Superintendent Jack-O'Connell
Superintendent Jack-O'Connell
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell today announced that California received a $71.6 million federal grant from the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) State Program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

“Teachers who effectively use technology to enhance learning are needed to help prepare students for success in the hypercompetitive global economy,” said O’Connell. “I appreciate President Barack Obama’s and Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s support for education technology and thank the U.S. Department of Education for granting California this award. This will certainly help improve the educational experience for California students during these economically challenging times.”

EETT’s primary goal is to improve student achievement through the use of instructional technologies in elementary and secondary schools. Other goals include helping all students become technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade and to integrate technology with teacher training and curriculum development to establish research-based instructional methods that can be widely implemented. CONTINUED »

 


 

FUSD is making plans for the 2009-10 school year. Our new school year begins on Wednesday, August 19.
For the first time, we are asking our elementary students to pre-register at their school. All incoming elementary parents and students enrolled at Mountain Vista, San Cayetano, and Sespe should plan on going to your school site on Wednesday, August 12, between 12:00 and 8:00 p.m. These elementary sites will be open to bring in necessary paperwork and receive classroom assignments for the 2009-10 school year.

All incoming elementary school students will receive a summer mailing that will contain the following:
• Enrollment Card (must be returned on August 12)
• Parent Rights Brochure/Sign off (must be returned on August 12)
• Student Residency Questionnaire (optional to be returned on August 12)
• Volunteer Application Form (optional to be returned on August 12)
• Lunch applications (to be returned if qualified)
• Student Injuries and Insurance (informational)
• NCLB Parent Letter (informational)

We hope you have enjoyed this summer with your family, enjoying quality time and resting. We look forward to greeting you on August 19.

 


 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009

BOARD MEMBER PRADO WILL ATTEND THIS MEETING VIA TELEPHONE FROM
CAMP CURRY IN YOSEMITE VALLEY
SITE 500
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95383

6:00 P.M. – SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
6:00 P.M.
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
II. ROLL CALL
III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the school board. State law prohibits the board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
IV. CLARIFICATION OF AGENDA AND TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS
V. CLOSED SESSION
The Board of Education will meet at 6:00 p.m. to consider matters appropriate for Closed Session in accordance with Government Code Sections 3549.1, 54956.7 through 54957.7 and Education Code Section 35146. Conference with Legal Counsel - Anticipated Litigation Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to subdivision (b)(3)(A) of Government Code Section 54956.9 (one potential case) Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release
VI. RECONVENE TO REGULAR SESSION Any Action From Closed Session
VII. FUTURE MEETINGS
August 4 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
August 18 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
VIII. BOARD CLOSING COMMENTS AND AGENDA BUILDING
IX. ADJOURNMENT
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (805) 524-6038. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the district to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [In accordance with Government Code 54961 and Board Bylaw 9320(a).]

 


 

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009

5:15 P.M. – CLOSED SESSION
6:00 P.M. - REGULAR MEETING

627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
The public may review or request a copy of support materials provided to the Board Members where the word materials appears.
5:15 p.m.
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
II. ROLL CALL
III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the Board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
IV. CLOSED SESSION
The Board of Education will meet from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. to consider matters appropriate for Closed Session in accordance with Government Code Sections 3549.1, 54956.7 through 54957.7 and Education Code Section 35146. If the Board does not complete Closed Session discussions at this time, the Board may adjourn to Closed Session at the end of the regular meeting. DISCLOSURE OF ITEM(S) TO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION Labor/Negotiations (Government Code 54957.6)
o Update; Direction to District Negotiators (Jeff Sweeney, Evalene Townend, Mike Bush) for negotiations with the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Confidential Employees, and District Administration. Personnel Matters
o Superintendents’ Evaluation
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (805) 524-6038. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the district to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [In accordance with Government Code 54961 and Board Bylaw 9320(a).] CONTINUED »

 


 
3rd grade student Jake Saviers and Custodian Jorge Negrette.
3rd grade student Jake Saviers and Custodian Jorge Negrette.
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Mountain Vista Elementary School would like to thank Moon Valley Nurseries of Piru for their shade tree donation and our custodian for coordinating the contribution. We are so grateful for the shade and beauty the trees have brought to our school. The students are enjoying the birds that the trees have brought and watching the trees leafs change with the seasons.

 


 
Practice showmanship took place Saturday at the school Farm. Pictured here is a young lady holding a newborn goat. The Gazette would appreciate it if all visitors and participants at the Farm would identify their photos for all to enjoy. A story on the pre-Ventura County Fair entrants will be posted Monday.

Identities of each person in the following photos will be posted as we receive them.
Practice showmanship took place Saturday at the school Farm. Pictured here is a young lady holding a newborn goat. The Gazette would appreciate it if all visitors and participants at the Farm would identify their photos for all to enjoy. A story on the pre-Ventura County Fair entrants will be posted Monday. Identities of each person in the following photos will be posted as we receive them.
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Brittney Chumley, FFA.
Brittney Chumley, FFA.
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(l-r) Aaron Largen, FFA, with 2008 Grand Champion Steer winner at the Ventura County Fair, Samantha Wokal, Sespe 4-H, with her steer Romeo.
(l-r) Aaron Largen, FFA, with 2008 Grand Champion Steer winner at the Ventura County Fair, Samantha Wokal, Sespe 4-H, with her steer Romeo.
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Kiana Hope, Sespe 4-H, with her lamb “Dizzy Izzy” (135 lbs.) This is Kiana first year taking an animal to the Ventura county Fair. Good luck!
Kiana Hope, Sespe 4-H, with her lamb “Dizzy Izzy” (135 lbs.) This is Kiana first year taking an animal to the Ventura county Fair. Good luck!
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Riley Wright, FFA.
Riley Wright, FFA.
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Sierra Blankenship, FFA, with her Father Mark Blankenship.
Sierra Blankenship, FFA, with her Father Mark Blankenship.
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Furloughs, Fee Increases Among Measures to Bridge Budget Gap
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Calif., July 21, 2009 – California State University Channel Islands President Richard R. Rush announced that state budget impacts will be significant for the newest campus in the CSU, as a result of the highly anticipated decisions made by the CSU Board of Trustees today.

Faced with a projected $584 million shortfall to its 2009-10 budget, the CSU Board of Trustees voted to increase student fees effective fall 2009 by an additional $672 annually for full-time undergraduate students, $780 annually for teacher credential students, and $828 annually for graduate students. This increase will be in addition to the $306 annual fee increase for full-time undergraduate students adopted in May. The undergraduate State University Fee will increase from $3,354 to $4,026 per year. Including the CSUCI annual fee of $840, undergraduate students will pay approximately $4,866 per year, which continues to be the lowest rate among comparable institutions. One-third of the revenue from the fee increases will be set aside for financial aid.

As part of a comprehensive, balanced approach to solve the budget deficit – the largest in CSU’s history – the CSU has reached an agreement with the CSU Employee Union to implement employee furloughs at each of the 23 campuses in order to save the maximum number of jobs possible. In addition, the CSU has enacted furloughs for the president and all management personnel. The other labor organizations have not as yet announced decisions as to whether they will agree to furloughs. The budget deficit is the result of the state’s reduced support to the CSU as lawmakers contend with closing California’s $26.3 billion budget gap. CONTINUED »

 
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

WHAT: CSUCI Engineering Day
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2009
WHERE: California State University Channel Islands, John Spoor Broome Library
DETAILS: Engineering Day celebrates the culmination of CSUCI’s four week course entitled Engineering Innovation for local high-school students. The course is a joint effort between California State University Channel Islands, University of California Santa Barbara's MESA program (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) and Johns Hopkins University. Professional Engineers will interact with students at Engineering Day festivities to share their insights into engineer careers.

MESA enables educationally disadvantaged students to prepare for and graduate from a four-year college or university with a math-based degree in areas such as engineering, the sciences, computer science, and mathematics. The goal of Engineering Innovation is to interest high school students in a career in engineering.

Approximately 45 students from the local area high schools and students from the CSUCI and UCSB programs will end the four-week program with an engineer panel discussion, the exciting bridge breaking competition, and an awards ceremony. A video of the 2008 bridge competition can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9ziNn2mLsI.

The following is a schedule of activities for Friday, July 24:
· 9:00 AM - informal chat among engineers and students CONTINUED »

 
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Calif., July 16, 2009 – California State University Channel Islands’ Biology Program and Extended University have been awarded a $71,203 grant from the CSU Commission on Extended University. The grant award is built on a partnership with CSU San Marcos and San Jose State University and will benefit students in the MS Biotechnology programs among the three CSU universities.

The Commission seeks projects that will support priorities outlined in the CSU’s Access to Excellence strategic plan to meet California’s economic and workforce development needs, increase access to education opportunities by serving broader constituencies, develop alternative instructional delivery systems, and encourage cooperation among CSU campuses.

“We are very pleased to receive this special grant, one that recognizes our leadership role in biotechnology education, and is innovative in coordinating shared online curricula across three CSU campuses,” said Dr. Gary Berg, Dean of Extended University at CSU Channel Islands.

“This is the third CSU Commission grant awarded to our program,” said Dr. Ching Hua Wang, Director of the MS Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Program at CSUCI.

This latest grant will support innovative ways of offering some key courses among the MS Biotechnology programs at multiple campuses and expand access to our excellent curriculum. These professional science master’s programs are completely self-supported and do not receive any state funding. Instead, these programs are generating revenue for the University.”

As project lead, the MS Biotechnology Program at CSU Channel Islands will develop and offer a distance learning format industry lecture series and a group of online biotechnology graduate courses that can be shared by all CSU campuses. Built upon the existing degree programs, the lecture series and the online courses aim to augment and enhance the professional science master’s degree curricula to ensure that the CSU provides managers, scientists, and technologists, education aligned with industry and future societal demands.

The lecture series is intended for graduate students, as well as, for interested professionals on a non-credit basis. Speakers will be drawn from industry throughout the state, as well as nationally and internationally. For further information about the biotechnology programs email biology@csuci.edu or the CSUCI Extended University office at 805-437-2748 or email exed@csuci.edu.

 
Publication includes Artwork from 9 additional students

VENTURA, CA - Twenty-four students from creative writing, composition and literature classes have had their work selected for publication in the 2009 edition of the VC Voices. Of more than 100 pieces submitted for consideration, these selections were chosen for the anthology magazine after three rounds of judging by a committee of English faculty. The edition offers a wide variety of themes and genres. The publication is funded by the Associated Students of Ventura College, with assistance of the graphic design department and the on-campus Canon Business Solutions printing facility. The magazine is utilized in more than twenty classes as a teaching tool, and will be available for purchase from the Ventura College Bookstore this month. The winning students’ work was read and the students honored at a gathering in May.

Award-winning works from nine art and photography students were selected to accent the publication.

Editor Jennifer Garcia, English instructor noted that examples of descriptive narratives, argument and research essays, literary analysis and short fiction are all available in the collection. Art styles selected also cover a wide range, including watercolor, pencil drawing, mixed media, photography and ceramics.

Those students so honored are:
Authors:
Camarillo: Paul McClaren (Instructor Jennifer Garcia)
Carpinteria: F. Albert Salinas (Instructor Lydia Cosentino) CONTINUED »

 

Camarillo, Calif., July 16, 2009 – California State University Channel Islands’ teacher and administrative
credential programs have been granted full accreditation by the California Commission on Teacher
Credentialing Committee on Accreditation. The teacher and administrative credential programs at CSUCI were
awarded full seven-year accreditation on June 25.

The purpose of the Commission is to ensure integrity and high quality in the preparation, conduct, and
professional growth of the educators who serve California’s public schools. Its work reflects both statutory
mandates that govern the Commission and research on professional practices.

“The collaboration among the faculty, staff, and school partners was evident in all of the interviews held,” said
Dr. Mel Hunt, leader of the accreditation team.

The accreditation process allows CSUCI to continue to offer credentials in Administrative Services, Multiple
Subject with Internship and Bilingual (Spanish) emphasis, Single Subject with Internship, Education Specialist,
and Mild/Moderate Disabilities with Internship Level I and Level II. Credential programs completed at CSUCI
prior to June 25 are also accredited. CONTINUED »

 
The high school baseball field shows how the new system of recycled water will be pumped from our new wastewater treatment plant. Several school yards will benefit from the state-of-the-art plant which is now undergoing tests.
The high school baseball field shows how the new system of recycled water will be pumped from our new wastewater treatment plant. Several school yards will benefit from the state-of-the-art plant which is now undergoing tests.
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Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009
6:00 P.M. – SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
6:00 P.M.
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
II. ROLL CALL
III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the school board. State law prohibits the board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
IV. CLARIFICATION OF AGENDA AND TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS
V. ACTION ITEM
a. Award Bid for Recycled Rubber Mulch for Playground Fall Zone Protection
Piru, San Cayetano and Sespe Schools, Project # 090101 Bids: West Coast Rubber Recycling; $125,450.30
VI. FUTURE MEETINGS
August 4 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
August 18 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
VII. BOARD CLOSING COMMENTS AND AGENDA BUILDING
VIII. ADJOURNMENT

 

Camarillo, Calif., July 6, 2009 – A major telephone outage in Ventura County has also affected the 911 emergency service at California State University Channel Islands and residents of University Glen located in the eastern portion of the campus. The campus continues to maintain internal calling capabilities but external calls to the campus have been disrupted until further notice.

Campus faculty, staff, and students, have been notified through emails and public announcements that calls for emergency services are currently unavailable by dialing 911. Anyone on campus needing emergency services should call the University’s Police department by dialing the internal campus emergency number, extension 8444 or if they have available phone service, they may call 437-8444. CONTINUED »

 

Camarillo, Calif., July 2, 2009 – The CSUCI Osher Institute will offer this fall, University-quality classes in
Oxnard for mature learners. The classes will be held at the Oxnard Public Library located at 251 South A
Street. Classes will begin on August 26 and continue for six weeks. This will be the first opportunity for
adult learners of all ages to enroll in Osher Institute classes that have been extremely popular to older
adults for their high quality. In other instances, enrollment has been open only to persons 50 years old
and above.

Popular Film and Society meets on Wednesday mornings, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. It traces the history and
psychology of Hollywood film through the “golden age”, and examines how film both reflects the current
society and then influences it as well. Students will learn about the role film plays in society (and viceversa)
and will be able to evaluate the frequent claims that film is too influential or too political.
Beyond Story-Telling: The Art of Fiction examines how the elements and style of good literature
combine to create fiction that is almost as real as life itself. This class will meet on Wednesdays from 1:00
– 3:30 p.m. CONTINUED »

 

Summer School Students, Grades 11 and 12 will take the CAHSEE Exam on July 28, & 29, 2009
The CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam) will be administered at Fillmore High School to Juniors and Seniors currently enrolled in Summer School who have NOT passed one or both English-Language Arts or Math sections. Testing for these students will begin at 8 a.m. SHARP and will end at 4 p.m. on both days in Rm. #49. The California State Department of Education will release the test results in eight weeks following testing.
This Summer School testing is a new attempt at intense instruction with (almost) immediate CAHSEE testing following the end of Summer School and it is believed that this will help those students who are equally giving their best concentrated effort to be successful in passing these important exams. Students in Grade 12 who do not pass both CAHSEE exams by June 2010 will receive a Certificate of Completion, but not a Fillmore High School Diploma. CONTINUED »

 
Superintendent Jack-O'Connell
Superintendent Jack-O'Connell
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced today that McKinney-Vento funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are now available to assist homeless students.

“In addition to the devastating cuts we’ve seen in state education funding, families are suffering from job loss, service cuts, and home repossessions,” said O’Connell. “These budget cuts and economic hardships affect all students, but have the greatest impact on our homeless children, a student population that is unfortunately growing.”

The McKinney-Vento funds are provided to assist schools in addressing the educational and related needs of homeless students. Schools can use the funds for programs for pre-school-aged homeless children; before- and after-school programs, mentoring, and summer programs with educational activities. The funds also can be used to cover costs associated with tracking, obtaining, and transferring records of homeless children as well as other services. CONTINUED »

 
Scholars receive $3,000 for work with their faculty mentor

Camarillo, Calif., June 25, 2009 - Two California State University Channel Islands Psychology majors are among 70 students who have been named California State University (CSU) Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars. Jacob Jones and Bianca Villalobos, both starting their senior year this fall, will work closely with their faculty mentor, Dr. Kimmy-Kee Rose, Associate Professor of Psychology, to prepare for their future graduate studies.

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at one of the University of California (UC) institutions.

CSU Channel Islands seeks to involve undergraduates in research experiences with faculty and the Pre-Doctoral Program funds such activities for a select group interested in doctoral work. CONTINUED »

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009
11:00 a.m. – SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
11:00 a.m.
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
II. ROLL CALL
III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the school board. State law prohibits the board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
IV. CLARIFICATION OF AGENDA AND TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS
V. CLOSED SESSION
The Board of Education will meet at 11:00 a.m. to consider matters appropriate for Closed Session in accordance with Government Code Sections 3549.1, 54956.7 through 54957.7 and Education Code Section 35146. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE/DISMISSAL/RELEASE (Government Code Section 54957)
VI. RECONVENE TO REGULAR SESSION Any Action From Closed Session
VII. FUTURE MEETINGS
August 4 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
August 18 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
VIII. BOARD CLOSING COMMENTS AND AGENDA BUILDING
IX. ADJOURNMENT

 
Newly graduated Paramedics Mike Ellison (Ojai) and Kyle Bauerlein (Ventura) celebrate their scholarships.
Newly graduated Paramedics Mike Ellison (Ojai) and Kyle Bauerlein (Ventura) celebrate their scholarships.
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Valedictorian Austin Toole (Tujunga) at work.
Valedictorian Austin Toole (Tujunga) at work.
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Ventura, CA. - Fourteen students completed the rigorous Ventura College School of Prehospital and Emergency Medicine Paramedic Studies program, participating in the certificate presentation ceremony on Friday, June 22 at the Ventura College Theatre. This is the tenth graduating class from the program.
Michael Douglass Ellison received the Tommy Anthony Scholarship and Kyle A. Bauerlein was awarded the Benjamin Tanner Scholarship. Austin Toole is the class Valedictorian.
The Ventura College School of Prehospital and Emergency Medicine is the only fully accredited paramedic training program in the county– training Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics (highest level of EMT certification), who provide urgent care in any location or while transporting patients in ambulances or helicopters. As first responders in the delivery of emergency services, these men and women apply life-saving medical techniques to the injured.
For information on the program, visit: http://academic.venturacollege.edu/smelton/healthsci/
Program Director Meredith Mundell, Instructor Stephen Frank, VCCCD Trustee Stephen P. Blum, Esq., Dean of Career and Technical Education Robert Taylor, and Executive Vice President Ramiro Sanchez presented the certificates to the following, ten of whom earned Associate of Science degrees in Emergency Medical Services:

Ventura College – Paramedic Studies 2008 – 2009 Graduating Class

Camarillo: Hadi Jorabchi, A.S., Timothy E. Maxwell, A.S., Andrew J. Medina,
Moorpark: Evan Gonzalez, A.S.
Ojai: Michael Douglass Ellison, A.S.
Oxnard: Joe Luis Perez
Simi Valley: Matthew Arnold, A.S., Christopher M. Crosby, Steven W. Van Keulen II, A.S.
Thousand Oaks: Adam E. Nunez, A.S.
Tujunga: Austin Toole
Valencia: Amanda Lynn May, A.S.
Ventura: Kyle A. Bauerlein, A.S., James Richard Rosolek, A.S.