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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:20 PM

OVSD News-Trustees Sworn-in and vote for officers for 2019

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD trustees Patricia Singer, John Briscoe and Jack Souders were sworn-in tonight by fellow board member Gina Clayton-Tarvin. Following the oath of office, a vote for 2019 officers of the board commenced and yielded, President John Briscoe, Vice-President Gina Clayton-Tarvin, and Clerk Jack Souders. Shown above, the entire board of trustees from left to right, Norm Westwell, Jack Souders, Patricia Singer, John Briscoe, and Gina Clayton-Tarvin. 

Friday, December 7, 2018 8:15 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin addressees the ADA72

Huntington Beach, CA-Democracy in Action in HB organized by Ray Cordova and the other volunteers for tonight’s event. Clayton-Tarvin was honored with addressing constituents at the 72nd Assembly District Democratic Alliance Holiday Dinner. She spoke about the importance of protecting our democracy and freedoms, and to work to bring back decency and bipartisan cooperation in our government.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:40 PM

LA Times-New school ratings show local districts surpassing state standards

Newport Beach, CA-OVSD and other local district outperform State averages. As was stated during the 2018 campaign season, Ocean View School District students have once again outperformed cohorts in other school districts statewide, well above the State (and County) averages. Congratulations to all our area school districts that also performed so well. OVSD is a great place to learn!

Thursday, December 6, 2018 2:37 PM

OVSD News-Hope View Holiday House

Huntington Beach, CA-At the Hope View Holiday House, amazing volunteers of the Hope View PTO have once again set up the magical “Holiday House” this year for the children to browse and buy gifts in. Thank you to all who are involved in making this happen. Trustee Patricia Singer, Dr. Hansen, and I enjoyed visiting, and seeing the joy. It’s like having the North Pole right here in HB!

Friday, November 30, 2018 5:50 PM

LA Times-Oak View Elementary students travel through space in mobile planetarium

Huntington Beach, CA-Oak View Elementary School students take a trip into the universe via a mobile planetarium. Read more from the LA Times to learn about this amazing experience. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018 5:21 PM

OVSD New-Return to School

Huntington Beach, CA - Classes resume at all schools from Thanksgiving Recess tomorrow, Monday November 24, 2018 for all students. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 6:39 PM

OVSD Board News-Circle View Student Performance

Huntington Beach, CA- Circle View Elementary School 5th grade students for your performance of patriotic songs and musical stylings under the direction of teacher Angela Greer!

Monday, November 12, 2018 6:35 AM

OVSD News-Veterans Day

Huntington Beach, CA-Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Thank you veterans, for all you have done to preserve our freedoms.

Friday, November 9, 2018 12:10 PM

OVSD News- Hope View Hosts School-Wide Veterans’ Day Flag Assembly, Military Families, American Legion

Huntington Beach, CA-Hope View School held a special Veterans’ Day Flag Assembly in November.Approximately 75 veterans and active military men and women who are relatives of Hope View students attended the assembly, as did members from the American Legion Post 133 and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Cub Scouts led the pledge of allegiance, followed by a speech from Principal Kraft. The entire student body then sang “Proud to be an American.” Military and special guests were treated by the PTO to a delicious breakfast in the MPR. A special thank you to the PTO for organizing the event. (Photo: Students from Mrs. Sidell’s fifth grade class along with members of American Legion Post 133.)

Friday, November 9, 2018 12:00 AM

OC Register- possible Long Beach berthed culprit cited in mysterious rotten egg odor that has drawn complaints from Redondo Beach to Newport Beach

Long Beach, CA-Oil Tanker is Source of Gas Stench

As I have previously conveyed, the likeliest culprit for creating the nauseating gas odors which have sickened HB and other area residents has been confirmed today as being created by offshore oil tankers and “off gassing.” South Coast Air Quality Management District inspectors have issued a violation to a crude oil tanker berthed in Long Beach for fugitive emissions in an action aimed at identifying and mitigating elusive coastal odors. AQMD officials have confirmed that at least one tanker has caused the nuisance and they will be citing the operator with a Rule 1142 violation and seeking a monetary settlement as a punishment.If you smell the noxious hydrogen sulfide stench in the future, please call the AQMD at 1(800) CUT-SMOG to immediately report it, and make sure to specify if you’ve suffered any ill health effects.Note, I’ll keep advocating with the AQMD and other agencies to make sure this issue does not get neglected, and our health and safety ignored. Next AQMD Governing Board Meeting in December 7th at 9am.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 11:24 PM

Election Night Results

Newport Beach, CA-At the Harley Rouda for Congress CA48 victory party in Newport Beach with Courtney Long, a voter from OVSD. So happy about the early returns. My colleagues trustees Jack Souders, Patricia Singer, John Briscoe will win this evening too.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 7:30 AM

Endorsements from CA Teachers

Election Day Information: Consider for your votes!

Huntington Beach Union High School District (HBUHSD)

Dr. Duane Dishno
Martin Salgado

Huntington Beach City Council

Shayna Lathus 

Westminster City Council 

Jamison Power

CA Congressional District 48

Harley Rouda 

Ocean View School District (OVSD)

Jack Souders
Patricia Singer
John Briscoe

Other Races:

CA Senate District 34
Tom Umberg

CA Assembly District 72
Josh Lowenthal

OC Sheriff-Coroner
Duke Nguyen 


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 7:00 AM

Vote Today for Souders, Singer, and Briscoe for OVSD

Huntington Beach, CA-Election Day is upon us. School board races are non partisan and are about students and schools. This election has brought to light many challenges facing HB students today. There are proven leaders in our community who have produced results. Please review my bipartisan education focused mailer. Consider for your OVSD votes today:Jack Souders, Patricia Singer, John Briscoe. 

Friday, November 2, 2018 6:00 AM

TPM-After 30 Years In Congress, Dana Rohrabacher Is In The Race Of His Life

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD and CA48 voters please beware. We have a major ethical dilemma facing us today in CA48 and across our nation. When did it become acceptable to cavort with Neo-Nazis and Holocaust Deniers? When did it become ok to create riots and physically attack others who have a different letter after their names? This past year, we have learned that our Congressman participates in all of this, and what’s more? He endorses it. Please read this article I was interviewed for and spread the word, a vote OVSD candidate Gracey Van Der Mark is a vote for anti-Semitism and Xenophobia. We must get behind and vote for OVSD candidates Jack Souders, Patricia Singer, and John Briscoe who are all registered Republicans, and Democrat Harley Rouda for CA48. Vote this Tuesday to retire bigotry in CA48.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 6:32 PM

OVSD News-2018 Test Results

Sacramento, CA-Statewide Testing Results Released for HB Students

There has been a lot of discussion on HB student test scores by candidates this election season, including those in Ocean View where my two sons attend school at Hope View and Mesa View. I serve as a member of the board of trustees and am pleased to be able to report this great news! OVSD students test scores have come back as some of the highest in the County and State. Congratulations to our students, teachers, and parents who give their all to make HB schools outstanding, create a stable community, and keep our property values high. Although OVSD has the highest level of Low Income, English Learners, and the most sensitive Special Education students in HB; I am proud to report that all of our students are achieving at an excellent rate. This is cause for celebration. As our teachers participate in official professional development today and our children enjoy the day off, I thank our staff for their part in educating our children and making HB and OVSD great, just like they've been since 1874. If you have specific questions about these scores or interpretation of them, please don't hesitate to comment. Great work OVSD!

Friday, October 12, 2018 8:00 AM

LA Times-Election 2018: Meet the candidates for Ocean View School District board

Huntington Beach, CA-Five candidates running for the OVSD Board of Trustees are highlighted in this article by Priscella Vega. Due to a late filing of his bio, president Jack Souders is not featured. He is a veteran middle school teacher in Long Beach Unified School District, he is a husband and father, and holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees as well as a CA Teaching Credentials. He is a bilingual Spanish speaker and has lived in OVSD for over 20 years in the Haven View area. In this race, I am endorsing sitting board members: Jack C. Souders, Patricia Singer, and John Briscoe. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 2:00 PM

OC Register-What we know about the coastal ‘rotten egg’ smell, and what it means for your health

Huntington Beach, CA- Noxious odors have plagued our coastal communities for too long. These odors have caused illness and distress amongst residents, particularly effecting children, the ill, and the elderly. The HBFD has given misinformation on their Facebook page. The odors are NOT coming from a natural "methane plume" according to the AQMD. The City of Costa Mesa reported that the smells are originating from offshore oil platforms. However, until we hear from the lead agency, the AQMD on the matter, the exact origin of the odors is unknown. I will be speaking before the AQMD Governing Board on Friday, October 5, 2018 to relay the complaints of residents and to demand further action and investigation be taken. We must find out who is creating these offensive odors, and make them stop. If you have a comment you would like to relay to the Governing Board, please contact me via the "contact form" on this website and I will deliver your complaint to the AQMD.     

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:11 AM

HB Leaders will not follow OCGOP Endorsement in OVSD Race

HB City Leaders Take a Stand Against Bigotry

Local Huntington Beach elected leaders Mayor Pro Tem Erik Peterson, and candidate for HB City Council Ron Sterud have rejected division in our community, and will not follow the Orange County Republican Party (OCGOP) in endorsing bigotry. None of these local Republican leaders will be endorsing Republic Trash Services (PAC) financed and controversial OCGOP candidate Gracey Van Der Mark for OVSD Board of Trustees. In April of 2018, she was removed by the Huntington Beach City School District and the Ocean View School District from their Citizens Oversight Committees for anti-Semitic postings and actions. Van Der Mark is unfit to serve on the school board. I ask that you join the Anti Defamation League and myself in rejecting her candidacy at the ballot box this November 6th to oppose bigotry and racism. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:45 PM

Uncovering Hate: OC

Irvine, CA-

Thank you to organizers of Uncovering Hate OC. I was invited to speak on a panel for a discussion after a screening of, “Documenting Hate:
Charlottesville” from PBS and ProPublica. The film shines an unflattering light on the rise of hate groups here in Orange County, including Huntington Beach. I spoke about the effects of extremism in our community and schools. It was an honor to sit on the panel with Hope Jackson, Human Rights Campaign; Marwa Rifahie, Civil Rights Managing Attorney, Council on American-Islamic Relations; Rabbi Peter Levi, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League; Laura Kanter, Director of Policy, LGBT Center OC; Miliana Singh, Health Care and Transgender Services Coordinator, LGBT Center OC; Katie Porter, Law Professor, UCI; Don Han, Hate Crime Prevention Program Coordinator, OC Human Relations; Gabriel San Román, OC Weekly; and the Irvine Police Department.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 4:00 PM

Important OVSD Election Update

Huntington Beach, CA-Beware of false advertisements, sent by candidates for the Board of Trustees to purposefully deceive you. As a longtime trustee of the Ocean View School District, and public school teacher, I’m obliged to get accurate information out to parents and community members. I’m dismayed to see a new candidate for the OVSD board, Gracey Van Der Mark sending fraudulent emails to voters to mislead the community. See screenshot photo below from an email sent from her to thousands of voters, as unsolicited spam.

FACT: OVSD is transparent and accountable. 
FACT: OVSD is NOT deficit spending per OCDE.
FACT: OVSD ranks as one of the highest scoring districts in OC and CA.

Please click on the link above to read the full article, including fact checked information from the Orange County Department of Education, the California Department of Education, and the Ocean View School District. Only trust verified state and county agencies for data in regards to claims made in regards to OVSD.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 12:00 AM

LA Times-Candidate lineups firm up in races for area school boards


Huntington Beach, CA-From LA Times, this look at races in Orange County. Featured for Ocean View School District are three candidates that I know, support, and endorse. OVSD Baord President Jack Souders, Vice-President John Briscoe, and Trustee Patricia Singer should be returned to office, all dedicated to students and schools. Please read here by clicking the link above, scroll to the bottom for OVSD coverage.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 12:00 AM

OC Weekly-Gracey Van Der Mark, Peddler of Racist Conspiracies, Runs for School Board in HB

Huntington Beach, CA-With sadness, I regret to inform the Ocean View School District Community in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Midway City that this coming General Election in November, the District will be faced with a choice, to reject hate or to allow a known anti Semitic person who works with white supremacists onto its Board of Trustees. Disruptive HB resident Gracey Van Der Mark, has filed to be a candidate for the board. This past April, Van Der Mark was removed from both the Ocean View School District’s Measure R Oversight Committee, and from the Huntington Beach City School District's Measure Q Oversight Committee as well. Both school districts expelled her for bigoted and racist social media postings and for physically disrupting meetings of elderly Jewish residents. Gracey Van Der Mark is not the right fit to hold public office, especially one involving young children. I implore all voters of OVSD to join me and the Anti Defamation League in firmly rejecting her at the ballot box this November. Our school district does not need an extremist on its board to disrupt the education of our children. Please share this post to inform your neighbors.

Friday, August 10, 2018 6:00 PM

LA Times-Judge denies H.B. blogger's motion against Ocean View School District trustee

As I have maintained throughout these very stressful proceedings, and as the California Supreme Court has repeatedly stated, threats of violence are not constitutionally protected speech, and there has never been any merit to Johnson's Anti-SLAPP Motion. I am pleased to report that justice has been served and I prevailed in the ongoing case of harassment and threats by blogger and hate group leader, Huntington Beach resident Chuck Johnson. Johnson had threatened to kill me, attack my children, and bomb school district meetings, because said he during his court appearance, he had “Became aware of Ms. Tarvin’s various far- or progressive, left-leaning ideology. I am very conservative and I began to take offense to it.” This is America and although one can be offended by another, we don’t threaten to harm each other. Therefore, Judge Sheila Recio ruled this past Thursday to deny Johnson’s Anti SLAPP motion, essentially slapping down his violent threats and trying to cash in on them. Next up for Johnson, being arraigned on drug charges on August 22, 2018 in CA Superior Court. See LA Times article for details.

Monday, July 9, 2018 10:21 PM

The Kitchn-How Parents Across the United States Are Talking About Family Separation at the Dinner Table

Santa Ana, CA-This from our friend Gustavo Arellano, an article at The Kitchn about mealtime and Family Separations. He was kind enough to ask me about our mealtime conversation in the Clayton-Tarvin household, and how I approached the difficult topic of with my two young sons. We discussed the awful situation at the border occurring to innocent children at the hands of our federal government. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018 2:50 PM

LA Times-Demolition clears way for new multipurpose room at H.B.'s Oak View Elementary School


Huntington Beach, CA-Last Monday the OVSD Team took a tour of the newly completed Rainbow/Republic Transfer Station and Trash Dump. We were pleased with the progress made, as it is a major improvement on what was there previously. The new enclosures and buildings cost roughly $18M as part of a global settlement. Another piece of the settlement included funding a brand new gym/mutli purpose room for the school, so that students can eat and play in a sheltered area. I spoke with the LA Times reporter Priscilla Vega on the matter.

Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:14 PM

OVSD-Measure R Update/Timeline

Huntington Beach, CA-Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Westmont Elementary School, which houses our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy, will be modernized. The Westmont students and staff will move to the Sun View Elementary School campus. Sun View will serve as our interim/temporary campus during each schools’ modernization project. Construction at Westmont will be completed in time to welcome everyone back for fall 2019. Next will be College View Elementary School in the 2019-2020 school year. During construction, College View students and staff will safely attend school at Sun View. Our District team has prepared a tentative timeline for modernization at our remaining campuses. This amended approach maximizes Measure R cash flow and expedites physical improvements at more schools, such as fencing and field projects. Our Board of Trustees voted to support an expedited fencing plan. It is anticipated that safety fencing will be installed at all of Ocean View’s campuses by the end of the 2020-2021 school year, using an attractive tubular steel panel system at a height of eight feet, and supplemented by interior fencing, using two-inch chain link fencing at a height of six feet. Perimeterfencing for our campuses located adjacent to “pocket” parks will also use a tubular steel panel system ata height of eight feet to enclose the school grounds.

Saturday, June 30, 2018 6:38 PM

Ocean View Little League-TNT Stand

Huntington Beach, CA-Come on by to visit the Ocean View Little League fireworks stand on Bolsa Chica St. and Heil Ave. in the Albertsons parking lot in HB to support our kids and League. Great prices on fireworks at a convenient location and proceeds will got to benefit our World Series winning league!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:31 PM

OVSD News-Summer Lunch Program is Back!

Huntington Beach, CA-June 26, 2018, OVSD offers free summer lunches as part of the 2018 Summer Community Lunch Program. As of this week, OVSD is providing lunches to all children 18 years of age and under, free of charge, from our Oak View Preschool campus located at 17131 Emerald Lane in Huntington Beach. The program runs Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through August 31 (closed only Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day). Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals must be consumed on site premises.

Monday, June 25, 2018 6:26 PM

Harley Rouda wins second spot in November General Election-CA 48


Santa Ana, June 25, 2018- In a stunning victory Harley Rouda has clinched the second spot on the General Election ballot in November facing off with incumbent Dana Rohrbacher. Congratulations to Harley Rouda on a hard fought victory by just 125 votes ahead of Hans Kirstead. I believe in Rouda's message for children and schools, and his plan for education is solid. That is why as a teacher and elected school board official, I’ve endorsed him. Join me in voting for Harley Rouda this November 6, 2018. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:33 AM

Today-HBPD Surfs with OVSD Students

June 23, 2018-Huntington Beach Police Invite OVSD Schools to Surf Day! Today, approximately 15 students from Marine and Spring View Middle Schools have been invited by the Huntington Beach Police Department to learn to surf as part of the PD’s “Surf Day.” Partnering with Huntington Beach City Lifeguards and Hurley Surf Co., police officers and students will be surfing together throughout the day. Lunches are also being provided. So exciting, thank you HBPD, Marine Safety and Hurley!

Friday, June 22, 2018 10:14 AM

OVSD-Measure R/Construction Update

OVSD Construction Update:
Now that school has concluded, Westmont, Sun View, and Oak View have varying degrees of preparation work for their respective schools. All teachers and staff have until end of next week, June 29 2018, to complete packing their classrooms.

Here is a brief summary for each school site:

Sun View (Interim Housing Site)
• Teachers and staff are packing materials that need to stay or be transported to new teacher assignments (new schools)
• Facilities staff to move boxes and furniture on campus or to other schools, disposing of broken/damaged, unneeded furniture and equipment.
• Start of construction project – demolition of old portables started June 21

• Teachers and staff purging, packing materials that need to be transported to Sun
• Facilities staff to move boxes and furniture to Sun, useable furniture and equipment to Park, disposing of broken/damaged, unneeded furniture and equipment.
• Contractor bids due to District July 17; Board approval of contractors August 14; construction starts August 27

Oak View (Gym/MPR project)
• Teachers and staff in portables 30, 31, 32 are packing materials that need to be moved to new classrooms inside main building
• Oak View teachers and staff packing materials from P1, P2, P3, and P4 portables, MPR and Community Services portable - these buildings are going to be demolished
• Construction begins for the Gym

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:24 AM

Juneteenth-June 19th

Huntington Beach, CA- June 19, 2018- It’s June 19th, known as Juneteenth. It marks the annual observation to commemorate the end of slavery in America. Learn more about here.

Monday, June 18, 2018 10:26 AM

OVSD-Preschool Offerings

Huntington Beach, CA- Preschool enrolling now for the 2018-19 school year in the award-winning Ocean View School District! Support your child's social, emotional and physical development with our free preschool program. Call us at (714) 843-6938 for details.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:30 AM

Flag Day 2018!

Huntington Beach, CA-Today, June 14, 2018 is Flag Day. During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all government buildings. We honor the Red, White, and Blue!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 5:36 PM

Calling all Volunteers-Golden View Farm!

Huntington Beach, CA-Calling all farmers! We need your help at the Golden View Farm this summer. There is a lot of work to do and community volunteers are needed. Please review the flyer for details. We appreciate and thank you for helping out- OVSD Community.

Monday, June 11, 2018 7:41 AM

Important Safety Information

Huntington Beach, CA-Please important announcement from the Ocean View School District about that Huntington Beach Safe Schools Coalition in cooperation with HBPD. If you have any questions, please contact your school principal or Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen for more details.

Friday, June 1, 2018 2:15 AM

LA Times-Supporters of Rouda and Keirstead urge voters to turn the 48th from red to blue

Huntington Beach, CA-As Americans, we must choose country over party. We must choose new leadership on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Monday, May 28, 2018 11:46 AM

In Remembrance for Memorial Day

Huntington Beach, CA-On this Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, in remembrance of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, all Ocean View Schools and departments are closed and will reopen tomorrow.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 9:22 PM

OVSD News- Social Emotional Learning Continuum



OVSD Social Emotional Learning Continuum:

As identified in LCAP Goals 1.2 and 4.3, the District is committed to exploring additional educational supports for student success. This includes the ongoing development and implementation of school climate programs and services to support our diverse student population. With an intentional focus on supporting the diverse needs of the whole child, two experienced Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) will be joining the OVSD team. They possess the training and expertise to systematically identify the social emotional needs of students and families, provide therapeutic interventions within the educational setting, and connect families to the appropriate resources within the community. A multi-disciplinary team is being assembled which will include teachers, administration, school psychologists, the school counselor, counseling interns, and our new LCSWs. This team of experts with diverse experience and skillsets will begin the development of a comprehensive social emotional learning continuum.

Saturday, May 26, 2018 6:23 PM

Primary Election-Upcoming on June 5, 2018

Election Day is upon us, Tuesday June 5, 2018 is coming quickly and it is time to think about getting out to vote for candidates who will best support students and schools. As some of you may know, besides having the honor of serving on the OVSD Board of Trustees, I am also a classroom teacher in a nearby school district. Therefore, It is critical to me as an educator, that we have representatives at all levels, Federal, State, and County that will author, support, and vote for legislation that makes children their number one priority. With that in mind, I would like to offer to anyone who is interested, a list of bipartisan candidates that I am supporting this June. Feel free to comment below and I can PM you the list or ask any questions in the post, if you feel compelled. I also have recommendations for statewide propositions as well.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:35 PM

Asian-Paciifc American Heritage Month

Huntington Beach, CA-May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), now officially proclaimed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Huntington Beach is home to an Asian American heritage site at Historic Wintersburg, in Oak View. With work. this historical site can be saved for all to visit, enjoy, and learn from. We look forward to its preservation.

Monday, April 16, 2018 8:25 PM

OVSD News-Parent Survey out now!

Huntington Beach, CA-Please take the opportunity to complete the OVSD Parent Survey before April 27, 2018. Then link to the survey was sent to you via email. Hope to hear from you soon!

Friday, April 13, 2018 5:36 PM

OVSD News-HB Art Show in downtown a success!

Huntington Beach, CA-Phenomenal evening for the Ocean View School District Night at the Gallery Huntington Beach Art Center with our incredibly talented, young artists and musicians. Board President Jack Souders, Trustee Patricia Singer, Superintendent Carol Hansen, Arts Coordinator Lynn Silver, Spring View Spartans Jenna Landero, teachers and music directors were all there to honor the young artists and their beautiful work. Strong showing OVSD!


Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:38 AM

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018

Huntington Beach, CA-On this day, let us never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust. Its remembrance must be sustained by an ocean of scholarship, testimony, literature, and education. Never forget.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 9:00 AM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Harley Rouda for Congress CA48

Huntington Beach, CA-I am proud to announce my full support and endorsement for technology entrepreneur and attorney Harley Rouda for Congress. He will stop offshore drilling, work to safeguard our coastline from pirate projects, and aggressively demand cleanup up of the Super Fund Dump site at Ascon in Huntington Beach. You know me and the work I do to stop environmental abuses like the open air trash dump that plagued HB schoolchildren and teachers. My number one priority is the health and safety of our children and Harley is committed to stand with us to fight for our kids. Join me in voting by mail this May or at the polls this June, 5 2018 for Harley Rouda, a champion for our environment.

Monday, April 2, 2018 8:02 AM

OVSD News-Circle View and Star View named CA Distinguished Schools for 2018!

Huntington Beach, CA- We want to share some wonderful news about two of our elementary schools. Circle View and Star View have been named as 2018 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education. We are so proud of these two amazing schools. More information to come. Great work OVSD!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 6:30 PM

OVSD News-Patricia Singer named as Provisional Appointment to the Board of Trustees


Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board of Trustees Community News Update. The vacancy created on the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees on February 21, 2018, following the resignation of Trustee Joseph Gaglione, was filled when the Board selected Mrs. Patricia Singer as its Provisional Appointee by majority vote on March 27. Mrs. Singer will fulfill the unexpired term through December 7, 2018, following the November 6, 2018, General Election. The Oath of Office will be administered at the next regular Board meeting on April 10, 2018. Mrs. Singer has two children in the District, one at Vista View Middle School and another at Lake View Elementary School, where she is the current PTO president. Hope to see you at the swearing in!

Friday, March 16, 2018 6:57 PM

OVSD News-More than 550 Student Art Pieces to Appear in HB Art Center

Huntington Beach, CA-More than 550 OVSD Student Art Pieces to Appear in HB Art Center Exhibit! For the past four years, Ocean View students have participated in the HB Art Center student exhibit. We are increasing our participation this year with more than 550 student art pieces in the community-wide event! The HB Art Center exhibit, “Creative Visions,” will run March 23 to April 14, 2018, with a special closing reception for OVSD families and staff on April 13, 5-8 p.m. The event will feature student artwork and performances by various OVSD performing groups. More details to come!

Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:09 AM

OVSD News-District names two teachers as Teacher of the Year for 2018!

Huntington Beach, CA-Congratulations to elementary and middle school Teachers of the Year in OVSD! The 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year are Mrs. Sandi Lewis, grades 3-4 teacher at Lake View, and Mrs. Niki Hoang, a math teacher at Vista View Middle School. Mrs. Lewis is a leader at Lake View who has trained the staff on the NGSS standards, Project Based Learning, engineering instructional design, and comprehensive cross-curricular lesson design. Mrs. Hoang has been with Ocean View School District for over 14 years and teaches math, algebra, and media technology. Following the announcement at Lake View, were were able to share that Mrs. Lewis will serve as the District’s nominee for the county-level Teacher of the Year program, which commences in the spring. We will honor both Teachers of the Year at the Board meeting on April 10, 2018.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:30 AM

Women's Rally Appearance by G. Clayton-Tarvin

Huntington Beach, CA- Today I had the honor of speaking at the Women's Rally kicking off Women's History Month in Huntington Beach sponsored by the HB Huddle. The Huddle is a non partisan group whose mission it is to educate the community.

Friday, March 2, 2018 10:00 AM

OVSD News-Trustee Joseph Gaglione resigns, board votes to make provisional appointment

Huntington Beach, CA-Effective February 21, 2018, Trustee Joseph Gaglione resigned his position on the Ocean View Board of Trustees due to health and personal reasons. Last night, during a Special Board Meeting, our Board voted to fill the vacant position through a Provisional Appointment process, pursuant to Board Bylaws 9222-9223. Interviews and the appointment vote will be held in open session of a Special Board Meeting on March 27, 2018. Additional information and the Board Vacancy-Provisional Application Packet are available on our website. We wish Trustee Gaglione well and thank him for his years of dedication to OVSD.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:00 AM

OVSD News-Support for Historic Wintersburg builds as site owner considers sale options

Huntington Beach, CA-The Ocean View School District brought together all pertinent stakeholders last Friday including Republic Services to discuss saving the historical site. I am encouraged that Republic Services is considering options to sell the property. The preservation Task Force and partners restated their offer to purchase the endangered historic site for fair market value through the Trust for Public Land. With the School District's ability to exercise its rights for up to five years in regards to the site, this gives renewed hope to preservationists. More news to come in upcoming weeks. Please read the following press release for details. Note: This post is not an official press release written by OVSD.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 PM

KTLA 5-Incensed Community Members Rally in Support of Gun Control Near Huntington Beach High School

Huntington Beach, CA-As a teacher in nearby Los Angeles County, I have laid down on the floor with my students for "lockdowns" too many times in my career. I have huddled on the ground holding my breath in silence, lights out, with heart pounding with 35 scared kids because there was a gunman on campus. This is real, it has happened to me, to colleagues, to our students. This can happen in any county. It must stop.
On President’s Day right here in Huntington Beach there was a rally held by Moms Demand Action where I spoke out for our children to stop senseless gun violence in our schools. While I fully support the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution, I believe there should be a ban on AR-15 military style weapons. Not one more child should die, guns should not take precedence over people.Campus safety is of paramount importance to me and I look forward to increasing security on all campuses during Measure R modernization. We are taking action in OVSD to protect our students and we can make our voices heard from Orange County to Washington DC!

Monday, February 19, 2018 8:42 AM

OVSD News-New Improvements at Golden View!


Huntington Beach, CA- Thank you to OVSD Facilities staff members for building the new chicken coop at Golden View Elementary School. Our Facilities Staff are skilled craftspeople and artisans who create amazing things. The coop looks great! Upgrades to the school farm are coming as we get ready to launch the Environmental Science program at Golden View this fall.

Monday, February 12, 2018 2:00 PM

OVSD News-ACSA Awards for 2018

Huntington Beach, CA-The Ocean View School District announced today that the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 17 has awarded two District leaders and a school-community partnership in its annual recognition program. Ocean View and the Assistance League of Huntington Beach will receive the Partners in Educational Excellence Award; Dr. Michael Conroy, Deputy Superintendent, has been named the Administrator of the Year for Business Services; and Marine View Middle School Principal William Lynch has been named the Administrator of the Year for Middle Grades Principal. According to ACSA, these recipients demonstrate exceptional leadership, collaboration, and a commitment to quality education programs and student achievement.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 2:03 PM

OC Register-Republic agrees to sell ‘National Treasure’ Wintersburg to self-storage company

Huntington Beach, CA-Announcement about Historic Wintersburg Site in Huntington Beach. American History is about to be bulldozed, destroyed, and lost forever right here in Surf City, USA. Republic Services, the trash hauling giant whose major stock holder is Bill Gates is intent to enter into an agreement with Public Storage to demolish and remove the historic buildings on the 4.5 acre parcel at Warner Ave and Nichols Lane in Huntington Beach, known as the Historic Wintersburg. This property shares a property line with the Ocean View School District and sits mere feet from the Oak View Preschool. Public storage plans to erect multi-story storage units there in opposition to the current zoning.
Republic Services has the ability to work with the Historic Wintersburg organization who is partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trust for Public Land, to preserve the site as a Heritage Park for all to enjoy, and are refusing to do so. The collective groups have approached Republic Services in formal talks to purchase the land and Republic has rejected their offer, opting instead to bulldoze history to allow for more urbanization in our Southern California community. To erect the storage facility, Republic Services will have to get a zoning change from our HB City Council to change the current zoning from Residential to Industrial. This is in direct opposition to the Superior Court ruling from 2015 in which the School District prevailed against Republic Services and the City of HB. I oppose any proposition to destroy structures of historical significance and allow a business of this sort just mere feet from 3 and 4 year old children.Furthermore, this project is unneeded development being encouraged by the City and not what we need. Disclaimer: this post is not made on behalf of OVSD, and represents my independent opinion as a concerned resident of Huntington Beach.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:10 AM

LA Times-H.B. school trustee’s legal victory in effort to see city job applications stands after appellate court declines to review case

Huntington Beach, CA-Student safety is of paramount importance to me. When students are in a safe and healthy environment, they can learn, achieve and grow. During the School District’s dispute with Rainbow Environmental, multiple agencies inspected the transfer station for compliance with City, County, and State law. The AQMD did its best to make sure students were protected and safe. The County of Orange and City of HB inspectors were not as diligent and in the case of the City, they did not inspect at all over many years. I don’t always agree with my colleague and fellow trustee John Briscoe, but support his right to gather information about City and County Inspector qualifications, it’s the public’s right to know if those charged with the great responsibility of safeguarding our children are qualified to do so. See this LA Times article about Briscoe’s prevailing on behalf of the students and staff of Oak View for the third time in this matter. He has prevailed against the County of Orange, the City of HB, and now the City again as the Appeals Court agreed with Briscoe and summarily denied the City’s appeal just days ago. It’s time for the City to stop appealing and using tax dollars to fight a battle that can’t be won, and time to start inspecting. The children are counting on all of us. For clarification, this case and the previous were not filed, supported, litigated or paid for by the School District. Trustee Briscoe himself filed and paid for these suits.


Friday, January 12, 2018 5:29 PM

Measure R Update

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Measure R bond funds will modernize 11 campuses including 7 elementary and 4 middle schools. Student safety improvements including camera systems, security fencing, emergency systems, fire-life-safety, etc. will be included in the modernization plans. Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and other infrastructure projects are set to begin as well. Educational technology, playground equipment, play areas will be upgraded. During modernization, OVSD will provide Interim Housing at the Sun View and Pleasant View Schools. Installation of temporary prefabricated buildings, at these two sites, to house students from campuses undergoing modernization will occur. The School District will be developing sequencing plans for next phases of school modernization projects. Lastly, phase one will begin with College View and Westmont Schools in fall 2018.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 2:54 PM

OVSD News-Check Us Out!

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD is hosting a variety of family information nights throughout January and February about kindergarten, transitioning to middle school and high school, and our innovative programs, including a new Environmental Sciences program! You're invited to our informational nights to learn more about what is going on in OVSD. Please share these dates with your friends, co-workers and neighbors. We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:19 PM

School News Roll Call-Great New Achievements for 2018

Huntington Beach, CA- A message from Gina Clayton-Tarvin:
As the outgoing OVSD Board President and incoming Board Clerk, I penned my last article for the School News Roll Call. I’m pleased to have been able to share news with the OVSD, HBCSD, FVSD, and WSD communities for the last three years through this publication. I look forward to reading updates from our new board president, Jack Souders and to continue working for our students in 2018. For the full article and news from all of the OVSD schools, please follow this link above.

Monday, January 1, 2018 12:36 PM

Happy New Year 2018!

Huntington Beach, CA- Happy New Year 2018, school resumes on Monday, January 8th!

Saturday, December 23, 2017 3:20 PM

Happy Holidays from OVSD!


We wish all of you, our OVSD family, happiness and joy this Winter Break. Happy Holidays from your Board of Trustees!

Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:49 PM

CA Nurses Association and G. Clayton-Tarvin endorse Harley Rouda for Congress CA 48

Huntington Beach, CA-Why is the Harley Rouda the right choice for Congress CA 48? The reasons are clear to me as a teacher, elected school official, and now thousands of CA nurses too. He has received the support and endorsement of the California Nurses Association for his strong stance on healthcare for all. Nurses and teachers trust Harley, he is the right choice for the 48th Congressional District, and the right choice for our country. Please join us in supporting and voting for Harley this June 5, 2018! (click link for video)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 5:54 PM

OC Register-Ocean View district trustees say they hope new leadership will reduce tensions in community

Huntington Beach, CA-Report by Greg Mellen of the OC Register about changing of board jobs, failure of opponents who threatened a recall, and increased stability in OVSD. Thank you to HBPD for investigating the ongoing threats lodged at me by extremists intent on disrupting. As always, I remain focused on the safety of children and schools.

Monday, December 11, 2017 6:10 PM

OVSD News-Reorganization of Board of Trustees Leadership

Huntington Beach, CA-On Monday, December 11, 2017 the OVSD Board of Trustees met to reorganize at its yearly meeting. The board voted and the new officers for the 2018 year are President Jack Souders, Vice President John Briscoe and Clerk Gina Clayton-Tarvin.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:55 PM

OVSD Board Reorganization Meeting

A Message from Gina Clayton-Tarvin:

As many of you know, I have served as the president of the OVSD Board of Trustees for the past 3 years. Although no one has every served for this long as president of the school district; I was honored to be chosen in multiple years in a show of support by my colleagues. I was chosen to oversee important projects and initiatives, including the rebuilding of the district after the asbestos issue, for overseeing development of new academic programs like the Lake View STEAM school/Westmont VAPA program/new after school programs at middle schools/expansion of music programs around the district, for bringing conclusion to the litigation with Republic Services to protect the children and staff at Oak View, and finally, to spearhead the efforts to see all schools be modernized via Measure R. Every December, the OVSD Board of Trustees meets to reorganize and choose a new president, vice-president, and clerk. I believe that at this time there are others ready to lead the OVSD board. I will be able to take a much needed rest, yet continue on serving on the board in another capacity for the 2018 year. My term is not up until 2020 and I look forward to the next 3 years serving the community. Therefore, I am proud to announce my support for current OVSD Vice-President Jack Souders to become president of the Board of Trustees for the 2018 year! He is a strong leader with years of work on our board and has served as its Vice-President for the past two years. He is a veteran classroom teacher in a nearby school district in LA County, just as I am. We share the same lifelong dedication to children and schools. I trust Jack Souders and know he has what it takes to lead. Please join me in supporting him tomorrow night at the OVSD Board Meeting.

Friday, December 1, 2017 11:55 AM

OC Register-Huntington Beach trash hauler misses deadline to enclose operations but appears to be mending fences

Huntington Beach, CA-Republic Services has missed its deadline for completing the trash enclosures ordered by the SCAQMD in the 2015 Stipulated Abatement Order. Even so, two of the buildings will be ready for occupancy soon, one ready within days. Although it is disappointing, we remain positive about the ongoing improvements at the facility, and look forward to seeing the completion of the much needed Construction and Demolition Dump area being built and enclosed by May 31, 2018. Most positively, the School District came to an agreement through collaboration with Republic Services that they will permanently prohibit the crushing of concrete at the facility. This is a major achievement and it came through simple discussion and cooperation by neighbors. The children of Oak View will never again be exposed to noxious materials from concrete. Lastly, we hope to see Republic work with the City of Huntington Beach and the Ocean View School District to change the trash truck turn-in area so that idling vehicles which emit fine diesel particulate matter are relocated away from the most sensitive receptors, the preschool students, whose playground sits just mere feet away from the hundreds of trucks that enter and exit the transfer station every day. 

Friday, November 17, 2017 8:24 PM

Oak View Students, Families and Staff to Benefit from Funding Provided by Barona Grant.

Huntington Beach, CA-Oak View Elementary School recently became the recipient of a $5K technology-focused Barona Grant, which will benefit the students and staff at Oak View Elementary School and the Oak View community through the Family Resource Center (FRC). The grant was announced and a large $5K check presented by California State Senator Janet Nguyen to Principal Dr. Rosa Guerra in front of more than 800 students during the morning's Patriotic Assembly. The Barona Grant provides for the purchase of nine Chromebooks for Oak View Elementary students, as well as several more Chromebooks and desktops for Oak View families to use at the FRC. We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Family Resource Center and provide new technology tools for our Oak View students. The laptops provided by this grant will benefit an entire community. We greatly appreciate the hard work of State Senator Janet Nguyen and the generosity of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. Thank you to Senator Nguyen from the OVSD Board of Trustees.


Friday, November 17, 2017 6:23 PM

OVSD News-Felix Avila named ACSA 2018 Negotiator of the Year!


Sacramento, CA-OVSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Felix Avila, has been named the Association of California School Administrator's 2018 Negotiator of the Year! The announcement was made today by ACSA. Mr. Avila is being honored for his outstanding contributions in the areas of labor relations and negotiations as our District's Chief Negotiator with the Ocean View Teachers Association and CSEA Chapter 375. ACSA will honor Mr. Avila as "2018 Negotiator of the Year" at a special awards ceremony during ACSA’s Negotiators' Symposium in San Diego on January 17, 2018. He will be presenting at the Symposium in partnership with Mr. Leipper on the topic of, “Improving Labor Relations and Negotiations through Collaboration and Partnership.” This will be a special day for Mr. Avila and the entire school district. Congratulations from the OVSD Board of Trustees.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:00 PM

KNBC 4-Middle School Student Attacked by Man on Way Home From Huntington Beach School

Huntington Beach, CA- Critical Safety Information from OVSD. Gina Clayton-Tarvin spoke with KNBC4 about the need for parents and guardians, to speak with their children about the importance of being vigilant in awareness when walking to and from school. There is a predator in the community who attacked a 7th grade Spring View student and assaulted her, touching her in an inappropriate manner. We encourage parents and others to share with your child the importance of walking home in pairs or groups, safe school routes, being aware of your surroundings at all times, and avoiding cell phone distractions while walking. Please take a moment to watch this report and share. If you have any information to report regarding this incident, please call the Huntington Beach Police Department Crime Tip Line at 714-375-5066. Description of assailant: White Male, 25 yrs of age, 5’7” – 5’8” tall, 150 Lbs., brown wavy hair, scruffy facial hair, and driving a small black car with tinted windows with dark rims.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:10 PM

Measure R Community Meeting

Measure R Community Outreach Meeting – November 16th at College View. As the superintendent and staff shared during the Special Board Meeting, the School District has developed a communication plan for each phase of the modernization. The first meeting is next week at College View on Thursday, November 16th, 6:00 p.m. in Room 4.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 11:52 PM

OVSD News-Veterans Day Observed

Friday, November 10, 2017 will be observed for Veterans Day. Please take a moment to pause and think about the many veterans who have honorably served our country. 
OVSD thanks all who have either served or have family members who are currently serving in our armed forces. All district schools and offices will be closed in observance.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 5:58 PM

OVSD-Board President's News

President's Message to OVSD Families
Ocean View Is Keeping Student Safety at the Forefront

In my roles as mother, teacher and Board President, I am always thinking about student safety. Not a single day goes by that I am not reminded about the many ways we take care of our students in the classroom, on the playground, and as they travel to and from our schools. In Ocean View, there are many programs, drills and policies in place to keep our students safe, so they can focus on their number one job – learning.

Schools and districts from across the nation recently recognized three important safety programs, National Bullying Prevention Month, the Great Shakeout and Red Ribbon Week. These programs allow our OVSD personnel to interact with students, families and community organizations to promote safety and educate students about these critical topics. Our Board of Trustees updated its policy on bullying earlier this year, and Ocean View schools are actively practicing bullying prevention throughout the year, with programs such as Where Everyone Belongs, a middle school program that enables seventh and eighth grade students to support sixth graders as they transition into middle school. Other schools celebrate with Kindness Week and Be A Buddy, Not A Bully Week. Our schools also participated in the Great California Shakeout on October 19 at 10:19 a.m. Earthquake safety drills were held at our schools and District offices, so students and staff could practice what to do in an actual earthquake emergency. This year’s official Red Ribbon Week was held October 23-31 under the theme of, “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” Our Board of Trustees passed a resolution recognizing Red Ribbon Week, and schools hosted weeklong activities raising awareness about drug use prevention.

As Board President, one of my highest priorities is to find ways to do what is right for our children, and this includes the maintenance of our school grounds. This past year, I worked closely with District staff to focus on long-term pest prevention through approved Integrated Pest Management best practices. Ocean View is the first public institution in Huntington Beach to begin using organic pesticides and stop using Roundup.

You may have heard educators mention Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS. We use PBIS in Ocean View as a way to support our students socially, emotionally and academically. By creating clearly defined expectations for behaviors and outcomes, students feel supported and a safe, positive learning environment is cultivated.

In November 2016, our community showed its support for the Ocean View School District by passing the District's first-ever general obligation bond in the amount of $169M. As part of our school modernization priority projects, safety and security issues, like perimeter fencing and security systems, are being discussed. In fact, this summer, Maintenance and Information Technology staff successfully installed a new Shoretel phone system in all classrooms, schools and District offices. These phones will provide an added level of safety and reliability in an emergency situation and every day.

As an added measure of safety, we always encourage families to talk openly with their children about safety. It is a good idea to discuss safe school routes if children are walking to and from our schools. Safe school routes, developed with our surrounding cities, can be found under “Families” at

I am proud to say that Superintendent Carol Hansen, who has been in her leadership position for just over two years, is setting an outstanding example for all. You may have read that the National School Public Relations Association recently recognized Dr. Hansen as a “Superintendent to Watch 2017-2018.” She was one of only 21 superintendents nationwide to be honored, and I am proud to have supported her nomination.

As a strong team of educators, families and community leaders, we will continue to make going to school and learning a positive, safe experience for all students.

Gina Clayton-Tarvin
Board President

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 2:50 PM

OVSD News-Halloween Festivities at Oak View Preschool

Huntington Beach, CA-Great things are happening in and around the OVSD for Halloween. Dr. Hansen and I made our third stop around the district to visit the preschool and see all of the great artwork, a parade, class performances and more. What a wonderful day for students, parents, and staff alike!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:00 PM

OCDE Newsroom-Classroom superstars shine at Orange County Teachers of the Year awards dinner

Anaheim, CA-The Ocean View School District applauds one of its own, Vincent Saporito, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Special Day Class Teacher at College View Elementary School, who was honored as a finalist at last night’s 2018 Orange County Department of Education Teachers of the Year Ceremony. Deaf and hard of hearing himself, Mr. Saporito has taught in the Ocean View School District for more than nine years. One of only six finalists in Orange County, Saporito received special recognition last night, as well as a table for 10 at the dinner celebration courtesy of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, prize packages, and a cash award provided by the Dr. James Hines Foundation. The event, held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, brought together educators from Orange County school districts and community colleges, as well as family, friends and peers. Congratulations Mr. Saporito!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:00 PM

OVSD News-Visit to Vista View

Fountain Valley, CA-Superintendent Hansen and I visited Vista View Middle School this past Tuesday. Thank you to all of the amazing staff for allowing us to spend time in your classrooms and get a glimpse into the life of middle school. Thanks go out to fabulous leader and tour guide, Principal Mooney, for sharing the highlights of his school programs and for the comprehensive tour of Vista View Middle School. He noted that at Vista View, the unique needs of students are the driving motivator for the staff.

Monday, October 23, 2017 12:00 PM

OVSD News-District Quick Facts

Huntington Beach, CA- Latest district data for Ocean View as of October, 2017. The OVSD CEO is superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and the CFO is deputy superintendent Dr. Michael Conroy. The Board of Trustees is headed by President Gina Clayton-Tarvin, accompanied by Vice-President Jack Souders, Clerk John Briscoe and Members Joseph Gaglione and Norm Westwell. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017 7:56 PM

OVSD News-Circle View Elementary Hosts ‘Be A Buddy, Not A Bully’ Activities and Assembly

Huntington Beach, CA- Circle View School is full of buddies, who are well-equipped with the tools and strategies to prevent bullying at their school and in their lives. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so to kick it off, Circle View chose to participate in a "Buddy Bench" assembly. As part of the assembly, students learned what it means to be a buddy instead of a bully. They reviewed what it feels like to “fill a bucket” and make others feel good through kindness. Circle View Eagles also practiced strategies to prevent bullying, such as “stop, walk, talk.” Upper grade students discussed digital citizenship, a digital footprint, how to respect privacy, and how to prevent cyber-bullying. We’re proud of our schools for promoting this important anti-bullying message in October and throughout the year. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:00 PM

KCBS 2/KCAL 9-State Commission Gives OK To Divisive Huntington Beach Desalination Plant

Huntington Beach, CA-Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks to reporter Michelle Gile at the State Lands Commission about the consequences of approving the proposed Poseidon desalination project in Huntington Beach.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 8:36 PM

OVSD Teachers Awarded Grants by Assistance League of HB

Huntington Beach, CA- at the Ocean View School District Board Meeting, 107 teachers received $40,000 in Links to Learning HB Awards from the Assistance League of Huntington Beach. These awards will fund all types of special hardware, software, programs and field trips to enrich OVSD students' learning experiences. Great work OVSD teachers!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:00 AM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks at SCAQMD vs. Rainbow Hearing (Video)

Diamond Bar, CA-After years of battling the trash dump across the street, the Rainbow Transfer Station is almost complete. Republic Services is requesting an extension in the matter vs. SCAQMD. Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks on behalf of the School District.

Monday, October 16, 2017 11:02 PM

Hearing, SCAQMD vs. Rainbow Transfer/Recycling Inc

Diamond Bar, CA- Tomorrow, Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 9am at the South Cost Air Quality Management District, a hearing will occur at 9am to discuss the extension of a Stipulated Abatement Order for the Rainbow Transfer Station and Public Dump. Tune in by using the link above to view in real time to see the live feed. OVSD President Gina Clayton-Tarvin and Trustee John Briscoe and will both address the Hearing Board on the matter.

Monday, October 9, 2017 7:00 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks on behalf of Harley Rouda at Climate Change Forum

Irvine, CA-Gina Clayton Tarvin speaking for Harley Rouda on climate change policy at the Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) 2017 Candidates' Climate Change Forum in Orange County, CA.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 1:20 PM

Introducing the OVSD Writing Continuum


The OVSD Writing Continuum (TK through Grade 8):

In the Ocean View School District, we wish to partner with families in the education of all children. To this end, we have introduced the OVSD Writing Continuum and I would like to share it with the entire community here. As part of the 2017-2018 school year, the Ocean View School District officially launched its Writing Continuum across all of its elementary and middle schools, from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through Grade 8. We believe that just as phonics, decoding and fluency are essential to reading comprehension, so are printing, cursive writing and typing to students’ written abilities to effectively communicate thoughts, ideas and concepts. Students are better able to focus their attention on successfully composing written materials in all subject areas and across all grade levels when they possess the confidence to read and write fluently.

In line with California State Standards, our Writing Continuum provides direct instruction for students in grades TK-2 in printing and grade 3 in cursive writing. Explicit instruction in cursive begins in grade 3 and is reinforced in grades 4-8. In both printing and cursive, students learn proper grip, posture, paper placement, and correct letter formation.

With the increased use of electronic personal devices, typing has become a critical skill in the 21st Century; therefore in Ocean View, our earliest learners are introduced to the keyboard and then progress into learning proper hand and finger placement, developing home row typing skills, and then practicing increased speed and accuracy. The benefit of our instruction is that each typing program is accessible from any device connected to the Internet. With this feature, students are able to continue practicing and developing skills at home, while we are able to provide students, parents and teachers with personalized reports on student progress.

Friday, October 6, 2017 10:16 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Army Lieutenant Colonel Armin Reyes for ABC School Board, Area 3

Cerritos, CA-Gina Clayton-Tarvin wholeheartedly endorses Armin Reyes for the ABC School Board, Area 3. As an Army Lieutenant Colonel and labor leader, he has been a proven lifelong advocate for children, teachers, and parents. His dedication to the families of ABCUSD is evident. Please join Gina Clayton-Tarvin in supporting Armin Reyes on November 7, 2017.

Friday, October 6, 2017 6:00 PM

OVSD Board of Trustees honors Permanent Teachers

Huntington Beach, CA-Congratulations to our 7 new OVSD permanent teachers. Deborah from Pleasant View School, Jessica from Spring View, Sarah from Mesa View, Sarah from Hope View, Tyler from Hope View, Marianne from Spring View, and Laurie form Marine View were honored at Tuesday night’s Board

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:03 PM

OC Register-Huntington Beach council steps forward to help in search for cause of foul odors

Huntington Beach, CA-Gina Clayton-Tarvin has asked that a City wide task force be formed to further investigate the issue and come to a conclusion about the nature of the gas itself, the levels at which it is being recorded in the ambient air, its origin, and to get to the bottom of who is allowing it to escape into the environment to sicken residents. To this end, she spoke out in support of said committee and laid out an action plan for the City Council. Councilman Billy O'Connell chose to listen and adopt a similar plan, and put forth an agenda item last Monday night. It passed unanimously and was adopted by the full council. An Ad Hoc Committee of the Council shall be formed and an investigation of sorts will commence. Clayton-Tarvin has been asked to attend the first scoping meeting by the City of HB's Ad Hoc Committee and looks forward to assisting in this manner. See article for comments by Gina Clayton-Tarvin.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 11:35 AM

LA Times-Committee will help investigate foul odor in Huntington Beach, City Council decides

Huntington Beach, CA- Gina Clayton-Tarvin has asked that a City wide task force be formed to further investigate the issue and come to a conclusion about the nature of the gas itself, the levels at which it is being recorded in the ambient air, its origin, and to get to the bottom of who is allowing it to escape into the environment to sicken residents. To this end, she spoke out in support of said committee and laid out an action plan for the City Council. Councilman Billy O'Connell chose to listen and adopt a similar plan, and put forth an agenda item last Monday night. It passed unanimously and was adopted by the full council. An Ad Hoc Committee of the Council shall be formed and an investigation of sorts will commence. Clayton-Tarvin has been asked to attend the first scoping meeting by the City of HB's Ad Hoc Committee and looks forward to assisting in this manner. See article for comments by Gina Clayton-Tarvin

Monday, October 2, 2017 6:50 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks at HBCC on Community Services Commission and noxious gas odor plaguing Coastal Cities


Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks at the HB City Council Meeting on October 2, 2017 in regards to several issues including the make up of the Community Services Commission and the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the Hydrogen Sulfide Gas stench in Huntington Beach that has negatively affected residents.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 12:00 AM

School News Roll Call-OVSD Update

Huntington Beach, CA-See the latest edition of the School News Roll Call. Updates from superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and president Clayton-Tarvin, as well as from each OVSD School.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 12:10 PM

Supporting Cub Scouts Pack 506 Fundraiser

Huntington Beach, CA- At Stater Bros on Goldenwest and Warner, it's Cub Scout Chase Atkinson, 2nd grade student from Golden View. He's hard at work this Sunday raising money for Pack 506, today until 2pm. He will back this upcoming Tuesday, the 26th from 2-6pm selling delicious popcorn for a cause. Keep up the good work Chase!

Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:00 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Andy Thorburn for Congress (CA 39)

Costa Mesa, CA- Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses fellow teacher, businessman, nonprofit founder, and advocate for working people Andy Thorburn for Congress in CA 39 District. Andy has worked as an educator, union organizer, and entrepreneur, and at each phase in his life, he has prioritized the principle that any organization - a country or a company - gets the best results if it treats its people fairly, with dignity, and holds itself to a standard of excellence. Join Gina Clayton-Tarvin in supporting Andy Thorburn and flip the 39th!

Monday, September 18, 2017 7:00 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks at HBCC on noxious gas odor plaguing SoCal Coastal Cities

Huntington Beach, CA- Gina Clayton-Tarvin addresses the Huntington Beach City Council at their September 18, 2017 meeting in regards to the overwhelming gas odor caused by Hydrogen Sulfide alarming and sickening residents in the city and beyond. She provides an action plan for the City to take to get to the bottom of just who is allowing this gaseous emission to occur. 

Monday, September 11, 2017 9:10 AM

Patriots Day at Harbour View!

Huntington Beach, CA- Thank Harbour View Principal Cindy Osterhout on behalf of the Board of Trustees for this special day of remembrance for Patriot's Day. The amazing students representing grades 1st through 5th gave presentations on what it means to be a true "hero", and their words were so moving. First responders are heroes! Although it's been 16 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001, for millions of Americans, haunting memories of that day are still fresh, and many lives were changed forever. Today we honor and remember the victims of the terrorist attacks and salute our first responders, active military, and veterans for protecting us. Never forget!

Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:01 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Harley Rouda for Congress (CA 48)

Newport Beach, CA-On this Labor Day weekend, Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Harley Rouda the for the 48th Congressional District. Rouda is taking on the current establishment here in Orange County for a chance to change the path of our country. As a veteran classroom teacher, labor leader, and elected official in the Ocean View School District, serving as board president; Gina Clayton-Tarvin knows what it takes to make decisions about school programs and incorporate the community's view of what students should know and be able to do. With this knowledge, she feels confident in personally supporting and endorsing Harley Rouda to be the voice for our children in Washington D.C. Like Gina, Harley believes that all students have the right to high quality education irrespective of their socio economic status, race, culture, or creed. In addition to fighting to make college accessible and affordable for the next generation, he will push for funding for early childhood education programs such as Head Start and pre-kindergarten. Both believe that students should have access to 21st century technologies in the classroom. As our Congressman, he will be committed to advocating for increased focus on STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art, and math]. Join Gina in supporting Harley Rouda for Congressional District 48!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:47 PM

KTLA 5-Sulfuric Odor Reported in SoCal Coastal Cities; Authorities Investigating

Huntington Beach, CA-Over the last several days, but especially Tuesday night, there has been a noxious odor that has blanketed Huntington Beach. The smell permeated other neighboring cities as well, even as far inland as Garden Grove and all the way north to Long Beach. This has been occurring with increasing frequency and is of great concern to many residents. Many reported feeling ill, nauseated, and with headaches. This issue has been occurring in our city intermittently for years, yet in the past year, the uptick in frequency has been alarming. Many say that this is a "natural occurrence" and that living in HB, residents should expect and just live with this problem. Gina Clayton-Tarvin takes this matter very seriously and does not feel this is something we should have to accept and live with. The AQMD, the HBFD, and the Gas Co. received many calls and complaints on Tuesday night. Investigation of the source of the noxious fumes is ongoing. This is an issue that needs extensive attention by the City of HB. You can address the HB City Council at the September 18, 2017 meeting. Clayton-Tarvin comments on this issue to KTLA 5 in linked story.

Sunday, August 27, 2017 12:17 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Colonel Doug Applegate for Congress (CA 49)

Huntington Beach, CA- Gina Clayton-Tarvin has announced her endorsement and support for Colonel Doug Applegate for Congressional Race in the 49th District (North San Diego County and South Orange County). Colonel Applegate served in the Marine Corp for decades stationed Camp Pendleton. He's a strong advocate for our military and its families. He has lived and worked in North County San Diego and South Orange Counties for years and he understands the needs and issues facing not only military families but all families. He believes in the Single Payer System, knowing that health care is a fundamental right for all Americans. As a teacher and elected official in the education field, Clayton-Tarvin is particularly impressed with his commitment to public education especially in regards to early childhood education funding, preschool should be offered to all.

Clayton Tarvin said, "when you think about someone with high moral character, integrity, and the ability to fight for what's right for America; Colonel Applegate is that leader, he's always been one and always will be." Join OVSD Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin in supporting Colonel Doug Applegate in 2018 to elect a tried-and-true leader and take out Darrel Issa, to flip the 49th!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:00 PM

Oak View Gym Update

Huntington Beach, CA- The OVSD Board of Trustees heard a detailed project presentation this past Tuesday night. The project is still in preparation phase and has yet to go to the State of CA for approval. Once it does, it is about an 8 month process for state approval. After that, construction can begin. The District will begin demolition of old structures in early summer 2018 and then construction of the new gym building shortly after that. The entire project will be done in June 2019. For more details, please click on this link, it will take you to OVSD's homepage to view the PowerPoint presentation from Tuesday's meeting. This outstanding project is being funded by Republic Services as part of the settlement won by OVSD with community determination to protect the health and welfare of children.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 11:24 AM

OVSD Fighting Childhood Hunger

OVSD fighting is childhood hunger. FREE summer meals program for all children up to 18yrs through August 31 at Westmont School in Westminster and at the Oak View Schools in Huntington Beach Monday to Friday from 12pm to 12:30pm.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 5:30 PM

OVSD board president attends Santiago Apostol event in Oak View

Huntington Beach, CA, July 29, 2017, Board President Clayton-Tarvin enjoys the wonderful performances today by Oak View School students at the Fiesta de Santiago Apostol in Huntington Beach. Ocean View School District's diverse student population enriches our beautiful city!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 5:09 PM

Huntington Beach leaders peek into the future with 25-year plan

Huntington Beach, July 11, 2017, What will Huntington Beach look like 25 years from now? Will the proposed mix of commingled industrial use and high density development create even more traffic, congestion, and pollution in HB? How will these proposed changes affect the Ocean View District and we serve students and families?
Land use, zoning, and urbanization issues dominate the HB General Plan Update and threaten to forever alter our city. The idea is to keep urbanization, gentrification, and loss of environmental controls in check. Gina Clayton-Tarvin will continue to advocate for OVSD and its residents. Never again will unfettered industrial uses be allowed next to sensitive receptors such as children and schools.

Note: After Gina Clayton-Tarvin and John Briscoe appeared in June at the City of HB Council Meeting to bring these growing concerns to the fore, Greg Mellen of the OC Register has covered this very important issue.

Friday, June 30, 2017 8:09 PM

Measure R Citizens Oversight Committee Chosen

Huntington Beach, June 27, 2017, the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees voted to approve the District’s 2017-2018 Measure R Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC). The COC, which will be comprised of 10 members, will provide oversight of Measure R bond expenditures. Measure R was passed by voters with 58.8% YES votes in November 2016 and will provide $169M in general obligation bonds for the improvement of school facilities in the Ocean View School District.

Applications were due to the District in early June and a Subcommittee of the Board, consisting of President Gina Clayton-Tarvin, Clerk John Briscoe, Superintendent Carol Hansen, and Deputy Superintendent Michael Conroy. The committee met to review applications and chose the final member appointees.

The Measure R Independent COC members, according to category, are:
• Business Representative(s) - Libbie Rector Knobbe & Donna Alexander
• Senior Citizen Group(s) - Ellen Riley & Gayle Wayne
• Taxpayer Organization Member - Gracey Larrea-Van Der Mark
• Parent of Child Enrolled in OVSD - Cheryl Delavega-Shyres
• Parent of Child Enrolled in OVSD, Active in Parent Group - Joe Miller & Vanessa Nalle
• At-Large Community Member(s) - Mark Bixby & Tom Ugland

Monday, June 19, 2017 6:45 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin, OVSD president speaks about HB General Plan Update and Draft EIR

Huntington Beach, CA, June 19, 2017, Clayton-Tarvin speaks at the HB City Council meeting on General Plan Update and Draft Environmental Impact Report and their impact on Commercial, Industrial and Residential Development in the City including the loss of over 1,300 single family residences and the increase of over 8,000 multi family apartments. 

Friday, May 26, 2017 12:00 AM

LA Times-Ocean View classified staff, two assistant superintendents receive a 2.5% salary increase this school year

Huntington Beach, May 27, 2017, Although salaries in OVSD remain in the bottom quartile, the district strives to provide compensation that reaches parity for all of employees, whether they be teachers, classified, or administrators. In 2015, Clayton-Tarvin was honored by her colleagues and voted board president. She made a commitment to seek collaboration and fairness amongst all OVSD employees, never again to treat one group differently in regards to salaries and health benefits.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 3:03 PM



From the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) this spotlight on the Ocean View School District's and its commitment to providing education choices for district families is highlighted here.  For their latest OC District Pulse, the OCDE met with Dr. Hansen to learn more about the Ocean View School District and its 17 campuses, which serve nearly 8,500 students from preschool through grade eight in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Midway City and Westminster.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:45 PM

LA Times-Huntington Beach to test organic pesticides in Central Park

Huntington Beach, May 2, 2017, Gina Clayton-Tarvin voiced support for the City of HB's proposed pilot program, though she felt it doesn’t go far enough. The City of HB needs to mirror the efforts of the Ocean View School District in eliminating harmful chemicals like Monsanto's Roundup on their parkland and open space. The school district stopped using the weed killer Roundup on school sites in August, 2016 under the direction of Clayton-Tarvin.

Monday, May 1, 2017 6:47 PM

HBCC-Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks in favor of ban on Roundup in HB

Huntington Beach, May 1, 2016, President of the OVSD Board of Trustees, Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks during HBCC meeting in support of Item 9 for a pilot program to use organic pesticides in Central Park West. OVSD has already stopped using Roundup on its properties as of August 2016 and Clayton-Tarvin encourages the City to follow the School District's lead.

Monday, May 1, 2017 4:10 PM

OC Register-Deaf Huntington Beach elementary teacher among the best in Orange County


As the president OVSD Board of Trustees, I'm proud to announce that Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Vincent Saporito who works at College View has not only been named as OVSD Teacher of Year, but now has also been named one of the Teachers of the Year by the Orange County Department of Education. Mr. Saporito is truly amazing, overcoming all of the challenges of being a deaf and hard of hearing person himself to becoming a teacher renowned in his field, educating students with disabilities and creating student leaders. Congratulations to Vincent Saporito, to us in HB, he is the best!

Friday, April 28, 2017 4:00 PM

LA Times-After-school program turns Circle View Elementary students into kids who code

Huntington Beach, CA-Circle View was just recognized  by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. This Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students.

This article highlights great things occurring at Circle View. Students are participating in after school programming focusing computer coding. For the past eight weeks, 30 first- to fifth-graders have spent their Wednesday afternoons learning simplified fundamentals of computer programming through an after-school program led by Jen Chiou. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:10 AM

LA Times-Who built the best robot? Oak View Elementary students debut in district competition

Huntington Beach, CA-Ocean View School District held its third annual Robotics Competition at Mesa View Middle School on April 25 with students from Mesa View and Vista View Middle Schools, as well as students from elementary schools Lake View, Oak View, and Westmont who competed for medals and small prizes. Special guest speaker and Broadcom Engineer, Mark Castruita, addressed students following the competition. His presentation featured discussion about career opportunities in the field of engineering. Additionally, the Ocean View High School Robotics Team, “Hawkbots,” were on hand to help judge the competition, serve lunch, and kick off the big day with a demonstration of its own robots. Thanks to OVHS students for your help and support. Great work students, you are all winners!


Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:34 AM

Earth Day, April 22, 2017

Huntington Beach, CA-Happy Earth Day! This year we focus on creating better environmental and climate literacy while educating students about environmental issues. We only have one planet and we must protect it.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Ocean View School District Board of Trustees President Gina Clayton-Tarvin Announces Support of Harley Rouda for Congress

Laguna Beach, CA-OVSD Board President endorses Harley Rouda for Congress, CA48. Looking for a win as the Democratic Nominee for June 2018. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:30 PM

KCBS 2- Huntington Beach Middle School Warns Parents About Child Predator

Huntington Beach, CA- This report by KCBS/KCAL reporter Michelle Gile. This story is concerning an incident at our Huntington Beach middle school on Tuesday. The district sent a warning letter to parents after a man tried to lure a student into his car. The man, in his 30s, followed the girl near the corner of Springdale and Warner avenues Monday morning as she was walking alone to Spring View Middle School, according to the letter. (click on link)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:30 PM

KNBC 4-Parents on Alert After Girl Stands Up to Stranger in Car

Huntington Beach, CA- Please take time to sit with your student and talk about safety precautions to take while walking to and from school.There was an incident yesterday morning involving an 8th grade student from Spring View who was walking near Springdale and Warner, she was approached by a man in a car who attempted to lure her in. Please see this news report by KNBC4 about the incident.Thank you for your attention to this important matter. (click on link)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:31 AM

OC Register-Huntington Beach focuses on student art

Huntington Beach, CA-This year, the “vision” came into full focus. With full participation by the Ocean View School District, the 11th annual “Creative Visions” student art exhibit hit a high water mark. More than 1,000 visual and performing artists were represented in the event’s opening reception Friday, March 24, which brought throngs of parents, families and students to view the art and listen to musical performances in the Huntington Beach Art Center’s parking lot and multipurpose room, with acts ranging from choir and chorus, ukulele to surf music. (Click on link)

Friday, March 24, 2017 7:00 PM

LA Times-Facing shortage of speech language pathologists, Ocean View district contracts with Irvine company


Huntington Beach, CA-There is a crisis in California concerning lack of Speech and Language Pathologist for Special Education students. In OVSD, we have come up with a solution to serve our students without gaps or overcrowding. Our children deserve quality services. (click link above)

Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:17 PM

LA Times-OVSD 2.5% Salary Increase for Teachers


March 23, 2017, Huntington Beach, although Ocean View School District salaries remain the lowest in Huntington Beach and throughout Orange County, we are working to make salaries competitive to attract and retain the best educators in California. There is a severe teacher shortage in our state which only looks to become worse in the next five years. OVSD must be able to compete to hire the best and brightest to educate our children. (click link)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:00 AM

LA Times-Golden View Arbor Day Celebration

March 14, 2017, Huntington Beach, CA, Golden View in the news. Thank you to the LA Times reporter, Ben Brazil for covering this wonderful event for Arbor Day at our favorite school with a farm. (click link)

Monday, March 13, 2017 10:14 AM

NHL Legend Willie O'Ree at Star View


March 14, 2017, Midway City, CA, Sports legend, 81 year old Willie O'Ree, the first black hockey player in the National Hockey League, along with Anaheim Ducks announcer Steve Carroll, visited 4th and 5th grade students at Star View Elementary School today! The assembly is part of the Ducks' S.C.O.R.E. school assembly program, focusing on the Hockey Is for Everyone initiative. O’Ree played his first NHL game in 1958 with the Boston Bruins. He was inspired by the great Jackie Robinson meeting him at age 14 when Mr. O'Ree was a member of a championship Little League baseball team visiting NYC from New Brunswick, Canada and again as a professional hockey player in Los Angeles. Students learned about O'Ree's career, both on his path to becoming a pioneer ground breaking figure in the NHL, as well as his commitment to growing the sport in accordance with NHL's Hockey Is for Everyone initiative. Mr. O'Ree played professional hockey for 21 years, even after going blind in his right eye at 19 years old, after he took a violent puck to his face during a game. He said, "losing my vision was hard, but nothing compared to what I had to overcome with the racism, prejudice, and bigotry of the times, I persevered and kept playing." The assembly highlighted topics such as childhood dreams, breaking barriers, and leaving a legacy. Star View students studied O'Ree in their classes and had the chance to ask questions at the end of the assembly.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:40 PM

LA Times-Vilage View in the News!

Huntington Beach, CA- Thank you to the LA Times, Daily Pilot for covering such a wonderful event. Second graders at Village View Elementary School in the Ocean View School District had a blast watching the Pine Derby Championship hosted by the Surf City Optimist Club this week. Students cheered on the 29 special education participants who entered cars created with the help of the local Optimist Club. The event was organized by the Surf City Optimist Club, with the support of sponsor Bill Demarest of DeLillo Chevrolet with the local car dealers’ association, Principal Francesca Ligman, and special education teachers at Village View Elementary. (click link for story)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 3:05 PM

OC Register-Teachers of the Year

Huntington Beach, CA- Article from reporter Greg Mellen about Ocean View School District's Teacher of the Year, Vincent Saporito from College View and Jared de Lachica from Spring View. (Click link for story)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 7:00 AM


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, March 2, 2017– The Ocean View School District proudly announces its elementary and middle school Teachers of the Year: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Special Day Class Teacher Vincent Saporito and Spring View Middle School Teacher Jared de Lachica. Superintendent Carol Hansen and Executive Cabinet Members, in collaboration with College View and Spring View principals, surprised both teachers with the big news. Both dedicated individuals were selected after a District-wide nomination and committee process. They will be honored by the Board of Trustees at the April 4 Board Meeting.

Following the announcement of Mr. Saporito as Teacher of the Year in front of the staff and students at College View, Superintendent Hansen then revealed that Mr. Saporito was selected by the District committee to serve as OVSD’s nominee for the county-level Teacher of the Year program.

Friday, February 10, 2017 11:21 AM

Westmont-Visual & Performing Arts Academy (VAPA)

Westminster, CA, Introducing the Westmont Visual & Performing Arts Academy (VAPA)! Join OVSD teachers and staff on February 15, 2017 meetings at 9am and 6pm. You can attend either meeting to get valuable information and ask questions about the new program. 

Friday, February 3, 2017 9:51 AM


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, January 25, 2017– OVSD celebrates the Vietnamese New Year, also called the TET holiday, with students and families on Friday, February 3, at Star View Elementary School in Midway City. Held each year at the start of the lunar calendar, Star View’s TET Festival is a much-anticipated opportunity for the community and school to honor Vietnamese traditions, such as the Dragon Dance, which is performed beautifully by Westminster High School students. Traditional clothing and music will be featured. Grade-level presentations begin at 8:50 a.m. and continue throughout the morning. At 11 a.m., Westminster High School students will perform the traditional Dragon Dance, followed by a fashion show. The day concludes at 1 p.m. with a first grade activity in which students enjoy games and other TET activities. Family members are encouraged to bring cameras/video recorders and li xi for the Dragon Dance. Star View Principal Carrie Haskin says, “Wear your ao dai!” The TET Festival takes place at Star View Elementary School, which is located at 8411 Worthy Lane in Midway City.

Sunday, January 1, 2017 12:00 AM

LA Times-The DP 103: Who made news and lent influence in 2016

(Pictured: 90 year-old Newport Beach activist Jean Watt, founder of Line in the Sand is No. 1 on the list)

Gina Clayton-Tarvin is included by the LA Times Daily Pilot staff on the 2016 listing at No. 5 of top local newsmakers and most influential people of the past year. (click hyperlink for full list)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 8:00 AM

OC Register-Stench reports spike in Huntington Beach and Seal Beach

Huntington Beach, CA-Noxious odors have induced headaches, burning of the eyes and throat, nosebleeds and vomiting, according to residents of Huntington Beach. Click link to read article by the Orange County Register about the mysterious odor that permeates the air.

Monday, December 19, 2016 5:25 PM

OC Register-Stench reports spike in Huntington Beach and Seal Beach

Friday, December 16, 2016 8:46 AM

NY-Times, What Stinks in Huntington Beach?

From Mike McPhate of the New York Times, this article about the gas-like stench in Huntington Beach that has plagued the area for years. It has been reported that OVSD students have experienced the smell while at school and many residents have complained of experiencing headaches and nausea due to the mercaptan type odor. (Click hyper link above for article)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:15 PM

Swearing-In of Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin

Last night at the annual organizational meeting of the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, Gina Clayton-Tarvin was sworn in by Dr. Ralph Bauer, former HB Mayor and OVSD and HBUHSD Board Member at the annual organizational meeting. She was voted in as Board President for a third year in a row. (Click hyperlink for article)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:30 PM

Final Results for Measure R

Measure R, the General Obligation Bond measure for the Ocean View School District, now has complete vote counts shown below. We will continue to have pride in our community and provide a first class educational experience for our current and future students. OVSD will have updated, 21st century learning environments that include functional and efficient facilities and buildings to foster student learning, thanks to the voters of OVSD. We thank you!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:17 PM

Final Vote Count for OVSD Board of Trustees Election

According to the final vote counts by the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley, the numbers are in. Thank you to the voters of the Ocean View School District for the overwhelming support in my re-election bid. We look forward to moving in a positive direction to make OVSD the best place it can be for our students.  


Monday, November 28, 2016 11:00 AM

Dump-enclosing pact helps Huntington Beach neighborhood clear the air

Radio interview and article from KPCC: In an agreement settling several lawsuits with the Ocean View School District, which includes Oak View Elementary, the waste management firm committed to fully enclosing the transfer station and equipping all buildings with state-of-the-art ventilation and air filtration systems. Republic also agreed to build a $4 million gymnasium for Oak View students and pay for a barrier of trees to separate the school from the transfer station. (Click hyperlink above for article)

Monday, November 28, 2016 12:00 AM

What Republic is Doing to Fix Issues at its Rainbow Transfer Station in California

Here is a very thorough synopsis of the current situation at the Oak View Schools and Rainbow Transfer Station in regards to the improvements to be made and overall settlement of litigation between the two parties. Detailed settlement information is outlined in this article by Waste 360. (Click hyperlink above for article)

Thursday, November 24, 2016 9:04 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees. We wish you all a restful and joyous time with family and friends. School will resume on Monday, November 28, 2016. See you then!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:13 PM

Early Kindergarten Program New in OVSD!

Exciting News for OVSD! Families in and around the Ocean View School District have a new school option for their children born between December 3, 2011 – March 1, 2012.


Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:00 AM

OC Register-Voters support school upgrade measures

Article by Greg Mellen: Voters Support School Upgrade Measures. Several school districts around Orange County passed General Obligation Bond Measures to repair and update school facilities.  


Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:16 PM

LA Times-Rainbow pledges $22M for improvements in settlement of Ocean View lawsuit over waste facility

Article by LA Times reporter Alex Chang: Rainbow pledges $22M for improvements in settlement of Ocean View lawsuit over waste facility. Details discussed at joint press conference. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:00 AM

OC Register-After years of complaints about odor, pollution, H.B. school district settles suit with trash hauler

Huntington Beach: Story by Greg Mellen covering going press conference between Ocean View School District and Republic Services with representatives OVSD Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin and Republic Services Market Vice President Dave Hauser. The article outlines the landmark settlement agreement. See separate tabs under the "Issues" tab on the main page.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:55 AM

Measure R Passes!


(Pictured left to right: Measure Campaign Committee Members Kathy Smith, College View Principal; Dr. Michael Conroy, Deputy Superintendent; Gina Clayton-Tarvin, Board President; Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent; Gayle Wayne, OVSD grandparent and community member.) 

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, November 9, 2016–With the passage of the Ocean View School District’s Measure R, a $169 million general obligation bond, on November 8, the Board of Trustees and District officials are grateful for the tremendous support shown on Tuesday and ready to take the next steps in modernizing its schools. OVSD residents voted to pass the measure with 57.56% of the vote, according to unofficial results. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:33 AM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin wins race for re-election!

The numbers are in! Thank you to the voters of the Ocean View School District for believing in me and allowing me to serve for another term. My pledge is to continue to advocate for all students and their education, so that they will continue to thrive!

Monday, November 7, 2016 12:00 PM

Gina and Patricia on Vietface TV, Channel 57.2

Vietface TV spot on Channel 57.2, click link above to view.

Monday, November 7, 2016 5:52 AM

OC Weekly-Election 2016: Here's 10 Orange County Candidates Who Don't Suck

November 7, 2017, OC Weekly's Editor in Chief Gustavo Arellano writes about the ten candidates in Orange County that he and other staffers are supporting for various offices in the November 2016 General Election. OVSD board president Gina Clayton-Tarvin makes the list. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016 6:12 AM

From Người Việt Daily News

Thursday, November 3, 2016 8:02 PM

Westminster School District Board President Jamison Power endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin

Thanks to to Westminster Board President Jamison Power for endorsing me for re-election to the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees. He recently said that, "Gina is a great candidate, I agree that if you live in the Ocean View School District boundaries, she deserves your support." Thank you President Power for your endorsement and support. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 12:41 PM

Huntington Beach Union High School District Vice-President Dr. Michael Simons endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin


Longtime Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee and current Board of Trustees Vice-President Dr. Michael Simons has endorsed my candidacy for the OVSD Board of Trustees. Dr. Simons a local doctor of podiatry and longtime public servant has served on the California Department of Consumer Affairs; Community Services Commission, City of Huntington Beach and the Infrastructure Advisory Committee, City of Huntington Beach. He knows that strong leadership is needed to pilot the OVSD and so that its educators can prepare students to be career and college ready. Thank you to Dr. Simons for his endorsement and support. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:37 PM

Harbour View 5th Graders Honor Veterans

In honor of the upcoming Veterans Day, our Harbour View 5th graders did a great job honoring American Legion Post 133 Veterans from Huntington Beach at last night's Board of Trustees Meeting. The students recounted the courageous stories of 5 men who served our country.

Our 5th grade students and Post 133 veteran pairs that presented last night were student Alexa Wilde - veteran Norm Sumner, student Jacob Pearson - veteran Jon Gontarz, student Lili Price - veteran Jin Seiler, student Peyton Perry - veteran Dennis Bauer, and student Kelly Lane - veteran Bob Laizure. Students were accompanied by their parents, teachers, and Principal Cindy Osterhaut. 

Thank you to all veterans, past and present for your service to our country and for protecting our freedoms. Your service to our country will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:14 AM

Huntington Beach Elementary Teachers Association endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin


I am pleased to announce that the Huntington Beach Elementary Teachers Association (HBETA) which represents over 315 elementary and middle school teachers and other educators has officially endorsed me for re-election for the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees for November 8, 2016. HBETA represents educators that serve thousands of students in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and surrounding areas. Thank you to President Jon Wales and HBETA for their support and endorsement!

Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:31 PM

LA Times: Election 2016, Ocean View School District board president takes on 4 in race for 2 seats


The Nov. 8 election for two seats on the Ocean View School District board features one incumbent, Gina Clayton-Tarvin and four challengers. Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin was elected in 2012 and became president in 2014 and has served for two consecutive years in this position, the first board president to do so in the Ocean View School District's 142 year history. (Click on hyperlink above for the LA Times article)

Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:25 PM

ABC USD Board Members Endorse Gina Clayton-Tarvin

It is with great pride that I announce the endorsements from two very honorable and respected trustees from ABC Unified School District, where I have been a veteran classroom teacher for twenty years. 

Thank you to ABC USD Board President Olympia Chen (right) and Board Member Sophia Tse (left) for believing in me, not only as a teacher, but also as an Ocean View School District trustee advocating for students.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:00 AM

In the News-OVSD At A Glance!

Get to know your Ocean View School District with this look at the district through information about our sites, students, employees, programs, and more. Click on the accompanying hyper-link above to see the presentation of what makes OVSD the special place that it is. 

Monday, October 17, 2016 11:00 PM

California Teachers Association (CTA) endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin

As a classroom teacher for the past 20 years, it has been my honor to teach my students, work with their parents, and serve the community. As a school board member, I serve with pride on behalf of the Ocean View School District.

I am humbled and greatly honored to announce that I have received the endorsement for the OVSD Board of Trustees from the California Teachers Association (CTA), which serves over 325,000 members throughout the state.

Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals.

Thank you to CTA's statewide president, Eric Heins now based in Sacramento, who taught right in our very own Ocean View School District as a Student Teacher, many years ago. Thank you CTA for your support, endorsement and vote of confidence!


Friday, October 14, 2016 10:04 PM

The California Federation of Teachers Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT), the California affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) endorses President Gina Clayton-Tarvin for re-election to the Ocean View School District, Board of Trustees. The CFT represents over 120,000 educational employees working at every level of the education system in California, from Head Start to the University of California.

Friday, October 7, 2016 8:00 AM

Huntington Beach Union High School District Educators Association Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin for Re-election

I am pleased to announce that the Huntington Beach Union High School District Educators Association (DEA) which represents over 700 high school teachers and other educators has officially endorsed me for re-election for the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees for November 8, 2016. DEA represents those who serve thousands of students in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Midway City, and surrounding areas. Thank you to President Shawn Werner and DEA for their support and endorsement! 

Saturday, October 1, 2016 2:14 PM

Ralph Bauer Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin for Re-election

I am proud to announce that former Mayor of Huntington Beach, Ralph Bauer has endorsed me for re-election for the OVSD Board of Trustees. Dr. Baurer also served on both the Huntington Beach Union High School District and Ocean View School District Board of Trustees as well. As a son of immigrants and a product of CA public schools, Ralph Bauer knows the importance of successful local schools.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:00 AM

HB Business News-Lake View

Take a look at the video, by clicking the link, for the grand reopening and ribbon cutting of Lake View School and its brand new STEAM focus by Matt Liffreing for the HB Business News for the Ocean View School District. 

Monday, September 12, 2016 2:00 PM

Dr. Duane Dishno Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin for Re-election

Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees President, Dr. Duane Dishno endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin and Patricia Singer for Ocean View School District Board of Trustees for this November 8, 2016. Dr. Dishno's long time career in education first as a teacher, principal, district administrator, and superintendent in Huntington Beach City School District gives him a special perspective and understanding on education. Thank you Dr. Dishno for your support and endorsement!

Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:00 AM

OCDE News-Lake View Opening

Huntington Beach, CA, The Orange County Department of Education takes a closer look at the remediation, abatement, remodeling, and the grand reopening of the new Lake View STEAM school.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:00 AM

KABC 7-Lake View Opening



A closer look, a news report focused on the remediation, abatement, remodeling, and reopening of the new Lake View STEAM school by KABC 7 Eyewitness News.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:00 AM

KCBS 2-Lake View Opening

Huntington Beach, September 7, 2016, Jasmine Viell reports no the reopening of Lake View School taking a closer look at  remediation, abatement, remodeling for reopening of the new Lake View STEAM school. By KCBS 2/KCAL 9 News.

Friday, August 26, 2016 12:00 AM

Back to School Could Mean Back to Asbestos for Many Students

Article by Gary Cohn, Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Journalist about asbestos in schools in the United States and how Ocean View School District dealt with the material and overcame problems and kept students safe. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016 7:34 PM

OC Register-Huntington Beach school district 'over' Rainbow trash hauler


Orange County Register reporter Greg Mellen explains Ocean View School District's cancellation of the their trash hauling contract with Rainbow Trash Services of Huntington Beach to move to trash hauler CR&R. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 12:00 AM

LA Times-Oak View/OVSD Cancel Rainbow Contract


Article by Britney Woolsey about OVSD cancelling a decades long contract with Rainbow ES owned by Republic Services in lieu of a more affordable deal with CR&R was made.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:00 AM

Oak View neighbors do their own air testing

Article by Brittany Woolsey about air sample testing in Oak View to be conducted by neighbors. Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the district board, said she believes many of the problems have stemmed from diesel fumes from the trash trucks and from the handling of concrete at the trash site.


Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:00 AM

Students Return to California School After Asbestos Scare


The Ocean View School District asbestos abatement project that forced hundreds of California public students to commute nearly 18 miles to other schools is now over. Oak View is now reopened as well as Hope View. Lake View to be reopened in the fall of 2016.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12:00 AM

KNBC 7-Reopening of Oak View


Thanks to ABC 7 here is another look at the Grand Reopening of Oak View from March 9, 2016. It was a great event and we are so proud to reopen the school.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12:00 AM

LA Times-Reopening of Oak View


Wednesday, March 9th marked a momentous end to a long and arduous journey for Oak View students, teachers, parents, and community. The grand reopening and ribbon cutting for the greater HB community occurred and a celebration ensued.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 5:16 PM

OC Register-Big deals ahead for Huntington Beach in 2016

January 6, 2017- Huntington Beach, CA, Reporter Greg Mellen reports with 2015 passed, many of the issues that it raised are in the rearview mirror, while many still loom large. Today we look forward to some issues that could be important in the coming year including OVSD's dispute with Rainbow Environmental and its unenclosed Transfer Station and Trash Dump. OVSD board president Gina Clayton-Tarvin is featured here in reference to Rainbow's future. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-Won't Take No for an Answer


The OC Register's Greg Mellen reports about the school district concerns including, Rainbow Trash Dump and the struggle for a clean and safe environment in the heart of HB after an interview with Clayton-Tarvin. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-OVSD Ends Year on a High Note!

This news article by the OC Register highlights the last board meeting for 2015 and a year in review in OVSD. A Positive Budget Certification by the Orange County Department of Education is certainly good news for OVSD as well. Oak View will be reopened in late January and Lake View in August. Gina Clayton-Tarvin is the first in a 142 year history of the district to be elected president for two consecutive years.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:50 PM

LA Times-AQMD panel approves changes, restrictions for Rainbow's H.B. waste facility

Huntington Beach, CA- After five meetings since Nov. 7 consisting of witnesses' testimony, public comments and deliberations, the five-member South Coast Air Quality Management Board unanimously approved an extensive list of operational changes and conditions for Rainbow's facility in an effort to reduce and prevent dust and odors emanating from the business. Gina Clayton-Tarvin, board president of the Ocean View School District, which oversees Oak View Elementary, said she appreciates what AQMD staff and the hearing board have done but that more work is needed to rid the neighborhood of all nuisances.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-No ruling – again – on how to reduce stench, dust at Huntington beach dump

Huntington Beach, CA, November 11, 2015- OC Register reporter Greg Mellen reports about the continuation of a Saturday session called to decide South Coast Air Quality Management District’s case against Rainbow Environmental Services, which operates the 17.6-acre facility on Nichols Lane. The government agency has alleged that the Huntington Beach dump, a subsidiary of Republic Services, has repeatedly violated California Health and Safety Code governing air contaminants. Gina Clayton-Tarvin weighs in on the issue. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 5:15 PM

OC Register-Hundreds stage protest against trash hauler as public hearing nears

Huntington Beach, CA, Oak View activists launched a preemptive strike on Oct. 29, staging a community protest and march along Nichols Lane, which fronts the trash hauler’s 17.6-acre facility. At that event, hundreds voiced their displeasure, particularly about the odors and dust that emanate from the facility. OVSD president Gina Clayton-Tarvin was present and discusses the matter with reporter Greg Mellen

Friday, October 30, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Weekly-Slide Show of Protest of Rainbow Disposal in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, CA- Protesters including board of trustees members gathered in the Oakview neighborhood of Huntington Beach to demonstrate against of Rainbow Disposal, which many residents say spews foul-smelling air into the elementary school and homes nearby. All images by John Gilhooley.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:00 AM

KCBS 2- Huntington Beach Residents Take To The Streets — And Hold Their Noses — To Protest OC Trash Processing Plant

From October 29, 2015, this news report by reporter Stacey Butler on the protest organized by local activists from Oak View, HB in reaction to ongoing nuisance conditions caused by the Rainbow Transfer Station and Public Dump.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:15 AM

OC Weekly-Protest Against Smelly Rainbow Disposal Dump in HB TOMORROW--So Why the Critics?

Huntington Beach, CA- "How typical of Huntington Beach politics that, when the working-class, mostly Mexican residents of the city's Oak View barrio finally started organizing about the garbage dump right across the street from its elementary school and just 1,000 feet away from the neighborhood--you know, environmental racism at its finest--people start complaining about the complainers. And that's exactly what's happening this week." 

Saturday, October 3, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-Air of discontent lingers around Huntington Beach school next to trash dump

Huntington Beach, CA, October 3, 2015, Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the Ocean View board of trustees, talks about the ongoing issue at Oak View Elementary that needs a long-term solution. Article by reporter Greg Mellen

Friday, September 25, 2015 4:24 PM

LA Times-Huntington Beach to appeal court ruling on Wintersburg actions

Mary Urashima, chairwoman of the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force, poses in front of the former Japanese Presbyterian church in Huntington Beach. (File photo: KEVIN CHANG / HB Independent)

Huntington Beach, CA- The City of Huntington Beach plans to appeal a recent Orange County Superior Court ruling that the city violated state regulations regarding a rezoning of the Historic Wintersburg site. "I predicted that they would lose on June 2 and I predict that they will lose the appeal," she said. "I'm highly disappointed in the city that they would want to allow industrial and commercial uses on a property that sits literally 10 feet from the school building and right next to our property," Clayton-Tarvin said. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:39 AM

LA Times-State ruling on permit a blow to opponents of Rainbow waste facility in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach- Cal Recycle, a state waste management agency overturned an Orange County hearing officer’s ruling that the Orange County Health Care Agency should reopen its review of Rainbow Environmental Services’ operating permit, prompting the Ocean View School District board on Tuesday night to vote unanimously to file a lawsuit against the Health Care Agency and the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. “The Health Care Agency does not call back and does not follow up on complaints in a timely fashion, if at all,” Clayton-Tarvin said. “They have been very neglectful of the residents they are entrusted to care for.” 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-Big stink: Agencies at odds over how to handle dump next to Huntington Beach school

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Two environmental agencies, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) have divergent plans for handling a persistent stench that afflicts an elementary school and neighborhood and related environmental problems at a Huntington Beach dump. OVSD board president Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks with reporter Greg Mellen on the matter. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:00 AM

KNBC 4-Reopening of Hope View


From September 2, 2015 Hope View officially reopened with an official ribbon cutting and tours for the public one week before school started reported by Toni Guinyard.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:30 PM

KNBC 4-Huntington Beach Elementary School Reopens After Asbestos Concerns



Huntington Beach, August 31, 201-Vikki Vargas reports about the completion of abatement and reconstruction of Hope View School after the discovery of asbestos, mold and lead paint. President Gina Clayton-Tarvin explains the abatement process at Hope View and information concerning the project to get the school reopened. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Washington Post-Asbestos in Schools


Article by Washington Post writer Lindsay Layton concerning OVSD's issues with asbestos in 2014. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 2:00 PM

OC Weekly-Huntington Beach's Oak View Barrio Is Finally Fighting the Garbage Dump Next Door

Huntington Beach, CA, July 15, 2015-OC Weekly Editor Gustavo Arellano reports on the noxious conditions that have been plaguing the Oak View Schools and community for decades. Interviews with OVSD president Gina Clayton-Tarvin and neighborhood activists frame the issue. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:03 AM

LA Times-Ocean View district names superintendent and deputy

Huntington Beach, CA- Anthony Carpio reports the Ocean View School District has a new superintendent and deputy superintendent after a months-long search. Board members on Tuesday approved the selection of Carol Hansen as top administrator for the district, replacing Gustavo Balderas, who announced his departure in March. The district also chose Michael Conroy to be deputy superintendent, a new position created to support the top administrator.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:29 PM

LA Times-Rainbow announces plan to enclose disputed H.B. trash facility

Huntington Beach, CA- Representatives of the Ocean View School District have long wanted a Huntington Beach waste-management facility to enclose its operations. But when the facility's owner, Rainbow Environmental Services, said Monday that an enclosure is in the works, district officials didn't welcome the announcement. "It's a Trojan horse," said Ocean View School District board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin after the meeting, suggesting subterfuge on the part of the company.

Monday, May 18, 2015 11:33 PM

OC Register-Debate over future of site next to Huntington Beach school wages on

Huntington Beach, CA, the City Council changed the zoning of the Historic Wintersburg land at the corner of Warner Avenue and Nichols Lane from industrial to residential – the land will not be used for the transferring, dumping or storing of garbage after years of protest and CEQA mandamus lawsuit by OVSD. Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks out on the ongoing dispute. 

Friday, May 15, 2015 3:00 PM

OC Register-City, school district squabble over Historic Wintersburg site in Huntington Beach intensifies

Huntington Beach, CA-The site in question is the home of Historic Wintersburg, a five-building Japanese landmark that was purchased by Republic in 2004. A vocal group wants that site preserved in keeping with its Japanese heritage. Ocean View School District sued the city of Huntington Beach in December of 2013 over that zoning decision, trying to limit the expansion of Republic’s waste disposal operation. Gina Clayton-Tarvin explains her position on the matter. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 5:00 PM

KTLA 5-Put a Lid on it Cinco de Mayo rally protest

Huntington Beach, CA - KTLA 5 coverage of "Put a Lid on It" Cinco de Mayo Rally for Students and Teachers at the Oak View Schools. 

Monday, May 4, 2015 12:00 AM

HBCC-Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks in favor of amending the MAND, no to unaffordable HDD housing


On May 4, 2015, Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees speaks about the negative effects unaffordable high density housing inn Huntington Beach and in particular the OVSD, where a majority of the HDD is located. She debunks the myth told by developers that families with students can afford rents and that affordable housing will result from these developments. She explains her opposition to HDD.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00 PM

KABC-Orange County school district sues local dump near elementary school for unsafe practices

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA- An Orange County school district is suing a dump near an elementary school campus, claiming the facility is creating a dangerous environment for students and teachers.The public dump is located across the street from Oak View Elementary School in Huntington Beach. Trustee John Briscoe, a member of the board of trustees for the Ocean View School District, said the trash is dumped and sorted out in the open. KABC's Greg Lee reports. 

Monday, April 20, 2015 10:00 PM

KTLA 5-Report on Rainbow Nuisances

Huntington Beach, April 20, 2015-This report by KTLA5's Kacey Montoya about the ongoing situation at the Oak View Schools, which sit next to the Rainbow Trash Dump in the heart of HB. President Gina Clayton-Tarvin and others explain the conditions facing the Oak View schools and students due to being 50 feet from an open transfer station and trash dump in the heart of Surf City, USA.  

Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM

LA Times-Contract for asbestos work at Oak View Elementary delayed over cost concern

Huntington Beach, CA- Anthony Carpio reports that the Ocean View School District will pay a contractor for asbestos abatement and other work at two campuses, but removal of asbestos at another school will have to wait. Gina Clayton-Tarvin chairs the meeting where modernization issues were discussed along with a superintendent search. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-Unifying HB's Schools?

Article by Orange County Register's Lauren Williams about the possibility of unifying Huntington Beach's five (5) school districts. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:23 AM

LA Times-3 Ocean View schools shut for rest of week after cancer-causing asbestos found

Huntington Beach, CA, October 8, 2014- Ocean View School District trustees voted to keep two elementary schools closed and shutter a third through the end of this week after asbestos testing showed the potentially hazardous dust to be present in one of the Huntington Beach classrooms. Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin dissented, saying she wanted all 11 schools closed.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:00 AM

League of Women Voters- Smart Voter 2012

Sacramento, CA-Voter information from the League of Women Voters about candidate Gina Clayton-Tarvin for Ocean View School District Board of Trustees. 

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