Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

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  • Saying goodbye to Ken Noah and hello to an interesting lawsuit

    Saying goodbye to Ken Noah and hello to an interesting lawsuit

    By Marsha Sutton The saying goes that nice guys finish last. But in the case of this nice guy, retiring superintendent Ken Noah comes out on top. Noah, whose last day with the San Dieguito Union High School District is June 30, has been an ethical bellwether – not just in San Dieguito but with...

  • Canyon Crest waitlist blues, Rancho Santa Fe stipends granted

    Canyon Crest waitlist blues, Rancho Santa Fe stipends granted

    By Marsha Sutton Success has its price. The increasing popularity of Canyon Crest Academy as a school of choice has resulted this year in more lottery applications for incoming ninth grade than any other year since the school opened in 2004. Because it’s public school, those accepted are not obligated...

  • Kindergarten debate reignites old battles

    Kindergarten debate reignites old battles

    By Marsha Sutton The recent debate over full-day kindergarten in the Solana Beach School District had the same emotional ferocity I remember from 10 years ago when Del Mar Union School District parents and teachers tackled the issue. I recall one Del Mar parent standing up at a school board meeting...

  • Solana Beach school board approves full day kindergarten for Global Education

    Solana Beach school board approves full day kindergarten for Global Education

    By Marsha Sutton The Solana Beach School District’s Board of Education stood firmly behind SBSD superintendent Nancy Lynch and her controversial decision to extend the kindergarten day in the district’s Global Education program next year, by voting to support the change from modified day to full...

  • Snafus with AP Spanish test create a perfect storm

    Snafus with AP Spanish test create a perfect storm

    By Marsha Sutton Taking grueling Advanced Placement exams is never a walk in the park. But when a convergence of disasters hits, even the most well-prepared student can be reduced to tears. Proctors as well. That is exactly what happened this year during the AP Spanish language exam held May 7...

  • Musical chairs at San Dieguito Union High School District

    Musical chairs at San Dieguito Union High School District

    By Marsha Sutton After spending two months and $26,000 of taxpayer money on an executive search firm, the San Dieguito Union High School District’s Board of Education came around to the obvious conclusion – that deputy superintendent Rick Schmitt was the ideal candidate to replace retiring superintendent...

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

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

    By Marsha Sutton The normally dormant Solana Beach School District suddenly roared to life with an explosive issue that attracted over 100 people to the April 25 school board meeting. As discussed in last week’s column, the proposal to change kindergarten in the Global Education program at Skyline...

  • Solana Beach parents protest full-day kindergarten

    Solana Beach parents protest full-day kindergarten

    By Marsha Sutton At first I thought I had taken a wrong turn and landed by mistake at a Del Mar school board meeting, given the crowd of people outside the door. It was an overflow crowd at the usually quiet Solana Beach School District’s board meeting on April 25, with more than 100 people trying...

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