In May the SRCA Schools Committee continued its discussion of violence in schools by getting an update from Scripps Ranch High School's (SRHS) principal, Bobbi Forcier, her staff, school police, and district leadership. The school district's police chief provided crime analysis for 2002-2004 and a comparison ranking with other similar- sized high schools, north of Interstate 8.
From 2003 to 2004, the number of "crimes against persons" decreased significantly in three categories--assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and sexual offense--but increased in one category--weapons. SRHS received the highest ranking in all categories but weapons. In comparison, SRHS in 2002 had the highest rating in all categories; so one incident can change the ranking.
In regards to suspensions, SRHS had a higher suspension rate in 2004 than 2002 and 2003 regarding minor injuries. There was a higher suspension rate in 2004 than 2003 regarding attempted injuries; it was the same rate as in 2002. There were no suspensions for serious injuries in both 2002 and 2004, but 2003 had the highest suspension rate of the compared schools for serious injuries.
- Encourage greater communication between principals from elementary to middle to high school;
- Promote the idea of SRHS is a "Community of One" with individuals together making a whole school;
- Facilitate ways to educate students that perceived barriers or differences are insignificant as communication improves among students;
- Increase number of district personnel on campus for supervision;
- Restrict student access to cars;
- Fence the campus perimeter;
- Request SDPD counsel school staff as to what changes to look for in students' behavior;
- Improve/increase lighting;
- Update SRHS Master Plan regarding new classrooms, playfields, bathrooms, street access, lighting, and student parking;
- Install security cameras;
- Offer parent education opportunities;
- Increase use of parent volunteers on campus;
- Improve preparation for new students;
- Revise the dress code; and,
- Request Lincoln High School leadership spend additional time on the SRHS campus.
The Schools Committee's next meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 4:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. For more information, please contact me at [[email protected]].