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.
“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.”
“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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAN MARCOS — Sm officials meet to discuss new school
City Council and trustees confer on mutual projects
In a first-of-its-kind joint meeting, elected city and school officials this weekMonday shared updates on issues of mutual interest, including a proposed new K-8 school near Cal State San Marcos.
No formal vote was taken on any issue Monday at the public meeting. All City Council members and San Marcos Unified trustees attended.
“We’ve been having a lot of conversations about the K-8 school, and as part of those we realized that we have several projects … that require us to work together,” school board President Randy Walton said. “We thought it might be beneficial to have some of those discussions together in the same room, for the public. I’m pleased with how it went.”