Safer Classrooms for Students—AC Installed

Relief is here for thousands of Scripps Ranch students who have had to suffer in dangerously hot classrooms with no air conditioning. As students head back to school, most will enter classrooms that are now cool, since air conditioning was installed at most schools over the summer. The goal was to have working AC at all our schools by the first day of school.

In past years the first week or two of school included some of the hottest days of the year. Students suffered from serious health issues after temperatures soared to 100+ degrees in some classrooms.

Here are the specifics for each Scripps Ranch public school.

  • Scripps Ranch High School: Installers worked six days a week, ten hours a day to complete the project, as seen on the Newsletter cover. As of press time, AC was expected to be on by the first day of school.
  • Miramar Ranch Elementary School: The project is complete.
  • Dingeman Elementary School: Work continues at the site, and about 60% is complete. The focus is on electrical updates.
  • Jerabek Elementary School: While the main campus has AC, the portable units in the bungalows will be addressed during the school’s Whole Site Modernization project, currently scheduled for 2019.

Three Scripps Ranch schools have AC.

  • Marshall Middle School: AC was included during construction at its site on Pomerado Road in 2007.
  • Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School: Installed in 2010.
  • Innovations Academy: Has AC.

This work is a result of a motion approved by the school board in February 2013. Our trustee, Kevin Beiser, realized the need to make the classrooms safer and proposed installing AC in 2,000 of the hottest classrooms in the district, many of which were in Scripps Ranch. Funds from Proposition Z, approved by voters in 2012, were used.

In addition, you will notice that many of the schools received “face-lifts.” Some campuses were painted and other improvements were done over the summer.

Neighbors Fight Crime Together

It’s been quiet in Scripps Ranch when it comes to residential crime. There have been some burglaries reported, but those have been either on-site workers with access to the home or relatives of the victims.

I’m happy to report that our 4th Annual Communitywide National Night Out was a huge success. Thanks to Marvin Miles who put up banners and Lisa Susca who contacted police, fire, and local politicians. Special kudos to our SRCA webmaster, Greg Minter, whose creation of online registration for the block parties made the process so easy.

We had more than 40 block parties signed up and a good number of unregistered parties. In addition to the visitors mentioned above, our SRCA president, Bob Ilko, also stopped by as many parties as time allowed. This event gets bigger and better every year. Thanks to all who organized their neighborhoods and participated this year.

Remember—for emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 484-3154. To sign up for our Neighborhood Watch emails, visit [www.scrippsranch.org/watch]. For questions, please email me at [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Special Award for RSVP Volunteer Jim Hearn!

Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) member Jim Hearn (below left with Councilmember Mark Kersey) was recognized by the city for donating his time to his community—1,062 hours in the past year! The City Council declared July 1, 2014, Jim Hearn Day in the city of San Diego! Now, we’re not asking everyone to be a “Jim Hearn,” but we need your help to continue this wonderful service. You help your neighbors and the entire community.

We not only drive around the area, but we check on elderly people who sign up for the You Are Not Alone (YANA) program. We visit the residents for a few minutes and make sure they are doing well. We also do home checks for vacationers, drive by all the schools and shopping centers, and are visible in the community.

How can you join? You must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, and retired or semiretired. We do a background check, and you spend one week at an academy learning what to do. Then you donate 3½ days a month!

Please contact Jim Schulte at 538-8156 or drop by the office at 8450-A Mira Mesa Boulevard across from Mira Mesa High School. Are you ready to serve? Be a volunteer and help our neighborhood.

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Student Honored

Scripps Ranch resident Andrew Erickson served as an intern in Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s office for the last two years. In honor of his dedication and effort, Brian recently presented Andrew with a resolution that recognizes Andrew’s efforts both in and outside the office.

He has worked tirelessly to learn the ins and outs of state government, while at the same time serving as president of the Scripps Ranch High School Associated Student Body (ASB). Andrew graduated in June and starts his journey to adulthood by attending Chapman University. Congratulations, Andrew!

Cooking Class

The fall semester of the cooking class held in the Scripps Ranch Library starts on Thursday, Sept. 4. It is offered thru the San Diego Community College District and can lead to a certification program if wanted. The cost is $75 per semester, which breaks down to a little more than $4 per class. Students learn to prepare a healthy four-course meal, eat what they prepare, and take home the recipes. It’s a gourmet meal on a low budget!

Class runs from 9 am to 1 pm every Thursday. The instructor will describe the goals and how to register at the first class. If healthy eating and perhaps even a career in the culinary arts is on your mind, check out this great opportunity. If you can’t make the first class, come to the next one and, if there’s room, you’ll still be able to register. Good eats await!