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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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News & Updates

DISTRICT ANNOUNCES NEW CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION INITIATIVES - Monday, January 27, 2020

DISTRICT ANNOUNCES NEW CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION INITIATIVES

Joe Bova will serve as new CTE Coordinator

The Ventura Unified School District is pleased to announce that it has received significant amounts of Career Technical Education (CTE) funding. The funds will be used to improve and augment current Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, facilities, and equipment and will also fund a new CTE support position which will report to VUSD’s Chief Innovations Officer. The District is proud to announce that Mr. Joe Bova, the current Principal of Foothill Technology High School, will serve in this new grant-funded position beginning February 3, 2020. 

“Joe Bova has always been at the forefront of innovation for the District. We cannot think of a better person to work with our Chief Innovations Officer, Rebecca Chandler, to bring our Career Technical Education offerings up to speed and then race beyond anyone’s expectations,” stated Dr. Roger Rice, VUSD Superintendent. 

Bova and Chandler will work together to improve all CTE courses, practices, equipment and facilities. Mr. Bova will be responsible for increasing the rigor in current courses, conducting CTE teacher professional development, improving articulation and dual enrollment with Ventura College, developing a data collection system, and improving curricula content.

“I am excited to create authentic experiences for students and allow more flexibility and opportunities for them to pursue future career avenues, all of which are essential for student success,” stated Joe Bova, incoming CTE Coordinator.

“I look forward to the professionalism, knowledge, and creative thinking that Mr. Bova brings to the CTE and Innovations team. Under Dr. Roger Rice, the District is dedicated to ensuring that students who wish to explore various careers and industries through our CTE pathways can do so in a way that will be beneficial to them and the community. We are excited at the many possibilities that lay ahead,” stated Rebecca Chandler, Chief Innovations Officer. 

The District has hired Mr. James Edwards, a respected educator, and administrator who has served both in the Oxnard and Ventura Unified School Districts, as the Interim Principal of Foothill Technology High School (FTHS). Mr. Edwards recently served as an Interim Assistant Principal last spring at FTHS and knows the campus, staff, and students well. A full competitive process will be started soon to search for a permanent principal to take over for the 2021-2022 school year. The job posting will be arriving soon and will be found on the VUSD website, www.venturausd.org.

For more information related to Career Technical Education and Innovation, Mr. Bova’s assignment, or Foothill Technology High School, reach out to Marieanne Quiroz, Communications Coordinator, at 805-641-5000, x. 1019 or Marieanne.quiroz@venturausd.org

 
City of Ventura Improves Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Near Anacapa Middle School - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

City of Ventura Improves Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety on Telegraph Road

The Anacapa Safe Routes to School Improvement Project is nearing completion and includes a new signalized intersection at College Drive, new pedestrian crossing at Glen Ellen Drive, green bike lanes and bike boxes, additional access ramps to Anacapa Middle School, nearly a mile of improved sidewalks, and street resurfacing with new striping. The new pedestrian crossing at Glen Ellen Drive and the new signalized intersection at College Drive is pending an energized activation and anticipated for full service on January 22, 2020.

The new pedestrian crosswalk at Glenn Ellen Drive (see Figure 1) features flashing beacons, illuminated pedestrian signage, curb extensions, and a pedestrian refuge island for those needing additional time to navigate the crossing. Motorists are required to stop for pedestrians at the designated yield lines, and pedestrians are advised to begin crossing once vehicles have stopped. A preliminary crossing guard will assist students in navigating the use of the new crosswalk before school and after school hours during this initial period. The City and the Ventura Unified School District will continue to collaborate and monitor the crosswalk’s safety needs and determine a timespan of the presence of a crossing guard.

 

The newly placed green bike lanes and bike boxes (see Figure 2) assist both motorists and cyclists to increase awareness of each other. Students traveling to Anacapa Middle School are reminded to ride with the flow of traffic and use the bike lanes when possible. Riding on sidewalks against the flow of traffic is dangerous and should be avoided when possible.

This project is funded from a Safe Routes to School grant through Caltrans, which identified challenging pedestrian and bicyclist access to nearby Anacapa Middle School due to the lack of sidewalk, bike lanes, and crossing locations. Based on the traffic volume and collision analysis, the traffic signal installation at College Drive was identified and was needed to meet the grant requirements. This is the first Safe Routes to School project within the Active Transportation Program for the City and will be followed by the upcoming Montalvo Safe Routes to School project expected for early 2021.

Telegraph Road now has newly finished pavement from the Five Points intersection to Ashwood Avenue. Other paving projects are scheduled to begin in the spring of this year at Victoria Avenue, Ralston Street, and Johnson Drive. More information on recently completed and upcoming paving projects can be found on the City’s website at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/490/Streets-Sidewalks.

 

 
Ventura Unified School District Expanding Educational Options - Monday, December 9, 2019

Ventura Unified School District Expanding Educational Options
 

Photo of the font of Blanche Reynolds Elementary school with mural including rainbow and butterlfiesAt a Special Board Study Session on Mon., Dec. 2, 2019, the Ventura Unified School District Board of Education approved staff moving forward with a new secondary level program to serve students who require additional flexibility in their lives and therefore need an online-based program. Additionally, the Board approved moving forward with expanding the K-8 offerings in the District to include both a midtown and east end option for families.

"In an environment of declining enrollment, the Board and District staff are working hard to offer options to serve the diverse needs of all its students.  At the same time we need to attract and retain students in the District,” stated Dr. Roger Rice, Superintendent.


The secondary level program is scheduled to open next Fall on the El Camino High School (ECHS) campus. Traditionally, VUSD loses more than 100 students per year to schools with the limited classroom model. A vigorous marketing effort will occur to ensure the community is clear on whom the program is intended to serve and to ensure that the existing ECHS program retains all of its excellence and remains a robust and attractive option for the students it currently serves. 

The two expanded K-8 options are slated to open in the Fall of 2021. The midtown option is being planned for Blanche Reynolds Elementary and the process for determining an east end location is just beginning. The new K-8 offerings will also serve the District’s efforts to attract and retain students and families who want smaller learning communities as an option to the larger, more traditional middle school setting. A TK program already exists at Blanche Reynolds making this a TK-8 option. Waiting until the Fall of 2021 will provide the District additional time to develop program components and an educational focus, which could include thematic programs and re-branding.

“We are very excited about these new options for students,” stated Board President Sabrena Rodriguez. “VUSD listened to feedback from students, families, and staff. These new options will allow us to provide modern options for the ever-changing educational needs of our community.”

For more information, contact Hector Guerrero, Director of Educational Options at Hector.Guerrero@venturausd.org or 805-289-1955.

 
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