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Ramona trustees to review bond consultant’s proposed contract


In an apparent effort to gain consensus, two Ramona Unified school trustees and Superintendent Robert Graeff will review a proposed contract with Urban Futures Inc. and renegotiate with Isom Advisors, the Urban Futures division that will work as bond consultant for the district.

The school board’s 5-0 vote came after trustee Bob Stoody expressed concerns about what he called possible land mines in the proposal.

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A kiss for peace

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Ramona Community School Principal Kathryn Gunderson makes good on a promise to the school’s Peace Club when she kisses Piper in front of students, employees and parents before classes start.

She also kissed Piper’s twin, Pretzel. The three wore red lipstick for the event.

Peace Club members met their Great Kindness Challenge, earning official Kindness Certification, when each completed 30 acts of kindness such as offering a smile, helping someone clean up, writing a thank you note and bringing flowers to a staff member. The Gill family provided the twin goats.

What is it kissing a goat like? “The goats were calmer about kissing a human than I was about kissing a goat,” the principal said, adding, “Anything for world peace!”

Enrollment decline projected to continue at Ramona schools


If projections for the 2014-15 school year prove true, Ramona Unified School District will experience its 12th year of declining enrollment.

Assistant Superintendent David Ostermann’s report to trustees on Feb. 13 shows a projected enrollment of 5,598 students next school year. That’s 132 fewer than the 5,730 students in classrooms this school year.

Students learn about drones and principles of flight from the pros

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Students from the Ramona Lutheran Christian Day School Science Enrichment Program were treated recently to a presentation by Hugh Harvey of General Atomics and by Garrett Willat of SkySurf Glider-port of Warner Springs on the principles of flight.

Harvey presented his PowerPoint in a humorous and age appropriate way, said science teacher Frank Lucio, beginning with the basic principles of flight and ending with the subject of drones manufactured by General Atomics and their possible future applications.

Special Valentine’s Day deliveries


High school students’ fundraising efforts included selling a variety of candy grams for delivery on Valentine’s Day and selling red T-shirts to be worn on the campus-wide Red Out Event on Feb. 14 to show support for maintaining a healthy heart.

Ramona school district inches toward bond bid


Ramona Unified School District trustees are expected to approve a bond consultant to steer them in the direction of putting a bond measure on the November ballot.

Urban Futures Inc., the firm that worked with the district in its 2012 unsuccessful bid for a $66 million bond, is the consultant district staff and others who served on the interview panel recommend. Trustees Kim Lasley and Dawn Perfect, teachers union president Cori McDonald and Sun Valley Council PTA President Kristina Krohne were on the panel with the district superintendent, assistant superintendents and senior director of education services.

Ramona Community School students jump for American Heart Association


Caolan MacLochlainn jumps high in Ramona Community School’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association today.

In addition to jump roping, students in kindergarten through third grade participated in hula-hooping and other heart-healthy activities, while fourth- through eighth-graders focused on basketball-related activities for the fundraiser.

School district committee considers uses for surplus land at public hearing today at 5:30 p.m.


An advisory committee tasked with recommending possible uses for about 70 acres of vacant Ramona Unified School District land will meet to hear suggestions from the public on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

The hearing will be in the Wilson Administration Center Board Room, 720 Ninth St., at 5:30 p.m.

Parent Information Night at Ramona Community School set for Tuesday


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.