Category archives for: Education Matters

More Solana Beach — and an update on the high school superintendent search

Marsha Sutton

As discussed in last week’s column, the proposal to change kindergarten in the Global Education program at Skyline School in Solana Beach from a modified day to a full day by adding nearly two hours of afternoon instructional time brought passionate defenders of the status quo to the boardroom to express their disapproval.

Solana Beach parents protest full-day kindergarten

Marsha Sutton

Parents came to protest the district’s proposed shift to full-day kindergarten this fall for the Global Education program based at Skyline School in Solana Beach.

Because hate feels so good

Marsha Sutton

Hearing the words, “Hate feels so good,” is shocking in itself. But hearing those words uttered by a former neo-nazi skinhead turned equality and human rights advocate is a stunner.

To understand how a white supremacist is created, and how a racist bigot can find his humanity, check out Frank Meeink and his book “Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead.”

San Dieguito grapples with bond restrictions

Marsha Sutton

When last we left off, I was crowing about San Dieguito’s willingness to comply with the proposed legislation in Assembly Bill 182 that restricts how bonds are issued.

Boardroom bondage: School districts wrestle with new regulations

Marsha Sutton

New rules and restrictions make school district finance options for bonds seem more like bondage.

The evolving vision of Canyon Crest Academy

Marsha Sutton

The first project at Canyon Crest Academy using newly-approved bond money will take place this summer, to pay for athletic fields and stadium work. Over the next two years, more field and stadium work will be done, costing $20 million.

New taxes and local bond won’t ease San Dieguito’s financial uncertainty

Marsha Sutton

Even after the passage of California’s Proposition 30, which raises taxes primarily for education, the San Dieguito Union High School District still faces a financial crisis.

The link between donors and contracts at San Dieguito

Marsha Sutton

The award to architectural firm Lionakis on Feb. 7 of two San Dieguito Union High School District contracts worth a combined $2.8 million makes Lionakis’ $25,000 donation to San Dieguito’s bond campaign seem, on the surface, suspect.

Overseers selected for San Dieguito schools bond

Marsha Sutton

Although board members for the San Dieguito Union High School District expressed pleasure at the high quality of applicants for a seat on the district’s bond Oversight Committee, there was a dearth of candidates for three of the five required positions.

The spending begins

Marsha Sutton

The current financing schedule for San Dieguito Union High School District’s $449 million Proposition AA bond shows that $160 million Series A bonds will be issued this April, which is about one-third of the total.

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