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Del Mar school board committee appointed

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Union School District board of trustees approved the
appointment of seven community and district members to the 7/11 District Advisory Committee to assist in making a judgment regarding surplus space and property, as required by the California Education Code.
Faced with five of its eight schools operating at half and two-thirds capacity, the Del Mar Union School District board of trustees is considering closing a school or realigning schools for financial reasons.
The appointed 7/11 District Advisory Committee members are: parents Jennifer Emberger, Del Mar Heights School; Janet Handzell, Sage Canyon School; Wayne Harris, Ashley Falls School; Bob Shopes, Del Mar Hills School; Principal Susan Paul, Torrey Hills School; Teacher Cinda Peck, Carmel Del Mar School; and Randy Wheaton, district office director of maintenance and operations. There were no applicants from the Ocean Air School or Sycamore Ridge School communities.
“We want to demonstrate to the community that the school board takes their concerns about closure or realignment of schools very seriously,” board President Katherine White said. “We were fortunate to receive applications from a broad spectrum of individuals who are well-qualified for the 7/11 Advisory Committee our community deserves and the Education Code demands.”
“I volunteered to serve because I believe this 7/11 District Advisory Committee will provide the community with the transparency we need to determine whether or not to
close or realign a school,” Del Mar City citizen and teacher Cinda Peck said.
The California Education Code requires that the 7/11 District Advisory Committee include active representatives from the business community, landowners or renters, teachers, administrators and parents of students. In addition, Education Code recommends that the district seek individuals with a background in environmental impact, legal contracts, building codes and land use planning as well as members who are of the same ethnicity, age group, and socioeconomic composition of the district.
The 7/11 Advisory Committee will meet as frequently as needed to review data and take community input, leading up to a decision by December of this year, according to Superintendent Sharon McClain.
McClain said the appointment of this committee will give the community involvement in possible school closure or realignment. “We want input from the community,” she said. “We have fine minds and very committed citizens in this community. We know their involvement will help us make the best plans for the future of the children of Del Mar.”