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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
OUSD moves forward
OUSD Board President Ledesma moves OUSD Board forward
Long-time school district watchers are reporting that Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees President Rick Ledesma has put forth one of the most unifying and forward looking OUSD Agenda's in years for the February 18, 2016 OUSD Board Meeting.
Ledesma added two items under his name. In Agenda Action Item 12 C (page 23) Ledesma asks for permission to communicate on behalf of the OUSD Trustees to parent school group leaders to invite them to OUSD Board meetings learn more about a possible facilities bond and then share that information with their stakeholder communities. Inviting parent group leaders does hold perils for the OUSD Board if the often contentious decorum behind the dais that has been on display for years continues.
The second Ledesma initiative is Agenda Information Item 13 ( page 27). Ledesma is seeking a Board conversation on allocating some of the district's one-time monies directly to schools. The idea appears to be similar to the 1990's "devolution" block grants that Congress passed ( most facing a President Clinton veto) to enhance opportunities for states to have the flexibility to oversee more local needs, but in OUSD's case letting the schools decide on how best to use the monies at the school level.
Also on the agenda is an item from Trustee Kathy Moffat. For years Moffat's advocacy for the OUSD Board of Education to hold more than one meeting a month has gone nowhere. During Thursday's OUSD Board Meeting , Moffat's request will finally get an open hearing as Action Item 12B (page 22).
Could all this focus on the business of education be a new beginning for the OUSD Board after the disastrous 2015 Year of Politics? After 2015 started with a failed attempt to sell the Peralta Site and ended with an all out voter revolt and removal of the political appointment of Greg Salas- could it really be that OUSD turned a corner under Ledesma?
Only time will tell.
Inside the OUSD Agenda
Other items on the February 18, 2016 OUSD Board of Education Agenda:
· Information Item 13 A (page 25): An update on the School Facilities Bond planning process.
· Information Item 13 B ( page 26): An update on the proposed state budget and the impacts on OUSD.
NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING January 18, 2016
Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 pm
OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
: OUSD AGENDA AGENDA-CLICK ON
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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