The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) staff has chosen alternative site "D" to recommend to the Board of Education (BOE) as the preferred site for relocating Marshall Middle School. This recommended site consists of lots 3 and 4 in the Scripps Ranch Business Park as shown on the cover photo and below. Lot 3 is immediately south of the Scripps Ranch Library and Meanley Wall, and lot 4 is adjacent to and southeast of lot 3. Three other sites were evaluated in the Environmental Impact Report and could be selected by the BOE.
There will be an important community meeting on Monday, Apr. 1, from 7 to 9:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch High School auditorium. This will allow residents to express their opinions and the various community groups to hear them.
The Scripps Ranch Schools Committee, the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG), and the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) will consider the pros and cons of all the proposed sites at their March and April meetings. They will then write a formal recommendation to the BOE, either in support of the staff recommendation or in support of one of the other sites.
The staff recommendation will be presented to the BOE at their scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 9. At the community meeting on February 28, Lou Smith, head of the District Prop MM department, termed each of the four proposed sites "buildable" and stated that each site has something "to love and to hate." He said that the staff recommendation to the BOE was advisory, but would most likely be accepted unless the Scripps Ranch community shows strong support for one of the other sites.
If you have a strong opinion about the choice of alternative site "D" or any of the other sites, please communicate those opinions to the SRSC, the SRPG, the MRNPC, or the SRCA. Email addresses for each of these organizations is located on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org], then click onto "Organizations." The final version of the Scripps Ranch middle school EIR is available on the SDUSD website at [www.sandiegocityschools.edu].
The next SRSC meeting will be at the Scripps Ranch Library on Tuesday, Apr. 2, from 4 to 6 pm. The MRNPC will meet Tuesday, Apr. 2, at 7 pm at the Information Center, just north of Marshall Middle School. The SRPG will meet on Thursday, Apr. 4, at the Scripps Ranch Library at 7 pm.
If you wish to attend the BOE meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 9, contact the board office at 619-725-5634 on that day to determine a "time certain" for the agenda item. If you wish to speak on this issue at the board meeting, you can register in advance by calling the board office between Friday, Mar. 29, and Monday, Apr. 8.