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  • Friday, June 30, 2017


    3rd and 4th of July Celebrations in Greater Orange

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    July 3rd and 4th celebrations across Greater Orange
    Greater Orange kicks off Independence Day early with the City of Orange’s 22nd Annual "3rd of July" Celebration. Begun in 1995, the 3rd of July festival has grown into one of Orange County’s biggest Independence Day centered events that includes- live music, inflatable activities and that famous Orange hometown festival atmosphere all leading up to the grand finale in Fred Kelly Stadium featuring the Orange Community Master Chorale followed by Greater Orange’s most spectacular fireworks choreographed to music.

    The  Annual 3rd of July Celebration is Monday July 3, 2017 with gates opening at 4 p.m. at Orange Unified's Fred Kelly Stadium at El Modena High School, 3920 East Spring StreetOrangeCA 92869.  The musical program starts at 8 pm with the fireworks show starting at 8:45 pm.

    Fred Kelly Stadium’s artificial turf requires special rules for everyone to enjoy. The following rules when attending the July 3rd activities apply:

    • Only blanket seating is allowed on the field.

    • Strollers, wheelchairs, wagons, or other wheeled items are only permitted in designated areas-not on the field.

    • Lawn Chairs, food, drinks, seeds, gum, popcorn, hard-soled or high-heeled shoes are prohibited on the field.

    Tickets for the  "3rd of July" Celebration are $7 for adults and children over two years old.  

    Tickets will also be available for purchase at the event after 1:30 p.m.  Credit cards maybe used at the gate.

    For more information please call the City of Orange Special Events   Hotline at (714) 744 -7278 or click on:
    3rd of July INFORMATION

    Orange Park Acres 4th of July
    The 51st Annual Orange Park Acres 4th of July Parade's theme is the fitting "Our Golden Year" .   
    For 51 years, OPA has shown Greater Orange what neighborhood patriotism is all about.

    The fun starts on July 4th at 6:30 am with pre-registration for the OPA Pre-Parade 5/10K. The 10K EPIC CHALLANGE race/walk starts at 7:15 am and the 5K starts at 7:45 am.

    The OPA July 4th Parade will step off at 9:30 am at Frank and Orange Park Blvd .

    The post-parade awards and annual barbeque will be held on the lawn of the Salem Lutheran Church .

    For more information CLICK on: OPA

    Villa Park "Stars on Parade" July 4th community parade

    Villa Park's hometown July 4th Parade theme is "Stars on Parade" as all types of decorated bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons, strollers and classic cars wheel through the residential streets of Villa Park. 

    The 1.5 mile parade is led by a vintage fire engine.

    The fun starts with the line-up at Villa Park High School at 8:30 am on the Fourth of July.
    For more information click on: VPCS

     Anaheim Hills 4th of July extravaganza
    For shear size, no community does 4th of July quite like Anaheim Hills. The Greater Orange Community pulls out all the stops for a day packed with 4th of July events organized by the Anaheim Hills Community Council.

    The official 30th annual 4th of July Celebration  starts with the “Firecracker” 5 /10K Run – 2K Walk  starts with Opening Ceremonies at 6:55 am and race time at 7:00 am. The  start line for all 5K and 10K events is on Santa Ana Canyon Road at the north end of Canyon High School by the athletic field at the Canyon High School track.

    This year accurate times are assured with the use of race timing mats and chips.

    The kids 100/200 dash runs will be at 9 am at the Canyon H.S. Athletic Field.  

    Beginning at 7:30 am until 9:30 am in the Canyon H.S. cafeteria will be the Pancake Breakfast that includes hotcakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and a whole lot of visiting with neighbors and friends. 

    This year the Yankee Doodle Dog Show also returns at 9:30 a.m. to Canyon High School. There are six fabulous dog-gone-good categories: Best Dressed Dog, Cutest Dog (35 lb. and under), Best Trick, Owner/Doggie Look-a-like, Bigger Cutest Dog (36 lb. and over) and Yankee Doodle Dog. There is a $7.00 entry fee per dog for the first category entered and $5.00 for each additional category. 

    At 1:00 pm the Patriotic Parade begins.  See the link below for more information and FAQ.

    The Peralta Park events including food booths will be between 3:00pm – 8:45 pm at Peralta Park. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy all the fabulous food. The park will also have entertainment  from 5:00 pm – 8:45pm.  

    The evening ends with a  spectacular fireworks display with patriotic music for your enjoyment beginning at 9:00 pm at Peralta Park.

    For information regarding any of these events click on: ACC

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017


    OUSD to appoint Interim Superintendent

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    OUSD Trustees meet to appoint an Interim Superintendent
    With Orange Unified Superintendent Michael Christensen retiring at the end of the month and with OUSD Trustees not hiring from the applicants within the district the OUSD Board of Education Agenda will appoint an Interim Superintendent this week.

    Closed Session Agenda Item 4D  for  Thursday June 22, 2017 meeting has the Trustees "Considering the appointment of an Interim Superintendent" .

    After not accepting the internal applicants the OUSD Board of Trustees in a Special Session of OUSD on Saturday June 10th, the OUSD Board will proceed with interviewing three Executive Search Firms on Thursday night.

    Agenda Item 13A for the June 22, 2017 meeting has the three firms making 30 minute presentations each.  The three firms are:

    Leadership Associates based in Santa Barbara. According to its website, it is currently helping to search for a superintendent in both Vallejo City Unified and Fresno Unified.  Click on Leadership Associates

    Ray and Associates based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa currently has only  one open  position listed on its website- the Chief Financial position for Milwaukee Public Schools. Click on Ray and Associates

    McPherson & Jacobson based in  Omaha, Nebraska. In November 2015 the California School Board Association "partnered" with  McPherson & Jacobson.  Currently they have one California position on their website they are recruiting for, Ventura Unified School District

    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 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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    Sunday, June 11, 2017


    SPECIAL REPORT: OUSD Superintendent search

    Trustees take search outside OUSD
    OUSD Trustees called a Special Meeting on Saturday June 10th for Superintendent search 

    After initially searching within Orange Unified , a split OUSD Board voted 4-3 in a Closed Session Special Session to hire an outside consulting firm to  search for a new superintendent at an unprecedented Saturday Special Session on June 10, 2017.

    The Agenda for the June 10th Orange Unified School Board referenced replacing the retiring OUSD Superintendent Michael Christensen as Consideration of Appointment of Superintendent . Hiring an outside firm will take time and require a contract vote, thus requiring the appointment of an Interim Superintendent.  

    Unlike past OUSD superintendent searches, the current search has been very much under the radar-with many community members unaware that a search was taking place.  After the almost universally appealing appointment  of longtime OUSD administrator Michael Christensen to Superintendent six years ago, OUSD Trustees again moved to appoint from within the district ranks alerting administrators late last month of that decision. Reportedly however, the search inside OUSD had few administrators interested with just one top OUSD district office administrator and one principal applying.  Community sources close to that principal report that the principal last week withdrew from consideration.

    Greater Orange Community members learned of the pending selection of a new OUSD Superintendent as contacts from applicants looking for community support required in the application process.

    The Saturday Special Meeting was the first public confirmation that the process had advanced to the OUSD Board of Trustees.

    The California Brown Act requires all meetings, including special meetings to be noticed 24 hours in advance.  Other Brown Act notifications of Special Meetings include:
    ·      That advanced notice includes the requirement of written notice to be sent to each trustee (unless waived in writing by a trustee).

    ·      Written notice must also be sent to any local newspaper, radio or television station that has a notification request on file. That request must be renewed yearly.

    ·      A written notice also must be posted on a public place accessible to the public.  OUSD has routinely posted those notices outside the OUSD Board Room. 

    Coming less than 48 hours after the regular Thursday June  8th OUSD Board Meeting, the 9:00 am Closed Session meeting came after a whirlwind 24 hour period in OUSD one week before the end of  a ground-breaking school-year.

    At the Thursday night OUSD Board Meeting,  the OUSD Board presented the popular out-going OUSD Superintendent Michael Christensen a resolution of appreciation.  The audience in the OUSD Board Room at the end of the presentation applauded with a standing ovation. 

    The next day on Friday June 9th, an unscheduled bargaining session on stalled talks between the district and the district's educators reached a tentative agreement on a two-year salary deal.  That agreement capped a six-month bargaining process which according to the OUEA website includes a one-time off the pay-schedule 1% bonus ( see link below). The negotiated first time OUSD off-schedule pay bonus appears to be a victory for the district since it would not be an ongoing expense. 
    For more information click on: Agreement

    The tentative agreement (which still must be voted on by both sides) comes on the departure of not only Superintendent Christensen, but also  the Chief Business Officer-Assistant Superintendent Joe Sorrea who has accepted a position in Dublin Unified.

    OUSD's recent superintendent searches have both looked internally and externally.  The last Superintendent hired from within before Christensen was Dr. Godley. The last Superintendent hired from outside was Dr. Drier who was recruited from Colorado.

    Just this month, Lynwood Unified and Oakland Unified filled their superintendent spots from within.  In Lynwood, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite took over on June 1st after the former Lynwood Superintendent Paul Gothold left for the top post of Superintendent of San Diego County  Department of Education.    In Oakland, an 18 year district veteran  Interim Deputy Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Tramme will take-over as Oakland Unified  Superintendent. The Oakland Unified Trustees turned to the long-time district employee after wide-spread community criticism of the "parade" of  superintendents in the district's top post-a total of eight in the last 16 years.  Oakland had not been able to fill the most recent vacancy since the last Oakland Superintendent Antwan Wilson resigned in November of 2016 to become Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools. 

    Tuesday, June 06, 2017


    OUSD Trustees to meet Thursday

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    Orange Unified Trustees meet this Thursday June 8th

    The Orange Unified Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Thursday June 8, 2017.

    Action Items on the Agenda (pages 4-32) include approval of the new Villa Park High School Science Center Project. The project will be funded with Measure S Bond money.

    The OUSD Trustees will also approve required state-mandated budgeting items in Item 12 C (page 7).  On page 8 of the Agenda, OUSD's Projected Ending Balance of $55 million includes $36.3 million in unapproriated  funds above the required 3%  ($8.5 million) required legal reserve.

    Consent item 14 H includes the renewal of the licensing contracts for the businesses at the Peralta Site.  The contracts stipulate that either side can terminate the licensing contracts at anytime for any reason.  

    The OUSD Trustees will also be honoring twelve students from the four OUSD comprehensive high schools Class of 2017 for their outstanding scholastic achievement of having their school's highest academic grade point average (Agenda Item 9 E page 3).

    Villa Park Elementary historic building demolition brings about rodent problem
    classes moved off campus
    Orange Unified released the following statement on Tuesday Jun 6, 2016 regarding a rodent problem that apparently has resulted in staff and students being bitten by mites from rodents:

    The District is aware of the rodent issue at Villa Park Elementary School.  This issue was first discovered when some staff and students reported bug bites, which through the investigation, were identified to be rodent mites.  While rodents live throughout Southern California in bushes and trees, it is likely that these were disturbed with work preparing to demolish the vacant 1920’s buildings on the campus.  

    We appreciate the support of the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District and will continue to work with them to resolve this issue. 

    Based on the Vector Control’s advice and in consultation with parents and teachers, it was decided to move two classes to Serrano Elementary School yesterday to allow time to make sure the Villa Park Elementary Multi-purpose Room was free of rodents.  That was confirmed by the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District this morning (Tuesday, June 6) and all students will remain on campus today.  T

    he building with the original complaint remains vacant and will be treated following protocols as laid out by Vector Control.

    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 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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