Oxford Prep Chino Valley Renewal Update
On Monday, June 26, 2017, following a closed session meeting, the Board of Directors announced that Oxford Preparatory Academy will pursue an appeal of Judge David Cohn’s June 23, 2017 ruling on Oxford Prep’s Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Injunctive Relief.
The appeal will raise important issues of first impression that will broadly impact California charter schools regarding the importance of pupil academic achievement in charter renewal decisions. The effort will be backed by the significant financial support of the California Charter Schools Association.
Oxford’s Board of Directors also reported that they have directed counsel to make an attempt at a settlement agreement with CVUSD.
Additional details regarding timeline, next steps and what to expect will be forthcoming.
Mrs. Denise Pascoe Named SOC Chancellor
During yesterday’s meeting, the Board of Directors announced their decision to reinstate Mrs. Denise Pascoe in her role as Chancellor of our Oxford Prep-SOC campus, effective July 1, 2017.
On December 6, 2016, Mrs. Pascoe was selected by the Board to lead our schools as Interim Executive Director for a term ending June 30, 2017. During yesterday’s meeting, multiple Board members and parents expressed appreciation for Mrs. Pascoe’s leadership during a time of immense change.
Mr. Andrew Crowe Named Managing Director
Mr. Andrew Crowe has accepted the position of Oxford’s Managing Director. Mr. Crowe was named Interim Managing Director on December 15, 2016. We are grateful for Mr. Crowe’s demonstrated leadership and devotion to our three schools.
Oxford’s Board Chairman Andrew Vestey Resigns
Mr. Andrew Vestey has announced his resignation from the Oxford Board of Directors, effective June 23, 2017. Mr. Vestey joined the Board in October of 2016. He served as Board Chair and worked tirelessly to implement Oxford’s comprehensive Recovery Plan.
Mr. Vestey shared the following thoughts in a statement read by Oxford Board Secretary Mr. Albert Diaz:
I am honored to have worked alongside many bright people who also share a passion for education and their community. I thank you all for your dedication to the children of all three OPA campuses.
The Oxford Prep community wishes to express a heartfelt thanks to former Board Chairman Vestey for his dedication and service to our schools.
Sandra Garner Named Oxford Board Chair
The Oxford Board of Directors nominated and elected Sandra Garner to serve as Board Chair, effective immediately.
Ms. Garner has devoted more than 40 years to working with the public sector and educational organizations to help resolve issues and overcome challenges. Ms. Garner also holds a Master’s degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University.
Sandra Garner contributes her sincere passion for education, justice, and public service to the Oxford Preparatory Academy organization. We are grateful to the entire Oxford Board for their work to promote, guard, and guide the mission and vision of the school.
The Board took action during the meeting to approve the budgets for Oxford’s Saddleback Valley and South Orange County schools.
Thank you to Mr. Andy Stern of Charter Impact for providing comprehensive budget updates for both Oxford campuses to our Board of Directors and school community.
Mr. Stern shared that all three Oxford schools are expected to end the 2016-2017 school year with significant surpluses.
Local Control Accountability Plan Results
Oxford’s 2017 Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) for Oxford’s Saddleback Valley and South Orange County were presented and approved at yesterday’s meeting. Thank you to all parents for your important participation in completing our LCAP survey, which was issued in early June.
This survey allowed families to share their thoughts on a variety of topics related to parent/community involvement, school engagement and school climate. This important parent feedback was used to develop our 2017-2018 Local Control Accountability Plan.
Cyberbullying Policy Approved
At the June 26, 2017 meeting, Oxford’s Board voted to adopt a Cyberbulling Policy to ensure a safe, positive, productive and nurturing educational environment for all students and members of the Oxford Prep community.
This newly adopted Cyberbulling Policy complements the existing policies and programs in place to create an environment that is proactive in preventing and addressing cyberbulling. These include the implementation of Oxford’s Behavior Policy, Student Suspension, Expulsion Policy, Anti-Discrimination Policy, on-campus programs such as the suspension bench, and teacher in-service training to raise the awareness of children and school staff regarding harassment, intimidation, and bullying.