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  • Friday, February 02, 2007



    Orange Unified Schools DIGEST SPECIAL REPORT
    a news service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/

    Brent Bailey Resigns from Orange Unified

    Former El Modena Principal Brent Bailey has formally resigned his employment with the Orange Unified School District. Bailey has been on unpaid leave since Thursday January 25th when OUSD was informed of Bailey’s December 27th arrest in Fullerton on an alleged “lewd” conduct charge as part of an undercover police sting operation targeting sexual encounters at the men’s restrooms of a Fullerton park. The Orange Unified School District School Board agenda for the Board’s Thursday February 8th lists Bailey’s resignation as of January 31st. The resignation is part of the Consent Agenda’s Certificated Personnel Report (page 30) and simple states Bailey’s name, his title and under comments “Resignation”. The Consent Item is voted and approved without comment. The OUSD School Board meeting will be the first meeting since the Bailey Affair became public.

    The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $5000 fine and six months in jail, but does not carry a required Sex Offender Registration penalty. The misdemeanor status caused a delay in notification of Orange Unified. The Fullerton Police Department did not at first notify Orange Unified because the charge was a misdemeanor. It was only after the Orange County District Attorney’s Office explained to the Fullerton Police of reporting responsibilities required in the California Education Code that the Fullerton Police contacted OUSD. After Orange officials were informed last week about the charge, Bailey was immediately placed on unpaid administrative leave and an Acting Principal was placed at the school. Orange Unified administrative officials have stated the case does not include students or minors.

    The Bailey Affair TIME LINE

    December 22, 2006
    • Winter Break starts for all schools in Orange Unified

    December 27, 2006
    • El Modena Principal Brent Bailey arrested, cited and released in a Fullerton Police sting operation at the men’s restrooms of Brea Dam Recreation Area. OUSD was not informed of the misdemeanor charge against Bailey.

    January 8, 2007
    • OUSD Winter Break ends. Bailey returns to his job as El Modena H.S. principal.

    January 8- January 24, 2007
    • At El Modena H.S. planning continues for Bailey’s pet project, the Character Counts Assembly of teacher and student skits and Character Counts speeches for students.

    • The Orange County District Attorney’s office receives the Bailey citation information and contacts the Fullerton Police Department urging them to contact Bailey’s employer, OUSD about Bailey’s citation. The O.C. District Attorney’s office explains the California Education Code reporting duties to the Fullerton Police who rarely deal with that portion of California Law.

    January 25, 2007
    •Fullerton Police notify Orange Unified of the December 27th arrest of Brent Bailey. Bailey is placed on Administrative Leave.

    January 25-28, 2007
    • Orange Unified Trustees are informed. OUSD appoints retired OUSD Administrator Janet Hayes as Acting El Modena Principal.

    January 29, 2007
    • The remaining administrators at El Modena are informed about what has happened. OUSD has had press inquires and chooses to break the story to the staff and students.

    • El Modena H.S. teachers are advised that OUSD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Godley will hold a special lunch time staff meeting at the school. Dr. Godley informs the El Modena staff that Bailey has been placed on administrative leave because he is under a criminal investigation unrelated to OUSD or students. Students are informed by school-loudspeaker that Bailey is no longer their principal.

    • The Friday El Modena Character Counts assembly is cancelled.

    • Los Angeles Television station KABC breaks the story about Bailey’s arrest on “lewd” conduct charges in a live newscast from outside El Modena H.S. in its 5:00 pm newscast. Orange Net News breaks the story locally at 5:37 pm on the Greater Orange News Service site.

    January 30, 2007

    • Bailey appears with his lawyer for arraignment on the charges at the North Justice Center in Fullerton. His lawyer asks for and is granted a new arraignment date of February 20th, 2007.

    January 31, 2007

    • The date of Bailey’s resignation from OUSD.

    February 2, 2007

    • OUSD releases the School Board Agenda for the OUSD School Board’s February 8, 2008 regularly scheduled Board Meeting. The Board will formally approve of Bailey’s resignation when they approve all the Consent Agenda items with one vote (see page 30 of OUSD Agenda, link below). OUSD Closed Session will begin a half-hour earlier at 6:00 p.m. The public Regular Session will begin at it’s normal time 7:30 p.m.

    February 7, 2007

    • The first OUSD District-wide meeting of Focus on Results will take place since the Bailey Affair. Brent Bailey was a district leader of the controversial Focus on Results program. He also embraced Dr. Godley’s Good to Great initiative by holding staff meetings to read sections of the book- Good to Great. Bailey’s embracing of those two so-called dog-and-pony-show administrative boondoggles, as well as his infusion of his self-proclaimed conservative Christian beliefs into the working environment at the public school added to the reported El Modena staff’s distance towards him.

    February 8, 2007

    • The Orange Unified School District Trustees will hold their first meeting since the Bailey Affair became public. The Board will formally approve of Bailey’s resignation.

    February 20, 2007

    • Bailey’s rescheduled arraignment is scheduled for the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

    For more information CLICK ON:
    OUSD 2/8/07 Agenda

    Information on El Modena H.S.

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