Ojai Unified School District


Ojai Unified School District Board of Education Open and Closed Session Meeting: April 17, 2024

Boardroom - 414 E Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023, Ojai, CA

Wednesday, April 17 2024

5:30pm - 10:00pm PDT

Here are a few things you need to know:

  • The Board may elect to limit public comments on any item to 30 minutes. 
  • Comments are greatly appreciated, however, please note that the Board cannot enter into a formal discussion, nor can a decision be made on any item that is not already on the agenda. Items the Board wishes to consider for future discussion can be placed on an upcoming agenda.
  • Routine items are part of the Consent Calendar and are approved by a single vote of the Board. When the agenda is adopted, a member of the Board can pull an item from the Consent Calendar and move the item to the agenda for discussion.
  • Individuals who require special accommodation to participate in a board meeting, including but not limited to an American Sign Language interpreter, accessible seating, or documentation in accessible formats, should contact the Superintendent’s office 48 hours before the meeting to enable the district to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accommodation and accessibility to this meeting.
  • To ensure that non-English speakers receive the same opportunity to directly address the Board, translation of written or oral comments will be available. 
  • All documents provided within 72 hours before the meeting to the members of the board concerning open session items addressed in this meeting may be viewed by the public at the Superintendent's office at the Ojai Unified School District, 414 East Ojai Avenue or on our website at ojaiusd.org
  • You can subscribe to our agenda mailing list by contacting Amanda Belcher at: abelcher@ojaiusd.org
  • The open session of this meeting will be recorded and available at ojaiusd.org

Members of the public may view the meeting in English and Spanish (in closed captioning) on the Ojai Unified Youtube channel or Facebook page.

Members of the public may present public comments in two ways:

1. Before 3 p.m. the day of the meeting, public comments can be made in writing by clicking this link: Make a Public Comment. Written comments will be sent to Board Members by 3 p.m. and will be posted on our website.

2. Public comments may be made in person during the meeting at the Boardroom - 414 E Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023, Ojai, CA. Individual speakers may speak for a maximum of three minutes on any two topics and one minute on any additional items. Requests from the public to speak on a specific agenda item must be submitted before the end of public comments on that item. 

Board Members:

  • Atticus Reyes, President, Trustee Area 3
  • Phil Moncharsh, Vice President, Trustee Area 1
  • Dr. Jim Halverson, Clerk, Trustee Area 5
  • Blair Braney, Trustee Area 2
  • Kathy Smith, Trustee Area 4


  • Dr. Sherrill Knox - Superintendent
  • Angie Genasci, Director of Human Resources
  • David Rogers, Director of Operations
  • Robin Monson, Director of Special Education
  • Ryan Worsham, Executive Fiscal Director

Minutes Secretary:
Amanda Belcher


  1. Call Meeting to Order in Open Session 5:30 p.m.
    5:30 pm PDT
    1. Adjourn to Closed Session
      1. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS (Gov’t Code §54957.6)

        Agency Designated Representative: Dr. Sherrill Knox

        Employee Organization: California School Employee Association (CSEA)

      2. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS (Gov’t Code §54957.6)

        Agency Designated Representative: Dr. Sherrill Knox

        Employee Organization: Ojai Federation of Teachers (OFT) 

  2. Reconvene Meeting in Open Session at 6:30 p.m.
    1. Land Acknowledgement
    2. Flag Salute
    3. Report out on closed session action taken, if any
    4. Emergency Additions or Modifications to Agenda
    5. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes


    Approval of Minutes of the March 13, 2024 Regular Board Meeting.

  4. Correspondence Regarding Important District Matters
  5. Monthly Communications
    1. Public comments

      Any individual attending the meeting in person who wishes to address the Board may do so at this time by completing a Speaker Card.

      Public comments related to a specific item on the agenda will be held until that item is discussed.

    2. Employee Union Presidents' Comments
      1. California School Employee Association (CSEA) President Delores Johnson
      2. Ojai Federation of Teachers (OFT) President Richard Byrd
    3. Board Member's Report


      Board Members have the opportunity to present information regarding items of current interest.

    4. Superintendent's Report


  6. Adoption of Consent Calendar
    1. Human Resources Certificated and Classified Changes


      Changes to certificated and classified positions for March. 

    2. Measure J and K Financial Report


    3. Purchase Orders #P24-00569 through #P24-00647


    4. Blanket Purchase Orders #B24-00237 through #B24-00245


    5. Warrant Register #5020045681 through #5020045938 and #VCH200000181 through #VCH200000200


    6. Deposit Detail Report #RP24-0008471 through #RP24-0008930


    7. U.S. Bank Cal-Card Purchases For January 2024-February 2024


    8. Donations Report 


    9. Approval of the Annual Memorandum of Understanding Between Ojai Unified School District and Antelope Valley Learning Academy for Summer School 2024


    10. Nordhoff Girls Basketball Overnight Trip to Palms Springs High School for a Tournament and Alumni Game in Los Angeles


    11. Monthly Financial Report


    12. Williams Uniform Complaint Reports for 3rd Quarter 2023-2024


    13. Ratification of the Agreement between The Ojai Unified School District and Eide Bailly LLP for the 23-24 Financial Audit


    14. Designation of Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority (VCSSFA) Representative


  7. Presentation
    1. California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) Results


      Dr. Sherrill Knox will present information on the results for the 2024 California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).

    2. Summit School and Rock Tree Sky Presentation


      Summit School is the Ojai Unified School District’s Independent Study School. In the 2023-24 school year, it has enrollment of approximately 175 students. One way that Summit School students have opportunities to receive enrichment is through the District’s partnership with Rock Tree Sky. 

      Debby West, principal of Summit School, and Jim Bailey, Director of Rock Tree Sky, will present to the Board and community information about both programs. 


  8. Curriculum and Instruction
    1. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding Between Ojai Unified School District and Channel Islands California State University


      Ojai Unified School District and California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) are entering into a Memorandum of Understanding in order to establish a relationship between the institutions to cooperate in developing and implementing a guaranteed admission program to CSUCI.

    2. Approval of Resolution #23-24-28: In Recognition of California Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10, 2024 and California Day of the Teacher May 8, 2024


    3. Approval of Resolution #23-24-29: In Recognition of Classified School Employee Week May 19-25, 2024


    4. Nordhoff Course Name Change Approval


      Nordhoff staff requests changing the course title of Teacher Assistant to Work Based Learning Teacher Assistant. This name change recommendation is to add clarification about the course offering and also to use verbiage that directly relates to our CTE Pathway Courses.

  9. Human Resources
  10. Governing Board/Superintendent
    1. Updated Board Policies - 1st Reading


      • Policy 6141.2: Recognition Of Religious Beliefs And Customs

      • Policy 6115: Ceremonies And Observances

      • Policy 5144: Discipline

      • Policy 5141.21: Administering Medication And Monitoring Health Conditions

      • Policy 5126: Awards For Achievement

      • Policy 4357: Employee Safety

      • Policy 4257: Employee Safety

      • Policy 4157: Employee Safety

      • Policy 4340: Bargaining Units

      • Policy 4240: Bargaining Units

      • Policy 4140: Bargaining Units

      • Policy 4218: Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action

      • Policy 4118: Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action

      • Policy 4311: Recruitment And Selection

      • Policy 4211: Recruitment And Selection

      • Policy 4111: Recruitment And Selection

      • Policy 3553: Free And Reduced Price Meals

      • Policy 3551: Food Service Operations/Cafeteria Fund

      • Policy 3550: Food Service/Child Nutrition Program

      • Policy 3516: Emergencies And Disaster Preparedness Plan

      • Policy 0450: Comprehensive Safety Plan

      • Bylaw 9320: Meetings And Notices

      • Bylaw 9323.2: Actions By The Board

      • Exhibit 9323.2-E(1): Actions By The Board


  11. Business, Operations, and Facilities
    1. Measure J and K Projects Monthly Report


    2. Public Hearing for the Consideration and Approval of Resolution #23-24-30 Resolution Authorizing the Approval of an Easement Allowing SCE for the Meiners Oaks Early Education School School Property Project

      Public Hearing/Action

    3. Approval Change Order for the Nordhoff Tennis Courts


    4. Status Update of District Office Programs and Departments Move to Matilija


    5. Update on the Nordhoff Stadium and Pool Projects


    6. Approval of Contract with Finish Line Paving for the Nordhoff 7th/8th Play Area


      Staff recommends the Board award the project to Finish Line Paving in the amount of  $108,882.00 to put in a paved subsurface. The project will be paid from Measure K funds.

    7. Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) Health Risk Analysis Update


      In September 2022, the Ojai Unified School District and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) entered into an agreement for FCMAT to conduct a review of the district’s fiscal health. FCMAT prepared an analysis using 20 factors in FCMAT’s Fiscal Health Risk Analysis and identified the district’s specific risk rating for fiscal insolvency as high. Staff conducted a self assessment in September 2024 and again in April 2024. This is a presentation showing the areas of District improvements.

    8. Approval of Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANS) Resolution #23-24-31


  12. Future Agenda Items and Parking Lot Report


    The Board may discuss and potentially agendize items for future meetings.

  13. Adjourn Meeting



Name Attendance

Blair Braney

Dr. Jim Halverson

Phil Moncharsh

Atticus Reyes

Kathy Smith

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