Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Schedule, Agenda, Minutes, Thursdays, 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 20, 2017: 4 PM to 8ish PM, neighborhood Holiday Mingle
December 14, 2017: 6PM, BUSD Board Meeting
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. Superintendent’s Site Advisory Committee volunteers announced.
October 31: Deadline for volunteering for Site Advisory Committee
October 19, 2018: Sullivan Middle School Barn Bash
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:
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 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 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, SaveGirdValley.com’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 SaveGirdValley.com’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: