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  • Monday, April 13, 2009


    Orange Unified Board to eliminate 136 Staff support positions, plus reduce hours and pay

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Orange Unified Board to eliminate 136 Staff support positions-
    plus reduce hours and pay

    At the Thursday April 16th, 2009 Orange Unified School Board meeting the OUSD Trustees will vote to eliminate 136 staff support (Classified) positions in Agenda Action Item 12 C (Agenda page 25-28). The Agenda item's Fiscal Impact section states that the cuts will save OUSD $ 4,998,000 annually.

    Among the 136 Classified positions cut in 37 job categories (all listed on page 26 of the Agenda) are: 33 Technology Assistances; 15 Regular Instructional Aides; 15 Community Based English Tutoring (CBET) Aides and Instructors; 8 Senior School/Staff Clerks; 7 Bus Drivers; 5 Custodians; 5 secretaries and 4 Food Service Assistances. Also included in the 136 eliminated positions are 10 Management/Supervisory positions: 5 Executive Secretaries; 1 Bus Driver Trainer; 1 CWA Coordinator; 1 Director of Purchasing; 1 Nutrition Services Operation Supervisor; and the Nutrition Network Project Coordinator.

    The reduction in hours will affect fifty three employees in 9 support staff job classifications. Five high school and middle school Kitchen Managers will have their hours cut and 51 employees in 19 job categories will have their yearly work calendar cut (Agenda page 27). Eight job categories were reclassified with reductions in pay (five are Classified/Supervisory positions).

    OUSD Board to approve current 2008-2009 contract
    and call for pay cuts next year

    Agenda Action Item 12 A (Agenda page 7) approves the 2008-2009 agreement between OUSD and the teachers association, the Orange Unified Education Association, at the April 16th OUSD Board meeting. Agenda Action Item 12 B (Agenda page 23) is the public “sun shining” and holding of a Public Hearing for input on the OUSD Board’s 2009-2010 contract proposals that include a 3.75% pay cut, cuts in the work calendar, and cuts to Certificated contractual positions. All of the proposals with the teachers association are subject to negotiation.

    Early political polls (conducted before the recent political advertisements in support started) showed the May 19th 2009 Special Election Budget Propositions being defeated by voters. A defeat of the budget measures would create a whole new budget crisis for the state and school districts. The local watch dog group the Greater Orange Communities Organization has called for OUSD Administrators to lead the way on a 3.75% pay cut immediately and to close OUSD's remaining small schools; Panorama (214 students in 2007-2008*); Riverdale (196 students in 2007-2008*); and Imperial (258 students in 2007-2008*). OUSD Trustee Melissa Smith again brought up her proposal for the second time at the March 26th, 2009 OUSD Board meeting, that the OUSD Trustees cut their own per-meeting honorarium. Board President Rick Ledesma assured Smith that her proposal would appear as an Agenda item.

    * Figures from the student testing data from the California Department of Education

    More Donations for April 28th Strategic Planning Workshop
    OUSD Superintendent Renae Dreier announced that the $3950 in donations listed in the March 26th, 2009 OUSD Agenda for the OUSD Strategic Planning Workshop would pay for the “facility and food costs” for the now one-day workshop. The April 16th Agenda includes another $4,000 in community contributions: $3,500 from the Orange Education Foundation; and $500 from Citizens Bank. The contributions for the workshop were directly solicited by the OUSD Superintendent’s Office. The original location for the event was Chapman University, which would provide the facilities free of charge. The event was moved to the Anaheim Hills Golf and Public Country Club, prompting the need for community donations.

    For a virtual tour of the exterior and interior rooms of the Anaheim Hills Golf and Public Country Club CLICK ON: AHGC TOUR

    Other Community Donations
    Esplanade PTA- $1720 for student transportation; Canyon H.S. ASB- $4,000 for Coaches and Cheer stipends; Nohl Canyon School Association-$530 for The Traveling Scientist ; El Modena H.S. Band Boosters- $700 for Stipend.
    For a complete list of the $20,323 in community donations see Agenda pages 51-52.

    INSIDE the April 16th, 2009 Agenda
    Other items on this Thursday’s OUSD Agenda include:

    Action Item 12 D: Proposed Board Policy Revisions (pages 29-50) Updating Board policies to include an assortment of revisions including 21st Century items like a policy on “Cyber bullying”.

    Information Item 13 C:
    A report on the Legislation Coalition’s trip to lobby in Sacramento.

    Board Proclamations (Agenda page 3-6): School Bus Driver Day- April 28th (yes in this same meeting they are cutting 7 bus driver positions and 1 bus trainer); School Nurse Day- May 6th 2009.

    INSIDE the OUSD Budget

    Total $378,000
    2009 Attorney Fee Tally:
    11/13/08 Parker & Covert (for 1/09 -6/09) $200,000
    3/12/09 Atkinson, Andelson, Loya (Sp. Ed) $ 50,000
    Parker & Covert (Special Ed) $ 98,000
    Total $348,000

    2009 Consultant/ Speaker Fee Tally:
    01/24/09 Leadership Associates Consultants $ 3,000
    2009 TOTAL $ 378,000

    Former Superintendent Godley’s Retirement Bonus running total
    (beginning 8/2008): $9689.00*
    * The Godley Retirement Bonus presented here is an estimate of the amount in “bonus retirement” accrued since the Superintendent’s retirement on 6/30/08 using a 6% lifetime formula calculated here at $1210 a month since 8/08. The actual retirement plan the former OUSD Superintendent opted to take is not public information and the figures presented are only as an estimate of the taxpayer costs after the OUSD trustees voted against an amendment to exclude Godley from the retirement program. The on-going estimated figure is presented as a reminder to the community of the high cost in educational tax dollars the OUSD Board vote to allow the former Superintendent to participate in the 6% retirement incentive cost the OUSD education community in tax dollars. Godley retired from OUSD on June 30, 2008 after he worked for the school district for a little over five years.

    Total for Watched Tax Dollars approved in 2008: $901,200
    2008 Attorney Fee Tally:
    6/19/08 Parker & Covert $ 60,000
    6/05/08 Miller, Brown & Dannis $ 40,000
    6/05/08 Parker & Covert $150,000
    6/05/08 Parker & Covert $200,000
    2/07/08 Parker & Covert $100,000
    11/15/07 Parker & Covert (for 1/08 to 6/08) $200,000
    2008 Consultant/ Speaker Fee Tally:
    11/13/08 Subs for SDCDE (Reading First) $24,000
    11/13/08 SDCDE (Reading First) $30,000
    10/30/08 Dr. Willard Daggett (ICLE) $ 4,500
    10/16/08 Dr. Parker 40 pt Consultant $ 4,200
    9/25/08 Visual Ink for Sadler Consultant <$ 6,600> CANCELED in 2009
    9/25/08 Bob Sadler Consultant Fee $ 8,500
    9/25/08 Candace Simpson-Sadler Helper $ 5,500
    7/24/08 Dr. Parker 40 pt Consultant $ 10,000
    4/17/08 Dr. Kenneth Stichter Speaker Fee $ 6,500
    3/7/08 Dr. Kathleen Weigel Speaker Fee $ 8,000
    Consultant Total $ 101, 200
    2008 TOTAL $ 901,200

    Total for Watched Tax Dollars approved in 2007: $704,090.00**

    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 April 16th -OUSD BOARD ROOM

    CLOSED SESSION- 6:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 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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