ORANGE, CA (August 17, 2018) – Orange Unified School District (OUSD) will begin its new school year with a reconfigured management team to support Measure S and facilities initiatives that are moving into a new, more active phase. The reconfiguration comes as the District initiates more than $300 million in new construction and existing facility improvements at its four high schools over the next three years.
Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D., who was officially appointed Superintendent earlier this year, proposed the changes to the District’s organizational structure to create a leaner leadership team with deep construction and facilities experience to guide OUSD through its high school facilities bond (Measure S) construction program, plus the non-bond funded reconstruction of the District-owned Fred Kelly Stadium, located at El Modena High School, and the installation of all-weather tracks and fields at Canyon, Orange and Villa Park High Schools. The team will be tasked with finding greater efficiencies, leveraging vendor capabilities and delivering the many projects on time. The OUSD Board of Education approved the interim reconfiguration by unanimous consent at its August 16 Regular Meeting.
In the new organizational structure, the Facilities & Planning Department will be moved to the oversight of Assistant Superintendent of Businesses Services David Rivera. The position of Senior Executive Director of Administrative Services will be reestablished to provide support to Rivera in the day-to-day management of the division, which includes the Measure S Capital Facilities Program. Hansen has tapped Director of Maintenance and Operations Scott Harvey to fill this role on an interim basis while the formal hiring process is conducted. Hansen views Rivera and Harvey as the right senior staff members to successfully assume expanded District leadership roles at this time.
Rivera, who joined OUSD in May, has more than 30 years of experience as a public school business official, including more than a decade as the Chief Business Official for school districts in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. His extensive success implementing and overseeing capital facility bond programs and capturing state matching facilities funds, effective management of school district budgets exceeding $200 million, and supervision in the development of Long Range Facility Master Plans were instrumental factors in Rivera's hiring by OUSD. Between general obligation bonds and state matching funds, he has been responsible for overseeing facilities bond programs totaling nearly $1 billion.
“Mr. Rivera’s excellent background in school finance and many years of experience as a Chief Business Official make him a perfect fit for Orange Unified,” said Superintendent Hansen. “Additionally, he has managed several School Facilities Bonds and will lend strength to the Measure S Bond Program Implementation.”
Harvey has more than 15 years of facilities and construction management experience and has overseen the completion of more than $20 million in deferred maintenance projects for the District over the past three years. He has also played an instrumental role in the planning and preparation for the high school all-weather track and field renovation projects, the facilities bid process and cost estimates for the reconstruction of Fred Kelly Stadium, and the development of program plans for the replacement of the El Modena High School swimming pool. Additionally, Harvey has served as the District’s facilities bond representative, where he has coordinated with the architects, construction managers, and program managers on Phase One staffing plans and project logistics for each high school, while also working on Phase Two planning.
“Mr. Harvey handles issues with the utmost professionalism and is also a strong problem solver,” said OUSD Board President Alexia Deligianni-Brydges, Ed.D. “The transition into the next phase of Measure S is in good hands with the adjusted team that Superintendent Hansen has assembled for our schools.”
Community members are sure to see this new leadership team at work across the District as construction programs from Orange to Anaheim Hills move from planning to active construction this fall.