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Knives Out: Conejo Leftists Already Go Super-Negative in CVUSD Campaign

Knives Out: Conejo Leftists Already Go Super-Negative in CVUSD Campaign

By Pat Lynch NEWBURY PARK, CA – In an unprecedentedly early campaign attack, a leftist group supporting CVUSD school board candidate Lauren Gill sent out a hit piece mailer against incumbent Sandee Everett on July 18, 2020. Everett, a mother of five with a master’s degree in education, lives in Newbury Park and has served […]

CVUSD Board Uses COVID-19 Crisis to Hide Fiscal Irresponsibility

CVUSD Board Uses COVID-19 Crisis to Hide Fiscal Irresponsibility

By Jim Clark Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) leadership appears to be taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to make financial decisions that they know will be unpopular, like giving themselves raises and extending contracts at recent board meetings. The reason why this might work is because board meetings are on Zoom now and […]

CVUSD Superintendent and Board President Embroiled in Scandal Regarding Tuesday’s Board Meeting

CVUSD Superintendent and Board President Embroiled in Scandal Regarding Tuesday’s Board Meeting

By Nic Rivera On Friday, April 3, the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) posted the agenda for the board meeting coming up on Tuesday, April 7. The plans for Tuesday’s meeting were met with outrage by many members of the community for a variety of reasons. First, board members apparently have the option of […]

What Game is the Superintendent Playing?

What Game is the Superintendent Playing?

By Nic Rivera After watching Tuesday’s board meeting of the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) and talking to members of the community, I was left thoroughly confused because the whole situation just did not make sense. I have even spoken to attorneys who agree that Superintendent Mark McLaughlin does not have any sort of […]

Conejo School District charged with misuse of bond money

Conejo School District charged with misuse of bond money

THOUSAND OAKS—A former member of the Conejo Valley Citizens Oversight Committee of Measure I—the voter approved (Nov., 2014) $197 million school bond measure—alleged during public comments made at the end of Tuesday’s school board meeting that the school district had misused bond money to supplement the district general fund. Silas Nesheiwat, unanimously appointed by the […]

Cindy Goldberg named school board president; trustees authorize Conejo Schools Foundation to solicit donations and raise funds

Cindy Goldberg named school board president; trustees authorize Conejo Schools Foundation to solicit donations and raise funds

By Michael Hernandez  THOUSAND OAKS—The Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) trustees selected Cindy Goldberg as Board President, Jenny Fitzgerald as Vice President and Bill Gorback as Clerk during it re-organization meeting Tuesday and also authorized Conejo Schools Foundation to solicit donations and raise funds from November thru June, 2020 in a 3-1 vote.  Objecting […]

CVUSD Superintendent McLaughlin Violates Brown Act for the 2nd Time

CVUSD Superintendent McLaughlin Violates Brown Act for the 2nd Time

By Nic Rivera The Ventura County District Attorney’s office sent a letter this past week advising Conejo Valley Unified School District leadership of a Brown Act violation arising from board business being conducted illegally in August 2019 by Superintendent Mark McLaughlin and board president Betsy Connolly at a “board retreat.” The letter from the District […]

CVUSD Board Fails to Investigate Allegations Against Trustee Cindy Goldberg

CVUSD Board Fails to Investigate Allegations Against Trustee Cindy Goldberg

by Nic Rivera CVUSD trustee Cindy Goldberg came under fire for alleged ethical violations from public speakers on Tuesday evening during the agenda item discussing her censure. Goldberg is the paid executive director of Conejo Schools Foundation (CSF). CSF is a local 501(c)(3) that fundraises and donates to support programs for the CVUSD. This organization […]

School board ignores public; rejects Fitzgerald and Goldberg censure

School board ignores public; rejects Fitzgerald and Goldberg censure

By Michael Hernandez THOUSAND OAKS—Another heated Conejo Valley Unified School District board meeting that lasted until 11:30 p.m. resulted in the rejection (by 4-1 margin with Board Member Sandee Everett dissenting) of two discussion items requesting the creation of a Board Ad-Hoc Committee to write a censure resolution regarding Board Members Jenny Fitzgerald (for her […]

Conejo Valley Unified School District Candidate Forum | All 8 Contenders will share the stage

Conejo Valley Unified School District Candidate Forum | All 8 Contenders will share the stage

(Thousand Oaks, CA) – THRIVE Conejo will host a free community forum on Thursday, September 27, featuring all eight candidates running for the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education.  The forum will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Lundring Events Center located on the campus of California Lutheran University. “We are excited […]