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  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014

     

    K watch and INSIDE OUSD



       eLECTION Watch 
    a news service of   Orange Net News /O/N/N/
    Percentages remain unchanged on Tuesday

    K watch

    With only a little over 28,700 ballots from all over Orange County left to count, Tuesday's percentages remained unchanged in the Measure K vote:  Yes 54.3%; No 45.7%.  The measure currently is about 308 votes short of the needed 55%.

    Provisional ballots left to count number 26,000, with vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at the polls numbering 2356. Just over 300 paper ballots remain to be counted.

    TUESDAY 11/10 POSTED VOTE TOTALS
    K-Orange Unified School District, Critical Upgrades and Repairs for Quality High Schools
    Completed Precincts: 164 of 164


    Vote Count
    Percentage
    Bonds - Yes
    24,858
    54.3%
    Bonds - No
    20,898
    45.7%

     MONDAY 11/9 POSTED VOTE TOTALS
    K-Orange Unified School District, Critical Upgrades and Repairs for Quality High Schools
    Completed Precincts: 164 of 164


    Vote Count
    Percentage
    Bonds - Yes
    24,709
    54.3%
    Bonds - No
    20,798
    45.7%

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    After student hit-and-run tragedy and Measure K's defeat
    OUSD Board to meet on November 13th
    After an emotional two weeks for the Greater Orange Communities, the Orange Unified School Board will meet for a regular Board Meeting on Thursday November 13, 2014.

    The small agenda with routine housekeeping items  can be seen here:

    At the October 16, 2014 Orange School Board meeting, Trustees continued to argue about ethics revolving around the Measure K and possible future real estate transactions. Trustees Diane Singer and Timothy Surridge  exchanged a flurry of accusations. Singer, who had no opponent, so was not on the ballot and Surridge who was on the ballot argued over ethical and political motives in the days leading up to the election. 

    Two weeks later, Orange Unified and the Greater Orange Communities would be dealing with the enormous tragedy of three OUSD students being killed in a Halloween night hit-and-run in front of  OUSD's Fairhaven School.

    Then on November 4, after the voting, a close election created a week of slow returns with Measure K supporters and detractors watching the painfully close tabulations as the third OUSD Bond appeared to be defeated by just a few hundred votes.

    As it turned out, all of the back-and-forth arguing from the October 16 Board meeting proved to be mute with election results that saw all of the incumbents easily elected and Measure K barely defeated.   

    The third defeat for an OUSD Bond measure once again by a few hundred votes has many in Greater Orange looking for creative solutions t repair the aging schools. On November 9th Orange Net News reported that facilities improvement districts were being discussed as a possible solution to addressing critical update needs for some of OUSD schools. On November 11th, an article in The Orange County Register reported OUSD Superintendent Michael Christensen as saying :
    "he was asked after the election by some community members about school facilities improvement districts, which he said he is looking into".

    In the same article (see link below) re-elected Orange Mayor Tita Smith stated she wanted to work with the district toward getting schools updated and suggested some type of public-private partnership.

    The path forward on the split Board will not be easy. As seen on October 16th, the current OUSD Board is as deeply divided as Washington D.C. government. The Board's political and gender divide is deep-with few moderate moments.  OUSD Board President John Ortega had done a yeoman's job in guiding the OUSD Board and the facilities measure through the last year trying to tamp down the bickering, but his new found even temper also started to wear thin the last meeting he attended.

    Many community members are beginning to see a united OUSD Board as a key to dealing with the needed facilities problems. Trustee Surridge made the case at the October 16th meeting stating that conservatives are needed to make the case for facility improvements with other conservatives.  However, over the last four years as the Board majority with a lock on all the leadership roles the self-identified conservatives have not been able to unite the Board over any meaningful policy initiatives.

    At the December 11th OUSD Board Meeting both sides have another chance to get all views represented on the Board leadership for 2015 to address long term priorities.


     NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday, November 13, 2014

    CLOSED SESSION NOTE 6:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    For the 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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