Ramona Unified School District’s superintendent has filed a complaint against one of the district’s five school trustees, contending he has been subjected to a severe and pervasive hostile work environment.
Superintendent Robert Graeff refused to comment on the complaint, saying any complaint filed by a district employee is confidential. He declined to acknowledge there even is a complaint.
Sep 19 2013 | Posted in News
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A check for $50 from Ralph Kling kicks off Friends of Ramona Unified Schools’ (FORUS) campaign to reroof one or more of Ramona’s public schools. Kling’s check came with a note stating “thanks for all you do.”
Dave Patterson, one of the founding members of FORUS, is in charge of fundraising for the roof campaign. He is working with Ed Anderson, maintenance and grounds supervisor for Ramona Unified School District, and a licensed roofer to assess the school roofs.
Ramona Unified School District will receive nearly $1.2 million from the state to prepare for the Common Core academic standards that will take effect in English and math next school year.
School districts can decide for themselves how to use the money to train teachers, buy new materials and purchase technology to help adapt to the new standards, Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public education, said in his announcement on Sept. 3.
Sep 11 2013 | Posted in News
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Back to School Nights at Ramona schools start Tuesday.
Parents have an opportunity to meet their children’s teachers, learn what the teachers have planned for the school year and visit their children’s classrooms during Back to School Nights
In addition to meeting the new principal and their children’s teachers, parents will have the opportunity to view artwork by fourth- and fifth-graders at Ramona Elementary’s Back to School Night at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. A PTA meeting will begin at 6.
Sep 9 2013 | Posted in News
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Ramona Unified School District was advertising job openings Friday morning on a school bus parked at State Route 67 and Mussey Grade Road. According to the banner, positions include custodial, food services, maintenance, bus drivers, campus safety officer, and para educators.
With her youthful looks and bubbly personality, Joy Harris, new principal at James Dukes Elementary, may at first glance seem to be barely out of college, but Harris has logged 17 years in education as a teacher and as an administrator.
She replaces Pauline Leavitt, James Dukes principal for the past two years who now leads Olive Peirce Middle School.
Ramona has 10 public schools: six elementary, one middle school and three high schools.
Most of the elementary schools have what the district calls a Compact Day, a shorter teaching day for teacher collaboration and planning. Ramona Elementary does not have Compact Days.
The days of summer are winding down, but excitement is heating up at Ramona Unified School District school sites as each prepares for the arrival of students on Monday, Aug. 26, the first day of classes.
The beginning of the 2013-14 school year is an unusual one in Ramona as six of the nine schools have new leadership.
Ramona High School, Olive Peirce Middle School, Ramona Community School/Mt. Valley Academy, Mt. Woodson Elementary, Ramona Elementary, and James Dukes all have new principals. RHS and OPMS also sport new assistant principals with Ed Van Hoose joining the RHS staff and Missy Cobian being selected AP at OPMS.
Everything from test scores and budget projections to arming teachers and compensation for district managers took a turn at the podium as trustees also heard kudos for parent volunteers and school workers preparing for the start of the 2013-14 school year on Aug. 26.
Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) scores for Ramona students took a dip this year, “very uncharacteristic of our district,” Senior Director of Education Services Theresa Grace told trustees at their Aug. 15 meeting.