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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
School Facility Improvement Districts for OUSD?
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and the communities of Villa Park and Anaheim Hills would be left with the facilities that they voted for- aged and outdated.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
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.
Villa Park High Schools
INSIDE the OUSD June 9th Agenda
- Agenda Item 4 C- Evaluation of the OUSD Superintendent
- Agenda Item 4 F (page 3)-Recognition of 7 of OUSD's Outstanding Academic Achievement students from the 4 OUSD comprehensive high schools.
- Agenda Item 12 D (page 17) - Adoption of the "Estimated Actuals" of the 2016-2017 OUSD Budget.
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
: 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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