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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.

City and school district partner in planning for the future (Press Release from City of San Marcos)

 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.

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.

Letter to the Editor (San Marcos School Board Election)

Letter to the Editor:

San Marcos is a vibrant community with a long history of being a desirable place to live.  Our local school district, San Marcos Unified School District, is one of the reasons why families come to San Marcos.

Between the three of us we have over 57 years of serving the community as elected members of either the San Marcos School Board or the San Marcos City Council.  We believe experience as well as current and past service are critical components of an elected official.  We believe in selfless service to the community.

Pam Lindamood currently serves as a Governing Board Member and has been a volunteer in our schools for over 20 years.  Jean Diaz currently chairs the SMUSD Prop K Citizens Oversight Committee and has been actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce – Government Affairs Committee, San Marcos Economic Development Corporation and The Senior Foundation for Wellbeing.

For these reasons, the three of us have decided to endorse Pam Lindamood and Jean Diaz for the San Marcos School Board.  We urge you to consider voting for these two candidates.

Please review their websites at www.pamlindamood.com and www.jeandiaz4smusdboard.com.

Mary Borevitz
Pia Harris-Ebert
Sharon Jenkins

Interview with David Horacek for San Marcos School Board

We sent San Marcos School Board incumbent David Horacek few SEH relevant interview questions. David was elected to the board four years ago, and is seeking re-election on November 4th.

What suggestions do you have about school drop off traffic and it’s impact on some neighborhoods in San Elijo Hills?

The increased traffic this year is definitely noticeable and I’m sure a source of frustration for most involved.  I know that both principles and staff have put a great deal of time and thought into mitigating the effects of the traffic.  They have coordinated the schedules of both schools to avoid drop off and pick up at the same times and have created detailed plans to keep our children safe and the flow of traffic moving.  I live near both San Elijo Hills Schools and our family has been affected by this issue as well.  Last year we drove everyday to pick up and drop off and now this year we coordinate with other parents in the neighborhood and take turns walking groups of kids to school and picking them up (“the walking School bus”).  For those that drive, when possible carpooling is another option to reduce the number of cars on the road.  If parents do drive it’s very important that they follow the rules that have been established by each school to keep the flow of traffic moving.  For instance there is a drop off lane at San Elijo Hills Elementary that is meant only to drop the children off and then drive away.  One of the problems I have observed is parents getting in the drop off lane and then getting out of the car and walking their child to the classroom.  The problem with this is that it congests the drop off lane and stops the flow of traffic.  These rules are there to keep the flow of traffic moving and our kids safe.

Did you vote to cut bussing?

No I did not. When the SMUSD board was presented with the option of cutting bussing I was the only board member that voted no.

How can San Elijo Hills schools plan for the 300-400 more homes to be eventually built?

Projections done by the district show that the two schools will be large, but each will be able to accommodate the community with the possibility of some boundary changes towards the most northerly section of San Elijo Hills.  If there are any boundary changes in the future it will be my goal to ensure those changes only impact the new residents of the homes that have yet to be built.  Principals will work closely with district personnel to ensure that the campuses are safe, students are housed, highly qualified teachers are in every classroom, and that the academic needs of students are being met.

Could San Marcos School District build another school as originally envisioned in San Elijo Hills to help with crowding?

The previous SMUSD Board was involved in these planning decisions, including the purchase or non purchase of land in SEH.  To be honest, it does not seem probable at this time that SMUSD would have the resources to build another school that would only accommodate 300 to 400 homes.  The cost of land in the San Elijo community is cost prohibitive for a second elementary school.  Even at complete build out, the number of students would not justify two elementary schools sites.  It is my goal to ensure we are able to accommodate all of the residents of this community within the existing schools while also keeping an eye on making sure they don’t get over crowded.

With the economic crisis further impacting the California budget how can San Marcos School District keep its budget in line and survive the crisis.

This year SMUSD has received virtually no cost of living allocation (COLA) increase and it appears that will be the case for the next few years.  However SMUSD is very fortunate in that we are still growing and that growth will continue to bring in increased tax revenues to help offset new costs to our district even with the state cuts.  We need to focus the limited dollars available on three specific areas which have made an impact on continued student achievement in San Marcos: 1) professional development, 2) intervention for students who have not yet achieved proficiency and extended learning opportunities for students who have mastered the standards, and 3) time for on-going teacher collaboration.

How can more of our tax dollars make it in the class rooms?

We need to continue working with both employee unions to ensure that we are able to honor the hard work and dedication of all our employees and still be able set aside a portion of your hard earned tax dollars and put them back in the classrooms where they are needed.  This is a very attainable goal that will require a collaborative efforts from the Board, Administrative staff and both Employee groups.

What are your goals for your next term?

Students in SMUSD are some of the highest performing students in the region and each year we improve our academic achievement.  SMUSD has now exceeded the state’s API target of 800.  SMUSD has an API of 810, up 24 points from last year.  My goals are very simple; keep the academic standards high, work with the district and the community to modernize San Marcos High School and other aging schools in our district and maintain laser focus on fiscal responsibility while ensuring the employee compensation is generous yet making sure we set aside money each year for our kids.

What can San Elijo Hills parents do to make the city of San Marcos and the San Elijo Hills area one of the best for education in the state?

Honestly, I think we have the best parents in the county.  We have the most envied PTO groups in the district and some of the most active parent volunteers in the district.  In the end the best we can do as parents is support our schools, teachers and children, and if possible volunteer at our children’s schools.  I personally am fortunate enough to be able to volunteer two hours a week every Tuesday to a new program at San Elijo Hills Elementary called “Eagle Play.” This is a program that allows students to play games like tug of war, kick ball, sack racing, and many other fun and entertaining games every Tuesday and Thursday during their recess.  My wife Becky also volunteers every Monday (alternating between our two kids) in the classroom and last year served on the SEES PTO.  Research has stated that students are most successful when parents are actively involved in their child’s education. Positive active parents help build a bond between the parents, community, Schools, and our kids. If you are interested in knowing more about me and my candidacy please go to www.dhoracek.com

Editors note all San Marco candidates are welcome to contact us to conduct an interview.