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OUSD: Peralta, School Bond and Surplus Budget
Unified Board of Trustees meeting includes...
Peralta, School Bond and a Surplus Budget
Ortega proposes Peralta Lease for a 1 Year extension
The Thursday May 8, 2014 Orange Unified School District Board of Education Meeting Agenda Item 12 A (agenda pages 7-9) has Board President John Ortega proposing that the current Ground Lease Agreement between Orange Unified and the Peralta Golf Partnership that runs the Super Sports Golf and Recreation Center at the former Peralta School site be extended for one year from the end of the lease's current term. The current $200,000 a year lease is set to expire on March 31, 2015.
The one-year extension will side-step the on-going Peralta Site controversy until March 2016-well after the anticipated November 2014 OUSD Bond election and that month's OUSD Trustee elections for the seats of four trustees. Two of the seats up for the November 2014 election are for proponents of selling the Peralta site- Timothy Surridge and Rick Ledesma and two are for seats held by trustees opposing the sale- Diane Singer and Kathy Moffat. Control of the OUSD Board between the two opposing sides of the issue for the next two years will also be decided in November.
In November of 2016, John Ortega, Dr. Alexia Deligianni and Mark Wayland's seats are up for re-election. Ortega has supported the sale of the Peralta site, while Deligianni (who represents the Peralta neighborhood) has sided against the site's sale since the controversy over the high density apartment lease proposed for the site exploded into controversy.
Wayland, who originally supported the high density lease, changed his mind during his re-election campaign- then changed back to supporting the lease, then the sale of the site to a developer after his successful re-election.
OU$D Bond WATCH 2014
OUSD 2014 Bond items fill May 8th Agenda
Results of the OUSD 2014 Bond Feasibility Study will be revealed in Information Item 13 A (agenda page 32) at the May 8th OUSD Board Meeting. The research by Encinitas based True North Research includes a telephone poll of 400 registered voters likely to vote in the November 2014 election.
Following that presentation, the OUSD Board will examine a "draft resolution" for calling a 2014 Bond Election. Agenda Item 13 B ( pages 33-50) lays out a $296 million Bond Measure with each of OUSD's comprehensive high schools each receiving an equal $74 million each.
The OUSD Trustees just completed a successful around-the-district tour that included high-end architectural renderings of go-for-broke concepts for each of OUSD's high schools. Those popular concepts however would require multiple successive bonds to make a reality. The initial starting point "Project List" provided in the "draft" resolution deals with the reality of a $296 million dollar Bond spread over four high schools in dire straits.
The resolution outlines five areas for a district approved "Project List":
- Item (i) from the list includes roof, plumbing and electrical repairs and replacements.
- Item (ii) lists "Providing facilities and equipment for college, career, and technical education classes".
- Item (iii) lists "Improving student safety and security systems".
- Item (iv) states "Update instructional technology in the classroom"
- Item (v) includes earthquake safety upgrades and upgrades needed to meet legal accesses requirements by the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The "draft" resolution includes a June 2014 signing date.
The OUSD Administration has also placed numerous items on the automatic Consent Agenda that directly deal with a 2014 Facilities Bond to be approved automatically by the OUSD Board from the General Fund. ( Two of the items payment is contingent on a bond passing.)
Consent Item 14 D:
Jana Mills-$90,000 to manage construction contract services for modernization contracts
Kegent Advisors-$80,000 financial advisors for Bonds including structure, terms and timing and document review (contingent on Bond passage).
Public Economics-$5,000 bond analysis and consulting services
Stradling, Yocca, Carlson and Rauth-$85,000 legal services for Bond resolution and project lists ( contingent on Bond passage).
Conservative OUSD budget for 2014-2015 at $67 million
May 8th Agenda Item 12 E (pages 29-31) fulfills the requirement for a public hearing on the 2013-14 actual monies and the estimated monies for the 2014-2015 OUSD Budget.
The conservative estimates in Item 12 E show the proposals involved in Gov. Brown's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) appear to provide the district with an unexpected $17.2 million windfall resulting in a conservative $67.5 million 2014-2015 budget. That budget includes a $7.3 million legally required reserve (3%) leaving a $59.2 million "Unappropriate Amount".
Elsewhere in the May 8th Agenda, Item 13 F (pages 63-67 - mistakenly identified on page 63 as "Item No. 14 F") estimates the 2013-14 Proposition 30 Education Protection Account (EPA) at $23. 8 million and the 2014-15 totals at $22.3 million,
Passed by state voters as part of Gov. Brown's 2012 tax package, the OUSD Funds in the chart on Agenda page 65 (Expenditures through: June 30, 2014) have the $23.8 million in LCFF Sources codes 8010-8099 ( Maintenance/ Facilities codes) and Instruction codes 1000-1099 (Instruction/Special Education codes).
For a complete list of the codes and allowable uses of the EPA accounts
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For a complete list of frequently asked questions about EPA accounts
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Item 14 J on the May 8th Agenda (page 84) acknowledges receipt of a charter school application from the Nopilhuan K-8 Charter School. The school is based on "biliteracy" . "Biliteracy" is a educational/political movement that has developed in response to English Only mandates. (For more information CLICK ON Californians Together).
The OUSD staff will review the application and make a recommendation at a future Board meeting.
San Diego Unified also received an application from the Nopilhuan "founders". That application can be seen by Clicking on: SPAM CHARTER.
INSIDE the OUSD May 8th Agenda
Closed Session Item 4 B
New principals will be named for McPherson Magnet, Portola and
and two new Administrators for Special
Education and Business Services. Cerro
Closed Session Item 4 D
Instructions on negotiations on sale of Riverdale Site to Rancho Santiago Community College District and the City of
Announcements 9 E and 9 F
Proclamations of May19-23 as Classified Employees Week and May 14th as day of the Teacher.
NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday May 8, 2014
Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD District Office
CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 pm
OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
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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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