FRIDAY, April 24, 4 p.m.: OUSD names principals for Matilija, Summit, Chaparral, and special education director

4 24 OUSDlogoOjai Unified School District will discuss the naming of a principal and assistant principal for Matilija Middle School at a special meeting it will hold via teleconference on Friday, April 24, at 4 p.m.
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The open session of the meeting will open at 4 p.m. and will then be closed to discuss the leadership of Matilija, and principals for Summit School and Chaparral and a special education director.

The board is then scheduled to reconvene in open session at 4:20 p.m. and announce the action taken in closed session.

Also on the agenda is approving a contract with Sage Realty for real property consulting and brokering services related to leasing the district office property at 414 E. Ojai Ave. That was also on the April 22 agenda, but school board members had questions they wanted answered before voting.

The board is then scheduled to meet in closed session again to discuss real property negotiations for the district office property at 414 E. Ojai Ave.

It will then reconvene in public session to announce if there is an action taken in closed session.

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On Feb. 12, it was announced that current Matilija Principal Javier Ramirez would become principal of Topa Topa School and lead the development of a Spanish-language acquisition pilot program for the coming school year, as the district explores a future dual-language immersion program. It was also stated at that meeting that current Matilija Assistant Principal Carol Paquette would be retiring at the end of this school year.

Among the other changes announced in February was that Topa Topa School Principal Dawn Damianos would be leading expanding online programs and coordinating instruction, assessment and other projects at the District Office, according to a district press release in February.
At its April 22 meeting, the Ojai Unified School District board discussed two contracts related to the lease of the Chaparral/District Office Property at 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
The board unanimously approved a contract with Hoffman, Vance and Worthington for appraisal and consulting services at the site.
The board also decided to postpone approval of a contract with Sage Realty, in association with Lee & Associates, for property consulting and brokering services to its special meeting today.
OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse noted two points in relation to the appraisal contract. Morse said the developers will pay for the appraisal, but that the appraisal could possibly be impacted by COVID-19. “So I connected with the appraiser and all appraisals are currently inserting language stating that values are subject to change given the virus,” she said. “As of today’s date of value, we only have pre-COVID-19 values to work with. Once they have post-COVID transactions to provide evidence of a permanent change in values, than appraisals will include them.”


The district should have enough funding from the exclusive right to negotiate agreement with the developer to cover both contracts, Morse added, meaning there will be no impact on the general fund from either the contracts or any associated legal fees.
The board decided to move the decision about the contract with Sage Realty, in association with Lee & Associates, to the Friday, April 24, special meeting to find out how the two firms are compensated. Board clerk Kevin Ruf was the first to express such a concern.
Ruf said: “There’s really no clear statement about who gets what, because they’re being treated as a singular entity, as a ‘consultant,’ where it’s actually two different firms. So I don’t know who our obligations would be to pay. If we got in a situation where we paid one of them, or do we split everything between the two? I noticed a reference to time and material, but I didn’t see anything in the agreement saying what we paid on a time basis.”
Board vice president Jane Weil and board member Thayne Whipple both agreed they would like to move the topic to a special meeting to get more information.
It was moved to the April 24 meeting because the district is already doing work on the ERN. 
The meeting will take place today at 4 p.m., adjourn to closed session and reconvene in open session at 4:20 p.m. It is available to watch livestreamed on the OUSD Facebook at and YouTube at Members of the public can give public comments at


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