Marsha Sutton

Writer

Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • Because hate feels so good

    Because hate feels so good

    By 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,...

  • San Dieguito grapples with bond restrictions

    San Dieguito grapples with bond restrictions

    By Marsha Sutton I know, I know … you’re bemoaning another column about bonds and school finance. Although it may make your eyes glaze over, there’s a lot of money at stake here, as the San Dieguito Union High School District moves forward with its publicly funded facilities projects. When last...

  • Boardroom bondage: School districts wrestle with new regulations

    Boardroom bondage: School districts wrestle with new regulations

    By Marsha Sutton New rules and restrictions make school district finance options for bonds seem more like bondage. Not the Shades of Grey bondage (naughty readers) but bond reform that tightens the ropes in four, not 50, ways. Assembly Bill 182, sponsored by state legislators Ben Hueso and Joan...

  • The evolving vision of Canyon Crest Academy

    The evolving vision of Canyon Crest Academy

    By 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. For a school that opened in 2004 with a stated...

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

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

    By 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. And the passage last November of the district’s own Proposition AA bond measure, although a great relief...

  • The link between donors and contracts at San Dieguito

    The link between donors and contracts at San Dieguito

    By 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. In a meeting with SDUHSD superintendent Ken...

  • Overseers selected for San Dieguito schools bond

    Overseers selected for San Dieguito schools bond

    By 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. Of 11 applicants, only one...

  • The spending begins

    The spending begins

    By 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. Three more draws are planned over the next six years: $125 million...

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