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UPDATE Sunday, March 8: OUSD board to meet Wednesday, March 11, to discuss Nordhoff schedule change, staff layoffs, agreements with potential developer of district office and Chaparral, renewal petition for Valley Oak Charter School, and more

OUSD logoThe Nordhoff High School schedule change from seven periods to six in the school day was added as an agenda item to the Wednesday, March 11, Ojai Unified School District school board meeting. A revised agenda, including the schedule change issue, was sent Saturday, March 7. The meeting agenda was revised a second time on Sunday, March 8, to be an "action" item.
The board will meet March 11, at 5:30 p.m. in open session in the board room, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. It closed session meeting will begin at 4 p.m. 
When the OUSD March 11 agenda was sent out Friday, March 6, the Nordhoff High schedule change was not its own item on the agenda. The agenda was amended on Saturday, March 7, to include the schedule change, which was listed as an "information" item. On Sunday afternoon, March 8, the agenda for the meeting was revised so the schedule change is now listed on the agenda as an "action" item that "staff recommends."
The schedule change is still listed as the last item on the lengthy OUSD agenda, although, on occasion, the board changes the order of the agenda items. 

The OUSD administration said it plans to hold a parent meeting on the Nordhoff High schedule change on Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. at Nordhoff High School cafeteria, 1401 Maricopa Highway, Ojai.

 

Another item to be discussed in closed session starting at 4 p.m. is an agreement with a potential developer of the district office/Chaparral site.

Also on Wednesday's school board agenda are the Valley Oak Charter School renewal and school district layoffs are among several issues to be discussed by the Ojai Unified School District Board when it meets To view the agenda, visit:

The board's 4 p.m. closed-session meeting will be to consider the “exclusive right to negotiate regarding Chaparral/district office property” for a project agreement and ground lease for 66 to 99 years with the “Playground Agency” for the district office property. 

The letter from the proposed developers of the site states the understanding that “a critical component of any potential project will require an accounting for the relocation of current OUSD operations on the property. Any financial requirements and any specific proof of funds to process entitlements or for relocation will be proved during the ERN (exclusive right to negotiate) process.”
Among the negotiated items is a relocation fee of $2 million and “in consideration for the ground lease, a percentage rent based on 4 percent of project gross revenues with a $240,000 annual base rent.”
The meeting will be livestreamed by the Ojai Valley News on its Facebook page, and is available for viewing on the OUSD web site later.

 

 

 

Because all school districts are required by law to state proposed staff cuts by March 15 of each year, OUSD has listed jobs to be cut. The agenda item to reduce or eliminate “particular kinds of certificated services” reads, in part: “In the 2020-2021 school year, the Ojai Unified School District will continue to experience declining revenue and increased expenses.” It continues: “Additional non-certificated personnel and other programmatic reductions will be presented to the Board in upcoming months as the construction of the 2020-2021 budget unfolds.” It includes seven people in science, math, PE, art, social science and special ed, totaling 2.4 full-time equivalent employees.

Cuts also extend to temporary or hourly certificated employees, including employees in the following categories:
— P.E./Reading/Math Support, Enrichment and Intervention programs.
— Temporary Funding Sources or Contingent Upon Enrollment.
— Child Development (A Place to Grow)
— Home Hospital/Independent Study.
The school board will also:
— Consider approval of comprehensive safe school plan updates.
— Hear a Measure J school bond update about projects and finances.
— Update its board policies to reflect changes regarding infectious diseases so as to “develop strategies to prevent the outbreak or spread of infectious diseases at district schools.”
— Discuss update to board goals as discussed at Feb. 1 board retreat, for which more detailed information will be provided in the future. The goal-setting meeting was videotaped and can be viewed online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMolMDVlBGA
Among the stated goals are:
— Under the category of student achievement: 
“We will work to build a district where each and every student is learning at high levels.”
— Under whole-child:
“We will work to build a district with a comprehensive approach to the overall health  and development of students.”
— Under innovation:
“We will work to build a district that is continuously working toward creating better learning conditions for students.”
— Under equity:
“We will work to build a district that ensures  that personal or social circumstances such as gender, ethnic origin or family background are not obstacles to achieving educational potential.”
— Under reflecting community values:
‘We will work to build a district that uses the community as a valued source for learning.”
— Under “Facilities”:
“We will work to build a district with facilities that contribute to the experience of students, educators, and community members.”
To view future agenda items, the public is asked to request permission on the agenda’s document server, so the Ojai Valley News is unable to report what those items are as of March 7. On Saturday, March 7, the future agenda items were made available for public viewing.
To view the previous Feb. 12 school board meeting, visit:

 

OUSD contact information

OUSD administration phone number: 805-640-4300, ext. 3
OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse:
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OUSD Assistant Superintendent Sherrill Knox:
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OUSD school board member emails:
Board President Shelly Griffen
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(Term: December 2016 through December 2020)
Board Vice President Jane Weil
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Board Clerk Kevin Ruf
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Board member Michael Shanahan
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Board member Thayne Whipple
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(Term: June 11 through December 2020)
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