OUSD meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14, to discuss school safety, its new school, live-streaming board meetings and more

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A 37-page report on campus safety, conducted by Haines Security Solutions will be on the Ojai Unified School District agenda on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the OUSD Board Room.

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The board will meet earlier at 4 p.m. in closed session to discuss “significant exposure to litigation,” property negotiations regarding the district offices and Chaparral at 414 E. Ojai Ave., and an employee matter.

It will meet in closed session again after the regular open-session meeting to provide a scheduled review of the superintendent.

Also on the agenda, the school board, which had voted to have its 2020 meetings on Tuesdays will reconsider moving them back to Wednesdays, as they were in 2019, so as not to occur on the same day as Ojai City Council meetings.

Matilija student Madeline DeMauro will be honored with the “OUSD Value Award” for “the OUSD value of creating an inclusive culture. Meiners Oaks student Nova Manzur will also receive the award for the “OUSD values of environmental stewardship, inclusive culture and wellness.

Other items on the agenda include:

— Volunteer recognition of Doug Haines, CEO of Haines Security Solutions.

— Financial audits for 2018-19 of Measure J spending and Valley Oak Charter School.

— Information about Ojai Independent School, authorized by the California Department of Education as a new OUSD “alternative school of choice” on Aug. 21.

— Hold a public hearing on the initial school board response to the Ojai Federation of Teachers Letter of Intent for its first year of a three-year collective bargaining agreement.

— Consider hiring the public information officer as a regular employee, instead of as an independent contractor, due to the new Assembly Bill 5 law governing independent contractors.

— Approve a resolution in recognition of African American History Month in February.

— Approve a resolution in support of a 2020 Census partnership.

 — Consider board room configuration and technology to enable live-streaming of school board and other meetings. The highest-cost item on a list of estimated costs for updating board room technology and configuration is a "board console rebuild" for $21,000.


— Update revised budgets for Measure J funds passed by voters for school improvements.

— Approve emergency repair of Matilija Middle School gas line.

— Review the board policy on gifts, grants and bequests.

— Plan for new career technical education initiatives.

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