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Conjeo Valley School Board candidates face-off during virtual forum

Conjeo Valley School Board candidates face-off during virtual forum

By Michael Hernandez CONEJO VALLEY—A virtual forum of Conejo Valley Unified School District board of education candidates was held on Sept. 30 by THRIVE Conejo and featured four candidates running for two seats: one seat in Area 1 (Patti Jones and Karen Sylvester) in the Westlake area and one seat in Area 5 (incumbent Sandee […]

Two Ventura County Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Honors

Two Ventura County Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Honors

Two Ventura County Schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. The schools were selected based on or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The Ventura County winners are among 367 public and private schools to be selected nationwide. The local honorees are: Meadows […]

CVUSD Enrollment Crisis Continues

CVUSD Enrollment Crisis Continues

By Jim Clark This spring, the California Department of Education (CDE) released its official statewide enrollment report for all school districts. The bad news is that the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) continued its eleven-year trend in declining enrollment that is driving the current budget crisis in the school district. This coming fall, enrollment […]

Conejo Valley School District (CVUSD) facing $25 million deficit for 2020-2021 budget

Conejo Valley School District (CVUSD) facing $25 million deficit for 2020-2021 budget

By Michael Hernandez THOUSAND OAKS—The Conejo Valley Unified School District budget is facing a $25 million deficit for the $203 million 2020-2021 budget. Currently, the district has potential funds to use of $35 million but the district is not recommending that any of the six million dollars of mandated reserve  be used and that no more […]

Conejo Valley | Superintendent, board and public give feedback on district coronavirus crisis response

Conejo Valley | Superintendent, board and public give feedback on district coronavirus crisis response

By Michael Hernandez THOUSAND OAKS—The superintendent, board and public gave feedback via livestream on the Conejo Valley Unified School District coronavirus crisis response which has closed all schools and put all students into an online education platform. “I definitely stepped outside my comfort zone,” said CVUSD Supt. Dr. Mark McLaughlin.   “This is new.  There is […]

Conejo Valley Unified School District Succeeds in Retaining Loophole

Conejo Valley Unified School District Succeeds in Retaining Loophole

    by Janet Stephenson The California Department of Education recently denied a Uniform Complaint appeal regarding illegal pupil fees. The appeal addressed a practice of Conejo Valley Unified School District wherein it authorizes Conejo Schools Foundation as a fundraiser, which in turn fundraises through the charging of summer school classes, then turns over the […]

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 […]

CVUSD budget committee recommends dropping its remedial summer school program; replace it with charter school program

CVUSD budget committee recommends dropping its remedial summer school program; replace it with charter school program

By Michael Hernandez   THOUSAND OAKS—The Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) trustees will hear a report Tuesday at its regular board meting (starting at 6 p.m. at 1402 E. Janss Road) presented by its own budget/LCAP Committee that is recommending that the district drop its remedial summer school program in order to save $300,000. […]

Conejo Valley | Student trustee discusses role of psychologists and mental health service

Conejo Valley | Student trustee discusses role of psychologists and mental health service

By Michael Hernandez   THOUSAND OAKS—Conejo Valley Unified School District student trustee Jordan Scott (Westlake High School senior) spoke first during board comments on the role school psychologists have on campus and whether schools had the proper support for mental health. “Is the school psychologist advertised on campus?  Is there proper support for mental health?  […]

Conejo Valley Unified School District School Board vs. Parents

Conejo Valley Unified School District School Board vs. Parents

    by Janet Stephenson The California Department of Education (CDE), in 2018, set forth guidelines on how to work with communities when facing implementation of new laws on sexual education. In their publication, HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction Guidelines – Comprehensive Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS Instruction, it states, “Almost all religious faiths have specific teachings about […]

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