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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2012


    OUSD looks to maximize lease of Peralta site

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
    a news service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/
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    OUSD looks to maximize lease of Peralta site

    At its February 16, 2012 regular Board Meeting the Orange Unified School Board will vote on a resolution to authorize requests for proposal for leasing the 19.5 acre Peralta School site at 2190 Canal Street in Orange. The current lease to the Peralta Golf Partners expires in 2015. Agenda Action Item 12 A explains that OUSD wishes seeks a ground lease for “maximizing an income stream to supplement its annual operating and capital project budget”.

    Peralta Junior High School was closed due to declining enrolment in 1985. The site has been leased to the golf company since 1994. The resolutions’ Executive Summary states that the land, which was declared surplus, is zoned as single family residential, but that that zoning is inconsistent with the City of Orange 2010 General Plan.

    Surridge agendized Legal Services vote
    In an unprecedented move, OUSD Board President Tim Surridge has agendized Action Item 12 E for the OUSD Board to consider and vote to direct staff to procure legal services from the legal firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd and Romo for services related to surplus properties. The Fiscal Impact is list as up to $50,000.

    Items to authorize legal services have traditionally been on the Consent Agenda, and only discussed if an individual board member pulls the item for discussion. In the past, OUSD legal fees have been controversial. Surridge’s move to place the item on the Action Agenda for Board consideration is an unprecedented move by an OUSD Board President.

    Rocking Horse Ridge II files to leave OUSD and join Tustin Unified
    Located between Orange Park Acres, Cowen Heights and North Tustin, the hilltop community of Rocking Horse Ridge II has filed a petition to transfer its neighborhood from Orange Unified to Tustin Unified.

    The obscure Orange County Committee on School District Organization will hold two hearings on the change on March 14th, 2012, one in Orange Unified at 6:00 pm, and a second meeting in Tustin Unified at 8:00 pm.

    The OUSD Administration will make an informational presentation to the OUSD Board at the February 16, 2012 meeting (Agenda item 13C).
    For more information on Rocking Horse Ridge CLICK ON:

    Agenda Item 9 D: Proclamation of March 5-9 as Week of the School Administrator.
    Agenda Item 13 B: OUSD and Stat of California Budget Update

    Former Superintendent Godley’s Estamated Retirement Bonus
    Running total (beginning 8/2008)

    * 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.

    NEXT BOARD MEETING February 16, 2012
    Next OUSD Board Meeting Thursday February 16, 2012 -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 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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