La Habra Jane's Journal 90631

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Getting Right To Work
Friday, 03 April 2009
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Getting Right To Work
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Few new hires are greeted with as much enthusiasm as Rosa Orosemane was by the Lowell Joint School District Board when she was introduced at the March 16 board meeting as director of nutrition services to begin work April 1. The  enthusiasm was even greater when Andrea Reynolds, chief business official for the district, explained what Ms. Orosemane had already done for the district.

Orosemane came on Friday, March 13 to sign all the necessary papers. While there she asked if the commodities order for the next school year had been placed, pointing out Friday was the last day to do so. A little searching and a few phone calls made it obvious that the order had not yet been made. So she went to work reviewing past usage and planning for the future. When she finished her day at Lowell Joint the commodities order had been placed.

Orosemane has served as the assistant director of food services of the Glendale Unified School District for the past seven years and has 24 years of food service experience, including years at LA Unified and the U.S. Marine Corps Institute.

Much of the enthusiasm relates to the poor results of the state audit of the nutrition program in December which showed an onsite director was needed and the one-day-a-week consultant was not providing satisfactory results.  Paid meal participation continued to decline and the cafeteria fund remained in the red.

Following that introduction and some regular business Mary Jane Barger, representing LJEA, requested that the district and LJEA “suspend bargaining for the next year and continue the existing contract.” Board President Gayle Rogers replied, “We really appreciate your actions.”

Then the board moved to a consideration of the Second Interim Budget Report. At the end of the presentation Rogers said, “Keeping up with the state—it’s like trying to hit a moving target.” And Reynolds added, “Which is going downhill quickly.”

The second Interim showed the district had lost another $559,656 in funds due to the reduction in the revenue limit, another $115,000 in other state income and $150,000 in local income.  The local revenue is essentially interest income earned on payments the state is postponing by three to six months in various funds.