Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)

Congratulations!

January’s meeting featured special guests Board Trustee Kevin Beiser and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Bill Kowba. He personally presented all six school principals (at right) individual letters to thank them and the community for their efforts, and to congratulate them, on every school in our cluster attaining an Academic Performance Index (API) of at least 900.

The SDUSD now averages an API in the 800s, which ranks them in one of the top positions statewide for large urban districts with wide ranges of economic and ethnic diversity. Superintendent Kowba remained for much of the meeting to observe the committee, which has operated as a de-facto cluster organization before the district even proposed this type of organizational structure.

Propositions S and Z

Lee Dulgeroff, director of facilities planning and construction, made a presentation on Prop S and Prop Z construction bond projects. Lee gave a districtwide overview of the projects that have occurred using Prop S bond funds. He made note that this is the last year of the i21 Technology phase-in, which will complete the distribution and installation of technology–laptops, iPads, and Smart screens–in 7,200 classrooms. He also noted that Scripps Ranch High School’s (SRHS) Sustainable Technology Facility opened this school year and has already won a national award.

He explained that Prop S had little to no capacity to raise more revenue until property values increased, but that Props S and Z are being coalesced under one oversight committee. The bonds will run simultaneously, rather than sequentially, to move projects forward.

One current project is the whole site modernization (WSM) of SRHS. It will include a permanent building to replace the portable classrooms as well as installation of the much-anticipated central air conditioning to existing buildings. The WSM will be divided into two phases, with the focus on adding air conditioning as part of phase one. Those plans are in the design phase, with construction anticipated to commence as early as March 2014, if all goes well, and to last about a year. The addition of a permanent building is part of phase two.

[Editor’s note: For more information about air conditioning in Scripps Ranch schools, please see page 15.]

Charter School Co-location

Area Superintendent David Lorden shared that Jerabek Elementary School was being offered by district staff to the board for approval as a site for possible co-location of the Global Visions Academy charter school, now located at Adams Elementary. The law states that districts must provide space for charter schools if it is available, which the district believes is the case at Jerabek.

Several objections were made, including the fundamental fact that Jerabek has permanent space for only approximately 350 students and that the “capacity” at Jerabek consists of old, portable bungalows located on the playground.

These bungalows were remnants prior to the opening of Dingeman and E.B. Scripps elementary schools, when Jerabek was at an overflow capacity of more than 1,000 students. The bungalows were not removed, despite the district’s intentions to do so, which also resulted in the district erroneously putting Jerabek on the “potential closure” list due to “low enrollment” versus “capacity.” [Nine days after this meeting and before the board meeting took place., Global Visions Academy withdrew its request.]

Meetings

The next Schools Committee meeting is on Wednesday, Mar. 20, at 4:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room. Meetings are open to the public. For questions, please email co-chair Lorelle Mudd at [[email protected]].

Tamara Hurley, SRSC Legislative Analyst