The Ojai Unified School District has been providing educational services to the students of Ojai since its formation. Currently, the District educates an estimated 2,340 students at the District’s nine schools.
It is the hard work and dedication of teachers and staff that directly contributes to the education and success of our children. However, studies show that students perform better in safe, modern classrooms and facilities. The average age of our buildings in the District is nearly 70 years old with several school sites first built in the 1920’s. In 2014 we assessed more than $100 million in needs due to the age and condition of our schools.
Since 2014, Ojai Unified School District has made major facilities improvements. Thanks to the $35 million voters approved in Measure J, we’ve replaced all failing roofs, renovated outdated common areas, converted to more efficient lighting, improved site safety and security, replaced 50% of HVAC systems, and upgraded outdoor play spaces.
We are nearing the end of our Measure J funding, and parts of our infrastructure and facilities remain outdated, with major upgrades and renovations still needed. Faced with aging classrooms and the need to continue bringing school facilities up to current standards, the District and Board of Trustees have placed Measure K, a school improvement general obligation (G.O.) bond measure, on the November 3, 2020 ballot to modernize and renovate our aging schools.
Specific types of projects identified include:
- Updating inadequate electrical systems
- Repairing or replacing deteriorating plumbing, sewer and irrigation systems
- Improving student access to computers and modern technology
- Making health, safety, and security improvements
- Replacing 60-year-old energy-inefficient windows
- Constructing an aquatics center for school and community use
This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is provided to assist parents, guardians, and voters in understanding the facts behind Measure K and how its passage will affect the District, our children, and the community.
Tiffany Morse Shelly Griffen
District Superintendent President, Ojai Unified School Board