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All Del Mar district schools to attend same 6th-grade camp

The Del Mar Union School District board June 25 approved the outdoor education field trips for the upcoming school year, known as sixth-grade camp. However, all the schools will now be attending Camp Cuyamaca, an outdoor education program aligned with the California State Educational Framework and curriculum, which is sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education.

Board hears report on proposed Carmel Valley residential project

Carmel Valley could eventually have more affordable housing options.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard plans June 26 to redesign a previously approved residential project on the nearly 3.5-acre site off Village Center Loop Road in Pacific Highlands Ranch. While the plans have not yet been submitted to the city, developers wanted to begin working with the planning board early in the process.

Del Mar school district representatives voice concern about state’s proposed cap on reserves

Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) Superintendent Holly McClurg, as well as board president Doug Rafner, expressed concerns at the school board’s June 25 meeting about a proposed new state bill that targets school district reserves. California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget trailer bill includes a 6 percent cap on school district reserves when the state begins to put money away in its “Rainy Day Fund” in 2015-16. The proposal will go before voters on the November 2014 ballot, seeking to create local budget transparency and “smooth school spending.”

Board does not support bike lane extension in Carmel Valley area

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board opted not to support a proposal from the Torrey Hills Homeowners Association for a bike lane extension on West Ocean Air Drive from Via Mar De Delfinas to Via Congrejo. The stretch is the only two-block section of West Ocean Air without a bike lane and it is frequently used for overflow parking for the hotels and construction vehicles — about 35 residents signed a petition stating that the current situation is unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists. The HOA representatives were also asking for permit parking.
Board members said while they recognized that the street was narrow and curved, the cars are legally parked and they were unconvinced that the problem wouldn’t simply move to another neighborhood street once the bike lane was painted. Torrey Hills Planning Board Chair Kathryn Burton said they were also against permit parking as it would be unfair to the rest of the community.

New principal selected for Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach

The San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Rick Schmitt recently announced that Adam Camacho has been selected as the principal of Earl Warren Middle School. Camacho will replace Mary Anne Nuskin, who was named principal of the new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch, which opens in the fall of 2015.

Solana Beach City Council increases budget for Community Grant Program

Solana Beach will be able to further support local organizations, following the City Council’s decision June 25 to increase the budget for the annual Community Grant Program.

In a 5-0 vote, council members opted to give an additional $10,000 in grants each year, increasing the program’s annual budget from $15,000 to $25,000. The unanimous decision took place when the council adopted a revised budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Solana Beach hires firm to help search for new city manager

The City Council on June 25 awarded a $25,000 contract to Peckham & McKenney to conduct a search for a new city manager.

Del Mar Union School District announces the appointment of two new leaders

The Del Mar Union School District has named Mike Galis as the Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities. Prior to accepting the position in DMUSD, he has been the Director of Facilities in Maine Township High School District 207, which is located in a suburb in the Chicago area. Galis will begin his position in the Del Mar school district on July 7.
Also joining the Del Mar Union School District leadership team is assistant principal, Abby Farricker. Farricker is currently a fifth grade teacher at Del Mar Hills Academy, and prior to coming to the Del Mar school district taught in the Boston Public School District. Farricker will be assigned to Ocean Air School and Sage Canyon School beginning August, 2014.

High school district offers no guarantees to wait-listed students, but promises to explore options

School district officials stressed Thursday, June 19, that no guarantees or promises were being made to students on the wait-list for the San Dieguito High School Academy regarding attendance at the school this fall.

Homeowners Association members in Carmel Valley ask board for support regarding home daycares

Some Torrey Hills Homeowners Association members came before the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board on June 17 to request their support in getting new city regulations adopted regarding home daycares. They said they are requesting the changes as there are safety concerns surrounding the close proximity of nearly 10 daycares in the Torrey Hills community, including three within a mile of each other.

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