Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)

Committee’s Role

With no official district personnel and only Scripps Ranch Schools Committee members attending the March meeting, the group took the opportunity to reflect on the committee’s responsibility. In addition to filling the role of the district’s “cluster” organization, members agreed that one of the primary functions is to advocate for Scripps Ranch schools and students.

In addition, Shana Smith, Scripps Ranch High School Foundation representative, was elected as the parent co-chair. Michelle Irwin, Marshall Middle School principal, will continue in her role as principal co-chair.

School Budgets

Since the schools recently submitted their site budgets for next year, some of the principals shared the impact that the 2013–2014 budget will have on their school sites. Despite the passage of Proposition 30, there will continue to be impacts felt at the school sites due to increasing costs as well as the district’s substantial structural deficit. Classified staffing will remain relatively stable, but class sizes will increase in K–3 to 27. Changes in the staffing ratio at the middle school will be used to accommodate the expected attrition of teachers across the district, as a means to reap savings. That, however, will lead to somewhat larger class sizes.

The good news is that nursing and health tech services are being allocated based on enrollment, so most schools in Scripps Ranch will have increased service. Funding for supplies generally has been reduced until the district knows exactly how much funding it will receive from the state, which won’t be known until June.

New Superintendent

Since February’s meeting, Superintendent Bill Kowba indicated his intent to retire in June, and the school board selected his successor. Superintendent-designate Cindy Marten was the principal at Central Elementary School in the district. She is spending the time between now and when she officially becomes the superintendent on July 1 to “connect” with the students, parents, and staff of the district. She was invited to the next Schools Committee meeting, and individual schools were encouraged to invite her to their special events on campus as well. As of press time, she planned to attend our regular meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 17.

May Meeting

The last meeting for the 2012–2013 academic year is on Wednesday, May 15, at 4:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room. For questions, email Shana Smith at [[email protected]].

Tamara Hurley, SRSC Legislative Analyst