Dear Ojai Unified Staff, Families and Community,
I enjoyed visiting the many awards ceremonies, celebrations, promotions and graduations during the last two weeks of school. The moments were beautiful, entertaining, and emotional. I heard many student-led speeches that were thought-provoking and inspirational and I saw performances that showcased the great talent so many of our students have developed during their growing years. I am truly in awe of our students, staff, teachers and families who have supported our students along the way to be their best selves, thrive in our schools and to successfully make it to these important milestones they will remember forever. This was especially significant given the challenging events that Ojai Unified has faced this year.
I am grateful for the students, staff, teachers, administrators, parents and community members who have contributed to help make our transitions to our new configurations successful. The District has just completed the majority of the physical classroom moves. Our staff, site administrators and volunteers did an excellent job of packing and labeling boxes. This allowed the movers to stay on schedule. I want to personally thank those who helped pack rooms; I know it was a monumental task.
Although the physical moves are mostly complete, we know there is far more work to be done to ensure our school merges result in strong positive school cultures where students are thriving. District and site leadership will maintain a continued commitment and effort throughout the 2023-2024 school year and beyond to ensure we accomplish this. We look forward to doing this work together with our staff, students, families and community partners.
In addition to ensuring the smooth transition of our schools, one important next step for our District is to look at the vacant properties as well as vacant spaces on campuses to decide and consider the best District uses. District staff and the Governing Board are seeking preliminary input from our staff, families and community members. This input will help inform the Board in their next steps and actions in regard to District property uses. In order to collect input from community partners, we are sending out a survey which you can find the link here https://forms.gle/2ci41SRHFuSfwUKf9
and as well we are holding in-person community input meetings at the District Office Boardroom, 414 E Ojai Avenue, on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 8:30AM
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 5:30PM
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 8:30AM
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 5:00PM
We hope you are enjoying the early days of summer and wish you all a wonderful 4th of July tomorrow. We look forward to hearing from you about District property uses through the survey and/or in-person forums.
Dr. Sherrill Knox, Interim Superintendent
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Leadership Associates has been hired by the Ojai Board to assist with a search for our next superintendent. They will be conducting two additional community forums. These are open to all community members who wish to share their thoughts on the desired qualities and characteristics for the next superintendent of Ojai Unified. Both forums will be held at the Ojai Unified Board Room. The first will be on Monday, May 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. The second on Tuesday, May 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. No signup is necessary.
A zoom link will be provided for those unable to attend in person.
See you there!
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In the interests of transparency and in the spirit of openness, the Board makes the following announcement:
On April 6, 2023, at the meeting of the Board of Education of the Ojai Unified School District, the Board appointed Dr. Sherrill Knox as Interim Superintendent. The Board directed its legal counsel to finalize an employment agreement for Dr. Knox which included the following:
-A daily rate of $822.22 based on an annual salary of $185,000, which was the annual salary of the former Superintendent, retroactive to March 14, 2023, when Dr. Knox was appointed Acting Superintendent.
-A continuation of her fringe benefits that she received as Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services.
-An indefinite term as Interim Superintendent until a Superintendent is appointed.
-If someone other than Dr. Knox is appointed Superintendent, Dr. Knox will immediately return to her position as Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services.
The employment agreement was finalized and signed by Board President Atticus Reyes and Interim Superintendent Knox on April 28th, 2023. Any member of the public may request a copy of the employment agreement by contacting the District at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 805-640-4300 x 1011 or by clicking on this link: https://5il.co/1tjdi
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Report Out from Closed Session at Meeting of March 22, 2023 :
Tonight the Board interviewed three excellent candidates for the position of Interim Superintendent. After thoughtful discussion and consideration the Board voted, 3 to 2, to appoint Penelope A. DeLeon, Ed.D., to that position. Trustee Moncharsh, Trustee Griffen, and Trustee Chandler voted yes, Trustee Reyes and Trustee Halverson voted no.
Dr. DeLeon has more than six years' experience as a district superintendent, and she also possesses a Certificate in School Business Management. The Board believes that this appointment will greatly enhance this District's administrative capabilities during the crucial months before us. This appointment is subject to verification of certain references and the negotiation of a proposed contract.
At the Board's next regular meeting on April 6, 2023, the Board will consider a contract and compensation for this interim position, the details of which will be discussed and reported at that meeting.