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  • Monday, February 13, 2017


    Canyon HS, VPE and early school start on OUSD Agenda

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    OUSD to contract with Gafcon for Canyon H.S. 
    Measure S Construction Management services
    The Orange Unified Trustees this Thursday February 15 will vote on a contract with Gafcon to provide Construction Management services for Canyon High School's facility updates. Those facility updates are being made possible by the passage of Measure S.

    Agenda Item 12 A (agenda page 3) is a vote to have Gafcon replace Cummings Construction Company that had the original Canyon HS contract.  Since Measure S passed, New York City based Cummings was selected as the Program Manager for all Measure S OUSD construction projects, thus requiring a new contract for the Canyon HS construction management. Cummings local office is located in Aliso Viejo.

    The other three OUSD high school Construction Managers are already in place.

    Gafcon's educational technology diagram

    Gafcon is a multifaceted project and construction firm based in  San Diego. Education based construction projects are one of Gafcon's specialties . 

    Gafcon has a portfolio with numerous high profile work including: the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim; the Orange County Great Park; one of the design and construction firms involved in the California High Speed Rail project; and the remodel of the Los Angeles Forum.

    Gafcon CEO, Yehundi "Gaf" Gaffen is part of the Protea Waterfront Development (aka 1HWY1 ) chosen by the Port of San Diego to redevelop the 70 acre Seaport Village and Central Embarcadero waterfront area.  The new $1.2 billion dollar mixed-use area called Seaport San Diego is envisioned as a new downtown connecting the city with its seaport.  The project will include incorporating public uses with new hotels, restaurants, shops and an aquarium.

    For information on Gafcon's education projects click on GAFCON EDUCATION

    OUSD to discuss demolishing historic school buildings on VP Elementary campus
    Information Item 13 A (agenda page 50-59) on the February 15, 2017 Orange Unified Board of Trustees agenda has the trustees receiving information on two Villa Park Elementary School historic buildings.

    Numerous parents with students attending Villa Park Elementary have been gathering community support to demolish the fenced off historic buildings at the center of Villa Park Elementary School

    The buildings, long in disrepair, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 and are the oldest buildings in Villa Park. Villa Park Elementary sits on the site of the original Mountain View School that began in 1881.  Mountain View was the original name of the area now the City of Villa Park. The current historic buildings date back to around 1919 and 1924.  
     For information click on VPE National Historic Application

    In 1999, Orange Unified agreed to let a community group called the Villa Park Elementary School Restoration Corporation pursue fundraising plans to restore the buildings.  The fundraising efforts failed.

    In 2006, OUSD began making plans to demolish the buildings. When completed in 2008, those  plans were met with intense community resistance. Then Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell offered county matching funds of $100,000 towards saving the buildings. The district backed down from the plans to demolish the buildings and eventually offered to sell the historic  buildings for $1.  There were no takers. 

    Restoration estimates in 2008 were $3.5 million.

    The current parent-led efforts to demolish the two historic buildings come as the neglected buildings have in the parents view turned into a safety hazard.
    For more information click on  OUSD offers to sell VPE buildings

    OUSD Trustees to discuss student school year starting at the beginning of August
    Information Item 13 D on the February 15, 2017 Agenda has the OUSD Trustees discussing the pros and cons of moving the start of the student calendar.

    Trustee Andrea Yamasaki has asked that the OUSD Trustees discuss exploring moving the start of the school year into mid or early August in order to align the OUSD schools on the semester track having the end of the first semester coincide with the beginning of winter break.
    Inside the February 15, 2017 Agenda
    ·      Closed Session Item 4 B - discussion on the price and terms of the Richland HS parking area known as the Killefer Annex Site.
    ·      Closed Session Item 4 D- Terms and conditions on the contract of OUSD Superintendent Michael Christensen. Item states no final action on contract will  taken in the closed session.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING February 15 , 2017
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

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