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Ojai Unified School District meeting Wednesday, Oct. 13 to discuss district offices, COVID spending, and other agenda items

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Ojai Unified School District school board will meet Wednesday, Oct. 13, to discuss a packed agenda, including new district offices, COVID-19 spending, and addressing the shortage of substitute teachers. 

 

( Here is the link to the OVN article on the school board's district office agenda item: https://www.ojaivalleynews.com/?view=article&id=20932:ousd-board-to-vote-oct-13-on-delegating-authority-for-district-office-lease-application&catid=856 )

 

The Emergent Bilingual and Family Support program will be hosting an informational presentation focused on connecting with parents and coordinating a variety of services. With 581 bilingual students throughout the district, the presentation will focus on ways to provide a variety of support and services.

The board will discuss delegating authority to the superintendent and SVS, LLC, to
execute, sign and submit documents, applications, and materials required for submission to
the city of Ojai in connection with the development of the district office site.

The district is pursuing a project to relocate its administrative offices at 414 E. Ojai Ave., with the auperintendent being given the authority to authorize and execute all documents related to the process, including applications and other materials. 

The development was originally addressed in a January 2021 district meeting, which included a concept review for the project, known as Ojai Town Square. The original project plan featured several new spaces including a town center, hospitality businesses, residential buildings including multi-family units, restaurants, cafes, gardens and a proposed 277 total parking spaces. An overview of the proposed plan from January can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iB_TyzDzsPUVUPTvnO5fTrfP9gzWMFYW/view.

According to the Key Project Milestones, the relocation of OUSD offices indicates the project is nearing the development phase. The project plan stated: "When building permits are anticipated to be six months from issuance, the SVS DEV LLC team will give notice to the Ojai Unified School District and provide relocation deposit."

The Nordhoff High School L.I.V.E. Club will seek approval for a service trip to the Dominican Republic expected to take place in February of 2022 during Presidents Week Break.

The district will amend its Conflict of Interest Code in compliance with the Political Reform Act.

The recent substitute shortage will also be addressed, focusing on solutions such as increased financial incentives including an increased daily rate of pay. An estimated $45,000 for the effort will come from COVID-19 ESSER III funds. 

ESSER III Funding is a federally sponsored package designed to provide support for COVID-19 related protocols and procedures. The funding will address reopening schools safely, sustaining safer operations, addressing students social-emotional mental health, and other academic needs resulting from the pandemic.

The full agenda with individual items can be found here: https://5il.co/108uf

Written public comments are accepted before 4 p.m. the day of the meeting (Wednesday, Oct. 13) and are limited to 450 words. Those interested in submitting a comment are encouraged to submit them online here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CCfKeZXXuRb167DjQXSDjggyD9OS3u9wFDiOcg1ESec/viewform?edit_requested=true .

Comments can also be made in person at the meeting which will take place from 4:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Board Room located at 414 E. Ojai Avenue.

Those wishing to attend can visit ojaiusd.org where the meeting will be recored and available, or, they can visit the district YouTube channel and Facebook page which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/adminojaiusdorg and here: https://www.facebook.com/ojaiusd.org

For those attending the meeting in person, COVID-19 protocols may limit the number of individuals and masks will be required indoors at all times.

 

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