The RSF Association Health Club and Pool Committee is making the rounds to several local groups’ meetings as it prepares for an October community-wide vote. The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s committee will present its preliminary plans and figures to the RSF Tennis Club members at the Tennis Club at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the committee will present to the Public Interest Committee (PIC) at the RSF Golf Club at 8 a.m. and to the RSF Golf Club membership at 5 p.m. that night, also at the club.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association Finance Committee heard an update on the community pool and fitness center effort at its Aug. 27 meeting in preparation for an October community-wide vote to spend $350,000 on a professional planning phase.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association Finance Committee heard a report on the history, current status and potential future of the Osuna Ranch at its Aug. 26 meeting. Kim Eggleston, chair of the RSF Finance Committee and director and treasurer on the RSF Association board, said that there needs to be some new financial analysis on how appropriate the Osuna property is as a community asset in today’s economic context.
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.