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  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015


    OUSD moves on 2016 Bond

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Amid community political chaos...
    OUSD Board to decide on ground work for possible 2016 Facilities Bonds
    The Orange Unified School Board will meet in a Regular Meeting on Thursday October 15, 2015 and vote on three items that may lay the ground work for  some type of 2016 Facilities Bond election.

    This month's "Regular Meeting" comes on the heels of three disastrous OUSD Special Board Meetings held since the last Regular OUSD Board Meeting on September 10th. Those three Special Meetings ultimately resulted in the selection and swearing-in of Greg Salas as the "Provisional Trustee"  for the vacant OUSD Trustee Area 1 seat and a botched attempt at the Board passing a resolution aimed at dissuading angered voters from signing petitions now widely being circulated to oust the appointed Salas in favor of holding an election. 

    To characterize the selection of  Greg Salas as the "Provisional Trustee" on a 4-2 Board vote at the second of those Special Meetings as controversial would be an understatement. Since the very moment of the Salas appointment, community leaders across Anaheim Hills and their community allies across Greater Orange have been in a basic open rebellion against not just the Salas appointment, but the very backroom political process that made the unknown and apparently unqualified Salas an OUSD trustee. 

    Surridge leads Trustee majority and OUSD off political cliff
    Adding to the community rebellion are statements by the architect of the Salas appointment- OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge- that he personally recruited his friend Salas for the non-partisan trustee position based on Salas political affiliation. Plus, Surridge also stated at the October 1st Special Meeting that the Salas appointment has nothing to do with selling the Peralta Property...why?... because Surridge stated he had already decided to bring the Peralta Property back to the Board for sale after the next election.  

    All this political controversy from just one OUSD Trustee- Timothy Surridge who continues to have three other elected trustees- John Ortega,  Mark Wayland and Rick Ledesma...follow him like suicidal lemmings as the trio continue to follow Surridge over one political cliff after another. 

    Ironically, the State of the School Report that starts off this Thursday's Regular Meeting will be a report from Anaheim Hills own Canyon High School.

    Now, amid this self-inflicted political chaos, the OUSD Board plans now to take-up laying the groundwork for some type of 2016 Facilities Bond Election with three items on Thursday's agenda.

    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.)

    Also on the October 15th Agenda is Action Item 12 D (page 11) to give the OUSD staff direction on preparing for the possibility special tax districts called School Facility Improvement Districts (aka Community Facility Districts).  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.   ( See below for more information.)

    The third Bond item on the October 15th Agenda is  giving the OUSD staff direction on the OUSD Facilities Master Plan. 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.
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    INSIDE the OUSD October 15 Regular Meeting
    Agenda Item 4 C-Closed Session Property Sales Negotiations:
    Agenda Item 4 D-Closed Session Superintendent Performance Review
    Agenda Item 9 C - Recognition of the Week of the School Administrator
    Agenda Item 14 H-Consent Agenda: El Rancho Charter -Charter Amendment to change requirement for parent volunteers.
    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday October 15, 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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    If a bond passed, the horrible board majority would have to appoint the citizen oversight committee. Why would we trust them to appoint 7 people when they couldn't appoint one qualified board member? I am a no on any bond until the board has new people on it.
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