In a special meeting that lasted 13 minutes, Ramona Unified School District trustees on Monday approved emergency measures that will take effect if teachers strike.
The vote came with no comments from the school board other than Trustee John Rajcic’s statement that he’s new to the board “and not familiar with the antecedents of our current situation, so I abstain.”
“We are in a financial crunch,” he said. “Declining enrollment and failure to pass a bond issue did not help.”
Ramona Community School has a LOCK BLOK on every door in the school, Mountain Valley Academy senior Angelica White told Ramona Unified trustees recently.
Assisted by Ramona Community School Principal Carol Tennebaum, Mountain Valley Academy senior Angelica White shows one of 105 LOCK BLOKs Ramona Community’s Parent Teacher Student Association bought to enhance security at the school. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson
“A quick slip of the LOCK BLOK from inside the room or workroom (will) lock the doors to intruders,” she said during her student board member report.
A three-member fact-finding panel is expected to submit its findings and recommendations on Monday, April 8, Ramona Unified Superintendent Robert Graeff said today. The report will detail the issues that have thus far hindered a contract settlement between the Ramona Unified School District and Ramona Teachers Association, he said.
Montecito High School (MHS) language arts teacher Carol Canfield is Ramona Unified School District’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year.
Superintendent Robert Graeff and Assistant Superintendent Anne Staffieri presented the award to Canfield in her classroom on Thursday morning, March 28.
“Now in her sixth year at Montecito High, Carol has pioneered courses in both math and language arts, has been instrumental in leading numerous innovations at her school, has provided strong leadership in the high school’s accreditation process, is one of a handful of district teachers piloting 21st century technology with classroom iPads, and teaches multiple academic subjects on a daily basis,” Graeff said in an email to district employees announcing the selection.
They hope it doesn’t happen, but say they’ll be prepared if it does.
That’s how Ramona school district leaders are dealing with the possibility of a teachers strike.
On Monday, the district’s website showed a job announcement for emergency substitute teachers — at $275 per day. The notice states that Ramona Unified is recruiting applicants “to serve in the event of a teacher strike.”
Ramona Kiwanis Club member Bob Hailey presented a plaque to fourth-grader Eddie Solis that identifies him as “Student of the Month” for March at the Kiwanis breakfast meeting on Saturday. Ramona Elementary School teacher Debbie Long received a plaque that will be placed in the school lobby. The plaque includes names of all past honorees as well as Eddie’s name. Long said she selected Eddie because of “his attitude, work habits, and always wants to do better.” Eddie’s parents, Edwardo and Gabriella Solis, witnessed the presentation.
Montecito High School Teacher Carol Canfield holds flowers that were presented to her on Thursday when Ramona Unified School District Superintendent Robert Graeff, right, announced that she is the district’s Teacher of the Year. Congratulating her are Montecito Principal Dave Lohman and Assistant Superintendent Anne Staffieri.
Assistant Superintendent David Ostermann’s second financial update of the school year shows that Ramona Unified will be able to pay its bills this year but, unless something changes, it faces projected deficits of $1.7 million in 2013-14 and $8.9 million in 2014-15.
Effective July 1, James Dukes Elementary Principal Pauline Leavitt will take the reins as principal of Olive Peirce Middle School.
Ramona Unified trustees announced her appointment at their meeting last night.
Leavitt will replace Linda Solis, OPMS principal for the past 18 years. Solis retires after 44 years in education at the end of June.
When the new school year starts at the end of August, Olive Peirce Middle School and Ramona Community School students will see new faces in the principal’s office.
OPMS Principal Linda Solis announced her retirement last month, and RCS Principal Carol Tennebaum’s retirement is expected to become official at the March 21 meeting of Ramona Unified trustees. Both retirements will take effect on June 28.
Mar 20 2013 | Posted in News
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