February 14, 2019

At Del Mar schools, brainstorming sessions for improvements

What should we know about campus safety and security? How could the multi-use room be improved? What about fixing up libraries and outdoor spaces?

Del Mar Union School District is asking these questions directly to parents and teachers during brainstorming sessions at each of the district’s schools with the help of Eric Hall & Associates.

As the district lays plans to build two new schools and modernize seven others, it is hosting the sessions at each campus to gather input from members of each school’s community. EH&A associates are helping the staff to identify quick-start work that can be done and create a Capital Improvement Plan that will identify all of the work to be completed over the life of Measure MM, when that work will be done, at what site, and using what funds.

The information exchange follows voters’ November 2018 approval of Measure MM, which provides funding to replace 60-year-old Del Mar Heights School on the west side of the district and build a ninth campus, in Pacific Highlands Ranch, on the east side. Modernization is planned at all campuses.

The district-wide planning process included development of a Facilities Master Plan, which the Board of Trustees approved in July and which identifies needs at each school. Superintendent Holly McClurg and her facilities team are hosting brainstorming sessions to gather input specific to each site. When the sessions end in April, the information will be compiled into a report for the Board of Trustees.

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