Del Mar Union School board authorizes district plan

Del Mar Union School District trustees on Jan. 27 approved a 2009-2010 Strategic Plan that details the way the district works — and can continue to work — to uphold its mission.

Developed by district office employees, individual school principals, staff and parents, the plan aims to keep the district on track to provide a “rigorous, inspiring and nurturing education program that is continually evolving to develop well-rounded individuals who embrace learning for life and are prepared to meet the challenges of the future.”

The document includes information on enrollment, demographics, district resources, evaluation and achievement factors, such as California Standards Testing and Academic Performance Index scores.

“We always had information in 20 different places so it’s nice to have it all in one place,” said Superintendent Sharon McClain, noting the board-approved version will be available online at

The plan also includes a section on appraisals of district functions with goals and recommended actions on curriculum, school climate, effective relationships with school partners and effective use of financial resources.

McClain said the plan creates a “plumb (vertical) line” of what an exemplary program would look like for district comparison.

The final report, with its recommendations on how the district can meet that line, was developed over the last few months.

“All the teachers participated and really appreciated being able to give their input,” said Torrey Hills Principal Susan Paul.

Sage Canyon Principal Peg LaRose said that it was exciting to see 56 people in the school’s multi-purpose room contributing their ideas. She said when compared to what the other district schools had come up with, she realized that “we’re a whole lot more alike than we’re different.”

In that way, she said, the plan really represents a united vision for the district.

Board president Comischell Rodriguez agreed.

“It’s very cool how all the ideas came together,” she said.

Trustees’ questions about the plan focused mainly on recommendations for financial resources.

Trustee Steven McDowell did not like the use of the word “should” in the suggestion that the district “should maintain the available reserves recommended by the School Services of California for basic aid school districts.”

The recommended reserve level is the property tax amount in addition to the revenue limit state guarantee paid by the state per student.

At McDowell’s request, the language was changed to: “The district will continue to explore maintaining available reserves …” instead of “should.”

One recommendation that garnered board interest was that the district explore budgeting “in arrears,” meaning the process of balancing the budget to the current, not projected funding level.

Any excess funds received in the current year are carried forward to the following year and are accounted for as available funds for program expansion or deficit reduction.

Related posts:

  1. Del Mar Union School District creates budget task force
  2. Del Mar Union School District trustees modify guidelines for office search
  3. Del Mar Union School District board of trustees lacking in leadership
  4. Decision on Del Mar Union district changes delayed
  5. Del Mar school board considers taking action against superintendent

Short URL:

Posted by ziggycute1 on Feb 4, 2010. 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



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Free Tennis and PickleBall offered at Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club during Rancho Days
    Rancho Days is now Rancho Tennis Days at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. During the 10 days of Rancho Days (Oct. 3-12) the RSF Tennis Club is offering all Covenant-area residents free tennis. This includes many free clinics for all levels, free court time (just sign up at the front desk or call 858-756-4459) and free entry to the end of week mixed tennis to […]
  • Rancho Santa Big Band Orchestra to swing at Village Church
    Big band music blows into the Ranch from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. The Rancho Santa Fe Big Band Swing Orchestra, a 17-piece outfit led by professor and former president of the San Diego Musicians’ Association Jack Wheaton, featuring producer and trumpeter Dominick Addario, vocalist and events coordinator Marie […]
  • Auditions to be held at Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe for ‘Rented Christmas’ musical
    The Village Church Community Theater recently announced auditions for “Rented Christmas, the Musical,” from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Village Community Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. […]