Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)
Review of the 12 “Indicators of Quality Schools” of the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) will be discussed at cluster meetings. Area superintendent Fabiola Bagula spent a large part of the October meeting reviewing the district’s progress on “Safe and Well-Maintained Facilities” and collecting feedback from our committee. It was recommended that surveys that assess if a school site is “welcoming and inviting” should include parents and students, not just staff.
There was concern about the new “Restorative Justice” practices that seem to restrict the ability of principals to adapt responses to student behavioral issues on a case-by-case basis. This is particularly true at high school, where there are greater expectations for student responsibility and greater risk for student safety.
There was a question as to when the safety measures identified in school site surveys might be implemented, particularly new classroom locks that allow the door to be locked from the inside.
Other concerns included the length of time the LCAP presentations require at our meetings. In addition, an issue arose of whether reviewing the indicators with feedback from just the SRSC members was sufficient to be considered true feedback from the approximately 7,000 students and staff in the cluster. Fabiola indicated she would share the feedback with the district and report back the answers.
As of press time, the Calendar Committee had approved the 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 school calendars. All start in August, on the Monday before Labor Day. Academic calendars are not official until they are approved by the Board of Education. The committee-approved calendars were slated to go before the Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
At an earlier board meeting, two trustees indicated extensive stakeholder feedback was important before voting on the calendars. However, the Calendar Committee elected not to survey parents or other stakeholders and voted on the draft calendars at a meeting in early November. The proposed calendars and updates are posted on the Schools Committee webpage at [www.scrippsranch.org/schools].
The next SRSC meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 pm in the Marshall Middle School community room. For questions, email co-chair Jaylene Farry at [[email protected]].
Tamara Hurley, Legislative Analyst