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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.
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.
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.
Starting in the Fall of 2017, eligible graduates of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) will be able to attend Palomar College full-time and tuition-free for up to two years while pursuing an associate’s degree, transfer requirements, and/or a certificate program.
The San Marcos Unified School District and The San Marcos Promise, along with the Palomar College Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Palomar College to create a unique opportunity called the Palomar Promise.
The San Marcos Promise views the Palomar Promise Program as a natural extension of workforce development that will provide equitable opportunities for students seeking job training, certificate programs, associate or bachelor’s degrees.
“The Palomar Promise is the right thing to do. It’s right for our kids, for business, and for our community. Having affordable pathways to college and career in the comfort of your city makes San Marcos a special place to live,” said Herbie Smith, Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise Foundation.
Preview: Vista Panthers vs. San Marcos Knights Posted: By Ashley Washburn Week 13 of The Prep Pigskin Report showcases you a quarterfinal Division 1 match-up between #12 seed Vista High School (4-7) and #4 seed San Marcos High School (6-4).
he Vista Panthers have a lot of momentum on their side this week after coming off a huge upset last Friday night against Ramona High School. The Red and Black stunned the #5 seed in a 23-11 victory, cutting the Bulldogs season earlier than expected.
San Marcos on the other hand had an extra week of preparation for this game, due to receiving the #4 seed and scoring a bye during the first round of playoffs. The Knights took this extra week of practice to get the rest of their team healthy and ready for playoffs.
San Marcos High Knights Fiesta Fun & Fundraiser. Saturday October 1st 6:30-10:30 PM at Hacienda De Vega in Carlsbad
Back to School Update from The City of San Marcos.
As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this month, 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 relief is on the way. In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are nearing completion.
More than $3 million of construction projects are being completed this fall to improve the Rancho Santa Fe Road and other streets throughout San Marcos. During construction, businesses in the area will remain open and those directly affected by the improvement projects will receive notice of scheduled work.
During the school year and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and set those alarm clocks a little earlier to provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.
For more information about road work in San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.
Community donations accepted through July 5
San Marcos will present its annual Fourth of July Celebration and fireworks show at Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Freedom” and festivities begin at 6 pm with entertainment featuring Beta Maxx. A professional fireworks show will launch at 9 pm.
“For the past 35 years, San Marcos has been home to one of the most spirited Fourth of July celebrations in North County San Diego, said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “This event is entirely dependent on private donations and features entertainment for the whole family.”
Attendees can look forward to carnival games, jumpers and on-site food sales. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating.
This free event is provided each year by generous donations from community leaders, businesses and San Marcos residents. Community members and businesses are encouraged to make a tax-deductable contribution toward the event and to ensure a spectacular fireworks display.
For more information about the event, please contact San Marcos Community Services at (760) 744-9000. To donate to the fireworks display, visit www.gofundme.com/SM2016Fireworks