Tuesday, Feb. 11, is Parent Information Night for the families of potential Ramona Community School students — either the Montessori or the Mountain Valley program.
Ramona Community is one of Ramona Unified School District’s alternative schools. Its Montessori Academy includes grades kindergarten through 6, and Mountain Valley Academy (MVA), an independent study program, is for grades kindergarten through 12.
Mothers Celeste Taylor, left, and Lisa Filice hold signs outside Mount Woodson Elementary School Wednesday morning after a sixth-grade boy stood across the street from the school holding a handwritten sign that began with, “I stole my father’s cell phone” before the start of school Monday and Tuesday. Seeing the boy standing there as part of apparent punishment meted by his parents disturbed students and adults, and several mothers shielded him Tuesday morning by standing in front of him as students arrived at school. The boy was not outside the school Wednesday morning. “Humiliation is not parenting” reads one of the signs.
Communities such as Ramona are rich in family history, history that often repeats itself in some form or another, as in the case of Ramona High School agriculture teacher Alyson Tulloch, whose family roots run deep in the San Diego cattle industry.
Her great-grandfather, George Sawday, a legendary name in cattle circles, ran herds on the family land that was said to stretch from the coast to the desert and from the border of Mexico to Riverside.
Ramona school district’s debt, the framework of a bond on the November ballot, employee salaries, class size, property values, healthcare costs, test scores, closing a school, year-round school, bussing strategy, selling district property, more efficient use of school buildings in light of continued declining enrollment, local control versus state takeover, and better communications with the public kept the conversation flowing at the community workshop on Saturday morning.
The school board has scheduled a community workshop for Saturday, Jan. 25, to discuss a long-term fiscal plan for the district. A bond measure in November 2014 will be among topics.
The workshop will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the performing arts center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. It will start with a brief presentation from the district and will be followed with public comments, questions and suggestions.
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers employee Melissa Schmidt will donate all of her tips on Friday, Jan. 24, to the Friends of Ramona Unified School District Roof Project.
Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS), a group of volunteers working to fill the gaps in deferred maintenance that affect the health and safety of students and staff at Ramona’s public schools, is accepting donations to repair school roofs that leak. Dave Patterson, chairman of the FORUS roof project, thanks Schmidt for contributing to the effort.
Ramona students, who had Monday off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, have another day off on Friday — but it will be a work day for teachers.
While most of the teachers will spend the day in the performing arts center at Olive Peirce Middle School, Ramona High teachers will be “doing their own thing,” Theresa Grace, senior director of education services for Ramona Unified School District, told trustees last Thursday.
Approximately 70 elementary students from three Ramona schools participated in the recent Reflections art education program sponsored by the Sun Valley Council PTA, Kristina Krohne, council president, told school trustees.
“Dream, Believe and Inspire” was the theme, and Ramona entries will be judged at the regional level “and possibly recognized at the state level,” said Krohne
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Ramona school administrators and two trustees were scheduled to be in Orange County Wednesday morning for a School Services of California workshop on what the governor’s budget proposal means to schools.
At the school board meeting Thursday, Jan. 16, they will share what they learn.
In San Diego last Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown said California’s finances are healthy, but long-term liabilities require a prudent state budget in the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. He proposed a $155 billion budget for 2014-15.
A community workshop to discuss long-term fiscal planning for Ramona Unified School District will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Trustees encourage community participation as they consider a multi-pronged approach to putting the district on more firm fiscal footing.
“Obviously a potential bond is part of that discussion,” said Dawn Perfect, school board president.