Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)
Trustee Beiser Visits
In lieu of our interim area superintendent, school board trustee Kevin Beiser attended the final Schools Committee meeting for the 2012–2013 school year. He explained the board’s role, or lack thereof, in the student suspension process.
In addition, Mr. Beiser gave an update on the status of the Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) air conditioning, which appears to be proceeding with the permitting process ahead of schedule.
He also introduced his plan for the district to collaborate with the YMCA to build joint-use pools, which could be used for school programs, by utilizing school bond funds for construction and YMCA funds for staffing. Committee members pointed out that the plan for the YMCA in Scripps Ranch includes a pool, but not one that would work for high school sports. As the Scripps Ranch YMCA project is entering its final stages, the district was encouraged to meet with them soon.
School-related Community Events and Issues
Elissa Barber spoke on behalf of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) to remind principals of all public schools in the community, including Innovations Academy, to submit grant requests up to $750 to the SRCA. Checks would be delivered in August. Elissa also encouraged school participation, particularly students, in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade.
Lorayne Burley and Bob Ilko, committee representatives from the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) and Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) respectively, presented information on the Watermark project. It’s a shopping mall with a movie theater proposed for the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and I-15. The project is expected to increase traffic on Scripps Poway Parkway by about 20,000 trips daily.
Due to the project’s proximity to Innovations Academy, E.B. Scripps and Dingeman elementary schools, and Spring Canyon Park, which is used for access to Dingeman, all are expected to be negatively impacted by the increased traffic.
The SRPG and MRNPC are asking for community impact restitution for this, and they solicited feedback from the Schools Committee. Members voted to express strong concern to the developer regarding the traffic circulation impacts from the Watermark project and its negative affects on children. Any resident or business owner interested in making a statement regarding the traffic impacts of this project is encouraged to send the comment to Bob Ilko at [[email protected]].
State and District Budget Information
Tamara Hurley noted that earlier reports of a state budget surplus were reduced, in part because of the impacts of sequestration. That is expected to increase the timeline for funding and implementation of the governor’s new education funding proposal, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). There is significant Senate and Assembly resistance to LCFF.
To alleviate some concerns, the governor’s May revision of the state budget added $2.8 billion to education: $1.6 billion toward repayment of debt owed to schools, $1 billion in one-time funding for implementation of Common Core, and a modest $240 million to LCFF.
The Legislature is still concerned that the base funding amount is too low for schools that don’t receive additional funding for low-income students and English language learners. The Assembly wants a more thorough review of the proposal, which would delay implementation, and the Senate wants to wait a year for implementation. The Legislature will ultimately decide what is implemented and how much funding education will receive when it passes the budget, which as of press time, was due in mid-June.
Meanwhile, the district has budgeted with the premise that LCFF passes as written, which gives the district the most revenue. If LCFF is not implemented or delayed, the district’s plan is to sell more real estate to offset the shortfall. The same is true if the attrition plan does not generate the expected savings.
District Cluster Congress
In other news, all district cluster organizations, which are similar to the Schools Committee, have formed a Cluster Congress. It plans to meet monthly during the school year and have regular presentations at Board of Education meetings.
There was also news concerning the school calendar. The 2013–2014 calendar currently has 180 instructional days, but this is a starting point for negotiations with employee bargaining units. The expectation is that several furlough days will be added, reducing the school year.
The district is also considering moving to a single calendar for all schools—an end to year-round—starting in 2014–2015. This would affect Jerabek Elementary School in our cluster. In addition, the Calendar Committee may move the school year start date to August. The district indicates there will be a chance to provide feedback to the various proposals.
The Schools Committee extends congratulations to all the Scripps Ranch High School graduates who are moving on with their educations or vocations. Included among the graduates are a Gates Millennium scholar and 840 students who were on the honor roll. Nearly 100% of all seniors passed the English and math high school exit exam (CAHSEE), and 1,300 Advanced Placement exams taken. We wish them well in the future and know they take with them a solid educational foundation.
The Scripps Ranch Schools Committee does not meet in the summer months. The tentative date for our next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 4:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room. All meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please email co-chair Shana Smith at [[email protected]].
Tamara Hurley, SRSC Legislative Analyst