MOU Recommended for Approval at July 25th CUSD Meeting

Dear OPA Families, Staff and Friends:

As we noted in our last communication, we intended to move quickly on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) authorized by the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) board last week to provide for the opportunity to close out the NOV against SOC. We knew that based on the work we have already completed, as well as our progress on outstanding items in the NOV, we could quickly agree on terms that allow us to move forward with confidence in our ability to keep the SOC campus open while curing the remaining items.

I am happy to report that we have been successful in working with CUSD staff to produce an MOUthey are recommending for CUSD board approval at the next meeting on July 25th. As you can see, the MOU includes a clear timeline for OPA to complete outstanding items and provide information. In short, OPA has until the end of 2018 to close out the remaining NOV items. We are confident we will be able to meet the MOU’s timeline but in the event the unforeseen happens and we do not meet our requirements, the MOU also ensures the school will remain open for the entire 2018-19 school year.

You can read the items in the MOU that are outstanding and we will continue to keep you updated as we reach each milestone toward having the NOV completely cured. In terms of process, here is the timeline for action by the CUSD board including renewal since we are in the last year of our current five-year authorization.

  • On July 25, 2018, the CUSD board will vote on the MOU recommended by CUSD staff and agreed to by OPA. If approved, the scheduled vote on revocation will be postponed.

  • On or before December 31, 2018, OPA needs to submit evidence of all required elements identified in MOU to CUSD staff.

  • By January 31, 2019, CUSD staff will report its findings on whether OPA has satisfied its obligations under the MOU to the CUSD board.

  • CUSD staff will present the findings to the CUSD board at the February 27, 2019 board meeting where the board will then vote on the postponed revocation item from the July 25, 2018 meeting.

    • If the board votes against revocation, OPA-SOC will move forward with a renewal petition at the March 13, 2019 CUSD board meeting.

    • If the board votes for revocation, the school will remain open for the remainder of the school year and OPA retains all of its rights of appeal to the county board of education.

While OPA-SOC is not yet “home free,” it is important to remember what we were originally facing at the upcoming July 25th board meeting and the incredible progress we have made to come to this agreement. I’m incredibly thankful for our staff, parents and partners who have helped to advocate for a solution that both sides can be proud of. I am also grateful to the staff and board at CUSD for being willing partners in finding a solution that doesn’t unfairly punish hundreds of students and their families and that also recognizes our commitment to integrity and accountability as we move on from the challenges of previous administrations.

CUSD board members and staff have remarked recently about the influence that respectful and productive communications from OPA-SOC supporters have had on their deliberations. I encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts and opinions with them in this positive manner and to plan to attend the July 25th board meeting.

As always, thank you for your continued support and please let me know if you have any questions.

Warmly,
Kathi