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  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015


    OUSD: Term Limits and New Charter?

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    OUSD Trustees to vote on Term Limit Election
    The Orange Unified School Board will vote at their June 4, 2015 Board Meeting on placing a proposal before voters in November of 2016 to approve or reject term limits for the OUSD Trustee positions.  Action Item 12 H ( Agenda page 71) is to seek approval to limit trustee terms to three elections for a total of 12 years.

    The proposal from Orange Unified School Board President John Ortega was first brought to the OUSD Trustees at the April 16, 2015 Board Meeting. If passed, the limits would apply to current trustees in any future elections- meaning each of the current trustees would be limited to three new terms. Since being elected in 2001 Orange Recall, Ortega has not faced any re-election opponents.

    Trustee Rick Ledesma has served the most terms on the current Board. After being first elected to the Board he was defeated in his 1997 re-election bid by Kathy Ward of the Reactionary Jacobson Majority. Ward- who was not part of the 2001 Orange Recall election was up for re-election a few months later in November 2001. Her opponent was again Rick Ledesma who won back his seat as Ward's recalled colleagues also again lost when they attempted to regain their recalled seats.  Also elected in 2001 and still on the OUSD Board is Kathy Moffat.

    Three Charter School Items on June 4 Agenda
    The June 4th OUSD Agenda will also include three items on charter schools- OUSD's original two charter middle schools- Santiago Charter and El Rancho Charter- and a potential new third OUSD charter, Unity Middle College High School.

    Action Item 12 A & B ( Agenda pages 4 and 5) deal with the five year Charter Renewal Petition for Orange County's oldest charter school- Santiago Charter Middle School.

    Action Item 12 C is a vote on an agreement between OUSD and El Rancho Charter School for authorization to construct a new building housing a gymnasium, dance studio and science classrooms.  The item is the first step in constructing the proposed 25,000 square foot building. A separate loan agreement will still need to be negotiated and then approved.

    Finally, Action Item 12 D (Agenda pg 46) asks the OUSD Board to approve a new outside high school charter- Unity Middle College High School.  The charter petitioners mission for the school is to target at-risk students and provide them with a blended high school/college curriculum through a dual enrollment program aimed at providing college and career paths.

    INSIDE the OUSD June 4, 2015 Agenda
    Closed Session decisions will include new hire announcements for three principals and a new Administrative Director, Accountability and Special Programs.
    Other items include:

    9 E- Inadvertently left off the originally posted on-line agenda- this item recognizes the departing and incoming OUSD Student Advisory Board representatives from each of the district's high schools.

    Action Item 12 G (page 70)- with a complaint Title IX complaint filed with the federal Office of Civil Rights over the lack of a Girls Junior Varsity Softball field at Canyon High School, the item requests an estimated $622,000  ( pre-design estimate) to construct the field and avoid a federal compliance review.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday June 4, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:00 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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