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San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update

The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) is proud to offer our students and families the choice of four unique and amazing high schools. Each year we strive to ensure that every student is able to attend his or her first choice in high schools, and we’ve been highly successful in this effort over many years. Recently, community members have asked the district to review current high school enrollment practices in response to concerns that some students who live nearby our two non-boundary schools (San Dieguito High School Academy & Canyon Crest Academy) were not admitted through the lottery process.

Protect the Cleveland National Forest

Dave Roberts

The Cleveland National Forest is a testament to nature joining forces with man to create and protect what life might be like in an almost-perfect world.

These wooded mountains and meadows of San Diego County are our last wilderness, one of the few remaining undisturbed settings we have left. The forest and mountains remind us of what life was like before man settled the area. They provide a home for animals and plants.

Celebrating independence and freedom

Dave Roberts

Independence and freedom — I can’t think of two better things to celebrate.

The Fourth of July is a great family holiday. This year, my family and I are set to march in parades in Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo. We love to see everyone dressed in red-white-and-blue, the Stars and Stripes snapping in the breeze and fireworks bursting in the night sky.

Rant with Randi: How well do we really know people — and how much should we try to do so?

Randi Crawford

C.S. Lewis once said, “What can you ever really know of other people’s souls — of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole of creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands. If there is a God, you are, in a sense, alone with Him.”

I just read a story about a girl who was abducted by her mother’s live-in boyfriend, and she was found 10 years later. When they questioned the neighbors, they all said what a great guy he was, and that he was always having fun parties for his wife and family. Do we ever really know people?

Learning from May wildfires: What can we do differently?

Dave Roberts

One month after the May firestorms blackened more than 26,000 acres across North County, the Board of Supervisors received an “after-action” report on June 17 that makes nearly two dozen recommendations to improve regional firefighting capability and public outreach.

The 102-page document, published by the county’s Office of Emergency Services and available at www.readysandiego.org, also summarizes damage and costs of the May fires.

Panel helping review applications for Community Enhancement funds

Dave Roberts

June is when county policy-makers review and approve budgets for the year ahead.

One of the spending programs in our budget is the $3.5 million Community Enhancement Program. To prepare for the dispersal of these funds to local nonprofit groups, each of the five Supervisors must recommend how one-fifth – or $708,000 – of the program’s budget should be allocated. The recommendations must pass with at least four votes.

Rant with Randi: Graduation 2014

Randi Crawford

Knowing that our child’s graduation was fast approaching, I wanted to write something about the experience. At the beginning of the year, I went to our school’s Open House and silently wept most of the night because this was our daughter’s last year in this school. She basically grew up with this community of people that have become like family to us.

I couldn’t stop thinking about how sad I was going to be when the day finally came that she would move on to high school. It was just yesterday that I sent her off to pre-pre-school at the tender age of 2. What was I thinking?

To frack or not to frack?

Dave Roberts

More than 30 wells in San Diego County could be using a process called “fracking” to extract petroleum products from far underground, according to a panelist who spoke during a frank and lively discussion I hosted earlier this month at the County Administration Center.

We already know that fracking is taking place in Northern California and in other states along the Colorado River, an important source of our drinking water. Yet, what effect fracking has on San Diego County’s water and energy resources remains open to debate.

Drumming up awareness for Convention of States

The federal bureaucracy in Washington is out of control with a rash of scandals and regulations without oversight and accountability. We have a failure of leadership and an oversized centralized government which have not been responsible to the voters. It’s also about time our leaders obey the Constitution…..The Law Of The Land.

Fortunately, the States possess the authority under Article V of the U.S. Constitution to reorganize the power structure and stop the spending spree and the power grabs by our government agencies and the Federal courts. Article V allows the States to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution with a single subject matter, “to Limit The Power and Jurisdiction of the Federal Government.”

Rant with Randi: How should we define ‘Student Athlete?’

Randi Crawford

Have you seen the movie “The Hunger Games”? The scene where Katniss Everdeen is paraded in front of thousands of people, with her long dress that bursts into flames while she’s twirling round and round like she’s on top of the world. But in reality, it’s all for show and what lies beneath is dirty and ugly. That’s sort of how I feel right now.

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