DMUSD appoints committee for possible school closure or realignment

The Del Mar Union School District Board of Trustees approved the appointment of seven community and district members to the 7/11 District Advisory Committee to assist in making the best possible judgment regarding surplus space/property.

California Education Code 17388 requires the Board to appoint a 7/11 District Advisory Committee of not less than 7 nor more than 11 members to review data concerning possible school closure/realignment, and make recommendations to the Board. “We want to demonstrate to the community that the school board takes their concerns about closure or realignment of schools very seriously,” said Board President Katherine White.

“We were fortunate to receive applications from a broad spectrum of individuals who
are well qualified for the 7/11 Advisory Committee our community deserves and the Education Code demands.”

Faced with 5 of its 8 schools operating at half and two-thirds capacity, the Del Mar Union School District Board of Trustees is considering closing a school or realigning schools for financial reasons.

The California Education Code requires that the 7/11 District Advisory Committee include active representatives from the business community, landowners or renters, teachers, administrators, and parents of students. In addition, Ed Code recommends that the district seek individuals with a background in environmental impact, legal contracts, building codes and land use planning as well as members who are of the same ethnicity, age
group, and socioeconomic composition of the District.

The appointed 7/11 District Advisory Committee members are: parents Jennifer Emberger, Del Mar Heights School; Janet Handzell, Sage Canyon School; Wayne Harris, Ashley Falls School; Bob Shopes, Del Mar Hills School; Principal Susan Paul, Torrey Hills School; Teacher Cinda Peck, Carmel Del Mar School; and Randy Wheaton, District Office Director of
Maintenance & Operations. (While more than 30 well qualified applicants applied for the Committee, no one applied from the Ocean Air School or Sycamore Ridge School communities.)

According to Education Code 17399, the 7/11 District Advisory Committee must review projected school enrollment and other data, establish a priority list of use of surplus space and real property, circulate a priority list of surplus space and real property and provide for hearings of community input to the Committee on acceptable uses of space and real property, make a final determination of limits of tolerance of use of space and real property, and finally, forward to the District Governing Board a report recommending
uses of surplus space and real property Del Mar City citizen and teacher Cinda Peck said, “I volunteered to serve because I believe this 7/11 District Advisory Committee will provide the community with the transparency we need to determine whether or not to close or realign a school.” The 7/11 Advisory Committee will meet as frequently as needed to review data and take community input, leading up to a decision by December of this year, according to Superintendent, Sharon McClain.

Dr. Sharon McClain, Superintendent of DMUSD, says the appointment of this committee will give the community involvement in possible school closure or realignment. “We want input from the community,” she explained. “We have fine minds and very committed citizens in this community. We know their involvement will help us make the best plans for
the future of the children of Del Mar.”

SOURCE: DMUSD news release

Related posts:

  1. More time given for discussions of school closure
  2. Trails committee created
  3. DMUSD considers laying off 19 ESC teachers
  4. DM school board trustees shuffle offices
  5. Committee extols virtue of solar power

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=3296

Posted by on May 14, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club to present second ‘Taste of Rancho Santa Fe’
    The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club continues to live up to the motto, “Service Above Self,” and invites you to partner with the Rotary Club at the 2nd Annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe on Oct. 12. Guests of the event, to be held from 4-7 p.m., will have an opportunity to stroll through the historic and iconic grounds of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe while sampling f […]
  • Melodrama to open at Village Church Community Theater in Rancho Santa Fe
    As part of the Rancho Days celebration in Rancho Santa Fe, “The Saga of Sagebrush Sal, A Comedy Western Melodrama” is set to open Oct. 5 at the Village Church Community Theater. In this old-fashioned comic melodrama, Sagebrush Sal decides to take over the busiest establishment in town, The Bloody Turnip Saloon, which is owned by Jake the Snake. The audience […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society acquires Covenant founder’s ledger
    The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society has acquired the ledger of Barton Millard, which dates back to the 1920s, and will unveil it at Coffee On The Patio Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at La Flecha House. Millard was a founding member of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, co-wrote the initial CC&Bs, and served four terms as its president. Millard’s gra […]