Horizon Prep dedicated five new grammar school classrooms on Monday, Aug. 25. Donor contributions have allowed the Rancho Santa Fe school to grow from 14 little green cottages to a school with 29 state-of-the-art classrooms and more to come.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the opening of this school year,” said Dr. Bob Botsford, Horizon Prep president and CEO, who snipped the ribbon with Tom Morissey of Morissey Construction in front of a crowd of school families.
The Rancho Santa Fe School District is making its school’s robotics program more robust this year, allocating $42,500 in stipends to staff coaches just like the district does for its athletics program.
“I think the program has taken a big step,” said Superintendent Lindy Delaney. “I think we’re on our way toward developing a great program there.”
John Galipault will be coordinating the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics program for first through sixth grades and Dave Warner will be heading up the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics program for seventh and eighth graders.
Coaches will be paid $4,000 to $5,000 a year for after-school and weekend practices.
Robotics parent informational meetings will be held the first few weeks of school:
• Aug. 28 at 3:15 p.m. for grades 5-7, 5 p.m. for grades 7-8
• Sept. 3 at 3:15 p.m. for grade 4
• Sept. 4 at 3:15 p.m. for grades 1-3
This 2014-15 school year is the year when schools across the country will adopt the new Common Core State Standards, but at least one Rancho Santa Fe School District parent is asking, “Why do we have to do what everybody else does?”
The Rancho Santa Fe School District will receive $250,000 over the next five years from Prop 39, the Clean Energy Jobs Act.
The Rancho Santa Fe School District has made some moves to replace Cindy Schaub, the assistant superintendent of educational services who left for a new position in the South Bay Union School District earlier this month. RSF School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney said that principals Kim Pinkerton and Garrett Corduan have stepped up with some new responsibilities, the board approving salaries with new stipends at its Aug. 21 meeting.
Customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District — including residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and part of Fairbanks Ranch — will face mandatory restrictions on water use starting Sept. 5, in an effort to save water due to an ongoing statewide drought.
The restrictions include a three-day-per-week watering schedule for all homes and businesses, a prohibition on watering for more than 10 minutes unless certain water-saving devices are in place, and a ban on watering between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.
Now that the filing period has officially closed, the ballots for three special districts based in Rancho Santa Fe are complete for the Nov. 4 general election.
A Rancho Santa Fe man is concerned that a combination of drought, skyrocketing water prices and mandatory water-use restrictions could spell the end of the community’s lush, eye-pleasing lemon groves, and he proposes a solution — mulch.
The Rancho Santa Garden Club clubhouse is now up for sale.
According to a press release, the RSF Garden Club Board of Directors reviewed several options and opted to approve listing the property on Avenida de Acacias with Colliers International, a commercial real estate brokerage firm.
Rancho Santa Fe Association Acting Manager Ivan Holler said the Rancho Santa Fe Association continues to make strides toward welcoming new residents to the Covenant and getting them registered to vote right away. At the Aug. 7 board meeting, Holler said they have revised their welcome letter to include voter registration information and will also follow up within the next 30 to 60 days if the new members have not yet registered.
When escrow changes, the RSF Association first reaches out to the residents, Holler said. Since January, 61 properties have been sold and of the 86 eligible to register to vote, 32 have completed registration.
Holler said the association is also now offering a welcome basket for new members, which will include a bottle of wine and an invitation to the RSF Golf Club; a sleeve of tennis balls with a free lesson at the RSF Tennis Club; an equestrian directory of services; a flashlight with the RSF Patrol’s number; a trail map and rules; a 50 percent-off coupon for a class at the RSF Community Center; and a coffee table book on the RSF village.