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  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015


    How to fill OUSD vacancy?

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    OUSD Trustees to discuss how to fill Diane Singer's open seat after resignation
    After selling her Anaheim Hills home and moving to Orange, Orange Unified School Board Trustee Diane Singer resigned her seat as Trustee for OUSD Trustee Area 1 effective July 31, 2015.  Trustees are required to live in the Trustee Area they represent.
    How to fill her now open seat will be discussed at the Thursday August 13 OUSD Board Meeting as Agenda Item 12A. 

    Lobby of Aston at Maui Bayan  in the Alhoa Tower
    For Thursday's meeting, Board President John Ortega will be teleconferencing from the lobby at the condominium community of  Aston at the Maui Bayan in Hawaii.  The California Brown Act requires that the teleconferencing site be legally posted as having a meeting, the teleconference be held in a public place and all votes taken be by roll call.  

    Agenda Item 12A (page 2) lays out the legal scenarios on filling  midterm trustee vacancy.  The Agenda item notes the Education Code in this case allows either a special election or make a provisional appointment-until the next regularly scheduled election within 60 days of the vacancy.  The Agenda cites the County of Orange Registrar of Votes estimating the cost of a special election will cost the district between $441,120 and $499,162.

    The Agenda  item also outlines the requirements of OUSD Board Bylaw 9223 for making a provisional appointment.  It also notes that if the OUSD Board makes a provisional appointment- district voters have 30 days to file a petition for special election.  California Education Code 5091 outlines the process for a petition:

    (c) (1) If a provisional appointment is made within the 60-day
    period, the registered voters of the district may, within 30 days
    from the date of the appointment, petition for the conduct of a
    special election to fill the vacancy. A petition shall be deemed to
    bear a sufficient number of signatures if signed by at least the
    number of registered voters of the district equal to 1 1/2 percent of
    the number of registered voters of the district at the time of the
    last regular election for governing board members, or 25 registered
    voters, whichever is greater. However, in districts with less than
    2,000 registered voters, a petition shall be deemed to bear a
    sufficient number of signatures if signed by at least 5 percent of
    the number of registered voters of the district at the time of the
    last regular election for governing board members.

       (2) The petition shall be submitted to the county superintendent
    of schools having jurisdiction who shall have 30 days to verify the
    signatures. If the petition is determined to be legally sufficient by
    the county superintendent of schools, the provisional appointment is
    terminated, and the county superintendent of schools shall order a
    special election to be conducted no later than the 130th day after
    the determination. However, if an established election date, as
    defined in Section 1000 of the Elections Code, occurs between the
    130th day and the 150th day following the order of the election, the
    county superintendent of schools may order the special election to be
    conducted on the established election date.

    (For the full CEC Section 5091 CLICK ON :TRUSTEE VACANCY )

    Staff recommendation is to begin the process for a provisional appointment. The item also includes a Candidate Information Sheet. The Item's "Proposed Action" includes the names of eligible candidates being announced at the September 10th OUSD Board Meeting, interviews conducted the week of September 14th  and the provisional appointment made by the September 29- which will require a Special Session.

    In an OUSD Press Release dated August 6, 2015- the "application/nomination" period to applying for the provisional appointment ends on August 28th.

    Click on: Vacancy Information

    In 1987 OUSD Trustee Eleanore Pleines resigned her position. Pleines was one of four OUSD Trustees accused of "willful misconduct" by the Orange County Grand Jury in connection with a bid rigging scandal. The Grand Jury indictment was under a rarely used California law that allows a judge to remove elected officials for misconduct.  The other three Trustees- Robert James Elliot, Ruth C. Evans and Joe C. Cherry never appeared before a judge to answer the "willful misconduct" charges because their terms expired before a court date was ever set. 

     OUSD Board to hear information on Substitute Teacher shortage and pay
    Agenda Item 13A (page 43)  on the August 13 OUSD Agenda will be a staff report on the growing shortage of Substitute teachers across California.  Numerous phenomena are contributing to the current shortage. 

    The California State Board of Education has reported that in the last five years it has issued 30% fewer teaching credentials.  Education Economists point to the years of economic uncertainty from the Great Recession resulted in widespread cuts to teachers. Those cuts, coupled with attacks on teacher benefits and ongoing yearly layoffs of "temporary" teachers resulted in major reconsideration of teaching as an economic viable profession for college students.
    In addition, as the Great Recession ended displaced teachers who went into substituting found full time classroom positions or positions outside the teaching profession.  State retirement laws requiring retired teachers to wait 6 months before substituting have many retired teachers moving on to other endeavors. 

    Technology and Common Core training and widespread use of non-classroom "teacher experts" (Teachers on Special Assignment) have also impacted the substitute pool.

    The shortage has widespread effects on school productivity. Often, principals and school secretaries spend valuable time trying to arrange coverage for classes needing substitutes. Often, school counselors, administrators and other teachers are used to cover classes-or teachers that are at trainings are called back because of the schools needs.

    The results have been that school districts across the state are now competing for substitutes by increasing substitute pay.

    While most districts deal with the shortage by trying to make their pay attractive few districts are trying outside--the-box solutions in dealing with the shortage.  Those include: using Teachers on Special Assignment to augment a district's sub pool; expanding the candidate field to approach the district's retired teachers, student teachers, applicants who have applied for jobs in the district; incentives for substitutes in partnership with local businesses; improving two way substitute communication to integrate them into the school district; using new technologies developed for substitute management like Jobulator ;  a coordinated approach to manage a school district's trainings widespread trainings.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday August 13, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 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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    Thursday, August 06, 2015



    OUSD accepting applications until August 28th to fill the Trustee Seat Provisionally
    OUSD Trustee Diane Singer resigns after moving from Trustee Area in Anaheim Hills

    In a letter issued at the closing of her home in Anaheim Hills on July 31, 2015 Orange Unified School District Trustee Diane Singer resigned her seat on the OUSD Board of Trustees. Citing the desire to downsize, Singer in a letter to the community announced that she and her husband had sold their home and bought another home in Orange

    The Election By-Laws of OUSD require that a Trustee live in the area that they represent-but they are elected by the whole district. Singer represented Trustee Area 1 that centered on the Anaheim Hills areas of OUSD.

     In a Press Release from OUSD the following procedure was outlined:
    "The Board of Education may either call a special election or make a provisional appointment to fill the vacancy within 60 days. The District is seeking persons who are interested in serving on the Board. A person appointed to fill the vacancy shall hold office until the next regularly scheduled election, whereupon an election shall be held to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.

    The application/nomination period ends on August 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    First elected in 2010, Singer faced no opponent in her reelection bid in 2014 and was declared the winner by default.  One of three women on the OUSD Board, Singer and the other two women- Trustees Kathy Moffat and Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydeges- often formed a minority voting block on the seven member board.

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