Category Archives: San Marcos Unified School District

Parents: Superintendent negatively impacting students

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.

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San Marcos students head back to school

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.

Why school districts must focus on financial plans – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Why school districts must focus on financial plans – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Source: Commentary of “Financial Soundness Rankings for California’s Public School District” San Marcos Unified 3rd best in San Diego County.

The per capita UNPs for the 10 best districts, the best on top:

Spencer Valley Elementary $8,007

Julian Union Elementary -$147

San Marcos Unified -$150

Warner Unified -$201

South Bay Union -$247

San Dieguito Union High -$312

Solana Beach Elementary -$361

San Ysidro Elementary -$370

Lemon Grove SD -$385

Rancho Santa Fe Elementary -$401

Self-Injury Parent Workshop for SMUSD District Families

Self-injury is affecting 12—25% of students today. Do you know what it is, what to look for, and what to do if your child or their friend is self-injuring? Find out what you need to know if it does come up, it’s not too soon to learn. Please join SMUSD on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Woodland Park Middle School for a free workshop by Dr. Laura Mueller who will talk to you on how to support your child and learning the signs of self-injury. This workshop is open to all of SMUSD district families and childcare will be provided for children ages 5 and up. We look forward to your participation.

San Marcos in crosshairs of Growthzilla | San Diego Reader

 

To North Country residents living near Merriam Mountains, it feels like Dr. Frankenstein is bringing that monster back to life. A monster called urban sprawl the community chased out of their backcountry in 2010. “If you look closely, you can still see old Native American marks across the land, along with old rock carvings from passersby in the early 1900s.” STOP NEWLAND SIERRA Back then, the mammoth housing development was called Merriam Mountains. It’s now called Newland Sierra, but the opposition’s p

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Questions about San Marcos school board member’s credentials – 10News.com KGTV-TV San Diego

Source: Questions about San Marcos school board member’s credentials – 10News.com KGTV-TV San Diego

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) –  A North County school board member admitted she does not have the college degree she claimed to have on the district’s website.

San Marcos Unified School District Board President Stacy Carlson said she’s just learning that she still has a class pending.

The revelation comes as 10News looked into a tip that the information listed on the district’s site was inaccurate.

According to the district website, “Stacy holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University.”

The district told 10News board members submit their credential information.

Team 10 contacted Vanguard University in Orange County to check the status of Carlson’s education and whether or not she obtained a degree from the university.

At first, a spokesperson for the university told us, “Vanguard is able to confirm that she did graduate from Vanguard.”

But when questioned on the specifics, the spokesperson clarified the university’s statement and said, “Stacy was a student at Vanguard University with senior status, but we do not have record of her receiving a degree.”

Team 10 spoke with Carlson on the phone last week.

Initially, she disputed the university’s statement and said she graduated and earned a degree.

Late Tuesday afternoon Carlson sent 10News a statement saying:

 “Last Thursday I was contacted by a reporter asking me to verify that I had my degree from Vanguard University. I was confident that I had my degree and requested verification from Vanguard. Upon review, Vanguard informed me this morning that the lab course I took 16 years ago at Mira Costa does not currently meet Vanguard’s requirements and that in order for the current registrar to verify my degree I would need to take a lab science course from a currently approved list of courses.  16 years ago, Vanguard allowed me to walk at commencement with my lab course pending. I took that course the following summer at Mira Costa College and submitted my transcripts believing I had completed my coursework and my degree. As this has been the first time my degree has been called into question, this is the first time I had heard that my lab science course did not qualify. I am embarrassed that I have gone the last 16 years believing that I had my degree only to learn that I have a class pending. I am working with Vanguard to determine if the coursework I did in 2002 qualified at the time even if it does not qualify now. If it did not, then I will complete that course as soon as possible and ask for grace on behalf of all students maneuvering their way toward a college education.”

Carlson is currently running for re-election on the school governing board.

The initial tip came from her opponent, Christina Linden’s campaign.

A spokesperson for that campaign released a statement saying, “We believe San Marcos voters should be informed when a current School Board member falsely states her education. The election process forces honesty and transparency in leaders who should set an example of excellence for our students.”

San Marcos High School Women’s Volleyball program – Sponsorship Opportunities

San Marcos High School Women’s Volleyball program had an amazing 2017 year. Our Varsity team won the D2 Avocado League as well as winning the Div 2 CIF Championship Title. This year in 2018, we have been moved to Division 1 and our girls are facing their biggest opponents ever.

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Upcoming matches

9/11 5:00p
Location: Rancho Bernardo High School
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9/13 5:00p
Location: San Marcos High School
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9/18 5:00p
Location: Mission Hills High School
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9/20 4:45p
Location: La Costa Canyon High School
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9/25 5:00p
Location: San Marcos High School
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9/27 4:45p
Location: San Marcos High School
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Building Industry Association sues San Marcos schools, alleges excessive fees – The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Building Industry Association of San Diego County sued the San Marcos Unified School District this month, arguing that increased developer fees amount to illegal taxes that will raise the cost of new homes in the area.“The disputed fees should be deemed to be a form of unlawful tax, rather than reasonable ‘fees,’ ” the lawsuit, filed Aug. 10 in San Diego Superior Court, argued.The suit challenges a 21 percent hike in the fee that the district charges home developers, to cover the costs of serving new students in the school system. In May, the district raised that rate from $4.61 to $5.61 per square foot of new construction, a hike that the association called an “unjustified and grossly excessive schedule of fees on new residential construction.”

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