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Because there is no "city government" in Oak Park, an elected Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) exists to advise county government of community concerns. The MAC's role is to provide advice and recommendations to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, the County Planning Department, and other agencies. The Supervisors generally, but not always, follow recommendations of the MAC.
The Municipal Advisory Council is composed of five elected members. Members are elected one from the community at large and two each from Zones 1 and 2 (zones are divided roughly east and west of Oak Park High School). For the latest information on the Municipal Advisory Council, visit the County Supervisor Linda Parks' website at www.countyofventura.org.
The Community Foundation for Oak Park was established in 1979 as a tax-exempt charity to support public projects and programs -- primarily those for which tax funds are either unavailable or inappropriate in the Ventura County community of Oak Park. The initial direction to the founders is still being followed: to emphasize benefits for the youth of the community. A Board of Trustees governs the Community Foundation. The Foundation and its activity committees are prohibited from engaging in any political activities.
Oak Park falls within Ventura County's Second Supervisory District. Oak Park includes parts of two state assembly districts and one state senatorial district. Further information about elected officials, districts, etc. can be obtained by calling the office of County Supervisor Linda Parks at (805) 373-2564.
Brookside Elementary School
Oak Hills Elementary School
Red Oak Elementary School
Medea Creek Middle School
Oak Park High School
Oak View High School
Oak Park Neighborhood School
Oak Park Independent School
As of October 2003, there are approximately 3,760 students in the Oak Park Unified School District. There are currently six schools in the District: Brookside, Oak Hills and Red Oak Elementary schools (K-5), Medea Creek Middle School (6-8), Oak Park High School (9-12), Oak View High School (continuation 9-12), and Oak Park Independent School (home schooling K-12).
Student achievement at all levels is high and over 95% of the graduating seniors go on to college. Brookside, Oak Hills, Red Oak, Medea Creek and Oak Park High have all been named California Distinguished Schools. Oak Hills, Medea Creek and Oak Park High have received national recognition as Blue Ribbon Schools. Oak View High has been recognized as a Model Continuation School.
Parents are very involved in the schools of Oak Park. Each school has either a PTA, PFA or PFC, as well as an active School Site Council where parents participate in important decisions regarding their children's education and the school's programs.
Special Education services are available for K-12 students in the Resource Program and in Speech and Language. Special Day Classes serve students in grades K-12.
Oak Park is a growing district with an enthusiastic teaching staff that is dedicated to excellence for all children. Current technology is a high priority and is available for student use at all levels.
Anthony W. Knight is Superintendent of the Oak Park Unified School District. Current members of the Board of Education are Mrs. Cindy Vinson, Mrs. Jan Iceland, Mr. James Kalember, Mrs. Marie Panec and Mrs. Mary Rees. Mrs. Jan Iceland is currently president of the Board.
The Oak Park Unified School District is located in the southeast corner of Ventura County, immediately adjacent to the Los Angeles County line. Prior to 1977, the area served by the District had been included in the Simi Valley Unified School District, which was formed in 1936.
Although the first school was built in Simi Valley in 1890, the Oak Park area experienced no growth until 1967 when 160 homes were built. Additional homes were constructed subsequent to 1967, and in 1968, Brookside Elementary School was completed to house the elementary students living in those homes.
Beginning in 1970, Oak Park residents made formal request to the Las Virgenes Unified School District Governing Board for annexation to that District. Three denials of this request prompted District residents to begin the process of forming their own school district.
On January 13, 1977, the State Board of Education approved the proposed Oak Park Unified School District, and an election was held in Oak Park on May 31, 1977. Seventy-seven percent of the eligible Oak Park electorate voted in that election and unification was approved with a ninety-three percent affirmative vote. A five-member Board of Education was elected at the same time, and their first business meeting was held on June 14, 1977.
In the year of 1998, there were approximately 4,700 residential addresses in Oak Park based on Oak Park Water Service hook-ups. Based on housing units completed, as of 12/01/98 the population of Oak Park is approximately 17,225.
On December 15, 1992, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a General Plan Amendment combining the Ahmanson and Jordan Ranch proposed projects into The Ahmanson Ranch Development at the eastern boundary of Ventura County. If the plan is implemented, this development will increase residences in the Oak Park Unified School District by 3,050 additional dwelling units and should generate approximately 1,550 new students. This growth will necessitate the construction of two new elementary schools and a middle school within the project, as well as major additions to the existing Oak Park High School. The development will also include 400,000 square feet of commercial space, a town center, neighborhood parks and two eighteen hole golf courses.
In 1991, the Agoura Hills Postmaster gave the community of Oak Park permission to use Oak Park, CA 91301 instead of using the previously assigned Agoura. And as of January 1, 1999, Oak Park now has its own Zip Code ? 91377. Residents are happy with this, as it is one more step in identifying this unique community.
Also in 1991, Oak Park its first shopping center with a Ralph's Grocery, Thrifty Drug Store, BlockBuster Video, and various other specialty stores including a coffee house that has become a local meeting spot. In 1999, the second corner commercial area opened which includes a Starbucks (an alternative meeting spot).