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.
Maureen Cassarino, a 27-year veteran teacher of the Rancho Santa Fe School District, will retire at the end of this school year. Cassarino is “an amazing and fabulous teacher who puts the needs of her students in front of all else,” the district said in a statement.
Corduan presented his new ideas to the Rancho Santa Fe School board on April 3, including changes to the student council election process, more enrichment classes and a new sixth grade camp destination, possibly extending the camp to include seventh and eighth graders as well.
The Solana Beach School District recently announced the appointment of Becky Gauthier as principal of Solana Santa Fe Elementary School in Rancho Santa Fe.
Gauthier has served as interim principal at Solana Santa Fe School since Dec. 2, 2013.
The use of iPads and other technology uses at R. Roger Rowe School are causing a spike in student engagement, according to a technology survey given to Rancho Santa Fe School District teachers. Seventy-nine percent of teachers reported they feel technology has had a high impact on student engagement and 21 percent feel it has had some impact. No teachers voted that the impact was minimal or none.
Cindy Schaub, RSF School District assistant superintendent, presented the results of the survey to the school board on March 6.
The Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association made its initial presentation to the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board of Trustees on March 6, requesting a bump in salary as sunshine negotiations begin for 2014.
The teachers have not had a salary increase since 2009.
Rancho Santa Fe School District continues to prepare a survey that will ask district members how they would feel about expanding the school gym and a possible general obligation bond to cover the cost. The survey is not yet complete but district superintendent Lindy Delaney hopes that once the survey is finished and mailed out, the district could get results by mid-March.
After some parents complained last year about the RSF School District’s dress code treatment of skinny jeans and yoga pants, the Rancho Santa Fe School board set out to review and clarify its policy. The board approved the updated policy at its Feb. 5 meeting.