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February 13 OUSD board meeting: EOLA Charter High renewal petition denied

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The Oakland Unified School District Board of Education held a regularly-scheduled meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2012, at the La Escuelita Education Complex.

During the meeting, the board voted unanimously to deny the charter renewal petition for East Oakland Leadership Academy Charter High School (EOLA), which opened in 2008. 

Click here to download the agenda for the meeting, and continue reading for a brief synopsis of some items of interest.

Decision - East Oakland Leadership Academy/High - Petition and Proposed Charter School (Renewal) (Grades 9-12)
After conducting a thorough review, the OUSD Office of Charter Schools issued a report recommending the board vote to deny the school's charter renewal petition.

Phil Dotson, the acting coordinator for the Office of Charter Schools, said staff was recommending the charter be denied because a number of reasons, including the school was "significantly under-enrolled" and doesn't have a plan for attracting new students, "failed to retain students from 9th through 12th grade with a significant attrition rate," and overall academic performance, including a declining API score in three of the previous four years. 

Click here to download the report.

Emergency Contracts - Paul Robeson Administrative Building - Water Damage
The board voted unanimously to authorize two emergency contracts for the amount of $325,000 for Restoration Management Company and Corovan Moving and Storage to begin emergency repairs on the building.

The contract would come without competitive bids and would exceed the district's $250,000 deductible, according to the text of the item, with remaining costs covered by OUSD's insurance. Further costs associated with the damage will also be covered by OUSD's insurance, OUSD general counsel Jacqueiline Minor, told the board. 

Click here to download the report.

Ratification of appointment by the President, Board of Education of the Chair, Members of Special Committee on Property Asset Management and its Charge
The board voted unanimously to ratify a Special Committee on Property Management to examine the strategic use of OUSD properties.

There are around 1,000 spare classrooms in OUSD facilities, aging portables, as well as growth and economic trends for the region that have an impact on how OUSD facilities are put to use, Director Jody London (District 1) told the board. London said the ultimate goal is to have the committee put together policies that "lead to our schools being fully inhabited and us realizing revenue where we can from buildings that we have that aren't being used for our immediate educational purposes."

Click here to download the report.

Presentation to the Board of Education of the Annual Report on the Oakland Unified School District Police Department Public Complaints Process and Complaints Reports Policy
Lt. James Williams, the head of OUSD Police, presented to the board a report on complaints investigated by school police over the past year.

In June of 2012, the OUSD board approved Complaints Process and Complaints Report Policy. This is the first annual, required report, which includes a summary of each complaint investigated over the past year. There were four total complaints.

Williams said in the future he'd like to use information from the complaints to help inform him where the department "may be failing in our policy, other training we may need to undergo, and our procedures, if we need to enhance or eliminate procedures."

Click here to read the complaints.

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