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School set to tighten nonresident policy

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe school board will be more aggressively tracking nonresident students attending the R. Roger Rowe School.
Superintendent Lindy Delaney brought the issue to the school board’s attention Jan. 14. The board has asked its counsel, Richard Currier, to establish a tighter policy.
Some parents have been known to falsely use someone else’s address as if it’s their own to enable their children to attend the school, which prides itself on its high standards.
“It’s difficult to track down,” Delaney said to the school board. “Investigation is time-consuming. We need a better system in place.”
Board member Carlie Headapohl agreed and outlined the problems it creates for the district. “It costs us about $11,000 per child, per year. It creates fundraising issues. It’s important for our credibility. We are vigilant trying to learn that people live in the district.”
“We had tighter policies in years past, so it’s time take a firmer stance,” said Currier, who has been legal counsel for the district for several decades.
“We need a more aggressive investigation,” board member Richard Burdge said.
“Otherwise, more and more people will give it a try,” Headapohl agreed.
At the Jan. 14 meeting board members also got an update on the Performing Arts Center from Chairs Bibbi Herrmann Conner and Carol Warren.
“We’ve got real momentum and we’re very excited,” Conner said. More than 70 people attended a fundraising event held at the Romero family home in December. “Now it’s follow-up time,” Conner said adding that envelopes will be sent to patrons to collect pledges made.
Tim Ireland, construction manager for the R. Roger Rowe school renovation, also gave an update. “We’re still on schedule to get the doors open next fall,” he said. There will be delays due to inclement weather, but, according to Ireland, such delays are built into the schedule. Ireland is confident the renovation will remain on schedule because he said they are at a stage where “the big unknowns are done.” Ireland estimates that the renovation is approximately 42 percent complete. The school board asked for a complete budget breakdown on the renovation for the next school board meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 4.