The Rancho Santa Fe Post

RSF School District to Discuss Funding EIR for School Expansion at August 4 Meeting

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The Rancho Santa Fe School District Board of Trustees will meet on August 4, at 9am to discuss funding an environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed expansion of the R. Roger Rowe School. The open session meeting will take place at the Performing Arts Center.

The proposal to prepare the EIR, with an estimated cost of $160,000, comes from PlaceWorks, a design company founded in 1975 that has been involved in environmental analysis since 1980 and planning school facilities since 1985.

In January 2015, the RSF School District began the process to create a district-wide Master Plan. The Master Plan was approved at the Board’s December 2015 meeting and includes details on what the District would like to do if they acquire the necessary properties along El Fuego and possibly extended to Mimosa.

According to the District’s Master Plan, the school reached peak enrollment between 2002 and 2004 with 850 students. During the 2015-2016 school year, the District had 675 students. The District’s Master Plan specifications include space requirements for 850 total students.

About six years ago, the District renovated its campus but argued in 2015 that program needs were changing.

“When you have five or six robotics teams, you do need a lot more space,” Outgoing Superintendent Lindy Delaney told the Rancho Santa Fe Review in 2015. “I feel like the program is going to be a cornerstone program for the District going forward so the need for extra space is really here,” she added.

The Master Plan includes details featuring expanded parking, kindergarten through fourth grade fields and hard court play areas, gym expansion plans and repairs, and upgrades to meet accessibility requirements.

Three members of the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board will be up for re-election. RSF School Board members are volunteers who serve four-year terms. Incumbents up for re-election are Board President Tyler Seltzer, Board member Todd Buchner, and Board member Scott Kahn. Kahn filled previous Board Member, Richard Burdge's seat after his resignation in May 2016

The filing deadline for these local offices is August 12, no later than 5pm.