At FHS “Graduation” begins right now

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Fillmore High School Seniors will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from UC, CSU, community college, and private colleges and universities at the Second Annual Higher Ed Week at Fillmore High School during periods 1 and 3. College and university representatives will be here from Imperial Valley College; California State University Northridge; San Bernardino State University; San Marcos State University; San Diego State University; SDSU-Imperial Valley campus; Chico State University, University of California, Davis; UC Irvine; UC Riverside; UC San Diego; and UC Santa Cruz. Our local community colleges, Ventura, Moorpark, and Oxnard will also be represented.

Private colleges will include Point Loma Nazarene, University of San Diego, Cal Lutheran and Columbia College,
U.S. Forest Service as well as Southern California Consortium.

Many students will have representatives of their college choice here and it will give them an opportunity to ask specific questions about choosing a major, scholarships, campus, dorms, tour dates, academic requirements and paperwork they must complete in order to be accepted. Higher Ed Week emphasizes the importance of making an informed decision on where to attend college.

For more information on Higher Ed Week, please contact Fillmore High School Counselor Norma Perez-Sandford at 524-6107 or

Norma Pérez-Sandford is a Counselor at Fillmore High School.


Team members Kelli Couse and Kelly Myers from the Mountain Vista Relay for Life team donated 10 inches of hair for cancer patients.
Team members Kelli Couse and Kelly Myers from the Mountain Vista Relay for Life team donated 10 inches of hair for cancer patients.
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Mary Kramer
Mary Kramer

Camarillo, CA. - The board of the CSU Channel Islands (CI) Foundation recently announced the winner of its first annual ‘Star Award’ for exemplary service to the Foundation. Camarillo businesswoman and board member Mary Kramer, recipient of the award, was recognized for her tireless work and outstanding commitment to the board’s goals of creating new funding opportunities to benefit the University.

The board, led by Chairman Bill Kearney, a 34-year resident of Ventura, has worked diligently to open new doors for fundraising that will benefit students and faculty. New revenue for research and program development strengthens the University’s mission of providing innovative, multidisciplinary, service-oriented programs. Kearney, a six-year board member, said that he had gotten involved with the board because he, “…, like so many other people in Ventura County, was absolutely thrilled to have a four-year public University in the county.”

The board, composed of both community leaders from different industries and faculty and administrative representatives, was organized to re-energize, restructure and expand fundraising efforts. Bill Kearny emphasized that members of the board have many diverse backgrounds and abilities and that, “Mary brings skills to the group including tremendous negotiating skills.”

Entering her third year as a board member, Mary Kramer CONTINUED »


October 21, 2009
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

The Fillmore Unified School District received a petition for the conversion of Piru Elementary School to a charter school to be known as the Piru Charter School. The District Governing Board will hold a public hearing on the provisions of the charter, at which time the Board will consider the level of support for the petition by teachers employed by the District, other District employees, and parents.

Based on the District’s review and analysis of the charter petition and the information gathered at the public hearing, the District Board will either grant or deny the charter. The meeting will occur at Piru Elementary School in their auditorium on Wednesday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m. Translators will be present at the meeting. Transportation to and from Rancho Sespe will be provided courtesy of the Ventura County Migrant Program.

Also, child care for elementary age students will be provided. A copy of the petition can be viewed at the Superintendent’s Office, 627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore.



Recent articles in the Gazette by proponents of the Piru Charter School petition have implied that the Fillmore Unified School District showed a “lack of real concern for the students and parents of Piru Elementary School.” It is unclear what the petitioners are citing, as the information that follows is a clear indication that Piru has received tremendous support.
The District has shown concern for Piru’s instructional program as it funded the following over the past three years:
• The purchase of a computer lab ($17,000);
• The purchase of Waterford Math and Science software ($40,000); and
• The purchase one half the cost of the Lesson One ($11,250) program that school implemented the past two years.
The above items, with the exception of Lesson One were provided for all of our elementary schools. Also, the District provides outstanding support for our Title I, Migrant and our English Learners by our coordinators, all of whom specialize in our student populations across the District. This support is the luxury of being part of a unified school district.
Below is a partial list of the programs and projects that the District has completed at Piru School just in the last 4 years:
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Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or for more information.

Sod was installed at the high school last week.
Sod was installed at the high school last week.
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A high-tech sprinkler system was also in place guaranteeing years of beautiful turf.
A high-tech sprinkler system was also in place guaranteeing years of beautiful turf.
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After a week long study on all things apples the Kindergarteners at San Cayetano Elementary spent time in their backyard enjoying special apple treats such as apple juice, apple pie, and applesauce.
After a week long study on all things apples the Kindergarteners at San Cayetano Elementary spent time in their backyard enjoying special apple treats such as apple juice, apple pie, and applesauce.
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Students to Assist with Charity Golf Event

VENTURA, CA - In Project Management Practicum, the capstone course of UCSB Extension's Professional Certificate Program in Project Management, students apply their learned project management skills to assist a community service organization. This fall, UCSB Extension is pleased to again be collaborating with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to building homes in partnership with low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing. The student project this fall quarter will be to assist Habitat to plan and conduct a fundraising golf event at Wood Ranch in Simi Valley.

In prior Practicum classes, students planned and executed projects for the Ventura and Santa Barbara Habitat affiliates. These projects included home improvement workshops to raise awareness of Habitat's ReStore, a 25th anniversary picnic to honor homeowners and volunteers, a ReStore location study, and a Women-at-Work day to frame a Habitat house.

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The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email

California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA. - CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced the second program of the Fall 2009 Chicana/o Speaker Series. Guest speaker, Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas of UC Irvine, will discuss her research on women and the Bracero program entitled, “Ourselves-Our Children: Responsibility and Respectability across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1942-1947.”

The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 5:00 p.m. in the John Spoor Broome Library Room 1360 on the CI campus. The series of programs is sponsored by the Chicana/o Studies program, in conjunction with the Center for Multicultural Engagement and is funded by the University’s IRA (Instructionally Related Activities).

Dr. Rosas’ research on women, the Bracero program and its legacy, from 1942 to today, demonstrates the ongoing impact the program has had on Chicano families. A by-product of the program, which allowed Mexican nationals to take temporary agricultural work in the United States, was the separation of the families of migrant workers. For a female migrant worker it meant the lengthy absence of a mother from her children, as she worked to send money back to her family. This resulted in many children resenting the mother’s absence and feeling abandoned.

The separation of family members, some living and CONTINUED »

California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

WHAT: “Where Are We Now?” with Dr. Sung Won Sohn
WHEN: 12 – 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
WHERE: CSU Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo, Malibu Hall 100

The worst economic setback during the post-war period is over. The global economy is recovering and the global financial markets are stabilizing. Despite the improved outlook, there are concerns on both economic and financial fronts. There is the risk of a double-dip recession as well as renewed inflation. The funding in the economic stimulus programs will be gradually phased out. The central banks will begin to mop up excess liquidity and start raising the interest rate. The global trade won't be as robust as it used to be. How real are these risks? How will the U.S. economy fare? How will the financial markets including the stock and bond markets respond? Renowned economist, Dr. Sung Won Sohn, will present his analysis.

Sohn is a Professor at the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CSU Channel Islands. He is regularly quoted by national and global media outlets. Prior to arriving at the University, Sohn was the Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank with $4 billion in assets. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, Sohn was Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Banks for more than 30 years. He served on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors at The White House during the Ford-Nixon Administration.



5:15 p.m.
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.
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 School District Pupils (Education Code 35146)
o Expulsion Case Number 09-10-01
o Expulsion Case Number 09-10-02 Conference with Real Property Negotiators (Government Code 54956.8)
707 First Street
Negotiators: Mike Bush, Constance Swindt Labor/Negotiations (Government Code 54957.6)
o Update; Direction to District Negotiators (Jeff Sweeney, Mike Bush, Bev Jones) for negotiations with the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Confidential Employees, and District Administration. Personnel Matters
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).]
6:00 p.m.
V. RECONVENE TO REGULAR SESSION Any Action From Closed Session
VIII. THE POWER OF ONE Danny Alcozar Maria Gonzalez Scott Carroll Anna Morielli
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.
6:15 p.m.
XI. STANDING REPORTS 10 minutes Student Representative’s Report 10 minutes Board Member’s Reports 30 minutes Superintendent’s Report
o Health Report (Materials)
o Middle School Response to Intervention Model (Materials)
6:45 p.m.
XII. ACTION - CONSENT AGENDA (Materials: Corresponding to letters a-e)
Items on the Consent Agenda are considered routine and will be enacted by a single motion. None of the items will be discussed unless a Board Member or member of the audience requests discussion.
a. Approve Minutes: Board Meeting Held September 15, 2009
b. Approve Personnel Order 09-10-05
c. Donations
d. Obsolete Items
e. Contracts
f. Approval of Resolution 09-10-07 for Adopting the “Gann Limit” (Materials)
g. Approve Notice of Completion for Bottenfield Construction (F10-00065) (Materials)
h. Approve Quarterly Report on Williams Uniform Complaints (Materials)
i. Approve Request for Overnight Fieldtrip from Joe Ricards to the FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Conference on October 10-11, 2009 in Hollister, CA. (Materials)
j. Approve Assumption of Santa Clara Valley Neighborhood for Learning’s Administrative Partner Grant – Total $244,574.00 (Materials)
7:15 p.m.
k. 5 minutes Presentation of Initial Proposal from Fillmore Unified School District
(FUSD) for 2008-09 to California School Employees Association (CSEA)
Chapter 421 (Materials)
October 20 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
October 21 6:00 p.m. Special Meeting – Location TBD
November 3 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
November 17 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
7:45 p.m.


Camarillo, CA. - The priority application period for students intending to enter CSU Channel Islands (CI) or any California State University campus in fall 2010 opened at midnight on October 1.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible but, no later than Nov. 30, 2009, to be admitted to their preferred campus. Challenges brought on by California's budget shortfall are once again forcing all CSU campuses to reduce student enrollment. Twelve campuses have declared impaction and CI is anticipating more applications than ever.

Statewide most CSU campuses are not accepting new applicants for the spring semesters. While CI is open in spring 2010 for post baccalaureate programs, it will not open to new undergraduates in spring 2010 and will not open to new undergraduates in spring 2011. Students who wish to transfer from the local community colleges should plan ahead to be fully eligible to transfer in the fall semester.

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Ventura College East Campus at 105 Dean Drive in Santa Paula is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Access 21 GED Preparation software program. This computer-based, interactive, self-paced program includes extensive practice in all the areas of the GED exam including language arts (reading and writing), social studies, science and math.

Any member of the community desiring to prepare him or herself to take the GED high school equivalency exam is welcome to use the program and check out additional GED instructional support textbooks for home study.

There is no charge to use the computer software or the accompanying textbooks. All that is required is to fill out a Ventura College student application (at no charge) in order to obtain an access number.

Erika Hurtado, instructional lab technician, is available to assist anyone interested in getting started. The computer lab is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please call the East Campus at 525-7136.


Seeking charter status, as provided under state law, is simply an exciting educational process that is happening all over California and the nation. It needn’t be confrontational. All students and all staff still have a choice of elementary schools to attend and to work at. Charter School simply provides another option for those who choose it.

All of us are in education because we want to help kids learn. Each school is different and different solutions are needed to maximize each school’s success. Piru is fortunate to have a staff that has demonstrated they are capable and willing to accept the challenge of becoming a Charter School. By completing many district tasks on site, we expect save enough money to be able to offer not only smaller classes to our students, but to purchase and develop programs and curriculums which best suit the needs of our students and our community.

Having made both our state API and federal AYP goals last year, Piru staff want to work hard this year to continue to increase their California Star Tests in CONTINUED »


On Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Fillmore Unified School District, in conjunction with the City of Fillmore, will be participating in the nationally celebrated event, Walk To School Day. This event gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking and riding bicycles to school. It also provides a chance to discuss and address finding and creating safe routes to school and in our communities. In 2004, more than 3,000 schools in the US and approximately 3 million walkers from 36 countries walked to school together on Walk to School Day. Last year, all of FUSD schools participated in a variety of ways, unique to each school site. Events at schools will follow which include informational outdoor assemblies, physical activities, nutritional education, and pedestrian safety education through Safe Kids of Ventura County, music, fresh fruit and healthy snacks, jump-roping, families visiting school sites, running, and more. Look for us next Wednesday, as students, FUSD staff, parents, families, community members, police and city employees all join in and walk alongside each other for the benefit of our students, their safety and their health!

California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA. – CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced students who have been named to the Semester Honors list for the spring 2009 semester. For each city, the names of students earning honors are listed alphabetically.

Students named to the Semester Honors list are CI undergraduate students completing 12 or more units with a letter grade in a single semester or academic year who have earned a 3.75 or higher grade point average.


Iris Cortez

Isela Larin

Jessica Vasquez

Agoura Hills

Lucas Allen

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California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is offering a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The Start Smart Program is aimed at helping future and newly licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The program is designed as an educational tool for parents and teenagers in an effort to reduce the number of teenage injuries and deaths resulting from traffic collisions. Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds. The primary objective of the program is to provide teens and parents with an understanding of how poor choices behind the wheel can affect the lives of numerous people. The Start Smart program also provides teens and parents with information on defensive driving, traffic laws in California, dynamics of traffic collisions, tips on avoiding traffic collisions, and DUI awareness.

Smart Start classes are free of charge. The next class will be on Tuesday October 6, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ventura Area CHP office. The address for the Ventura Area CHP office is 4656 Valentine Rd. Ventura, CA 93003. For more details or to make a reservation for the class, please call Officer Steve Reid at (805)477-4130.

Wayne Davey
Wayne Davey

Camarillo, CA. — The Tenth-Annual CSU Channel Islands President’s Dinner will take place under the stars at the campus on Saturday, Oct. 3. The gala event – Cruisin’ at CI – will celebrate the University’s accomplishments, and will include the presentation of the California State University Channel Islands Robert J. Lagomarsino Award.

Wayne Davey has been named the 2009 recipient of the Lagomarsino Award. The award will be presented to Davey at the President’s Dinner event. The award, named in honor of the Honorable Robert J. Lagomarsino, a former United States congressman and a longtime supporter of the University, is presented to an individual who has contributed to and supported CSU Channel Islands.

Davey’s involvement with the University began in 1999 when he and his wife Barbara became founding members of the President’s Circle. Davey served on the CSU Channel Islands Foundation Board of Directors from 2002-2008, and was Chairman of the Board from 2005-2007. Davey was also a co-founder of the University’s Business & Technology Partnership that assists the University in developing business and technology programs that will serve the business needs of the county, as well as serving on the University’s Biotechnology Program Advisory Board. Davey has been active with several organizations in Ventura County including the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA), Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival, Camarillo Healthcare District Community Leaders Advisory Panel, CONTINUED »

2009 CSUCI Hearst Scholarship Winner Josue Magana
2009 CSUCI Hearst Scholarship Winner Josue Magana

Camarillo, CA. - California State University recently announced the recipients of the 2009 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Among the winners was CSU Channel Islands (CI) student Josué Magaña.

The award is given to students who have overcome great personal challenges to pursue their education. Magaña, currently a senior at CI, personifies the commitment, drive and perseverance needed to achieve this goal.

The award, which is given annually, provides a $3,000 scholarship to students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service, and financial need.

Josué Magaña, a first generation Mexican-American and the second of eleven siblings, had finished high school and was working at a minimum wage job. After getting into some trouble, he decided he needed to take charge of his life and enrolled at CI. It turned out to be a life-changing decision which showed results in his first semester when he produced a 4.0 GPA.

Now a senior at CI, he is majoring in business with a focus on finance and management. Not only does he manage a 3.3 GPA but volunteers 20 hours a week tutoring students with learning disabilities at Ventura College. Additionally, he volunteers with several outreach programs, CONTINUED »


6:30 P.M.


(A Social and BBQ dinner will be server to the Board and Council Members and their invited guests at 6:30 p.m. with a meeting to follow at approximately 7:15 p.m.)

Oral Communications is the time for citizen presentations or comments on items not on the agenda, but within the responsibility of the City Council and School Board. Please complete an Audience Participation Form prior to the beginning of oral communications and hand it to the clerk if you wish to speak. Please stay within the time limit indicated by the Mayor. If you wish to speak on an item on this agenda, please fill out an Audience Participation Form and hand it to the clerk prior to that item.