OUSD school board to vote on 8 goals at $937,000-plus Monday, July 12

7 11 board goals

Ojai Unified school board will consider approving eight board goals for the coming school year at its July 12 meeting. It can either approve the goals Monday or bring them back for a second reading in August. The estimated cost of the goals is $937,000, not including estimated costs listed as “to be determined.” 

The goals can be viewed online at:

Read information below listed goals to learn how to watch the meeting live and provide public comments.


The entire agenda can be viewed HERE and the OVN article about the meeting can be read HERE.

(Click on underlined boldfaced items for links to websites with more information. )

The eight goals goals with key strategies are:

1. Whole child:

We will focus on a comprehensive approach to the overall social, emotional, mental and physical health of all students by:

• Coordinating and partnering with nonprofits to assist students and families in need.

• Implement restorative justice practices at each site, (estimated cost of restorative justice training estimated at $10,000, and salaries for marriage family therapist interns and mental health clinician at $150,000).

• Provide mental-health services to students and secure funding for them, (estimated cost for training services and MFT interns and mental health clinician salaries at $10,000).

• Provide parent support such as groups facilitated by marriage and family interns and other trainings.

• Work with and develop the Guiding Coalitions on wellness and diversity, equity and inclusion.

•Reduce and prevent student use of drugs and alcohol (estimate cost of $60,000 for vape sensors and $10,000 for drug and alcohol training program for students.

2. Student achievement

We will provide an environment where students make academic progress and each and every student will learn at high levels.

• Staff participation in “professional learning community” to identify essential standards for each grade level and subject, (estimated cost of professional development stipends and training as needed at $10,000).

• Implement Levered Math in grades 3-5 and pilot the program in K-2 grades (estimated cost of $27,000 for Levered Math program).

• Implement the RAFT reading program at all elementary schools to address early literacy skills (estimated cost of professional development training, a RAFT coordinator, instructional aides and Sonday curriculum estimated at $125,000)

• Implement Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) instructional strategies at each elementary site by 2022-23, (estimated cost of GATE coordinator, ongoing GATE certification training and CoGAT assessment is $10,000).

• Implement the Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) program across grades 6-8 in 2021-2024 (estimated cost of BARR coordinator and BARR training and program $55,000).

• Utilize IXL twice per year as a formative assessment at Matilija and Nordhoff (estimated cost of IXL assessment is $5,000).

3. Innovation

We will create innovative learning environments for students, teachers and all staff.

• Consider plans for expansion of arts, science, technology and mathematics (STEM), and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs (cost to be determined).

• Continue with providing Chromebooks for students (estimated cost of Chromebooks is $200,000)

• Expand extended learning opportunities, adding at least one new club or program at each site.

• Refine Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways and create internship and certification opportunities in each pathway. CTE teachers will have opportunities to participate in externships, (estimated cost of a portion of CTE and college and career coordinators full-time equivalent positions $80,000).

• In accordance with Assembly Bill 130, refine and market flexible options for families, including Summit School, Matilija Online an Nordhoff Online.

• Pilot and select furniture and technology through the classroom refresh project that supports innovative teaching styles.

• Use technology for key functions such as time card and purchase order processing, and note taking for mental health clinicians and administrators (estimated cost of software purchases up to $15,000).

4. Equity

We will ensure that ethnic origin, family or economic background, are not obstacles to achieving educational potential.

• Conduct an equity review of achievement and opportunity gaps for student subgroups and work with stakeholders to develop a plan of action for necessary improvements, (estimated cost of English Learner coordinator and portion of superintendent salary is $25,000).

• Continue to work through the Guiding Coalition on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as other stakeholder groups, to develop a strategic plan for equity initiatives (estimated cost of portion of superintendent salary and English Learner coordinator salaries is $25,000).

• In partnership with community groups and stakeholders, develop a bank of teacher resources for culturally appropriate approaches to holidays and celebrations.

• Provide translation of all messages and documents delivered through the school system (estimated cost of translator services is $15,000).

• Pilot a professional development training or program for teachers on developing culturally inclusive educational materials and curriculum design, working toward implementation of the FAIR Act, (estimated cost to be determined).

• Engage with Spanish-speaking families and provide training as identified in an annual needs assessment (estimated cost of English Language coordinator full-time position of $30,000.

• Continue with at least “A Seat at the Table” events a year, (estimated cost of possible honorariums for speakers of $2,000 paid through No Place for Hate grant).

5. Reflecting community values:

We will reflect our community’s values and create processes that meaningfully engage feedback, support and participation from our stakeholders

• Engage at least three Guiding Coalitions to advise on a strategic plan on one of four identified community values with a strategic plan presented to the school board.

• Hold parent engagement meetings a minimum of quarterly to collect parent input on key issues in the district.

• Support established nonprofit groups such as Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs), Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), Family Fund, and Ojai Education Foundation with regular engagement with groups from site principals or superintendent.

( The 2020-21 board goals included a plan to "Develop and Engage a Parent Advisory Committee" that would meet monthly and provide "review of Local Control and Accountability Plan, Learning Continuity Plan (, other district initiatives. Receive monthly feedback from Parent Advisory Committee to inform practices." The PAC was created in February 2020 and disbanded in April 2021. The OUSD has the discussion of a PAC proposed for its August 2021 meeting. )

• Increase engagement with the community on social media and the district website, with a 20% increase in page follows and engagements (portion of full-time public information officer at $30,000).

• Create monthly opportunities for stakeholder engagement.

6. Facilities

Our facilities will be aesthetically pleasing and will reflect a positive learning environment for students, staff and community members.

• Survey students on each campus at least twice. Track growth and vision question: “It feels good to be here” and qualitative responses.

• Conduct a site walk with principal and maintenance staff before school, back to school, and open house to identify areas for improvement.

• Implement components of the school safety audit where possible.

• Perform a work-study for the grounds department. Define job duties and priorities, calculate time to perform actions, and create a general plan to be followed with clear expectations of work to be performed and how long it should take.

• Using the principles of “Designing for Joy” when developing new projects on campus, involve key stakeholders in design processes, including teachers, classified staff, parents and students.

7. Fiscal

Maintain the fiscal health of the district.

• Conduct an analysis of the Business office roles and responsibilities and restructure as needed.

• Plan ahead for the end of average daily attendance “hold-harmless.”

• Reduce the general fund contribution to the cafeteria fund (continue with reduced contribution of $50,000).

8. Culture

Actively work to create a positive culture for staff and students.

• Pilot a Labor Management Council with the Ojai Federation of Teachers (OFT), Classified School Employees Association (CSEA(, and management, meeting monthly, (estimated cost of possible training $10,000).

• Create on boarding and off boarding processes for employees.

• Create an employee handbook.


Public participation in meeting

Members of the public who would like to be directly emailed regarding the meeting agendas can subscribe to the meeting agenda mailing list by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The livestreamed meeting can be viewed on Youtube at

or on the OUSD Facebook page,

To make a public comment, click HERE.

Public comment may be made via email before 4 p.m. the day of the meeting on the above electronic public comment form link.

Written comments are asked to be limited to 450 words. The agenda states that the public comments will be sent to board members and entered into the public record but will NOT be read at the meeting, which is different from previous meetings.

Public comments may be made in person during the meeting in the board room at 414 E. Ojai Ave. The board may limit public comments to 30 minutes.

Because the public comments will no longer be read aloud at the meeting and because the Ojai Valley News does not receive the public comments when the board gets them at the meeting, which is a violation of its board bylaw 9322, and the Brown Act, Government Code 54957.5, the public is asked to send public comments to the Ojai Valley News at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for possible publication in the OVN’s online and print editions. 

Board bylaw 9322 states: With regard to public comments being available to all members of the public when they are received by the board, the bylaw reads: 

"At least three days before each regular meeting, each Board member shall be provided a copy of the agenda and agenda packet, including the Superintendent or designee's report; minutes to be approved; copies of communications; reports from committees, staff, citizens, and others; and other available documents pertinent to the meeting. ...

"Each meeting agenda shall list the address designated by the Superintendent or designee for public inspection of agenda documents that have been distributed to the Board less than 72 hours before the meeting. (Government Code 54957.5)"  )


To view last year's OUSD board goals, click HERE and HERE.



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