Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)

Sustainable Technologies and Energy Program

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) will be the first public high school in the state to have a separate educational building dedicated solely to sustainable technology and energy. The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) had previously been awarded a grant to fund 50% of the building of a sustainable technology and energy program.

With the passage of Proposition S, the SDUSD will obtain the remaining funds necessary to establish the program and construct a sustainable technology and energy building on campus. Once the building is complete, which may be as early as 2010, students will have the opportunity to take courses in many renewable energy-related topics and learn about energy-related professions. At this point, the planning for the program starts in earnest. To be on the task force, please call the SRHS office.

SRHS Next In Line to Receive Campus Police Officer

For the past five years, SRHS had a dedicated onsite campus police officer. However, due to a lack of trained officers and the school's low rate of security-related issues, the district removed the onsite police presence at SRHS effective September 2008. Unfortunately, over the first few months of the school year, the high school has had to deal with a few security issues ranging from student arrests for bringing weapons to school to threats of campus violence.

These incidents created educational distractions and unsafe conditions, and resulted in reduced school funding because parents kept their children home on the days of threatened violence. In October Principal Kurt Madden, Chris Grint, SRHS Foundation president, and Shana Smith, SRHS Foundation vice president, met with district administrative and school police officials to discuss the need for a campus police officer.

SRHS representatives were told that, assuming all campus police officers remain in their positions, SRHS is the next school slated to receive an onsite police officer. The short-staffed school police department is seeking additional officers who must undergo specific training required to be a high school officer. As of press time, the district did not have an estimate as to when a police officer would be assigned to SRHS.

EBS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On a bright sunny October morning, Ellen Browning Scripps (EBS) Elementary School held their long-awaited dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on their permanent campus--the former Marshall Middle School site. It was a lovely event, with adorable children singing and many dignitaries. For more details on the dedication ceremony, please see page 35. Congratulations to all the EBS penguins on their new school!

Next Meeting

The Scripps Ranch Schools Committee meets again on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 4:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room. All meetings are open, and the public is welcome.

Lynn Todd, SRSC Chair