Ojai Unified Battled On Two Fronts

By Linda Harmon

A polite yet unhappy crowd faced the budget-weary OUSD board during the three-and-a-half hour public portion of the board meeting Tuesday night. The evening covered more budget cuts and city plans for the proposed skate park renovation.The major portion of the evening was spent on what has become a thorny issue for the board, the impending construction of a permanent skateboard park on school property. “This is a preliminary update of a conceptual plan by the city of Ojai,” said Tim Baird, OUSD superintendent, setting the tone. “We have a lease with the city in which the school system, as a landowner, has a right to approve or deny changes in the agreement.” Dale Sumersille, head of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, then outlined the history of the skate park project and unveiled preliminary drawings for the park. “We are here tonight to get feedback,” said Sumersille, after announcing the city’s intent to have a final plan by late May or June,

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