Ojai Unified School District Community-Based Initiatives

Ojai Unified School District is pleased to announce its newest initiatives affording our staff and leadership an opportunity to extend values broadly held by our community throughout  our campuses and curriculum, and to inform and guide the district on issues and important policies.


The Student Nutrition Advisory Councils (SNAC) shares with our district nutrition services staff at each school to learn how we can improve our nutrition services. We look forward to improving our menus and working with the SNACs to taste-testing our new recipes!  For more informatin on OUSD's Nutrition Services, visit our page, here.

OUSD Family Fund

To provide equities in access to education and ensure that students and families have the resources they need to learn and participate in school, OUSD launched its Family Fund initiative in the fall of 2019.

OUSD’s Family Fund is the central point to provide support for the ongoing physical and safety needs of our students, with resources of:

  • Bikes/transportation
  • Clothing
  • Health care and medical testing
  • Meals and food
  • After-school care funding
  • Field trip funds and
  • Sports/Athletic Team Funds.
  • School supplies (backpacks, etc.)
  • Devices

Ojai Unified School District’s efforts have recently expanded beyond the classroom and school site, and into the community:

Meals and Meal Delivery

* approximately 500 meals per day at our school sites, and delivering to those parents who were unable to leave their homes due to fragile medical health or lack of transportation. All meals were provided free-of-charge for all children, even if they do not attend OUSD schools. Additionally, meal services were closely monitored to ensure compliance with social distancing and sanitation protocols.

Resources for Distance Learning

Provide devices and hotspots for families to ensure their children are able to participate in distance learning (more information here ). Although we were able to provide 1:1 devices - chromebooks and laptops - through previous grants, our district ordered and delivered over 70 hotspots for at-home internet access for our families who didn't previously internet access.  We've provided information on free or low-cost internet service to our families ( more information here )

Housing and Other Basic Needs

Additionally, during school closures we worked to identify our families who have the most need. We created a Help Form (here) and homeless family, and have been able to provide funding for short-term housing, giving these families time to connect with community agencies to find a more sustainable solution.

Resources to Provide These Services

We appreciate our community and local partner organizations for donations and grants that continue to drive our efforts to support our struggling families.  As we can see an increased need in Ojai Valley due to ramifications from coronavirus, we want to ensure our community has a platform to support our efforts, and have added a donation portal here.  Any funds donated to OUSD’s Family Fund will  provide for our families in need.

For more information on OUSD's Family Fund, please email communcations@ojaiusd.org

Guiding Coalition

Ojai Unified School District is pleased to announce its newest initiative to enrich the school experience of our students every day through place-based education and developing learning that is locally-rooted and community responsive: the forming of Guiding Coalition teams. As part of this work we have identified four values broadly held by our community that we are working to incorporate into our school system. These values are Creativity, Environmental Stewardship, Wellness, and a Culture of Inclusion.

In November of 2019, OUSD formed a team for each value - a group of enthusiastic volunteers to collaborate with us in each of these areas. These coalitions will survey our current assets, work together to produce ideas for how we can enhance what we have, and present a strategic plan for advancing our work. Each Guiding Coalition is comprised of no more than 12 representatives, from diverse backgrounds and stations, and are represented in staff, students, parents, and community members. Each Guiding Coalition will meet four to five times over the school year for a one-year term of service.

Our 2019/20 Guiding Coalition Members are:

Inclusive Culture: Nicolette Walker-Itza, Shannon Hull, Jessica Mendiola, Lisa Griffiths, Alexandra Mejia-Holdsworth, Bronwen Cull-Michels, Catherine McKinnis, Chieko Ladawan Lopez, Martha Lepine.

Environmental Stewardship: Lori Hamor, Christopher Danch, Ray Powers, Greg Lepine, Chris Ando, Sofia Moreno-BoydBarrett, Zoe Jordan, Jonathon Reinbold, Aja Bulla-Richards, Marilyn Mosley-Gordanier, Joan Kemper.

Creativity and The Arts: Kim Hoj, John Hoj, Bill Wagner, Sami Zahringer, Susan Leech, Liz Fish, Linda Taylor, Michael Addison, Asli Ruf, Laura Walter.

Wellness: Julie Chessen, Dr. Sirena Pellarolo, Sheri Usher, Joann Yabrof, Marianne Ratcliff, Vanessa Zajfen, Kara Hooper, Beverlee Park-Sherbo, Sherrill Knox, Angie Genasci, Kathy Smith, Jeanine Murphy.


Ojai Unified School District's Parent Advisory Council is made up of parents and guardians of OUSD students, who meet 4 to 5 times a year to help inform and guide the district on issues and important policies to ensure our district practices are aligned with our four values.

The first Parent Advisory Council met on Thursday, February 27th  and will continue to meet throughout the year.

Our 2019/20 Parent Advisory Council members are:

  • Alyssa Duclos
  • Benhamin Seitz
  • Carolyn Vondriska
  • Rosa Martinez
  • Kelsie Zimmerman
  • Aubrey Minkel
  • Ish Goldstein
  • Marianne Ratcliff
  • Jessie Austin
  • Linda Jordan