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  • Tuesday, June 04, 2013


    OUSD's newest Mad Men move

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    OUSD’S newest Mad Men move…
    Contentious OUSD Board votes to extend Peralta Lease ENA

    OUSD's Trustee Boys Club
     The Orange Unified School Board met May 14th in Special Session to extend the Peralta Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Fairfield Residential Developers after failing to reach a lease agreement.  Voting to approve a six month extension one day before the original agreement expired, the OUSD Trustees voted 4-3 to approve the extension.

    The roller coaster meeting featured a standing ovation for Dr. Alexia Deligianni when she announced her “No”  vote against the extension, familiar rambling reasoning behind their “Yes” votes from veteran board members Rick Ledesma and  John Ortega, and another sharp exchange between lease proponent Rick Surridge and lease opponent Kathy Moffat.

    Again placed in the position being the tie breaking vote, Trustee Mark Wayland tried to play both sides as he said that since getting the ENA, Fairfield Residential Developers had missed deadlines, and this caused him to need reasons to approve the ENA extension.  He added that he doubted that the project would get approved by the City of Orange. Despite those self-described reservations, Wayland later voted “Yes” to approve the extension.

    Repeating his mantra about leveraging the lease for badly needed money to upgrade OUSD’s schools, Board President Timothy Surridge went so far as to basically rule out the necessity of an OUSD taxpayer bond if the ENA could be finalized after the extension. Citing “confidentiality” Surridge had no numbers to back up his claims when challenged by Trustee Kathy Moffat.  Surridge also took to task the Trustees who had voted for the ENA, (it originally passed 7-0), but now where against the ENA extension.

    Then in a scene that was similar to the raucous Rocco days,  Moffat who tried to respond to Surridge’s statements was verbally attacked by the Board President, to the point that Trustee Diane Singer had to interject to remind the Board President that the discussion was not a debate and Moffat had a right to speak.  The exchange became even more Rocco-like when Surridge, who had originally gone off topics with his statements (to which Moffat was responding ) told Moffat to only speak about the ENA. 
    A reasonable slurpee brain frezze

    With no visable slurpee, Surridge's latest  brain freeze remains unexplained.

    The ENA extension was approved 4 “yes” (Surridge, Wayland, Ledesma and Ortega) to 3 “no” (Moffat, Deligianni, Singer) splitting men against the women trustees.

    How the growing tone of distain that the Trustee Boys Club seems to have with their three women colleagues is playing in the larger Greater Orange Community that has numerous elected women officials, dozens of women service club officers, and 1000’s of PTA moms, still remains to be seen. But much like the last national election defined by a conservative war on women, the local school board discussions are looking a lot like OUSD’s version of Mad Men with the four male trustees acting like  they still live in a time when women were to be seen-but not heard.

    No More Moore
    Former OUSD Principal Michelle Moore- self-published and described author, self-described international education speaker, self-described Focus on Results supporter, and wife of her number one supporter, storefront preacher and one-time OUSD School News contributor Dr. Rock Moore, will be resigning her “teaching” position with OUSD.  Moore who took a principal position in Capistrano Unified last year is listed as resigning her “teacher” position with OUSD effective June 14.

    More positions filled, more budget news, more surplus property

    Closed Session Item 4C- New appointments to be announced after closed session include: Executive Director Secondary Education;  Administrator, Special Education; 2- High School Assistant Principals; 1- Middle School Assistant Principal; 2- Elementary School Assistant Principals. The appointments will be announced in Open Session.

    Action Item 12 A- Public Hearing on Spending Priorities from money of the Educational Protection Account- for more information about the Prop 30 money from the Nov 2012 election CLICK ON:  PROP 30 FAQ

    Action Item 12 B- 2013-2014 Budget Estimates

    Action Item C and D- Facilities Needs Assessment- knowing what the district needs in terms of fixing aging facilities seems like a no-brainer- but will Moffat’s idea that Knowledge is Power for the whole district meet with the male ego’s approval?

    Information Item 13 A-Discussion of the surplus Killerfer Site

    Information Item 13 B- El Rancho Charter-not waiting for the OUSD Board or community at large, this charter school is planning for building expansion- a new gym and a science center.

    Next OUSD Board Meeting June 6, 2013. For more information
    OUSD CLOSED SESSION STARTS 6:00 PM, 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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