Ocean View Vice President Gina Clayton-Tarvin
Clayton-Tarvin Speaks on Importance of SPED Services
Huntington Beach, CA-Last night, our board of trustees heard multiple reports from our esteemed staff, and the most important report in my opinion was that from the Special Education Department. Back in 2019, the Board requested and commissioned a Study Overview. Chileen Spaulding, Director of Special Education, provided a presentation on a study that was conducted to evaluate special education services in OVSD. Many stakeholders were interviewed including teachers, staff, administrators, students, parents, even me, as president of the board in 2020. When the pandemic struck, the interviews went virtual, but continued on. The results were presented to us and we all made our voices heard on the important matter. Although OVSD has high SPED costs, the cost of not providing the best possible services to our most sensitive students can be devastating. All students have the right to a stellar public school experience. Our special needs students are our pride and joy and we must vigorously advocate for them. The Special Education Department is working to address the study recommendations and provide for our kids. Support programs include Student Study Teams (SST), Response to Intervention and Instruction (RTI2), and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). I’m proud of our ongoing work and will continue my steadfast advocacy for our special needs students.
NO on OVSD School Closures
Dear OVSD Community,
At previous board meetings beginning in January 2023, I made an official statement that I am not in agreement with pursuing school consolidation or closures. However, a board majority identified consolidation as a priority focus area via consensus to move the process forward. I was in dissent.
At the January and February meetings as well as online, I have gone on record as being opposed to school consolidation. I understand that the process has caused some in the community to have concerns, and I concur.
I will continue to advocate strongly for safeguarding children and schools and look for alternatives to school closures.
What I’ve written herein are my own thoughts, and do not represent those of the board as a whole.
I was present last night for Circle View’s meeting and will be in attendance for tonight’s meeting at Village View. I look forward to hearing parent and stakeholder input.
Vice President Clayton-Tarvin
Trustee Comments 2/14/23
OVSD Kindergarten Information Night
Westminster, CA-It was my honor to represent the Board of Trustees on behalf of President Singer on Kindergarten Information night at Westmont School. Hundreds of parents, guardians and family members attended to learn about our amazing kindergarten programs all across OVSD. To learn more about our kinder programs, please visit https://www.ovsd.org