Category Archives: San Marcos Unified School District

San Marcos in crosshairs of Growthzilla | San Diego Reader

 

To North Country residents living near Merriam Mountains, it feels like Dr. Frankenstein is bringing that monster back to life. A monster called urban sprawl the community chased out of their backcountry in 2010. “If you look closely, you can still see old Native American marks across the land, along with old rock carvings from passersby in the early 1900s.” STOP NEWLAND SIERRA Back then, the mammoth housing development was called Merriam Mountains. It’s now called Newland Sierra, but the opposition’s p

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Questions about San Marcos school board member’s credentials – 10News.com KGTV-TV San Diego

Source: Questions about San Marcos school board member’s credentials – 10News.com KGTV-TV San Diego

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) –  A North County school board member admitted she does not have the college degree she claimed to have on the district’s website.

San Marcos Unified School District Board President Stacy Carlson said she’s just learning that she still has a class pending.

The revelation comes as 10News looked into a tip that the information listed on the district’s site was inaccurate.

According to the district website, “Stacy holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University.”

The district told 10News board members submit their credential information.

Team 10 contacted Vanguard University in Orange County to check the status of Carlson’s education and whether or not she obtained a degree from the university.

At first, a spokesperson for the university told us, “Vanguard is able to confirm that she did graduate from Vanguard.”

But when questioned on the specifics, the spokesperson clarified the university’s statement and said, “Stacy was a student at Vanguard University with senior status, but we do not have record of her receiving a degree.”

Team 10 spoke with Carlson on the phone last week.

Initially, she disputed the university’s statement and said she graduated and earned a degree.

Late Tuesday afternoon Carlson sent 10News a statement saying:

 “Last Thursday I was contacted by a reporter asking me to verify that I had my degree from Vanguard University. I was confident that I had my degree and requested verification from Vanguard. Upon review, Vanguard informed me this morning that the lab course I took 16 years ago at Mira Costa does not currently meet Vanguard’s requirements and that in order for the current registrar to verify my degree I would need to take a lab science course from a currently approved list of courses.  16 years ago, Vanguard allowed me to walk at commencement with my lab course pending. I took that course the following summer at Mira Costa College and submitted my transcripts believing I had completed my coursework and my degree. As this has been the first time my degree has been called into question, this is the first time I had heard that my lab science course did not qualify. I am embarrassed that I have gone the last 16 years believing that I had my degree only to learn that I have a class pending. I am working with Vanguard to determine if the coursework I did in 2002 qualified at the time even if it does not qualify now. If it did not, then I will complete that course as soon as possible and ask for grace on behalf of all students maneuvering their way toward a college education.”

Carlson is currently running for re-election on the school governing board.

The initial tip came from her opponent, Christina Linden’s campaign.

A spokesperson for that campaign released a statement saying, “We believe San Marcos voters should be informed when a current School Board member falsely states her education. The election process forces honesty and transparency in leaders who should set an example of excellence for our students.”

San Marcos High School Women’s Volleyball program – Sponsorship Opportunities

San Marcos High School Women’s Volleyball program had an amazing 2017 year. Our Varsity team won the D2 Avocado League as well as winning the Div 2 CIF Championship Title. This year in 2018, we have been moved to Division 1 and our girls are facing their biggest opponents ever.

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9/13 5:00p
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9/18 5:00p
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Building Industry Association sues San Marcos schools, alleges excessive fees – The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Building Industry Association of San Diego County sued the San Marcos Unified School District this month, arguing that increased developer fees amount to illegal taxes that will raise the cost of new homes in the area.“The disputed fees should be deemed to be a form of unlawful tax, rather than reasonable ‘fees,’ ” the lawsuit, filed Aug. 10 in San Diego Superior Court, argued.The suit challenges a 21 percent hike in the fee that the district charges home developers, to cover the costs of serving new students in the school system. In May, the district raised that rate from $4.61 to $5.61 per square foot of new construction, a hike that the association called an “unjustified and grossly excessive schedule of fees on new residential construction.”

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San Marcos goes back to school

As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools back in school this week and Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session later 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 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.

Ongoing and Planned projects include traffic management system enhancements, upgrades to the city’s traffic signal communication network to high-speed Ethernet, traffic controller replacements, and citywide installation of LED safety lighting. Traffic signal improvements are also planned for Rancho Santa Fe Road and Grandon Avenue and intersection improvements at San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street.

Over the next five years, plans are also in place to reconstruct the State Route 78 overcrossing at Woodland Parkway, reconfiguration of on/off ramps, and the widening of Woodland Parkway, Barham Drive and Rancheros Drive. The City is working with Caltrans on completing the design of this project. Future funding and total project costs are still being determined based on ongoing discussions between the two agencies.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

To learn more about planned traffic management improvements, visit www.san-marcos.net/trafficmanagement. Residents are encouraged to sign up to received city news, traffic alerts and information about programs and services by visiting, www.san-marcos.net/alerts and by following the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at the handle, @sanmarcoscity.

San Marcos school board passes $227 million budget, avoids shortfalls – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Marcos school board passes $227 million budget, avoids shortfalls

 

 

The San Marcos Unified School District board tentatively passed a $227 million budget Tuesday, narrowly avoiding anticipated deficits for the 2018-19 school year.The school district, which serves about 20,000 students in North County, originally expected to run a deficit of more than $17 million for the coming school year. However, increases in state education funding helped stave off that shortfall. The district made spending cuts in recent months, and drew on other funds to close the remaining gap between revenue and expenses.The budget approved Tuesday projects that San Marcos schools will spend about $227.3 million in the 2018-19 school year, and bring in revenues of $220.5 million. The balance of about $6.8 million comes from district reserves, and from one-time state funds, said Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Mark Schiel. That will leave the district with a balanced budget, but with little left over.“We will have our required 3 percent minimum reserve, but there will be nothing above and beyond that” at the end of next school year, Schiel said.California state law requires districts to maintain reserves of at least 3 percent, Schiel said, but the average reserve for Unified School Districts is about 17 percent. If a school district falls too far below the requirements for maintaining balanced budgets and adequate reserves, the County Office of Education may step in to offer support, and intervene directly in spending decisions and labor agreements, according to the state Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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SMUSD Superintendent, Melissa Hunt, has announced her plan to retire

Dear San Marcos Staff and Community,

SMUSD Superintendent, Melissa Hunt, has announced her plan to retire, and it is with appreciation for her many years of service that the Governing Board accepts her resignation.  Prior to being named Superintendent, Melissa has served as Principal of Woodland Park and San Marcos Middle Schools, as well as Director of Secondary Education. As a cherished employee of this district since 2001, Melissa has been admired by staff for her deep understanding of curriculum and instruction, and by students for her love and compassion. She has worked closely with students and teachers to improve achievement and inspire hope and confidence. During her tenure as Superintendent, Melissa started important and challenging conversations about the direction of San Marcos Unified, leaving the district better prepared for the future. The Board wishes Melissa the best, and hopes she succeeds in lowering her golf handicap alongside her husband, Burl.

In response to Melissa’s announcement, The Governing Board will be appointing Dr. John Roach as Interim Superintendent.  Dr. Roach is the former Superintendent of Carlsbad Unified School District and will work closely with the Board throughout the transition. A comprehensive search for a new Superintendent, conducted by Dave Long and Associates, will convene following approval at the June 19th Board meeting.  It is the Board’s intention to cast a wide net to find someone with the vision and leadership skills necessary to build on the successes that are the pride of San Marcos Unified School District.   Your Board members will be actively engaged throughout the summer working with the search firm and will keep the community informed as the process unfolds. It is our hope to name a new Superintendent in the Fall of 2018.

 

On Behalf of the SMUSD Governing Board,

Stacy Carlson, Board President

Double Peak School-City takes active approach in managing traffic safety near new school

The city takes an active approach to managing traffic safety near new school

Since the opening of Double Peak School, the City of San Marcos has taken an active approach to managing traffic safety in the area surrounding the school.

Since the opening of Double Peak School, the City of San Marcos has taken an active approach to managing traffic safety in the area surrounding the school.

“Public safety and traffic management continues to be a top priority for the City of San Marcos—especially near our schools,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

Traffic engineers are constantly evaluating conditions along S. Twin Oaks Valley Road and have proactively implemented various traffic warning and calming measures to reduce travel speeds and the possibility of speed-related collisions.

“Knowing Double Peak School is in a challenging location when it comes to traffic management, the city has made every effort to work with the San Marcos Unified School District and enhance overall safety by using several traffic calming strategies,” said the city’s Principal Traffic Engineer Nic Abboud.

Traffic calming strategies have included the reduction of the posted speed limit from 50 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour along the northbound approach to Double Peak School.

A new traffic signal control at the school’s driveway has been installed, together with the placement of a high-visibility crosswalk. Advanced warning signs and “prepare to stop” signage have also been placed at several locations in advance of the new traffic signal, school pedestrian crossing, and steep roadway grade.

The school zone limits for 25 miles-per hour speed have been extended.  The city has installed flashing school warning signs to alert motorists of the slower speed zones.

To further encourage motorists to slow down, speed reduction bars have been placed across the lanes at decreasing intervals along the downhill approach to the school.

Motorists were also introduced to radar speed feedback signs that display a driver’s speed to help improve speed limit compliance. Traffic signal timing has also been improved to discourage red light running.

As traffic safety is driven by driver education, traffic engineering, and traffic enforcement, the city has worked in partnership with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to boost its speed enforcement in the area, especially during peak times.

In addition to these efforts, the city has prepared a “safe routes to school” plan that identifies the safest routes for students to follow when heading to or from the school campus. This plan has been provided to the school for implementation and parents are encouraged to share the recommended travel paths with their children.

But the city has not stopped there.

Hearing increased community concern over traffic speeds around the school and during times when children are using sidewalks, the City will retain a specialized consulting firm to evaluate innovative opportunities to address pedestrian mobility and safety issues.

Additional measures may include enhanced adoption and promotion of a “safe route to school” plan, alternative location(s) for sidewalks, implementation of additional travel speed reduction measures, and the feasibility of installing barriers or other means of protection and/or separation of pedestrians from vehicles.

While San Marcos works to evaluate these innovative opportunities, plans are already underway to install additional signage that will benefit both motorists and pedestrians. The new signs will use chevron-style arrows and raised pavement markers to alert motorist that a curve is ahead.

By partnering with the community and school district to educate parents, students and drivers along with enhanced engineering and enforcement, the city will continue working to ensure feedback provided about traffic safety issues in the area will be considered in the adoption of any new recommended solutions.

To learn more about traffic management in the city, visit www.san-marcos.net/TrafficManagement or contact the city’s traffic engineering division at (760) 744-1050. Residents can also receive email notifications about upcoming traffic alerts, city news and other programs by signing up at www.san-marcos.net/alert.

City of San Marcos-School District Joint Meeting on School Development

City-School District Joint Meeting on School Development

A comprehensive update on Task Force progress will be shared during a joint public meeting between the San Marcos City Council and the San Marcos School Board on Thursday, March 29 at 6 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive.

Last July, the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Unified School District established the Joint Task Force on School Development (Task Force) to formally partner in planning for the future of San Marcos schools.

With a decade’s long history of supporting one another, the city and district serve the community of San Marcos together and their destinies are intertwined.

While growth presents challenges, it also brings energy to the community and strengthens the local economy.  Growth has been instrumental in supporting a robust School District and is a key component in providing funds to build future schools.

The recently established Task Force is focused on sharing information with their respective elected bodies and the public, identifying possible locations for school sites, and planning for the future.

Already, the Task Force has taken numerous steps to understand school needs and growth trends, and to come up with solutions for the current challenges:

  • Data Sharing & Growth Projections: While the district regularly collects data regarding growth trends, the Task Force has further examined information on the City General Plan – a 20+ year long term planning document –and data regarding actual build out.By analyzing current and anticipated residential growth, the School District is better able to determine its needs to increase capacity at school sites and to locate and purchase land for new school sites.
  • Exploring Options for Schools: The Task Force continues to review options for addressing increasing student enrollment across the city.Options include ways to optimize existing schools to handle current and projected demand, and ways to increase resources for school infrastructure.
  • School Site Search: A focus of the Task Force has been to identify possible sites for new schools.The district is in the initial phases of exploring several potential sites.

For more information, please contact Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3174 or smacdonald@san-marcos.net

To learn more about the City of San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net. For more information about the San Marcos Unified School District, visitwww.smusd.org.

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