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  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

     

    OUSD Extends Admin Contracts

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    OUSD Administrators contracts renewed and revamped
    At the Thursday April 17, 2014 Orange Unified School Board meeting,  the OUSD Board of Trustees will vote to approve extending contracts for top OUSD administrators and "re-establish" the position of Deputy Superintendent.

    Action item 12 G (page 19) on the April 17th Agenda (online mistakenly dated April 11th on the bottom of each page) "re-establishes" the position of Deputy Superintendent and extends the two remaining Assistant Superintendent's contracts for three years. 

    The Deputy Superintendent position was originally re-created (after not being around since the 1970's) by former OUSD Superintendent Dr. Renae Dreier (herself a former Deputy Superintendent) in her April 2010 OUSD administrative reorganization. Drier appointed then 12 year OUSD veteran Assistant Superintendent Michael Christensen  as the first OUSD Deputy Superintendent. (Click on: DREIER). 

    In August 2011, Dreier retired and Christensen became the new OUSD Superintendent.  The position of Deputy Superintendent was then abolished.

    This week's Agenda Item 12 G states that "re-establishment" of the Deputy Superintendent position is a result of the combining of the Educational Services and Informational Technology departments into one department and because of new reporting requirements necessitated by budgeting compliance (for LCFF and LCAP) now being shared by the Educational Services and Human Resources departments.  The Item further states that current Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Dr. Gunn Marie Hansen will be the new Deputy Superintendent. In March, Dr. Hansen was named by the Association of California School Administrators the 2014 California Central Office Administrator of the Year.  (Click on: HANSEN)

    It is not clear from the Agenda Item whether a new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services will be hired.

    In the 2009-2010 school year, Michael Christensen's salary was $170,291.  The new Deputy Superintendent salary is listed in the Agenda as range 198 on the OUSD Leadership Salary Schedule (last column F ). That translates into  $16,474 a month. At 12 months ( for 248 days) the annual rate is $197,688. The three year contract runs from July 2014-June 2017. ( Click on CHRISTENSEN)

    The agenda item also extends the contracts of the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources to June 2017. The salary at range 151 on the OUSD Leadership Salary Schedule  goes from Column A $10, 356  a month ($124,272 annually) to Column F $13,032 a month ($156,384 annually). (Click on: SALARY )

    The contracts include a health benefit package, mileage at the current IRS rate (.56 per mile) and any future leadership pay hikes. In addition to the salary and benefit package, Dr. Hansen receives a doctoral stipend.

    Also on the April 17th Agenda is Information Item 13 D ( page 25) a report on Superintendent Michael Christensen's contract extension.  Continuing his open and transparent role as OUSD President, the item about the automatic renewal of the Superintendent's contract was  placed on the  by Trustee John Ortega as an informational item. 

    Under terms of Christensen's contract, his contract was automatically extended for three years until August 2017 since he was not notified by the OUSD Board six months before its expiration  that his contract would not be renewed or extended beyond its end date. The Board was aware of that deadline.

    The terms of the Superintendent's contract will remain the same, with the OUSD Board having the right to amend it.

    OU$D Bond WATCH 2014
    The April 17th Agenda includes Items 13A and 13B providing more information moving toward a 2014 OUSD Facilities Board.

    Item 13 A has long-time Old Towne Orange real estate agent Dr. John Aust, owner of John Aust Real Estate Company and an Orange Chamber leader presenting information on the relationship of passing a school bond on the value of homes.

    Dr. Aust also operates CP Appraisers from his real estate office and has been hired as an expert witness for court room real estate appraisals.
    (Click on REAL ESTATE)

    Item 13 B has information on Bonds in regards to the changes from the November 2000 Proposition 39 - the Schools Facilities Local Vote Act of 2000. That constitutional amendment reduced the required vote to pass a school bond from 66% Yes to a 55% Yes. Before the passage of Prop 39 60% of school bonds passed in California. After its passage lowering the vote threshold, 75% of  California school bonds pass.

    In addition, information on the duties and activities of the required Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee will be covered and the do's and don'ts of public monies spending in Bond campaign.

    The April meeting comes after four highly successful "on-the road" meetings at the four OUSD high schools proposed by Board President Ortega. 

    In an out-of-character ill-timed middle of OUSD Spring Break Week release, OUSD Superintendent Michael Christensen released an OUSD ListServe message (in letter form) to the community on the progress being made by OUSD on the Bond. The largely missed letter because of the poor timing states that a May report on the Bond polling and a tentatively scheduled June vote for a Bond measure (based on that poll) by the OUSD Board is the timing expected.
    (Click on LETTER )

    INSIDE the April Agenda
    Closed Session Item 4 D
    Hiring a new Administrative Director of Student and Community Services (Click on SCS) http://www.orangeusd.org/scs/
    Action Item 12 A
    Acceptance of the initial disbursal of  $265,000 from the Maxine Huber Trust.  Huber was a long time Orange resident.
    Action Item 12 B
    Acceptance of the highest bid to sell the OUSD Killerfer Site
    Consent Item (Page 36)
    Announcement of the retirement on June 27, 2014 of Portola Middle School Principal Deborah Backstrom.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday April 17, 2014
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: AGENDA
    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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