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  • Sunday, March 04, 2007

     

    School Administrator Week

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

    March 5- 9th School Administrator Week
    The Orange Unified School Board at their February 22nd , 2007 regular meeting joined the California State Legislature and school boards across the state by declaring March 5-9th School Administrator Week.

    In declaring the annual School Administrators Week as a reminder of the contributions that school administrators make, the California Assembly declared:

    “There are approximately 15,000 certificated and classified school administrators. Nearly 60 percent of these administrators are principals and vice principals who provide direct support for the educational programs at school sites.”

    For more information on California School Administrators CLICK ON: http://www.acsa.org/

    Villa Park Elementary School Restoration

    The OUSD Board also received an update on the default of the lease by the Villa Park Elementary School Restoration Corporation. OUSD staff reported that they had been contacted by the VPESRC prior to the OUSD sending the Letter of Default agreeing that the lease should be terminated. At the March 8th OUSD Board Meeting, the OUSD Trustees will receive a final report on terminating the lease to the VPESRC.

    Board Comments from 2/22/07 Meeting

    • Trustee Kathy Moffat referenced another newspaper article on schools in other districts being refurbished and looked forward to doing the same in OUSD.
    • Trustee Steve Rocco explained that he was thrown out of his court hearing on the Rocco Censure because he was wearing his trademark black dark glasses and cap. Rocco explained about why he was continuing his Censure battle.
    • Trustee Wes Poutsma reminded Rocco that if his side lost, Rocco would be paying the district for legal expenses.

    Rocco Items on 3/8/07 OUSD Agenda
    Hang on to your black caps. Trustee Steve Rocco has two Information Items on the March 8th OUSD Agenda. Item 13 C, titled the Minority Board Evaluation and item 13 D a report on Rocco’s “nemesis”- The Partnership (also called the “Unholy Trilogy” of Government, Corporations and Education” in the agenda).

    When Rocco complained he could not get items on the agenda, OUSD Board President Kim Nichols asked if a second trustee would support Rocco. Trustee Rick Ledesma (who has in the past been denied by the current majority the ability to add agenda items) stated that he would support Rocco placing an item on the agenda. Ledesma has made it clear in the past when dealing with Rocco, he respects the trustee seat that Rocco occupies and takes the stance that as long as the community allows Rocco to keep his seat the OUSD Board must treat Rocco as a fully empowered trustee.

    Ledesma’s respect of the trustee position Rocco holds continues to be at odds with the Board majority as Rocco continues to antagonize and draw emotional reactions from the other OUSD Trustees and the OUSD Administration. That clearly is the case with the March 8th OUSD Agenda. In an apparent message of distain, Rocco’s two agenda items (typed in Rocco’s trademark style on a manual typewriter) are just photocopied and added as attachments to the agenda (see Agenda Page 30 and Agenda Page 32) which has never before been done when a trustee has added an agenda item.

    March 8 Meeting Other Items
    Agenda Item 12 A- a Resolution of Support of Senate Bill 155- Online Classroom
    Agenda Item 12 B- 2nd Interim Financial Report
    Agenda Item 14 E- As OUSD starts a slow modernization program; it is gaining experience in the process. Change Orders on the Prospect Elementary modernization project have resulted in 5.03% in added costs and 21 days of additional work added.
    Agenda Item 14 I - $9,000 for speaker Dr. Daggett to give a speech to the August 8th OUSD Leadership Conference. (Agenda page 59- International Center for Educational Leadership).


    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

    Digest’s EDUCATIONAL TAX DOLLARS WATCH 2007:$ 236,500.00

    2007 Consultant/ Speaker Fee Tally:
    3/8/07 Dr. Daggett Speaker Fee $ 9,000
    Total $ 9,000

    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
    2/22/07 Parker & Covert $ 45,000
    Total $227,500

    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 March 8, 2007. For more information
    CLICK ON: http://www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/board/calendar.asp
    OUSD CLOSED SESSION STARTS 6:30 PM on 3/8/07 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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