City wants in on Chaparral lease negotiations

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The city of Ojai has signaled its interest in potentially leasing the Ojai Unified School District’s (OUSD) Chaparral School property. Superintendent Hank Bangser received a letter from Ojai City Manager Steve McClary April 17 declaring interest in talking with the OUSD about the possibilities.
OUSD’s School Board declared the 7.5-acre parcel, which houses Chaparral High School, A Place to Grow Preschool and the OUSD offices, “surplus property” in November 2016.
The Board intends to explore options for leasing the property in order to increase the District’s revenue.
“The purpose of the property is for educating our students,” said OUSD Board Member Jane Weil. “So we are choosing to lease the property because our funding from the state is not allowing us to do the things we want to educate our students.”

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