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  • Thursday, October 22, 2015


    Another Special Meeting

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    More OUSD chaos
    Tabled Bond items come back as a 
    Special OUSD Board Meeting tonight
    After the Orange Unified School Board met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday October 15, 2015 to vote on three items on the posted Agenda that was to lay the ground work for  some type of 2016 Facilities Bond election- the OUSD Surridge Majority "tabled" items related to the Bond over objections of Trustee Kathy Moffat. The official reason was that Trustee Timothy Surridge was absent from the Board meeting.

    Now a week later, with Trustee Kathy Moffat absent-but teleconferencing a Special Meeting has been called to address

    October 15th's  Agenda Action Item 12 C (page 10) asks the OUSD Board to approve a subcommittee's recommendation to hire Irvine based Fieldman, Rolapp &  Associates  as OUSD's General Obligation Bond Fiscal Advisor ( the firm also has experience with Community Facility Districts).  While the firm's service fee is not listed, it will only get paid if a Bond election is successful.  (See below for more information.)

    On the October 15th Agenda is Action Item 12 D  to give the OUSD staff direction on preparing for the possibility special tax districts called School Facility Improvement Districts (aka Community Facility Districts) now comes back to the OUSD Board as the Special Meeting Agenda Item 10 A.

    These School Facility Improvement Districts would allow specific areas in Greater Orange- that have traditionally voted in a majority for the past failed OUSD Facility Bonds- to approve bonds for their neighborhood's special district schools by approving a special Mello-Roos tax assessment for their specific district. The firm recommended in the Agenda Item to study the OUSD demographics for these specific special districts is Escondido based Special District Financing & Administration.

    Item 12 E on the October 15th Agenda to give the OUSD staff direction on the OUSD Facilities Master Plan comes back a week later as Item 10 B.

    The agenda item reviews the three different facility assessments OUSD procured in 2003, 2013 and 2014. The agenda item offers four options to the OUSD Board: a six month Facility Condition Assessment ( estimated cost  $150,000);   a 9 month "update" of the Long Range Facility Master Plan-last done in 2003 (estimated cost  $300,000); a 12 month "new comprehensive"  Long Range Facility Master Plan (estimated cost  $500,000); or take no action on Facility Master Plans.

    To see the 10/22/15 Agenda please click on SPECIAL MEETING

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