School board votes in favor of apartments over schools
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – 1/27/2016 – The San Diego Unified School District school board voted Tuesday night in favor of the apartment complex plan.
The vote ended 3-1 in favor of the plan at a meeting in University Heights. Scripps Ranch residents were again in attendance at the meeting and continued to voice their opposition to the plan.
Kids attending Innovations Academy will now need to find new schools.
1/20/2016 – Outraged Scripps Ranch area residents gathered Wednesday at Marshall Middle school to speak up during the area’s monthly Scripps Ranch Schools Committee Meeting, in conjunction with the San Diego Unified School District.
The meeting, traditionally held for discussion and community dialogue with school staff, parents and community members in the Scripps Ranch High School area, was dominated by resident’s objection to a SDUSD plan to lease an area of land to build apartments.
The real estate development would be with the Monarch Group, a private real estate investment and development firm based out of La Jolla. The land in question is between Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. The only problem is that the land currently is home to Innovations Academy Charter School, which would immediately be closed requiring its students to relocate as the Charter School does not have another site to relocate to.
Once taken over by Monarch, the investment group would build a 264 unit apartment complex over a 66 year lease agreement with SDUSD.
Scripps Ranch civic and planning committees unanimously oppose the development deal and claim that the area needs more schools and not a high density apartment. Residents were not told of the new apartment venture or the fact that it requires no community input, until November of 2015.
The SDUSD School Board is voting on the project at its next board meeting on Jan 26.