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  • Sunday, March 01, 2009


    OUSD Board approves more layoffs... just in case

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE UPDATE
    a news service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/
    Independent insight into OUSD

    OUSD Board approves more layoffs- just in case

    In a 4-2 vote, Orange Unified Trustees voted on Thursday February 26, 2009 to approve Action Agenda Item 12 C -Resolution 31-08-09: Layoff of Certificated Employees Due to a Reduction or Discontinuance of Particular Kinds of Programs. The Resolution breaks down the new layoffs by Elementary, Secondary and Administration positions and includes the six elementary Itinerant Elementary Music teachers. At the meeting, OUSD Trustees faced a large audience of concerned community members. The staff and Trustees put their best spin on the situation explaining that the Resolution was just a step in a process that may or may not ultimately end up in cutting the programs contained in the Resolution.

    The new state budget that passed on February 19, 2009 did include keeping the Arts and Music Block Grant for school districts. However, the grant was cut by 15% this year with a further reduction of 5% the following school year. In addition, the new budget gives school districts complete flexibility on how the money is spent. Budget regulations require school districts to first hold public meetings to discuss any proposed transfer of the arts education funding. The California Alliance for Arts Education is spearheading arts advocacy efforts across California (CLICK ON: CAAE ).

    The new budget provides this spending flexibility in how school districts spend funds in over 40 previous “categorical” programs. The budget also maintains K-3 Class Size Reduction funds, but also reduces penalties toward districts for not meeting class-size targets.

    With Interim Budget deadlines looming and the layoff notices of permanent certificated personnel deadline being March 15th (which this year falls on a Sunday so must be completed by Friday March 13, 2009), most major OUSD budget decisions are expected to take place at the March 12th OUSD Board Meeting. The next OUSD Board Meeting is a Budget Work Study set for Thursday March 5th.

    March 5, 2009 – 5:30 pm OUSD BOARD ROOM

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

    OUSD Small School Community Continues to Rally for Support

    Hinging their hopes on creating a Magnet/Charter Environmental school at Silverado Elementary School, the canyon school supporters have produced a brochure outlining their vision which they delivered to OUSD leaders. Silverado leaders are also trying rallying the supporters of the other three OUSD small schools that have also been named as possible sites to close to save money, Panorama, Riverdale and Imperial. The Silverado supporters are planning a SOS March to Save Our Schools march on March 5th before the OUSD Trustees Budget Work Study meeting. Supporters are asked to meet at the OUSD District Headquarters at 3:15 on March 5th to participate in the march.

    The February 27th edition of ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE incorrectly identified former OUSD Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Jon Archibald as taking a position with Huntington Beach Union High School District. Archibald’s new district is actually Huntington Beach City School District.

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE UPDATE
    Independent insight into OUSD
    is an independent news service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/

    Watch for detailed complete coverage of the Orange Unified School District with the regular ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE edition.

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