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
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.
The South Bay Union School District has named Cindy Schaub as the district’s new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Schaub currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Rancho Santa Fe School District.
RSF School District Board of Trustees President Todd Frank has decided to seek re-election on the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board.
The Rancho Santa Fe School District has received the results from its community interest survey on the possibility to rebuild the school gym. At a July 21 special board meeting, Superintendent Lindy Delaney reported that 54.3 percent of the community is not interested in supporting a bond on the November ballot at this time.
“The results showed us the interest in the community for fixing up the gym is not as strong as we had hoped to see,” Delaney said. “I think the community spoke and said ‘Please wait.’”
Trustees Todd Frank and Marti Ritto have decided to seek re-election on the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board.
“I’ve so enjoyed being able to help the school district expand the music programs as well as the robotics and technical programs these past four years,” Ritto said. “There are so many exciting things happening in the world of education these days!”
The Rancho Santa Fe School District was able to settle its negotiations with the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association for the 2014-15 school year, ratifying the agreement at a special board meeting on June 12.
The agreement reached is for a one-time, off-salary schedule payment equal to 2 percent of each employee’s placement on the salary schedule, paid in a lump sum. All classified and certificated staff will receive the increase, including all administrators except for Superintendent Lindy Delaney.
The Rancho Santa Fe School District June 5 approved the math pathway of courses their students will go through to get ready for the next level.
The math pathway will offer advanced math in third, fourth and fifth grade and at the middle school level, sixth grade math, advanced sixth grade math and math seven and eight.
“I feel like the whole math program has taken a step up,” said Assistant Superintendent Cindy Schaub.
The Rancho Santa Fe School District board held a public hearing on May 29 to review its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a new requirement of all school districts this year as a result of the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF). The LCAP and the district’s 2014-15 budget will be approved at the June 5 regular board meeting.
With the formula, revenue limits and most state categorical funding are eliminated and each school district’s funding formula is based on the number, grade level and demographics of the students the district serves. Rancho Santa Fe will continue to be a community-funded district, primarily funded through property taxes although the district will still receive state and federal monies.