SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) – Nearly 300 parents packed a San Marcos School Board meeting Tuesday, demanding action against Superintendent Carmen Garcia.
Parents say she’s made radical changes that have negatively impacted their students.
Several parents spoke out during the public comment section of the meeting, asking the board for a vote of no confidence in the superintendent. They also want an investigation into some of the people she’s hired.
The rift between parents and Garcia seemed to start with the hiring of the principal at San Elijo Elementary School, according to parents. Many at the meeting publicly said they thought the assistant principal should have gotten the position. They say Garcia hired someone else and forced the assistant principal out.
But that was just one reason parents were upset. Several parents took the podium to point out several long-time administrators in the district had left since Garcia took her position.
Garcia spoke at the meeting ahead of the public comment section. She seemed aware of why the boardroom was packed and addressed the concerns saying there was misinformation circulating.
“All districts go through attrition. Ours is no different,” Garcia said. “Throughout my career, every decision I’ve made has been in the best interest of students, your child, and mine.”
Her comments were met with jeers from the room.
The board said their complaints were heard but could not be discussed by board members because they weren’t on Tuesday’s agenda.
Parents vowed to be back at the next board meeting and said they would continue to come until the board takes action.
Due to weather conditions that are anticipated to increase throughout the rest of the night and into tomorrow, SDG&E has informed the District that they will be turning off the power to Double Peak School, San Elijo Elementary and San Elijo Middle School during the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 30th and it is not anticipated to come back on until later that day.
Therefore, school will be closed for Wednesday, October 30th at Double Peak School, San Elijo Elementary and San Elijo Middle School. This includes Kids on Campus, before-school programs and after-school programs.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. The safety of our students and staff is always the number one priority.
STAFF: If you live in an area that is not impacted by the power outages and you would like to assist the District involuntarily covering staff shortages throughout the District, please contact Ashley Gagnon in Human Resources at (760) 290-2840.
SDG&E is continuing to monitor the forecasted weather conditions and the potential impacts for Thursday and Friday.
In addition to future email communications, updates will also be posted on District and school websites as well as social media accounts
San Marcos students are saying goodbye to summer and heading back to school this week and next week. The start of the school year spells increased traffic congestion. Please plan ahead for delays, and know that the City has been working to implement multiple projects to improve traffic flow and safety on our roadways.
In July, we completed the installation of LED safety lights to increase visibility for motorists and pedestrians, increase energy efficiency and reduce maintenance costs. Additional traffic management system enhancements are on the way, including an upgraded traffic signal communication network and traffic controller replacements. Traffic signal improvements are also planned for Rancho Santa Fe Road and Grandon Avenue, along with intersection improvements at San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street.
Plans are also in place to reconstruct the State Route 78 overcrossing at Woodland Parkway, reconfiguration of on/off ramps, and the widening of Woodland Parkway, Barham Drive and Rancheros Drive.
AT SAN ELIJO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR
Round up your friends for two days of rides, games, and fun! San Elijo Elementary School (SEES) is excited to bring this family friendly event to the community on Friday, May 3rd from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Saturday, May 4th from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Activities include: Carnival thrill rides, petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, live auction, entertainment, food carts, and more. Admission is free. Attraction tickets can be purchased online at www.seesfair.com.
Proceeds from the fair go to SEES PTO. SEES PTO is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to further enrich the education of students at San Elijo Elementary School. Donations support, art, science, & drama lessons, and other educational opportunities. San Elijo Elementary School is located at: 1615 Schoolhouse Way, San Marcos, CA 92078.
San Marcos school board passes $227 million budget, avoids shortfalls
The San Marcos Unified School District board tentatively passed a $227 million budget Tuesday, narrowly avoiding anticipated deficits for the 2018-19 school year.The school district, which serves about 20,000 students in North County, originally expected to run a deficit of more than $17 million for the coming school year. However, increases in state education funding helped stave off that shortfall. The district made spending cuts in recent months, and drew on other funds to close the remaining gap between revenue and expenses.The budget approved Tuesday projects that San Marcos schools will spend about $227.3 million in the 2018-19 school year, and bring in revenues of $220.5 million. The balance of about $6.8 million comes from district reserves, and from one-time state funds, said Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Mark Schiel. That will leave the district with a balanced budget, but with little left over.“We will have our required 3 percent minimum reserve, but there will be nothing above and beyond that” at the end of next school year, Schiel said.California state law requires districts to maintain reserves of at least 3 percent, Schiel said, but the average reserve for Unified School Districts is about 17 percent. If a school district falls too far below the requirements for maintaining balanced budgets and adequate reserves, the County Office of Education may step in to offer support, and intervene directly in spending decisions and labor agreements, according to the state Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Last July, the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Unified School District established the Joint Task Force on School Development (Task Force) to formally partner in planning for the future of San Marcos schools.
With a decade’s long history of supporting one another, the city and district serve the community of San Marcos together and their destinies are intertwined.
While growth presents challenges, it also brings energy to the community and strengthens the local economy. Growth has been instrumental in supporting a robust School District and is a key component in providing funds to build future schools.
The recently established Task Force is focused on sharing information with their respective elected bodies and the public, identifying possible locations for school sites, and planning for the future.
Already, the Task Force has taken numerous steps to understand school needs and growth trends, and to come up with solutions for the current challenges:
Data Sharing & Growth Projections: While the district regularly collects data regarding growth trends, the Task Force has further examined information on the City General Plan – a 20+ year long term planning document –and data regarding actual build out.By analyzing current and anticipated residential growth, the School District is better able to determine its needs to increase capacity at school sites and to locate and purchase land for new school sites.
Exploring Options for Schools: The Task Force continues to review options for addressing increasing student enrollment across the city.Options include ways to optimize existing schools to handle current and projected demand, and ways to increase resources for school infrastructure.
School Site Search: A focus of the Task Force has been to identify possible sites for new schools.The district is in the initial phases of exploring several potential sites.
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