Rancho Santa Fe School District anticipating fewer students


While outlining the budget picture for trustees at the June 7 meeting, Superintendent Lindy Delaney talked about juggling teachers, students and enrollment numbers.

Saying enrollment appears down for the fall, she said they are currently looking at 632 students compared to the 684 now attending the local school.

Last year, she said, they expected a similar decline but added 12 fifth graders, which brought the numbers up. Right now, they anticipate the largest class will be seventh grade with 103 students and the smallest either kindergarten or first, with about 50.

Because of the expected drop, she said, they are looking to the RSF Education Foundation, which hosted its Toast of the Town and Kids Art Auction on June 7, to keep their contribution at $1 million.

Meanwhile, she and the staff will continue “to look at all programs and personnel and fit the puzzle together.”

At this point, she said, a couple of teachers will be out of jobs and some teachers won’t be able to sign contracts or know what they will be teaching until August.

The class line-ups, though, are still in flux. There are possibilities that there may be a second-third grade combination class as well as a fourth-fifth combo, Delaney said.

— Kathy Day