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OUSD board tackles solar power, Spanish-language program, home-schooling program, licensing Summit School, OUSD summer school charter school partnership, and more at its Wednesday, Feb. 12, meeting at 5:30 p.m

2 12 OUSD agendaIllustration in Ojai Unified School District Board of Education Feb. 12 meeting agenda regarding proposed solar projects in OUSD schools.

Ojai Unified School District has a slew of major proposals on its Wednesday, Feb. 12, agenda. The open session of the meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the school board room, 414 E. Ojai Ave., and the closed session starts at 4:45 p.m. The Ojai Valley News will livestream the meeting.

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The agenda items include possible Nordhoff High School stadium entry improvements and creating rooftop and carport solar systems in Ojai schools; reopening Summit School for home-schooling students; licensing the Summit School campus to Rock Tree Sky till June 2023; creating an elementary school Spanish-language program; moving the Meiners Oaks public library to Meiners Oaks School; creating a summer-school partnership with the Vista Real Public Charter School (“Learn4Life); and ‘future program localization” of a special education program.

Under the OUSD “solar power proposal” on the agenda, the board will discuss:

— Creating a solar carport system at Nordhoff High School and possibly improving the entrance to the Nordhoff stadium.
— Creating a rooftop solar system and stadium shade structure at Matilija Middle School.
— Creating a shade structure at Meiners Oaks Elementary School.
— Creating a carport at Mira Monte Elementary School.
— Creating "ground units" at San Antonio Elementary School.
— Creating a carport at Topa Topa Elementary School.

Under the “Elementary Spanish Language Program Update,” the school board will discuss “options to pilot a program in the 2020-21 school year."

Under the “Summit School 2020-21 School Year Proposal” agenda item, the school board will consider a “proposal for the reconfiguration and reopening of Summit School in the 2020-21 school year."

— The staff recommendation is to reconfigure Summit School as “an option for families who desire a non-traditional educational option for their child.
“Summit School will be a non-classroom-based program held on the Summit School campus, available for students with a variety of considerations, including outside commitments or issues that require a more flexible schedule, or parents who feel strongly about being their child’s primary teacher in early grades.
“Summit School will focus on providing a personalized learning program by working with students on a one-on-one basis.”
“In grades TK-5, the parent or designated learning coach will be the primary educator and have the support of a credentialed District teacher. Together, using the adopted curriculum, they will build a rigorous, customized educational program tailored to the student’s learning style, academic level, and family schedule. 
“In grades 6-12, the parent or designated learning coach may be the primary educator, or, students can participate in independent study, directed by our credentialed District teacher. Independent Study may also be completed using online programming, provided by the District. 
In all grades, students will meet with the credentialed OUSD instructor a minimum of once per week. Students will participate in all state-mandated testing. 
“Curriculum & Instruction 
“Summit school will use a combination of State-adopted textbooks, supplemental literature and online references. 
“Social & Academic Enrichment 
“In addition to teaching the core academic content, Summit School students may participate in up to two days per week of enrichment programming through Rock Tree Sky. Students may also participate in after school classes, team sports, and extracurricular activities such as school dances at Matilija Middle School and elective classes at Nordhoff High School.”
Included in the agenda item is the question: “Can high schoolers participate in certain sports at Nordhoff like track? I know some sports like football are only available to Nordhoff students but I’ve had inquiries about other sports and extracurriculars at Nordhoff.”
According to the Rock Tree Sky website, it is “an approved vendor for several public schools including Ojai Independent Study School and Inspire, Sage Oak, Golden Valley, I-Lead, and Compass Charter Schools. Families enrolled with Ojai Independent Study School are provided access to Rock Tree Sky as a part of their enrichment and enrollment. In the case of charter schools, families are provided enrichment funds and these can be used to offset the cost associated with attendance at Rock Tree Sky.”
At the Jan. 14 meeting, Morse said, “They’re (RTS) a vendor, so we have a vendor agreement.  It’s about $360 a month for kids to go two days a week” to Rock Tree Sky.

Under the “Facility License Agreement with Rock Tree Sky” agenda item, the school board is asked to:

—“Approve a facility license agreement” for $50,000 a year with the nonprofit education corporation Rock Tree Sky through June 2023 “for the limited purposes of operating the Program.”

Under the “Summer School Program Proposal,” the OUSD agenda states: 

“OUSD proposes to partner with Learn 4 Life Charter Management Organization and local charter school Vista Real to offer free summer school to OUSD students.
“— Students register with Vista Real
— Vista Real collects ADA 
— Vista Real hires OUSD teachers
— OUSD determines and deigns all classes and curriculum
— Vista Real reimburses OUSD for expenses including custodial, principals and office support.”
Other school board agenda items include:
— “A proposal to explore a partnership with the county of Ventura to relocate the public library in Meiners Oaks to Meiners Oaks School.”
— “Update on the Post-Secondary Moderate to Severe Special Education program, and options for future program localization.”
— Purchase of a $52,258 John Deere tractor “for use by the grounds and Maintenance departments,” from Measure J funds, under the budget line “District Office asphalt repairs.”
— Introduction of new Fiscal Services Director Taiwo Madison.
— Change OUSD bylaws to reflect that the OUSD “is divided into trustee areas and each trustee area shall be represented by a board member who resides in and is elected by voters residing within that trustee area.”
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