Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)

Monarch Development

As of press time, the SRSC was expected to vote at its January meeting on whether to support or oppose the school district’s proposed mixed-use project at the current Innovations Academy Charter School site. All other community groups have voted to oppose this project.

Mission Federal

A Mission Federal Credit Union student savings program is operating at E.B. Scripps and Dingeman elementary schools, but it is closed to other schools because they only allow two schools per branch. Mission Federal also has a parent-student program for 10th and 11th graders to teach financial literacy. This pilot program begins at some San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) high schools later this year. Mission Federal also provides grants for schools, but they cannot be used for ongoing operating costs.

Cluster Goals

The co-chairs facilitated a discussion of possible SRSC goals. Interest was highest for developing a K–12 pathway that would start in the elementary schools and continue into MMS and SRHS. Tamara Hurley noted that the district is in the process of asking clusters to develop K–12 pathways, so this goal would be a proactive effort. Suggestions for pathways included STEAM and dual language.

District Updates

SDUSD’s home page is now www.sandiegounified.org. Schools and departments are responsible for their posts, so contact them if there is an issue. For broken pages or links on district webpages, email [email protected]

At the Cluster Congress meeting, SDUSD Police Chief Rueben Littlejohn updated the response to lockdowns. Many of the recommendations made after the lockdowns at MMS and SRHS are now district policies. The district is ordering emergency bathroom kits for classrooms.

Legislative Report

The board approved air conditioning for all schools, including common areas for schools that already have AC in classrooms. This will cost $204 million plus $40 million for solar panels to offset the estimated $2.8 million increase in energy costs. Dingeman Elementary is scheduled to receive AC starting in 2016. SRHS is scheduled for AC in its common areas as part of a whole site modernization, currently expected to be completed by 2019.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 4:30 pm in the MMS Community Room. For questions, email co-chair Luis Fregoso at [email protected] (no “m”).

Tamara Hurley, Legislative Analyst