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  • Tuesday, June 07, 2016

     

    School Facility Improvement Districts for OUSD?

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    Bond Supporters call for back-up plan: School Facility Districts

    On June 3rd, C.A.R.E. (Community Advancement through Renovation for Education)-the community organization working to advance a Facilities Bond for Orange Unified -sent out an email blast to supporters calling for a ballot with two choices on it- a General Bond for all four of OUSD high schools, and creating School Facility Improvement Districts (SFID) for Orange and El Modena high schools.

    C.A.R.E. is reacting to the latest polling from OUSD consultants that shows a future General Bond could be defeated by voters in Anaheim Hills and Villa Park- the communities that feed into Canyon and Villa Park High Schools.  However, the same polling shows that the communities that feed into Orange and El Modena High Schools would support a district-wide General Obligation bond. 

    If the General Obligation were to fail district-wide, but the local communities vote to support a SFID for their schools, then Orange HS and El Modena high schools would be modernized and the communities of Villa Park and Anaheim Hills would be left with the facilities that they voted for- aged and outdated. 

    The two-choices approach would also prevent either community- Villa Park or Anaheim Hills from playing the spoiler for the other communities- they will get what they vote for in their own backyard.  A 21st Century twist on "popular sovereignty".

    Within a few years, the differences would be stark in quality of education and property values between the "have" and "have-not" high schools. 

    In preparation for the "two choices" popular sovereignty approach, the Orange Unified School Board June 9, 2016  Agenda Action Item 12 A ( page 4) has the OUSD Trustees discussing a draft resolution for SFID's for the Orange and El Modena high school communities.  The agenda item also includes the recommendation that the Board of Education "receive information and provide direction to staff regarding the formation of School Facility Improvement Districts".

    Item 12 B (page 14) is to approve spending $30,000 for additional polling.

    Later in the Consent Agenda -Contract Services Report, (page 46) are contracts for both Canyon and Villa Park High Schools for "Bathroom Maintence/Repair". Cost? For Canyon H.S. $286,700 and for Villa Park H.S. $195,000. Page 47 of the agenda also includes $355,000 for El Modena restrooms.

    INSIDE the OUSD June 9th Agenda
      
    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday June 9, 2016
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
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