Solana Beach School District approves MoU with San Dieguito for use of student housing at Earl Warren

The temporary campus at Earl Warren
The temporary campus at Earl Warren
(Kristina Houck)

Skyline Elementary School students will likely be going to school just down the street at Earl Warren Middle School in 2017, if voters pass Solana Beach School District’s general obligation bond this November.

Plans for the $105 million bond measure, which the Solana Beach School Board unanimously voted to move forward with during the Aug. 4 meeting, include the reconstruction of Skyline, which was constructed in 1955 and modernized in 2000.

Skyline opened just one year after the old Earl Warren Middle School across the street, which San Dieguito Union High School District is currently rebuilding with use of its Proposition AA funds, a general obligation bond that passed in 2012.

On Aug. 11, the Solana Beach School Board approved a memorandum of understanding with San Dieguito Union High School District for the use of student housing at Earl Warren.

“This is contingent, but it’s a great opportunity for us to have interim housing at a better cost close by,” Superintendent Terry Decker said. “It really meets a lot of our needs.”

The memorandum of understanding proposes the two school districts negotiate a mutually agreed upon lease agreement or reimbursement agreement for Solana Beach School District to utilize a portion of the existing temporary campus at Earl Warren during the reconstruction of Skyline School. San Dieguito currently leases a number of relocatable classrooms at Earl Warren, which it will no longer need after the new campus opens in fall 2017.

There are currently 35 units on the temporary site, but Solana Beach School District would only need 15 to 16 units to house Skyline’s fourth-through-sixth-grade students, said Caroline Brown, the district’s executive director of capital programs and technology. The students in Skyline’s Global Education K-6 program would be housed at Carmel Creek Elementary School in Carmel Valley.

The memorandum of understanding goes before the San Dieguito Union High School District board for approval on Aug. 18.

“I think we can do an amicable agreement,” Brown said.

“This is our partner, this is San Dieguito,” Decker added. “I feel very confident that should the bond pass, we’ll be able to sit down with San Dieguito. They’re not looking to gouge us. They’re our fellow school district in the area serving our children. Really, this is about something that’s mutually beneficial.”

If Solana Beach School District’s bond passes, the district plans to submit plans for the reconstruction project to the Division of the State Architect by the fall. If plans are approved by spring 2017, construction could begin in June 2017 for a new school to open in fall 2018.