Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)

Boundary Change for Scripps Ranch Elementary School

In May the San Diego Unified School District Board approved new boundary lines for the Scripps Ranch elementary schools. One area impacted by these boundary changes was the far eastern portion of the Crestview development located north of Scripps Poway Parkway, which had previously been zoned for Dingeman Elementary School. The change meant that those children would now attend Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School (EBS).

A number of Scripps Ranch residents believed that the rezoning of this portion of the Crestview community was inappropriate given the traffic and safety concerns relating to Scripps Poway Parkway and the division of a neighborhood. Dingeman parents--with the unanimous support of the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee, the SRCA, the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee, and the administration and parent leaders at EBS--went back to the school board. They requested that the board modify the attendance boundaries such that Crestview remains within Dingeman's attendance boundaries. On July 8 the school board unanimously agreed to the request.

The new boundary changes take effect for the 2008-2009 school year. The board has said that concurrent grandfathering will be honored with all families affected by the boundary changes.

New Scripps Ranch Principals

In late June the school board promoted Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) principal Donna Campbell to high school improvement officer. Kurt Madden was appointed the new principal of SRHS. Mr. Madden is an experienced administrator who was most recently principal at Mann Middle School/Expedition. He has eagerly started to take on the challenge of stewarding SRHS to continued success. If you would like to meet Mr. Madden, you can attend the "Coffee with Kurt" on Monday, Aug. 25, at 6 pm in the high school theater.

As a result of Jerabek principal Tom Liberto's acceptance of a position as principal of Clark Middle School, Jerabek also will get a new principal. Originally, the board had selected Eddie Caballero to become the new Jerabek principal. However, in July the board determined that Mr. Caballero would remain principal at his current school, Sherman Elementary. As of the time this article went to print, the district had not selected a new principal for Jerabek.

We wish Kurt, Donna, and Tom good luck and success in their new positions!

Middle School Bus Update

With the opening of the new middle school in Scripps Ranch last year, the Marshall Middle School Parent-Paid Bus Program was established to address concerns about safety and heavy traffic congestion on Pomerado Road. As of the publishing of this Newsletter, the Marshall Middle School Parent-Paid Bus Program is continuing to accept applications for the 2008-2009 school year. There are still some seats available, and we encourage families who missed the registration periods to visit the MMS website at [] to download the registration form.

At this time you can mail your application with payment directly to the school and it will be received and recorded. The cost is $585 per student for the entire school year.

For all those families who have already registered and are awaiting confirmation of the bus schedule and times assigned to their children, these details will be forthcoming in early August.

If you want to reach out directly to the Transportation Subcommittee co-chairs, feel free to email Jennifer Madsen at [[email protected]] or Sharon Greener at [[email protected]]. They can answer your questions.

This initiative is critical to the traffic flow on Pomerado Road and to the convenience for those families who require bus service. The bus program can accommodate 385 students, which is about 25% of Marshall's entire enrollment. Just think of the number of car trips through the Ranch that are eliminated and the dollars that will not be spent buying gas.

We need full participation to maintain costs and schedules. The Schools Committee would like to thank Transportation Subcommittee co-chairs, Sharon Greener and Jennifer Madsen, for their spectacular and extremely well-organized efforts heading up the program.

Next Meeting

The Scripps Ranch Schools Committee meets each month during the school year. We do not meet during the summer months. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 4:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. All meetings are open, and the public is welcome.

Lynn Todd, SRSC Co-chair