OUSD extends enrichment program license at Summit School; may add portable classrooms to accommodate more students

Austin Widger, Ojai Valley News Reporter

The Ojai Unified School District Board unanimously approved a revised license agreement for five years with the educational enrichment program, Rock Tree Sky, located on the Summit School campus in Upper Ojai, at its Wednesday meeting.

The revised agreement passed 4-0, with board member Rebecca Chandler recusing herself because her son just stopped going there at the end of the past school year. 

Board President Jane Weil said that Rock Tree Sky at Summit School “has brought us many families.”

A license agreement, unlike a lease, can be canceled at any time.

— The contract with Rock Tree Sky, including an extension of the license through June 2025, can be viewed at:

Included in the revised license agreement is:

● The reassignment of one classroom and one office space to Ojai Unified for Summit School use

● A corresponding reduction of fees from $50,000 to $$44,832

● The addition of an annual renegotiation of fees

OUSD has paid Rock Tree Sky $360 per month per Summit student who attends the education enrichment program up to twice a week. OUSD gets average daily attendance money for each student who enrolls in Summit School, currently an OUSD “non-classroom based program for TK/K-12th grades,” according to the OUSD website. 

The OUSD 7-11 Committee on May 9, 2019, made four recommendations to the school board for use of Summit School after the school board temporarily shuttered the campus in 2018 following the Dec. 4, 2017 Thomas Fire.

The recording of that meeting with the discussion of the recommendations is at the 1:48 time stamp:

The school board accepted the 7-11 Committee report on June 6, 2019.

The 7-11 Committee recommendations were:

• A public charter school

• A one-year license to Rock Tree Sky to begin in June 2019

• A 4-year license with a community-use rider and a re-evaluation at the two-year period of the public school option.

• The school property not be sold

That two-year-recommended period for re-evaluation would be 2021.

OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse said: “There’s really two significant changes. The first is that because of the number of students we have attending Summit School, we would like to use some space in the school building. Currently, the entire thing is leased to Rock Tree Sky, but we have a need for a classroom. We’d like to use the office exclusively for Ojai Unified students. So this is reduction in the rent paid by Rock, Tree, Sky in anticipation of spaces. 

“We actually are working on a plan for additional space up there, maybe portables or some other project, so this is probably not a long-term use of space. But it would be likely through next year. So that’s the one major change, and then just the extension of our current license agreement.”

In addition, OUSD plans to remove the asphalt at Summit School this summer. In the past, the school board has discussed potential plans to remove the decaying asphalt and put plants in the area.


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