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Important Boundary and Budgetary issues facing San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD)

Important Boundary and Budgetary Issues Facing San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD)
Attendance Boundaries potentially being redrawn and District Budget Deficit, the district website has the following topics with information links that are important and public information. Please participate and share in the discussion here and on social media as this important issue that may potentially impact San Elijo Hills and San Marcos.
District Budget Deficit

Among the most important responsibilities of the Governing Board and Superintendent is to ensure the financial health of our district, and to inform the community when changes in district finances might meaningfully impact the educational services San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) provides. That is the purpose of this letter.

Due to flattening state revenues, and dramatic increases in mandated costs, we are forecasting very difficult financial days ahead here at SMUSD, which we more fully explain below. As we enter these difficult financial times, we want you to be aware of our predicament, the circumstances that brought us here, and our path forward.

Attendance Boundary Committee

“San Marcos Unified’s new Attendance Boundary Committee will meet for the first time next week to begin their work on recommendations for the Governing Board’s consideration.  As meetings continue, you will find more information HERE regarding the progress of the committee. We anticipate the committee’s recommendations to go before the Governing Board in the early part of 2018, which they will then review and approve all or part of the recommendations.  Our community will have an opportunity to comment publicly prior to the Board taking action.”

 

How San Marcos Unified Deals With a Rare and Welcome Problem: Booming Enrollment – Voice of San Diego

How San Marcos Unified Deals With a Rare and Welcome Problem: Booming EnrollmentMost school districts in San Diego County – and throughout the state – struggle with declining enrollment. But the city of San Marcos’ population has more than doubled since 1990, and that’s meant lots of new students for San Marcos Unified, which has to constantly find space for its growing student body.

READ MORE VIA Source: How San Marcos Unified Deals With a Rare and Welcome Problem: Booming Enrollment – Voice of San Diego

San Marcos goes back to school -Traffic delays expected during daily commute

Traffic delays expected during daily commute

As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with California State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this week, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way. In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next five years.

Planned projects include Improvements to the intersection of Las Posas Road and Mission Road near Palomar College and the transit center; Construction of two new bridges to replace Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street; San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street intersection improvements; and construction of Twin Oaks Trail north of Borden Road.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, motorists should drive with caution in and around work areas, and provide ample time to reach destinations safely and on time.

To learn more about capital improvement projects in San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/cip.

2017 San Elijo Elementary & Double Peak Country Fair

Yee-haw! Dust off your boots because The Country Fair is coming and it going to be an amazing experience for the whole family!  Presented to you by San Elijo Elementary and Double Peak School, this is an event you will not want to miss!!  This much anticipated volunteer run event brings people from the community together to build camaraderie and create memories while raising money for education.

This year’s shindig will be held:

 Friday, May12th from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, May 13th 11am – 5pm 

at the San Elijo Elementary School (SEES).

Friday Night festivities will include food, a live DJ  and plenty of fun while you seek thrills on your favorite carnival rides like the Zipper, Crazy Plane, Umbrella Cars, Cycle Jump, Alligator Alley and more.  Saturday will feature the all of the rides plus other fun activities including Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, games, prize walk,  and so much more!!!  

Do you have a business you would like to promote?? The Country Fair committee needs new ranchers (Sponsors) and ranch hands (volunteers for the committee) to help make their biggest fundraiser of the year a good ole-fashioned success.  If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or volunteer; please contact TheCountryFair2017@gmail.com.

This is a PTO sponsored event and all proceeds go to support and supplement educational programs within San Elijo Elementary and Double Peak School.  Both schools are a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.

April 2017 San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates:

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates:

Update- Trails Clean-Up Day

The San Elijo Hills site for the Annual Creek to Bay event is not taking place this year. Unfortunately, the site captain volunteer was unable to participate this year.

SEHWC Women’s Fair

Calling all women, children, and the men in their lives! On Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10AM-2PM, in the San Elijo Hills Town Square, it will be filled with colorful booths and lively vendors, all part of the second annual San Elijo Hills Women’s Club Women’s Fair. The Fair will highlight services and products that improve the lives of women and children, from health services to fitness; from safety to fashion. Face painting, crafts for children, and even activities for pets will be included. This also promises to be a great venue for Mother’s Day shopping with vendors featuring a variety of items for purchase. Don’t miss this fun family event. http://sehwc.weebly.com.

San Elijo Elementary Country Fair
Yee-haw! Dust off your boots because the 2017 The Country Fair is back and better than ever before! This year it will be co-hosted by Double Peak School and San Elijo Elementary!
The community of San Elijo has grown and so has the fair!! This year’s shindig will be held Friday, May12th from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, May 13th 11am – 5pm. Yes, you read that right! Twice the time with a lot more fun!
The Fair will be open Friday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seek thrills on your favorite carnival rides like the Zipper, Crazy Plane, Umbrella Cars, Cycle Jump, Alligator Alley and more. Plus enjoy food and live music on Friday night. Saturday will feature the new rides. Plus the same fun activities from the past including Pony Rides and Petting Zoo.
The Country Fair committee needs new ranchers (Sponsors) and ranch hands (volunteers for the committee) to help make their biggest fundraiser of the year a good ole-fashioned success. If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or volunteer; please contact seesptopresident@gmail.com.
The Jonville Team 12th Annual Community Garage Sale and Charity Event

May 20th, 2017. 7:00am – 11:00am held at the San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch located at 1501 San Elijo Rd South #101, San Marcos, CA 92078.

This annual event, produced by the Jonville Team – the area real estate experts in North County- is designed to utilize a community-wide garage sale and spring cleaning fever to raise money for local charities. Last year, over 120 homes in the communities of San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch participated in the garage sale for a small $10.00 donation fee, with 100% of the proceeds going to local charities. This year, all the proceeds from participating homes will go to Straight from the Heart- Helping Foster Children across the County and Casa De Amparo: a local charity recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non-profit organization annually serves over 1,000 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 25 years old, as well as over 700 families, through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships.

In addition to the event charities, every year many neighbors join forces and combine their garage sale items to raise money for their own causes – raising funds for sports teams and their own social causes, for example. The fundraising isn’t confined to just garage sale items, a handful of bake sales can also be found throughout the community to feed hungry shoppers.

It is an ideal event to find fantastic bargains and unique items in one location. Shoppers can pick up a map of participating homes in designated spots around San Elijo Hills the day of the event.
For further information: Tim Minjares, (760)585-6889 or (760)471-5098. Mail@jonvilleteam.com tim@timminjares.com. www.SEHgaragesale.com.

GOVERNOR ENDS DECLARATION OF DROUGHT

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17. With this an important change has occurred.

Associations were previously prohibited from enforcement action against homeowners who allowed their yards to “go brown” by not watering it during the declared state of a drought.

Now that the declaration has ended, homeowners are requested to take immediate steps to restore the look of their yards, by either replacing the turf grass or submitting a request for improvements to change to a drought tolerant landscape; or submitting an application for approval for artificial turf, in conformance with the minimum requirements adopted by the Association.

For copies of the current architectural guidelines, including the artificial turf policy, please contact Interim Community Director, Rashell DeYoung at sehstaff@waltersmanagement.com.

Community Reminders

 It has come to our attention that people are riding dirt bikes throughout our beautiful trails in San Elijo Hills. Motorized Dirt Bikes ARE NOT allowed on the trails! http://www.san-marcos.net/Home/ShowDocument?id=1474. There are a variety of public lands in California that are open to managed OHV recreation. Check with your local land management agency regarding legal riding areas and local regulations. There are many privately owned and operated motocross tracks throughout the state. A list of riding opportunities on public lands can be located at http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/ .Thank you for your cooperation.

 The HOA receives numerous complaints regarding residents failing to curb their dogs in the community. Please note that it is county ordinance that you must curb your pet. It is a public offense for any person to allow a dog in his or her custody to defecate or to urinate on any property other than that of the owner or person having control of the dog. Persons having control of a dog are required to restrain or control the animal so that it urinates or defecates only in the street gutters, and to immediately remove any feces to a proper receptacle (SDCC Section 62.670).

 Please remember to trim any trees growing over the sidewalks or dropping seeds or leaves. They can create unsafe conditions for people and pets. We appreciate your efforts in keeping the sidewalks and streets looking great!

San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills REC Center (1105 Elfin Forest Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078).

Save the Date: Upcoming San Elijo Hills HOA Events

Please visit our website for updates and detailed event information as each event gets closer.

June 9th – Movie in the Park @ the lower softball field
June 20th – Foam party in the town square
July 1st – Concert in the Park & Cookout@ the upper softball field
July 28th– Movie in the Park @ the upper softball field
August 25th – Movie in the Park @ the lower softball field
September 8th – Block party in the town square
September 24th – Community Yard Sale
October 15th– Oktoberfest @ the lower softball field
December 1st– Annual Tree Lighting Celebration


**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent from the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) April 2017 Updates

San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) Updates:

BunnyPalooza!

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is having its Annual BUNNYPALOOZA on Saturday, April 8th 9:30 a.m-12:00p.m.at the Hilltop field of San Elijo Hills Park.
This year’s event will include an egg hunt, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, photo ops with the Easter bunny, light refreshments, and more! This year we added a DJ! They will provide music, games, and an obstacle course so parents and kids of all ages can enjoy some friendly competition!

The Egg Hunt will be split by different age groups in 10 minute increments beginning at 10:00 AM.

Don’t forget to bring your own basket to collect your eggs and a camera to take pictures with the Bunny! Hope to see you there!

For more information please call 760-798-9015 or email sehstaff@waltersmanagement.com.

Trails Clean-Up Day (UPDATED 4.12.17)

The San Elijo Hills site for the Annual Creek to Bay event is not taking place this year Unfortunately, the site captain volunteer unable to participate this year. 

Save the Date-San Elijo Elementary Country Fair
Yee-haw! Dust off your boots because the 2017 The Country Fair is back and better than ever before! This year it will be co-hosted by Double Peak School and San Elijo Elementary!
The community of San Elijo has grown and so has the fair!! This year’s shindig will be held Friday, May12th from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, May 13th 11am – 5pm. Yes, you read that right! Twice the time with a lot more fun!

Seek thrills on your favorite carnival rides like the Zipper, Crazy Plane, Umbrella Cars, Cycle Jump, Alligator Alley and more. Plus enjoy food and live music on Friday night. Saturday will feature the new rides. Plus the same fun activities from the past including Pony Rides and Petting Zoo.

The Country Fair committee needs new ranchers (Sponsors) and ranch hands (volunteers for the committee) to help make their biggest fundraiser of the year a good ole-fashioned success. If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or volunteer; please contact seesptopresident@gmail.com.

Save the Date-SEHWC Women’s Fair

Calling all women, children, and the men in their lives!

On Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10AM-2PM, the San Elijo Hills Town Square will be filled with colorful booths and lively vendors, all part of the second annual San Elijo Hills Women’s Club Women’s Fair.

The Fair will highlight services and products that improve the lives of women and children, from health services to fitness; from safety to fashion. Face painting, crafts for children, and even activities for pets will be included. This also promises to be a great venue for Mother’s Day shopping with vendors featuring a variety of items for purchase. Don’t miss this fun family event. http://sehwc.weebly.com.

The Jonville Team 12th Annual Community Garage Sale and Charity Event

May 20th, 2017. 7:00am – 11:00am held at the San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch located at 1501 San Elijo Rd South #101, San Marcos, CA 92078.

This annual event, produced by the Jonville Team – the area real estate experts in North County- is designed to utilize a community-wide garage sale and spring cleaning fever to raise money for local charities. Last year, over 120 homes in the communities of San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch participated in the garage sale for a small $10.00 donation fee, with 100% of the proceeds going to local charities. This year, all the proceeds from participating homes will go to Straight from the Heart- Helping Foster Children across the County and Casa De Amparo: a local charity recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non-profit organization annually serves over 1,000 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 25 years old, as well as over 700 families, through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships.

In addition to the event charities, every year many neighbors join forces and combine their garage sale items to raise money for their own causes – raising funds for sports teams and their own social causes, for example. The fundraising isn’t confined to just garage sale items, a handful of bake sales can also be found throughout the community to feed hungry shoppers.

It is an ideal event to find fantastic bargains and unique items in one location. Shoppers can pick up a map of participating homes in designated spots around San Elijo Hills the day of the event.
For further information: Tim Minjares, (760)585-6889 or (760)471-5098. Mail@jonvilleteam.com tim@timminjares.comwww.SEHgaragesale.com.

Open House Sign Policy

The San Elijo Hills Community Association has a very specific sign policy in place regarding Open House signs in the community implemented to keep our community beautiful! The San Elijo Hills Community Association’s governing documents prohibit the display of any non-Association signs in the Common Area. The intent of the San Elijo Hills Open House Sign Policy is to (1) provide an acceptable means for homeowners to market homes for sale within the community; (2) reduce the number of open house signs used in the community; and (3) discourage the ‘alternative’ means of signage that have been used in the past (sign spinners, signs on cars, etc).

It is your responsibility as the homeowner to notify your agent of the policy prior to putting out their signage. If it does not follow the guidelines, it will be removed and disposed of. The Open House Policy can be found on our website www.sanelijohills.net for your convenience. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills REC Center (1105 Elfin Forest Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078).


**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent from the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent Selection Community Forums

Dear San Marcos Families,

The San Marcos Unified Governing Board has selected Dave Long & Associates Executive Search Services as the consultant to assist the Board in their search for a new superintendent.

The Board wishes to extend an invitation to all members of the community to meet with advisers, Dr. John A. Roach and Beverly M. Hempstead, on the following dates, time and location to discuss the specific traits, skills, abilities and experience desired in the new superintendent:

March 15, 2017 6:30 – 9:00pm – San Marcos High School – Room 205, 2nd Floor

March 22, 2017 6:30 – 9:00pm – Mission Hills High School – Library

Community members can also provide input regarding the Superintendent Selection criteria by completing a brief survey HERE.

Hard copies of the survey will also be available at District schools and the SMUSD District Office located at 255 Pico Avenue, Suite 250, San Marcos, CA 92069 and may be returned to the district office or mailed to:

John Roach or Beverly M. Hempstead, DLA Advisers
c/o Henry Voros
San Marcos Unified School District
255 Pico Avenue, Suite 250 San Marcos, CA 92069

All survey responses are due on or before APRIL 11, 2017.

San Elijo Hills Community Association/HOA Updates for March 2017

Please see below for the most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates for March 2017:

Save the Date – BunnyPalooza!

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is having its Annual BUNNYPALOOZA on Saturday, April 8th at the Hilltop field of San Elijo Hills Park.
This year’s event will include an egg hunt, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, photo ops with the Easter bunny, light refreshments, and more! This year we added a DJ! They will provide music, games, and an obstacle course so parents and kids of all ages can enjoy some friendly competition!

BUNNYPALOOZA will begin at 9:30AM and run until 12:00 PM. The Egg Hunt will be split by different age groups in 10 minute increments beginning at 10:00 AM.

Don’t forget to bring your own basket to collect your eggs and a camera to take pictures with the Bunny! Hope to see you there!

For more information please call 760-798-9015 or email sehstaff@waltersmanagement.com.
Save the date – San Elijo Elementary Country Fair

Yee-haw! Dust off your boots because the 2017 The Country Fair is back and better than ever before! This year it will be co-hosted by Double Peak School and San Elijo Elementary!
The community of San Elijo has grown and so has the fair!! This year’s shindig will be held Friday, May12th from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, May 13th 11am – 5pm. Yes, you read that right! Twice the time with a lot more fun!
The Fair will be open Friday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seek thrills on your favorite carnival rides like the Zipper, Crazy Plane, Umbrella Cars, Cycle Jump, Alligator Alley and more. Plus enjoy food and live music on Friday night. Saturday will feature the new rides. Plus the same fun activities from the past including Pony Rides and Petting Zoo.
The Country Fair committee needs new ranchers (Sponsors) and ranch hands (volunteers for the committee) to help make their biggest fundraiser of the year a good ole-fashioned success. If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or volunteer; please contact seesptopresident@gmail.com.

Trails Clean-Up Day

The California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is back! The San Elijo Hills trails system is a designated California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) area, and we need volunteers!

The trail system within San Elijo Hills is such a beloved feature of our community! Please join us on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00AM-12:00PM to help clean up the trails! Volunteers will meet in the Town Square (by the fountain) of San Elijo Hills at 9:00AM. Walk-ups are welcome but pre-registration helps us with site logistics, so if you know for sure you want to help, please register online in advance. To register beginning April 1st, simply go to cleanupday.org and then look for San Marcos – San Elijo Trails under the Cleanup Sites link.

Community Reminder

Please pick up after your pets and remind your children to do so as well if they are responsible for the dog-walking duties. Pet waste is probably the #1 complaint amongst our residents so please be diligent and keep San Elijo Hills looking and smelling beautiful!

An increase in dogs of leashes has been reported in various neighborhoods.  Pet owners shall at no times allow pets to run unrestrained in common areas, streets, sidewalks or pathway areas and shall at all times have full and complete control over the animal. Please remember there is a $250 fine from the county (San Diego County Code Sec. 63.0102(b)(2)) for unrestrained pets.

San Elijo Hills Onsite Office

Liz McCardle is currently on maternity leave. The office will remain open during this time. For any questions involving community events or architectural matters, please continue to call the onsite office at 760-798-9015 or email at sehstaff@waltersmanagement.com.

Should you need to submit a work order request, have questions regarding your account, enforcement matters or any other management related matters, please contact Becca Warrillow at 760-431-2522 or by email (bwarrillow@waltersmanagement.com).

San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills REC Center (1105 Elfin Forest Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078).

**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent from the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

A Message from the District Regarding Lead Testing

A message from SAN MARCOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Good afternoon San Marcos Families,

As you may have seen in the media, there was a drinking fountain that was recently removed from San Marcos Middle School after it was discovered to have a higher level of lead than is considered safe.

It is critical to San Marcos Unified to ensure that the water used by our students, staff, and community is safe.  In addition to having the water tested at all of our school locations, we also wanted to provide information to our community regarding the steps leading up to this action.

What resulted in San Marcos Unified School District conducting tests at three District schools?

Following the event in Flint (Michigan), The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) amended the permit for all public water system in California in order to mandate free lead testing in schools, if requested by the school district.

While not required, Vallecitos Water District notified the District of this new mandate from the SWRCB.  The mandate became effective in January 2017.

Why did the District choose to test Alvin Dunn Elementary, Richland Elementary, and San Marcos Middle School?

In 1986, the use of lead solder was banned from use in joining copper pipes.  These three schools were originally constructed prior to 1986.  All other schools in the District were constructed or renovated after 1986.

What are the measurement standards?

The current standards followed by the Vallecitos Water District were developed and implemented by the United States EPA in 1991.  The standards state that the Action Level (AL) for lead is 15 ug/L.  This is defined to mean “micrograms per liter” or “parts per billion”.

The Department of Drinking Water regulations state that any results at 15 ug/L or less are considered safe.

What were the results of the tests conducted?

At Alvin Dunn Elementary, five samples were collected.  All results were below the 15 ug/L Action Level.

At Richland Elementary, five samples were collected.  All results were below the 15 ug/L Action Level.

At San Marcos Middle School, five samples were collected.  Four results were below the 15 ug/L Action while one sample was above.

What does this mean and what did the District do?

It is important to note that the water received from Vallecitos Water District meets current standards and regulations.

In this instance, the sample from a fixture (drinking fountain) at San Marcos Middle School had a higher level greater than 15 ug/L.  When the District was notified of the results, the fixture was removed from service.

The District is also making arrangements to have additional tests conducted at other locations at San Marcos Middle School.

Have there been any illnesses reported due to this drinking fountain?

No.  There have not been any reports of illness that are due to or can be traced back to this drinking fountain.

What can I do if I’m worried about my child having lead poisoning?

You can contact the California Department of Public Health – Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 619-692-8487. The best recommendation we can offer is to take your child to their general physician for blood tests.

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