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SMUSD Attendance Boundary Committee Update

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.

The Committee is tasked with providing two recommendations.
  • 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.
At the first meeting, the Committee heard presentations from District staff and its demographer (Davis Demographics) regarding the following topics:
  • 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 Elijo Life Interview with Matt Stack Candidate for San Marcos City Council

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Here is an interview with Matt Stack who is running for San Marcos City Council. San Elijo Life has invited all candidates for Council the answer the same set of email questions

Why should the residents in San Elijo Hills vote for you?

For starters, I lived in San Elijo in 2010 right before my wife and I were married so I know what a peaceful, beautiful community it is.  I believe the residents of San Elijo Hills want a Council Member who’s passionate about their home and their role as a servant to the public.  And that’s what they will get.

Please describe your stance on future development in San Marcos? 

This is one of, if not the most important issues I hear from voters.  Almost every home I’ve knocked on and talked with about our community, the #1 concern they have is the growth and development.  They’re worried about the traffic and the continued growth.  By no means am I anti-growth, but my stance on future development is that it has to be in line with what the residents of San Marcos want.  I believe there is healthy growth (which is paramount), but there is also growth that leads to challenges later down the road.  We shouldn’t have schools that are overcrowded along with our streets.  A couple weeks ago when a consulting firm recommended that we change the current Creekside District project I felt that was a step in the right direction.  Every person wants to live in a peaceful, thriving community.  But we want to make sure that our community can handle the growth that we’re projecting and planning.

How can you help solve school crowding issues in San Elijo Hills?

We’re already seeing it with our schools at capacity.  You know, a resident of San Marcos put it best the other day in her letter to the Editor and to summarize it, we have so much growth of housing and businesses but the schools can’t catch up (with funding and time).  We have a funnel of elementary schools moving into a lesser amount of middle schools and they are moving into an even lesser amount of high schools.  The real solution is to provide the matching amount of educational facilities to coincide with the growth of housing.  It’s not the prettiest answer, but it’s the truth.  If we’re seeing schools at capacity and more housing planned, then we need to re-address the projects to make certain that we can provide, but also provide with excellence.  We have a solid Planning Commission and School District and need to work with developers to certify that the needs are met.  In addition, we have to work with our outer lying cities that overlap within our district to plan in conjunction with them.

How can the council help address commuter traffic and school traffic in San Elijo Hills?

We also have a great City Manager and I know that he is currently in planning with our Sheriff’s Captain to come up with a solution to the commuter traffic.  A big concern is Double Peak with children crossing and I’m confident they’ll have a solution expedited for approval.

How can the city of San Marcos work with San Elijo Hills Development to complete the San Elijo Hills Town Center?

I believe in holding agreements accountable.  The way to completing the Town Center is ensuring both sides (the city and developers) are meeting deadlines, staying within budget and that the developers are paid when they’re supposed to be paid.  We have to hold everyone accountable.

What are your goals to improve the quality of life in San Marcos, such as events, parks, and trails?

I always want to improve the quality of life in San Marcos with events, parks and trails.  But I like to think of myself as an advocate for the residents in regards to what they want rather than my own agenda.  A healthy tree doesn’t struggle to produce fruit.  It just does.  I mean to keep our city’s growth healthy by having the residents know that they can trust their voice with me.  If they want a park, or an event or a trail (or don’t), then as their representative I will figure out a way to do what’s best for the community and make it happen.

If elected what are the top 3 issues you would focus on for San Marcos?

Safety is always the most important and ensuring our Police and Fire Department have the resources they need.  I have my wife Jen and our 9 month old son Callan and their safety along with the safety of every resident in San Marcos I take personally.  When I see break-ins and lawlessness, I guess the Marine in me comes out and I just want to do whatever’s necessary to have peace in our community.  The next issue would be managing our growth and development to ensure healthy growth and limit overcrowding and traffic.  It’s the #1 issue I hear people talk about.  The third would be fiscal responsibility and excellence with our budget.  San Marcos has an excellent budget and we want to advocate for long term health.  I don’t want to affect just what will happen in my term.  I want the next 20-30 years of our residents set up for success.

How will you clean up the campaign signs after election?

I’ll personally do it along with my team the 2 days following the election.  If for some reason we’ve missed any, they can send us a message on www.mattstack.org or send an email to stackforcitycouncil@gmail.com and we’ll get on it immediately.  It’s my home and I want it to stay beautiful too.  I’m passionate about this city so please let us know if we’ve missed any.
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Editors Note:

We have invited all 2016 City of San Marcos City Council Candidates to answer the same questions. 

San Elijo Life Interview with Rebecca Jones Candidate for San Marcos City Council

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Here is an interview with incumbent Rebecca Jones who is running for San Marcos City Council. San Elijo Life has invited all candidates for Council the answer the same set of email questions.

Why should the residents in San Elijo Hills vote for you?
As the current Vice Mayor I’ve been honored to serve the citizens of San Marcos for 9 years, and I am proud of what I have accomplished during that time. While serving I have helped keep our budget balanced, kept our public safety at the highest level, and added 6 new parks (with an additional one under construction). I have also championed legislation to keep dangerous designer drugs away from our children and a tobacco license ordinance that will regulate businesses that sell tobacco products so they are not selling these products to our kids. I have been endorsed by both the San Marcos Firefighters Association and the San Diego Deputy Sheriff Association and was recently recognized by the Red Ribbon Commission at their annual luncheon receiving the Excellence in Prevention Advocacy Award.

Please describe your stance on future development in San Marcos
I support measured development and feel strongly about rights we all enjoy as property owners. In every decision I balance property rights and the overall good of the city. I take this job very seriously and believe that all infrastructure, needed to support that project, must be completed prior to development and that any development must be an asset to our community. I will continue to work with staff on keeping our traffic moving and will continue to invest in traffic enhancements and other important infrastructure.

How can you help solve school crowding issues in San Elijo Hills?
The role of the City Council is limited in this regard since we don’t build the schools or create the long term master plan. When a developer brings a project before us, to render a decision, the school district has already committed to whether they will be able to accommodate the projected increase in student population. That being said, I support continuing joint SMUSD and City Council public meetings that will continue to promote our working closely with each other as well as city staff meeting regularly with SMUSD staff so that we are always on the same page and have the same goals, educating our children in a city that we are all proud to call home.

How can the council help address commuter traffic and school traffic in San Elijo Hills?
I have personally requested directed enforcement by our Sheriff Department and will continue to make sure that traffic speeds are adhered to in San Elijo Hills. The speeding I have witnessed, in SEH and other parts of the city, greatly concerns me. Each of us has a personal responsibility to drive safely, protecting pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers. I like the idea that San Elijo residents have implemented “PACE PLEDGE” where residents commit to drive the speed limit and reminding others with “PACE” stickers on their vehicles. I’m committed to continue working with staff and the community to explore traffic calming measures that will keep our pedestrians safe and slow cars down. There has been no solution yet to stop folks from passing through to get to the 78 freeway, but I am open to exploring ways to stop people from using San Elijo Road as a quick cut though, but acknowledge some commuter traffic will always have to be addressed.

How can the city of San Marcos work with San Elijo Hills Development to complete the San Elijo Hills Town Center?
The entire council has been committed to making the Town Center become a reality and we finally have a schedule in place and the plans have been submitted to the City for approval. I know this has been such a frustrating journey and I am grateful that the developer was intentional in coming up with a plan that will be an asset to our community and a place that we are able to enjoy; so much detail has gone into this plan. If all the dates are met for the mutually agreed upon schedule, we should have grading started by late January and it should take around 12-18 month to build. This would be barring any inclement weather conditions but I am confident the community will be happy with the end result.

What are your goals to improve the quality of life in San Marcos, such as events, parks, and trails?
As I previously mentioned, since I have joined the council we have built 6 parks with another under construction as well as adding miles of trails. I requested we join the County of San Diego to become a “Live Well” city because I know how important health, having a safe place to live, and recreational opportunities available to our residents and visitors alike are to our quality of life. We are not called “San Parkos” by accident; it has been through intentional prioritizing through our planning efforts in considering how we add these vital parks and trails to our community. We kicked off our first Double Peak Challenge this year as a huge success that showcased our amazing open space, trails and parks. I’m committed to bringing other events to San Marcos to offer opportunities for us to stay in our community to enjoy local amenities without braving freeways and long commutes.

If elected what are the top 3 issues you would focus on for San Marcos?
I will continue my efforts in keeping San Marcos fiscally sound and business friendly. This includes making it easier to open businesses in the city as well as expanding in our city; this is how we are able to help maintain and create jobs.

Public Safety will always be a top priority which is why I strongly support our fire personnel having the best training and equipment, so we are ready for all emergency situations. Replacing aging and outdated equipment is one of the ways we provide our first responders the tools they need to do their job to the best of their ability; that is why I recently voted to purchase two new fire vehicles and to update our regional communication infrastructure and equipment. These are just a few of the examples of my commitment to investment into public safety. Our quality of life is extremely important to all residents in our city; which is one of the reasons I feel that my being easy to reach is so important. Feedback from residents that I don’t see on a regular basis helps me serve our San Marcos better. Parks, critical infrastructure, a safe community, and thoughtful planning will continue to make San Marcos a place we all feel blessed to come home to.

How will you clean up the campaign signs after election?
As always, I will make sure volunteers that have offered to take down my signs or signs that have my name on them will be removed within a few days after the election. I also commit, as I have in the past, to personally take down any signs that may have been overlooked. I believe that leaders should lead by example so keeping the signage neat and tidy is important to me; and as important as that is, it is just as important to remove them in a timely manner.
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Editors Note:

We have invited all 2016 City of San Marcos City Council Candidates to answer the same questions. 

San Elijo Life Interview with Sharon Jenkins Candidate for San Marcos City Council

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Here is an interview with incumbent Sharon Jenkins who is running for San Marcos City Council. San Elijo Life has invited all candidates for Council the answer the same set of email questions.

Why should the residents in San Elijo Hills vote for you?

I believe residents would vote for me for several reasons. I have been an elected leader in the community over the past 18 years – the last 4 as the newest Councilmember and the 14 years prior as a Governing Board Member of San Marcos Unified School District. Prior to this time and during this entire time I’ve been involved with giving back to the residents of San Marcos by volunteering in or leading within various non-profit and community groups (these are listed on my campaign website – www.sharonjenkinsforcouncil2016.com). You can also see on my website that I have a broad base of supporters from throughout the San Marcos community. Those who work with me know that my goal, whether it’s a city, school board or volunteer decision, is to thoroughly evaluate the situation and make an informed decision.

Please describe your stance on future development in San Marcos?

In my mind, future development includes residential, commercial and industrial. We need to work with the property owners to balance the remaining developable properties with the needs of our community. In 2012, after several years community meetings (30+) the City Council approved an update to the General Plan. These open meetings were held at multiple locations throughout the city. Attendance ranged from 20 – 100+. The General Plan advisory commission itself had 30+ members representing various aspects of the city. This is the foundation from which most development starts. I am not a proponent of future development growth just for the sake of growth. I am a proponent of smart growth that balances the needs of the community, respects a property owner’s rights and provides a benefit to the existing community.

How can you help solve school crowding issues in San Elijo Hills?

I can attest to the fact that the city and school district have a long history of working together to help each other for the betterment of the community. It’s my understanding that the district is in the process of updating their facility needs.  The school district is a critical component of the success of our community. While the district will be the one deciding what to do I’m sure the City will do what we can to support their efforts. I think the city can help them out by helping to identify future properties that might fit within their needs and ensuring as new development is being planned that the developer and school district are communicating.

How can the council help address commuter traffic and school traffic in San Elijo Hills?

There has been much discussion of this topic lately. As a council we have already asked the City Manager to work closely with the local Sheriff’s Captain to continually look at ways to address both issues. In addition, we can continually evaluate our resources to see if we need more or can rebalance what we have, but we have to be mindful that when staffs do this they have to look at the overall needs of the community as well as associated costs to any changes. We can also encourage continued collaboration between the city, sheriffs and school district to review and refine, if needed, the traffic plan that was designed as part of constructing the school.

How can the city of San Marcos work with San Elijo Hills Development to complete the San Elijo Hills Town Center?

This plan was submitted to the city the end of September. The developer and our staff have kept the council informed throughout the process and staff will be working closely with them to move the project thru as quickly as it can. If the process goes as planned we can expect to see grading, if weather allows, by the end of January followed by 12 – 18 months of construction. As a Council, we can continue to monitor its progress.

What are your goals to improve the quality of life in San Marcos, such as events, parks, and trails?

Events are planned through our Community Services Department. They continually evaluate what events are needed as well as the success of current events. When challenged a while back to come up with a signature event I feel they hit a homerun with the recent “Double Peak Challenge” coordinated along with the Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.

Parks – San Marcos is known for its parks. Funds for new parks come from either grants or fees paid by developers. New park land mostly comes to us through agreements with new development. With the help of Community Services we should try to ensure they are building what is needed and/or providing us with sufficient land to build in the future. In addition, we should continue to work closely with the school district to allow joint use of our sites for field use.

Trails – as part of new development they are required to provide trails and connect, if possible, to our existing 63+ miles of current trails. Again, we can also keep watch for grants.

I think there are other qualities of life aspects in San Marcos we need to focus on. Public safety is a top priority. The Council works closely with the fire department to make sure they have what’s needed to serve our community. I think we can all be proud of the heroic efforts of our firefighters and Sheriff deputies during the 2014 Coco fire. This was a prime example of public safety at its best serving and protecting our community. We are currently in the process of purchasing a new truck and engine to the fleet, which will be about a $2M cost. The department recently added an ambulance company due to the increased medical calls. We are participating in the County upgrade to the emergency response system, which will also cost millions of dollars. In addition, we receive reports on a regular basis from the Sheriff’s Department of areas where they’ve had success as well as discussions of areas of concern they want to focus efforts. Thanks to our local Sheriffs it was recently reported that overall crime was down 22% in San Marcos.

Another aspect of quality of life in San Marcos is the education hub we have been recognized for in San Diego County. As I mentioned in another post, the foundation of this is our very own San Marcos Unified School District. We are very proud of their accomplishments and I feel working closely together with them can only benefit the community.

Lastly, bringing jobs to our community is another important facet to our quality of life. If residents can find jobs within the community they live in then they will spend less time away from their family due to the need to commute. I think it’s essential that we continually look at how we can support current businesses and constantly look at what new businesses we can bring to San Marcos. Recent new job opportunities in San Marcos include: DMV, Hobby Lobby, Winco Foods, the continued expansion of SMUSD, Palomar College and CSUSM as well as the upcoming PIMA Medical Institute, Fairfield Inn and the continued development at the North City community across from CSUSM.

If elected what are the top 3 issues you would focus on in San Marcos?

San Marcos is known to be a well run city. So, I would have to say my number one issue is not to upset what’s known to work well – focus on public safety, quality of life, traffic management, be cautious with future development.

As a Councilmember we have to focus on everything so to come up with only three is difficult.

I think as we move into four voting districts plus a Mayor being elected by the entire population, instead of being able to vote for all five, could become a concern for San Marcos. I believe it is our responsibility to keep the focus on what’s best for the entire San Marcos community and not just our particular district. Though we all come with our intentions as to why we want to be elected to the City Council, as a current Councilmember I feel it will be partly my responsibility to encourage newly district elected Councilmembers to focus on the greater good of the entire community and not just what’s best for his/her own district.

Another focus would be to ensure we maintain, and even improve where possible, the financial stability of the City. We are constantly striving to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer funds and find ways we can better improve how we do business in order to save money. Our entrepreneurial approach to government helps to solidify our financial stability. Current examples include: our decision to build and lease to the DMV at market rate rents, buy the former Lowe’s building so we could receive greater rents from Hobby Lobby and Winco Foods, continually seeking new businesses that will provide sales tax revenue.

The most frustration I hear about from residents is the traffic within the community. I think we need to constantly look at ways to improve traffic management, especially at our peak times of day. Though it hasn’t proven successful in the past, I think we need to continually try to work with Caltrans for better coordination of the their ramp traffic signals on our streets. I think we also need to collaborate with the Sheriff’s Department to ensure resource levels are where they should be.

How will you clean up the campaign signs after election?

It is my responsibility to make sure they are removed as quickly as possible. If possible, I will start the night of the election or at the very latest early the next morning. Please email, or call me, if you find a straggler I missed.

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Editors Note:

We have invited all 2016 City of San Marcos City Council Candidates to answer the same questions.

 

San Diego Children’s Academy Opens Preschool in San Marcos

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Currently we are accepting new students for our preschool program (ages 2-5)

It is a Russian Immersion Preschool, meaning that children are taught Math, Art, Music and Movement, Science, Dramatic Play, Literacy and Language Skills in Russian.  In addition to that, we offer daily 1 hour Spanish and English classes for those families who want their children to speak multiple languages.

Why SDCA:

*SDCA is fully licensed and insured;

*Qualified teachers with great education, extensive work experience, and background check clearance;

*1:7 teacher / student ratio, small study groups;

*Progressive Russian and American early childhood education programs and approaches;

*SDCA program includes 3 daily classes (Math, Music, Literacy, Language Development, Arts, Physical Education, Introduction to the Environmental Studies, and Dramatic Play);

*Assistance with potty training;

*Spacious classrooms, separate room, equipped for indoor sports and music classes;

*Outdoor playground with gardening center;

*Convenient location;

*Security and Fire Alarm systems installed in all classrooms;

*Daily menu consists of 3 hot meals;

*Organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy served year around;

*Meals are prepared by licensed chefs;

*Limited amount of sugar and baked goods served at SDCA, no processed and fast food meals;

*Classrooms are professionally cleaned daily, toys and materials are sanitized on a regular basis;

*Flexible schedules that work for everyone (part-time and full-time programs);

*Discounts are available;

*SDCA students enjoy celebrating various holidays either within classroom or with parents’ participation;

*Fun theme classes with guest speakers and SDCA students’ favorite characters;

*Blog that allows parents to stay informed and feel included in their children’s daily activities.

San Diego Children’s Academy

www.sdcaedu.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdcaedu/

Blog: http://sdcaedu.blogspot.com/

Phone 619-818-9522

801 Grand Ave, Suite 7. San Marcos, CA 92078

Pivot Charter School Open House

Pivot Charter School San Marcos

Pivot Charter School Open House

Tuesday November 17th 

6:00pm – 7:30pm 

Pivot Charter School
1030 La Bonita Dr. Suite 100

San Marcos CA 92078

760-591-0217 c
hobart@pivotcharter.org

For all new and potential families

Meet the teachers, See the Campus, Try the Curriculum 

www.facebook.com/PivotSanDiego

What we offer:

  • California credentialed teachers -Teachers who provide daily oversight, motivation, academic guidance, and on-site support
  • Social Growth and Development through Field Trips, Freestyle Fridays, and on campus clubs
  • Fully WASC accredited
  • Self Paced Learning
  • Flexible Schedule accessible online anytime

Pivot Charter School

Update sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families

This email was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families Today

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Hello SEES Families,

Thank you for your quick response to our incident on Monday morning on the trails.  With the help of several parents, we have been able to identify the person who was offering our students candy.  Our school resource officer visited his home and spoke to him and his family about stopping this action immediately.  The man does live in our community so you may encounter him on the trails. We have no further information to believe that there is any further concern.

Please continue ongoing conversations with students about stranger danger as well as keeping the school office informed of any situations.

Thank you for your support!

Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff

SEES Administration

Keeping Families Informed about School Safety

This message was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families this afternoon. 
A message from SAN ELIJO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Hello SEES Families,

Today just before school started one of our students was approached by a stranger and offered candy multiple times on the trails near our back gate. The man did not touch the student but did interact with the student. The student’s parent was with the student the entire time. Both parent and student safely walked to our office to notify the office and call the sheriff.  At that time the school also called the sheriff and the entire campus went on a soft lockdown.  All doors were secure and instruction continued as the sheriff walked the trails.

Unfortunately, the man was not located.  He was identified wearing a light blue/gray t-shirt with plaid shorts. The man was medium height and built with graying hair.

All staff members were informed and put on alert today.  All classes had an age appropriate conversation about stranger danger and walking home with a buddy. This is also a great time as parents to have that conversation about stranger danger at home.  You can even have your students role play the actions that they would take.  Research indicates that students need to practice a scream so they can recognize how loud the scream should be.

The trails were walked multiple times by many staff members prior and during dismissal today to ensure students safety.

We are fortunate to live in a community with many adults walking to and from school to keep an eye on all of our children.

Thank you for your support!

Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff
SEES Administration
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Here is a link to 911 Dispatch posted by SEH 911 (Reposted here)
INITIAL DISPATCH AUDIO–Note: Click “DISPATCH AUDIO” below to hear. Audio is time compressed to remove dead air).
http://seh911.com/pbmedia/CANDY_SEES-091415.mp3

Upcoming Double Peak School Dates

Double Peak School

PTO Meetings – Open to the Public

April 16, 2015 –  5:30 to 7:00 pm  – SMUSD District Office – Professional Development Room
May 7, 2015 –  5:30 to 7:00 pm – SMUSD District Office – Board Room

TK/Kindergarten and New Student Registration
Thursday April 16, 2015 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm – SMUSD District Office – Suite 298
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