OUSD found out about his December 27th, 2006 arrest on lewd conduct charges in a Fullerton park undercover police sting.

    Bailey is reportedly avoiding the media by staying with his adult son. Bailey’s original arraignment on January 30th, 2007 was postponed at his lawyers request to February 20th, 2007.

    For full coverage of the Bailey Affair with a timeline CLICK ON: http://greaterorange.blogspot.com/2007/02/ousd-principal-charged-with-lewd-act.html

    Highlights of February 8th Orange Unified School Board Meeting
    Please see the link to the complete Agenda below.
    • Agenda Item 12 A Approval of the Bylaws of the Legislative Coalition
    • Agenda Item 12 B 1st Reading of Legislative Coalition 2007 Platform
    • Agenda Item 12 C Revised Board Policies on Students
    • Agenda Item 13 B Actuarial Report on Retiree Health Benefits
    • Agenda Item 14 D (page 20) $7,500 to locally famous Santiago Revocation Report law firm– Miller, Brown and Dannis

    AGENDA LINK: http://www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/board/pdf/agenda_020807.pdf

    COMMUNITY DONATIONS
    See Agenda Pages 18-19 for a compete list of donations.
    Anaheim Hills E.S. PTA- $1473 for supplies; Exxon-Mobil-$500 for supplies to Nohl Canyon E.S.; Carpentier Trust- $4036 Villa Park H.S. scoreboard; California E.S. PTA -$3254 for transportation; El Modena ASB- $3232 for golf carts; McPherson Ed Foundation-$8576-Cisco Writing Program; Imperial PTA- $221 for transportation; Olive E.S. PTC -$450- transportation.


    Digest’s EDUCATIONAL TAX DOLLARS WATCH 2007:
    “We’re a $220 million dollar business; we’re going to spend the money somewhere.”
    -OUSD Trustee Wes Poutsma 9/22/05



    2007 Consultant Fee Tally: none

    2007 Attorney Fee Tally:
    1/18/07 Parker & Covert (1/07 to 6/07) $175,000
    2/08/07 Miller, Brown, and Dannis $ 7,500

    Total $182,500

    2007 Administrative Conference/Travel: hidden since 6/8/06*


    *JUNE 8th, 2006 Trustees VOTE to Give OUSD Superintendent the power to APPROVE Travel Requests taking this item OUT of the PUBLIC AGENDA


    Total for Watched Tax Dollars approved in 2006: $ 849,717.00*
    2006 Consultant Fee Tally: Total $176,400
    2006 Attorney Fee Tally: Total Approved $655,000
    2006 Administrative Conference/Travel: Total $ 18,317 *
    * JUNE 8th, 2006 Trustees VOTE to Give OUSD Superintendent the power to
    APPROVE OUSD Travel Requests taking this item OUT of the PUBLIC AGENDA

    Total for Watched Tax Dollars approved in 2005: $ 978,300.00:
    Total 2005 Conference Administrator/Board Fees: $ 7,500.00
    2005 Attorney Fee Tally: $730,600.00
    Total Watched 2005 OUSD Consultant spending: $ 270,200.00


    Next OUSD Board Meeting Thursday February 8, 2007. For more information
    CLICK ON: http://www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/board/pdf/agenda_020807.pdf

    OUSD CLOSED SESSION STARTS 6:00 PM on 2/8/07 Regular Session: 7:30 pm

    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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