The BUSD administration contacted CATE and requested assistance in locating a new site for the high school that meets the district's needs. CATE is providing that assistance, and does NOT believe that the selection of the Gird Road site is in the best interest of the school, the local residents, or the citizens of the district as a whole.
The Gird Road property is a poor choice for a new high school Campus.
Here is why:
Any new school will exist for decades, and the Gird Road site has only 24 usable acres for construction. California guidelines for a 24 acre site is limited to around 500 total students. The District is planning for as many as 1500 students. How can this make sense? In addition, there may be environmental and biological problems. The soil is unstable with water table issues that will make building there much more expensive. There are outdoor lighting restrictions, noise issues, and major traffic issues which will affect all of Gird Valley and those commuters using SR 76.
However, the major issue is that the Gird location is surrounded by residential areas that make a school an inappropriate option. Local Gird Valley residents have made it known that 2 to 3 story block industrial style buildings, as well as noise and traffic issues, will result in decreased property values and a reduced quality of life. Hence, they propose to block any attempt to pass future BUSD sponsored bonds aimed at building on the site, and bonds are the major way the District raises money. The Gird property can be sold by the District and funds used to purchase a better site with room to grow which can be supported by everyone.
CATE research indicates that expected future growth within the boundaries of BUSD are much lower than what is projected by the district.
Schoolhouse Services prepared a report entitled "School Facilities Needs Analysis" that attempted to project new student growth within the district. The report used a Student Generation Rate of 0.146 students per new single family detached home, and 0.123 for new multi-family homes expected in the district.
CATE took the time to compare district boundaries to new developments in the area and found that many of these developments are not within the district, are delayed, or are no longer viable. Some developments have only a portion of their homes within the district. It should be further noted that the original study cut the number of students in half since not all homes would have high school age children. We have done the same with the counts that we have been able to gather.
The results indicate just over 115 students from new developments within the next four years. Adding future HS students that move up from lower grades does not justify a rush to build a separate campus. BUSD needs to distinguish between needs and wants.
As a district taxpayer, you have the right to have your voice heard. If you are concerned about the effects the new school will have on your commute, the taxes you pay, doubts about how funds are being spent, or any other issues, contact the district and let them know how you feel. (Contact information is given in the last question below). You can also speak directly to the board at open board meetings. Sign up to speak prior to 6:00 p.m. on the night of the board meeting.
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The BUSD School Board makes those decisions. They meet in closed door sessions to discuss legal and personal matters that cannot be discussed in public. All other matters are discussed and voted on in open session,usually starting around 6:00 p.m.. You may voice your opinion on any subject before the board, and thus contribute to the community response to proposals being considered.
The BUSD Board Meetings are listed on the agendaonline.net website. Both the scheduled meetings list and the agendas for board meetings may be found on this web page. Click this link for the BUSD Meeting Schedule.
Meetings are held at 5:00 p.m. at the Bonsall Community Center (31505 Old River Road, Bonsall) unless officially noticed otherwise.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bonsall Unified School District Board of Trustees is Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
You can send e-mail to BUSD via their contact page - BUSD Contact Page
Board Member e-mail addresses:
Tim Coen, M.D., President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin English, Ed. D., Clerk - email@example.com
Lou Riddle, Member - firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Olson, Member - email@example.com
Sylvia Tucker, Member - firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters may be sent to:
Bonsall Unified School District
31505 Old River Rd.
Bonsall, CA 92003
To reach the board by phone, contact:
Gina McInerny, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/Board - (760) 631-5200 x1001