2018: Mark your calendars!
Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Schedule, Agenda, Minutes, second Thursdays of the month, 6 PM, Bonsall Community Center, 31505 Old River Road, Bonsall. Arrive early and sign up if you want to speak. Please attend and video or tape record (smart phones work great). Thanks! Policy,  Board Bylaws.
December 13, 2018
November 8 2018
October 11, 2018
September 13, 2018
August 9, 2018 
July 12, 2018
June 14, 2018
May 10, 2018
April 12, 2018
March 8, 2018
February 12, 2018 BUSD discusses survey questions with bond expert Jason List of Isom Advisors (a division of Urban Futures). 400 BUSD voters will be surveyed soon. 
February 8, 2018: BUSD released EIR for its 45-day public comment period, time, ending March 22. A special meeting will be scheduled for survey questions. After her resignation, Dr. Erin English’s board position is open. This board seat must be filled by March 19 via application processDr. Cunningham, who signed a $170k contract in 2015 but managed to take out an outrageous $281k in 2016, is seen leaving Board closed session.

January 11, 2018: While they were presented with a full contract for bond experts to work on passing a bond, board member Dr. Sylvia Tucker and Dick Olson argued to limit the work to a survey of district resident to see if they would support a bond measure in 2018. The measure was not defined but it is most likely another attempt (#6) to build a 1,500-student high school in Gird Valley. Tucker and Olson won the argument and the motion to pay $3,500 for a survey passed.  Agenda Item 9.4, the Site Advisory Committee (SAC)  Presentation, noted it was presented with eight sites and reviewed five, sites 4-8.  We’ve requested the SAC share the rankings for all eight properties, even ones that got 0s for whatever reason (concerns over lack of utilities or topography issues, etc). 

December 20, 2017: 4 PM to 8ish PM, Gird Valley neighborhood Holiday Mingle. This is a “more the merrier” event so all are welcome. We heard about progress at Monserate Winery, circulated a letter for signatures urging the County to fast track the Winery and met BUSD board candidate Roger Merchat. A good time was had by all! Best wishes for the New Year!


December 14, 2017: 6PM, BUSD Board Meeting included a lengthy discussion of the proposed Gird Road site, an update from the Site Advisory Committee, notice that the release of the EIR related to the property on Gird Road will be delayed until after the New Year. Board President Tim Coen expressed his opinion that BUSD could “absolutely” pass a bond in 2018 to build a high school on Gird Road, that the reason the bond failed was not the location of the proposed school but that the community did not trust the Board. 

November 9, 2017: 6 PM, BUSD Board Meeting Bond election experts explained why BUSD failed its bond measure in 2016 and how it would be impossible to pass the same bond in 2018. Community opposition for the bond (which was the fifth attempt to fund a high school for a proposed site on Gird Road) was noted as the reason.  The meeting minutes (9.1) do not include bond expert Dale Scott’s report. We have asked BUSD to correct this. In the meantime, here is Mr. Scott’s report. Superintendent’s Site Advisory Committee volunteers announced. 

October 31: Deadline for volunteering for Site Advisory Committee 

October 12, 2017: 6 PM,  BUSD Board Meeting, details on new Site Advisory Committee

September 30, 2017: CEQA/EIR Workshop  We learned so much about CEQA and EIR process. Thanks to Kevin Johnson and PCL for hosting!

September 28: 5:30 PM, BUSD Special Board Meeting, recording, presentation by BakerNowicki Design for schematics related to EIR for Gird Road, proposed high school/performing arts center site. Eric Ruby, working on the EIR noted that there would be no need for eminent domain related to widening Gird Road (29:45 and 31:00 and 32:00), there is enough room within the County right of way. Discussion of work to withstand legal challenge (30:00). Julie Zimmerman, Education and Funding Principle at BakerNowicki, outlined the state funding process, at 38:45 discussed design for new Bonsall Hight School at Sullivan Middle School and plan approval process, at 45:44, referring to the new high school at Sullivan Middle School campus, states, “We actually submitted it as Sullivan Middle School to preserve your high school eligibility…”

September 14, 2017: 6 PM, BUSD Board Meeting: Superintendent’s Advisory Committee related to school site approved (some on board expressed support for this committee’s work to include passage of a bond measure in 2018 even though the law requires such political work to be kept SEPARATE from such activities); Budget report notes reserves dropping to 3.2% in 2017/18, 1.8% in 2018/19, 1.6% in 2019/20, well below legally required 3% limit; more spending approved on the proposed Gird Road site; discussion of widening Gird Road (possible use of eminent domain?); impact on eastern side of Gird Road (least Bell’s vireo habitat); announced that draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), required by California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), expected to be released in one month for short 45-day public comment period. Are you ready? See our comments and please attend the September 30th CEQA Workshop! VERY IMPORTANT!
August 10, 2017: 6 PM, BUSD Board Meeting: New Superintendent David Jones spoke to the well-attended meeting. 
 July 13, 2017: 6 PM, BUSD Board Meeting:  Agenda for July 13, 2017 BUSD Board Meeting states, “The District has been deficit spending since the 2011/12 fiscal year, a total of six years; this structural imbalance of revenues versus expenses (unrestricted and special education combined) is an unsustainable trend. The year prior in 2010/11, the District had an unrestricted ending balance available for reserves of $4.0 million and total expenses of $13.1 million or 30.8%. In the transpiring six years, the ending balance available for reserves has eroded down to 5.3% which is above the legally required 3%. The multi-year projections show the District ending the 2019/20 fiscal year with an ending balance available for reserves of 0.4%, far below the legally required 3%. The District is in need of budget reductions of approximately $150,000 in 2017/18 and possibly another $100,000 in 2018/19.”
A BUSD Budget Reduction presentation outlines the dire financial situation. The presentation includes this chart: 

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Jack Wood speaks at the BUSD July 13, 2017 Board meeting. Mr. Wood currently serves on the Fallbrook Community Planning Group and served on the Real Property Advisory Committee which recommended the FUHSD declare the Gird Road property as surplus. He gives background on why the Gird Road parcel was declared surplus (not suitable for a high school, decisions made that led to slower growth in Fallbrook than projected, traffic, community opposition to the site, etc). He cautions the BUSD Board that continuing to attempt construction on Gird Road is ill advised. Board Member Dick Olson officially delivers the must-read Interim Property Summary and Evaluation for BUSD High School  a report created by a group of community volunteers reviewing properties in the district and meeting five times with Assistant Superintendent William Pickering and Principal Lee Fleming over several months. Retiring (as of July 31) Superintendent Justin Cunningham insists it be recognized that he didn’t order this particular report and felt it was a “waste of time”. Sparks fly between Cunningham and Olson. BUSD board acknowledges receipt of the report. [Volunteers also created a video of the Gird Road and the Ocean Breeze Ranch parcels.]

The Board approves “Agreement Renewals” for legal services with pro-development C.A.S.H.-related legal firms:  Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost and Lozano Smith. [For more on the pro-development CASH, Coalition for Adequate School Housing, see entries for 1978 and July 2015.]

June 29, 2017: Special BUSD Board Meeting, Agenda  BUSD’s 2017-2018 Budget projects a total of 352 high school students for 2019/2020 (in a 350-student-capacity high school on a campus that was promoted as suitable for over 500 high school students) along with dangerously low reserves.
June 26, 2017: Deadline for submitting comments on Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report on proposed high school on Gird Road. submitted Comments on NOP of EIR by SaveGirdValley
June 22,2017: Special BUSD Board Meeting, Agenda, which included votes on items tabled at June 15 Meeting regarding additional spending on the Gird Road site (Erickson-Hall services and Baker Nowicki design fees) . Vote taken noting protest by two board members (Tucker, Olson who believed the items were tabled until July regular board meeting and voted on without adequate notice) for additional spending on Grid Road site, approved by Coen, Riddle, English. 
June 15, 2017: 6-8 PM, BUSD Board Meeting, proposed budget with suggested cuts and discussion of Request for Proposals for Lease-Leaseback related to design and construction on Gird Road. Reviewers included representative from Baker Nowicki. BUSD AGENDA JUNE 15, 2017.  Vote on Gird Road-related spending items tabled until next Board Meeting [in July] to allow time to assess progress on Ocean Breeze property since BUSD has finally sent a Letter of Intent to the owners of the Ocean Breeze property adjacent to Sullivan Middle School.  A request for more money for an expanded traffic study related to the Gird Road property passed [Dr. Tucker votes no].  On June 15, BUSD’s Board votes “to approve the purchase of new vans for special education transportation needs within the general parameters of Options 1, 2, or 3, not to exceed $147,000.”  As of March 2016, the District had 59 special needs students or 2.6% of total enrollment.
June 14, 2017 6-8 PM, BUSD “scoping meeting” [Agenda] on Environmental Impact Review (EIR) process at the Bonsall Community Center, 31505 Old River Road, Bonsall. Please review this Notice of Preparation (NOP) of the EIR and the Initial CEQA report for background info. Deadline for comments on the NOP June 26. 
June 12, 2017: Deadline for submitting comments on new BUSD Superintendent search. 
June 6, 2017,: 5-87 PM, BUSD Meeting seeking Community input on new Superintendent search at the Bonsall Community Center, 31505 Old River Road, Bonsall. Thank you to all who attended!
May 11, 2017: 6 PM, BUSD Board Meeting.
April 13, 2017: 6 PM, BUSD Board Meeting.
April 11, 2017: 6 PM,’s Steering Committee and Volunteers’ Meeting. 1909 Gird Road. See our PROJECTS list. Thank you for attending and for your commitments to help!
March 14, 2017: 6 PM’s Steering Committee and Volunteers’ First Meeting, 2915 Lakemont Drive. Thank you all for attending and rocking the house!
March 9, 2017: William Pickering offers corrected info on LLB of Dec. 8, stating that it carries an interest rate of 14.6%. Board approves moving forward with Request for Proposals (RFP) for another LLB construction agreement for high school. The Board directs the RFP to not be site-specific.
March 2, 2017: Special Workshop on LLBs and litigation, new state law re: LLBs, William Pickering notes Board is paying 4.5% on LLB, that it will deliver portable, 4 out of 5 trustees object strongly to portables and recognize that payments cannot be met without passing a bond.
February 9, 2017: Board reflects on lawsuit regarding Dec 8-approved LLB and rescinds the document.
January 19, 2017: