The conference, which is free and open to all SAUSD parents, will include workshops, a School Choice Fair, and a Community Resource Fair. Free child care and transportation will be provided from SAUSD schools. To participate, visit the front office or Wellness Center at your child’s school.
The SAUSD will be conducting a Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, Sep. 9, 2019, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex, located at 1801 S. Greenville St., in Santa Ana, off of Raitt St., between Edinger Ave. and Glenwood Place.
The 2019 SAUSD Wall of Fame inductees include:
- Hebron Fangupo, Century High School, 2003
- Yvonne Alonzo, Segerstrom High School, 2005-2019 and Saddleback High School, 1976-2005
- Robert Harrell, Santa Ana High School, 1972
- Eddie Steward, Santa Ana High School, 1967
- Ted Parks, Santa Ana High School, 1964
- Bobby Gene Caroll, Santa Ana Valley High School, 1966
Click here to RSVP. Your RSVP is required if you would like to attend.
The Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) Board of Education is seeking feedback from staff, parents, community members, and students, on the desired characteristics and skills that are critical for the next Superintendent of SAUSD.
Perhaps this would be a good opportunity to let the folks at the SAUSD know that we don’t want them to pay their next Superintendent over $400,000 a year in pay and benefits, which is what they paid the last Superintendent.
Several neighborhood meetings are set where you can find out more and let the SAUSD know about how you feel about the hiring of a new Superintendent:
- Thursday, August 29, 6-7 p.m., McFadden Intermediate School (Theatron), 2701 S. Raitt St.
- Tuesday, Sep. 3, 9-10 a.m., Century High School (Library), 1401 S. Grand Ave.
- Wed., Sep. 4, 6-7 p.m., Santiago Elementary School (Multi-Purpose Room, 2212 N. Baker St.
Childcare and translation services will be available at these public meetings.
Input may also be provided by completing an online survey by September 13, 2019 at www.sausd.us/search and/or by attending one of four neighborhood meetings, which begin Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Please click here for details.
To read this news in Spanish or Vietnamese click here.
The candidates are set for the upcoming SAUSD School Board Special Election, which will be held on Nov. 5, to replace Cecilia Iglesias, who was elected to the Santa Ana City Council.
The candidates include:
- Cecilia Aguinaga – a Realtor who has run for the SAUSD School Board a few times before. Aguinaga has served on various City Commissions over the years. She currently serves on the Santa Ana Housing and Redevelopment Commission.
- David Benavides – a former Santa Ana City Councilman who now heads up a non-profit, Kidworks.
- Gisela Contreras – a parent/businesswoman who is endorsed by Iglesias.
- Carolyn Torres – a 7th grade teacher who has very liberal views.
I am surprised that Benavides is running and disappointed that Angie Cano is not running. Cano has come close to getting elected to the SAUSD School Board in a couple previous races.
This Special Election will be held concurrently with the Santa Ana City Council’s Ward 4 Special Election, which will replace Benavides’ old friend Roman Reyna, who had to quit the City Council after he got caught fudging his campaign paperwork.
On Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 thousands of eager Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) students and their families will converge upon the Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex, at 1801 S. Greenville St. in Santa Ana, to take part in the annual Back to School Bash.
During the popular event, the District is anticipating providing nearly 3,000 backpacks filled with supplies to students, along with other free giveaways. In addition, families will have the opportunity to receive information from representatives of nearly 40 local agencies at resource booths set up on site.
The fun-filled and educational gathering will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s designed as a one-stop event to ensure that each student has the necessary tools to get the school year off to a good start, which is essential to their academic success.
Admission to the Back to School Bash is free. Here are just a few of the support services and free offerings that will be available to parents and students (while supplies last):
• Free backpacks and school supplies
• Free health screenings
• Free registration support
• Free food samples
NEW SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS AUG. 12
Instruction in SAUSD resumes Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. The 2019-20 school year will bring with it new programs and facilities across the District, with the goal of providing additional educational options and opportunities for students. These enhancements include the addition of Full Day Kindergarten at all school sites, the opening of Romero-Cruz (PreK-8) Academy, the addition of a Dual Language program at Monroe Elementary School, the expansion of the Engage 360° Extended Learning Program, and much more.
The SAUSD is looking to hire 95 After-School Instructional Support Providers, at a starting salary of $16.35 per hour. A high school diploma and at least 48 hours of General Education College Units is required.
Educational experience should be supplemented by training and/or working with children in a learning situation.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.). This is a non-benefited, Grant Funded position.
Click here to apply.
Omar Rojas, 28, a high school volleyball coach and security guard for the Santa Ana Unified School District’s police force pleaded guilty to having sex with four girls and has been sentenced to only a year in jail, according to the O.C. Register.
Rojas, a Santa Ana resident, pleaded guilty back on Friday, June 7, to having sex with four teen girls. Apparently he worked out a plea deal with the O.C.D.A. that included waiving him a year’s worth of credit behind bars since he was arrested last August.
Rojas was originally arrested for having sex with three teenage girls on his volleyball team then a fourth victim was added to charges later.
Rojas will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
The victims included two 17-year-old girls and a 15-year-old girl who were on the volleyball team at Century High School in 2015, according to the SAPD.
Rojas was so brazen that he would have the victims excused from class so he could meet up with them to have sex on campus during school.
At the time of the crimes Rojas was not a school safety officer.
Rojas worked as a District Safety Officer at Sierra Preparatory Academy, according to the Santa Ana Unified School District.
SANTA ANA, CA – May 30, 2019 – During the regular school year at the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), all students have access to meals each school day at no charge. Unfortunately, many young children are at risk of experiencing food insecurity during the summer. The summer time can be a challenging time to find adequate nutritious meals as offered during the regular school year.
In order to ensure that no child goes hungry when the regular school year is not in session, SAUSD offers nutritious breakfasts and lunches at no charge for children between the ages of 1 and 18 during the summer months. The meals are offered at 60 participating locations, Monday through Friday, throughout the city of Santa Ana.
Last year, the summer feeding program served approximately 14,000 meals per day. We encourage all children in Santa Ana who wish to receive a nutritious meal at no charge to visit one of our sites this summer.
Please see the attached flyer for a list of participating sites, dates, times and additional rules.
For more information, call the Nutrition Services Department at 714-431-1900, or visit www.sausd.us under NEWS.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Please click HERE for a copy of the schedule and list of participating sites.
Media Statement from SAUSD
Earlier this year, the Santa Ana Unified School District discovered that several charters under its authorization, including the Orange County School for the Arts, had not been making required contributions from their general fund revenue to support special education services for students with disabilities residing in Santa Ana, including those attending schools operated by the District and charter schools. California law and each of the charter school’s charters requires them to contribute a fair share of their general fund revenue to provide special education and related services needed by Santa Ana residents in excess of funding provided for those services from the state and federal government.
The Santa Ana Unified School District informed each charter school it has authorized that participates in its special education local plan area (SELPA) of this required contribution and sought to meet and work collaboratively with them to make the contribution required by law and their charters to students with disabilities residing in Santa Ana. The District expressed its goal to work collaboratively with our charter schools to ensure that the needs of all of our special education students are being met in accordance with existing laws and authorized charters. Contrary to OCSA’s statement, the District has not “threatened” all of its charters with withholding of property tax payments. When informed of its delinquency in making contribution to district wide special education cost that exceed funding, only OCSA responded by steadfastly refusing to make any contribution and confirming they never intended to make any contribution to special education costs in the past, the present or the future. OCSA took the position as they have in the current statement, that it should be able to make its contribution from special education funds instead of the general education revenue that must, by law and charter, be used to contribute. Despite the District’s willingness to work towards resolution without litigation, including a delay of withholding of property tax transfer authorized by their charter, OCSA chose instead to rush into court in pursuit of legal action against the District. It is for these reasons alone that OCSA has forced the invocation of terms referenced in its own charter requiring the withholding of payments.
The Santa Ana Unified School District continues to work collaboratively and amicably with the other charters who have not chosen to turn their backs on the needs of special education students in the Santa Ana Unified SELPA, as OCSA has decided to do. Although OCSA has the ability to make the contribution, with a fund balance in excess of $25 million in March, they refuse to make any contribution as required by law and their charter. After receiving notice from the District, OCSA transferred the funding out of the charter school’s balance, and are now claiming an inability to pay their obligation.
Simply put, OCSA has deliberately and systematically sought to avoid its legal obligation as a public charter school to contribute to excess costs all public schools bear in meeting the educational needs of special needs students. When approached in good faith to work out a fair settlement, they chose instead to expend their funds on court battles and not the needs of special education students. We believe that the children of Santa Ana deserve better.
A 20-year-old convicted stalker, Kevin Cacho, was charged Tuesday with making threats against Century High School as well as a woman he met while both were students at the Santa Ana campus and subsequently rejected his romantic advances, according to the O.C. Register.
Cacho pleaded not guilty to one count each of making criminal threats and violating a domestic violence order with a prior conviction for domestic violence, both felonies. He must return to the court on Feb. 14, which ironically is Valentine’s Day, for a pretrial hearing in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
Cacho reportedly sent threats to the high school and the victim, who befriended him while they were both students at Century, according to the SAPD.
Cacho was apparently “infatuated” with the unnamed woman in high school, but when he told her this she indicated that she was not attracted to him. Things escalated at that point.
Cacho was already sentenced previously on Oct. 10, after he plead guilty to stalking the same woman. At the time he was sentenced to 364 days in jail.
However Cacho seemed not to have learned his lesson. On Jan. 8, the victim received a number of “intimidating” text messages, from an unknown phone number. from an unknown phone number.
The SAPD arrested Cacho, a Santa Ana College student, on Friday.
SANTA ANA, CA (Jan. 25, 2019) – The public is invited to learn about the variety of programs offered by the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) during the 5th Annual School Choice Fair from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana.
Representatives of 55 SAUSD schools and 11 SAUSD-related programs will provide information to the community about the District’s award-winning campuses and wide selection of programs, including STEM, early learning, dual language, Speech & Debate, and Visual and Performing Arts, in addition to its 34 career pathways, nationally ranked culinary program, and more. In addition, 18 school music groups – ranging from chamber singers, to dance teams, to mariachi groups – will provide entertainment throughout the day.
MainPlace Mall is at 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92705.
For photos from last year’s School Choice Fair, click here.
Founded in 1888, the Santa Ana Unified School District is the 7th largest school district in California and the largest school district in Orange County. The District educates approximately 50,000 students at 57 schools throughout the city of Santa Ana. Approximately 60% of District students are English learners with Spanish being the most common language, and approximately 91% of the student population is eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
Claudia Hernandez, 35, pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to four years in prison for trying to kidnap Amy Martinez, a 12-year-old girl, as she was walking to school in Santa Ana, according to the O.C. Register.
Hernandez, who was previously identified as Claudia Hernandez-Diaz, pleaded guilty to two felony charges – attempted kidnapping of a child younger than 14 and child stealing. Continue reading
Two campaign mailers arrived in Santa Ana mailboxes today – in a direct hit on the SAUSD’s Measure I – the district’s third property tax increase in 19 years.
One of the mailers addressed the unfairness of Measure I, which will have a huge negative impact on Santa Ana senior citizens and others on fixed incomes, such as the disabled and those who are combating serious illnesses. Continue reading
Santa Ana Parents Exposed to Valuable Workshops and Resources to Help in Supporting Their Student’s Success at Annual Parent Conference
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
(October 18, 2018) – More than 1,000 Santa Ana Unified School District parents are expected to attend the 25th Annual Parent Conference, which will focus on Saturday, October 20, 2018, beginning at 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Villa Fundamental Intermediate School, located at 1441 E. Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana. “We all have the same vision for our children – to learn and thrive in a safe environment so that they are successfully prepared to attend college and to work in their chosen career fields, so this conference is a great opportunity for us to connect with our parents and to provide them with valuable resources to support their children’s success,” said Stefanie Phillips, Ed. D., Superintendent of Santa Ana Unified School District. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
On October 4, 2018, Santa Ana Police Department detectives began an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by a After School Instructional Provider working at Greenville Fundamental Elementary School in the Santa Ana Unified School District.
On October 5, 2018, detectives arrested Eddy Bustamante Infante at his residence for Aggravated Sexual Assault on multiple victims. Infante was booked at the Orange County Jail on multiple child abuse charges. Infante posted bail and was released from custody. Continue reading