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 Attendance Boundary Committee Update
On October 19th, the District’s Attendance Boundary Committee held its first meeting. The meeting is comprised over more than 100 individuals, with representation from each school in the District.
- Recommendation #1: Propose adjustments to current attendance boundaries to optimize student at capacity at each school.
- Recommendation #2: Propose an implementation plan / schedule for the Board-approved attendance boundary adjustments.
- Current District and School attendance boundaries;
- Historical and projected enrollment growth;
- Residential development and student generation rates;
- Criteria for school boundary planning;
- The role of the demographer; and
- Next steps.
On November 9th, the District’s Attendance Boundary Committee held its second meeting. During the first part of the meeting, Davis Demographics provided information about factors that impact attendance boundaries and how adjusting boundary lines impacts available capacity at each school.
Davis Demographics also shared an elementary scenario, middle school scenario and high school scenario to consider regarding possible adjustments to the current attendance boundaries. These scenarios are NOT official recommendations from the District Board, staff or Davis Demographics. But, rather, they were something to consider in order to foster dialog and conversation.
Following the presentation by Davis Demographics, Committee members had an opportunity to work together to provide their own possible recommendations.
The recommendations submitted are being examined for common themes. Draft maps will be generated and shared with Committee members at its next meeting on December 7th.
As a reminder, these meetings are closed to the public. However, if you have any specific questions or concerns regarding the Attendance Boundary Committee, you may submit them HERE.
San Marcos Unified is moving forward with an exciting district-wide project to install solar panels at many of our school sites. Tesla (formerly SolarCity) will install, maintain, and operate their solar panel system without any upfront costs to the District. Savings from this initiative will amount to approximately $30 million dollars over our 20-year contract with Tesla.
Each phase of construction is completed in stages of prep work, fencing, drilling, completing the underground electrical, and installation. Starting with Paloma Elementary on October 14, 2017, the prep team will begin working on site. Once the prep work is completed at Paloma, they will move on to the next school in Phase 1, while the drilling team will begin work at Paloma – and so on and so forth. This process will continue until all of the schools in Phase 1 are completed. For visuals on this process, click here.
The phases are as follows:
- PHASE 1: Paloma Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, Woodland Park Middle, and Mission Hills High.
- PHASE 2: Twin Oaks Elementary, Joli Ann Elementary, San Marcos Elementary, and Knob Hill Elementary
- PHASE 3: Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Middle, Double Peak, San Marcos High, and Carrillo Elementary
In addition to working with the Division of State Architects (DSA) to ensure that all applicable rules/regulations are followed, our Facilities and Maintenance team have worked closely with each of our principals to determine the ideal location for the panels. As many of our sites will have solar panels installed in their parking lot, parking will be affected during the 6-12 week construction period. Families will receive a letter from their site prior to any work commencing. You can also check your school’s website for more information on construction dates and parking/drop off adjustments.
For questions or concerns regarding this project, please email email@example.com.
The city of San Marcos still has room for large-scale projects, although the lack of redevelopment funds may make construction difficult.
Along with many projects, the 214-acre San Marcos’ Creek District Specific Plan was about to be implemented when the state of California eliminated redevelopment agencies in 2012.
While that financing vehicle is gone, city officials and developers are proceeding on the assumption the money will somehow be cobbled together.
Located along San Marcos Creek, between Discovery Street and San Marcos Boulevard, the plan calls for 2,300 residential dwelling units, 1,265,000 square feet of retail and as much as 589,000 square feet of office space.
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VALLECITOS BOARD ADOPTS ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY DROUGHT REGULATIONS
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors took action in response to the Governor’s Executive Order and the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) emergency urban water conservation regulations.
The Board voted to limit outdoor irrigation to 8 minutes per station, two days per week from June 1 through October 31. This will help the District achieve the 24% reduction in water use mandated by the Governor.
In addition, the Board also adopted edicts from the SWRCB’s emergency drought resolution in their new ordinance. The District’s ordinance now restricts watering within 48 hours of a rain event, irrigating street medians and adjacent landscape strips using potable water and requires all leaks to be repaired within 48 hours of notification by the District. The new Ordinance can be found here: http://www.vwd.org/home/showdocument?id=3800. The existing Policy on conservation can be found here: http://www.vwd.org/home/showdocument?id=821.
The District is committed to its community-wide conservation goal aimed at keeping as much water as possible in storage for 2015 and beyond. As a proactive measure, the District initiated drought patrols in its service area. District employees are on duty in the pre-dawn hours and during the day looking for drought ordinance violations. When a violation is spotted, the information is noted and the customer will be contacted to provide assistance with ways to conserve water, available water conservation rebates, as well as general information on how the District can help customers save water.
Since the patrols started on May 11, staff has documented over 250 instances of water waste. Nearly all of them are due to irrigation runoff. If a runoff problem exists, it could be caused by many factors, most easily repaired or adjusted, including broken or misaligned sprinkler heads, compacted soil, or sprinklers that may be running for too long. The District urges all customers to check their irrigation system and correct any problems. For more information or to schedule a free irrigation audit, please visit www.vwd.org.
About Vallecitos Water District: As an independent, special district, Vallecitos is dedicated to providing water, wastewater and reclamation services to approximately 97,000 people in a 45-square-mile area that includes San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; portions of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista; and other surrounding unincorporated areas. The public is invited to Board meetings, taking place at 4 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Vallecitos’ Administration Building – 201 Vallecitos de Oro, San Marcos. Board meetings are also televised on San Marcos TV. Visit www.san-marcos.net/smtv for a complete programming schedule.
Click here to review San Marcos Unified School District Star Test Results. Results released Monday by the State Department of Education.