BUSD considers models for high school design

The Bonsall Unified School District is considering models for Bonsall’s new high school which will open in 2014-15, and school district board members and staff will be receiving advice from Landmark Consulting Group, Inc.

The BUSD board voted 4-1 June 13 to approve a $3,094 agreement with Landmark Consulting. Sylvia Tucker voted against the proposal on the grounds that the district should create its own model for the school rather than adopting another model.

“We’re trying to learn what is the cutting edge in high school design right now,” said BUSD superintendent Justin Cunningham. “We’re really looking at a lot of different models and trying to see who’s having the most success.”

The funding for the consulting agreement is the remaining amount from a $15,000 grant from the Right to Succeed Foundation. The other $11,906 was spent on a visit to Net Tech High School in Napa and Big Picture High School in Sacramento.

Students at Net Tech and Big Picture interact with local industry and serve internships. “They’re developing a network in their chosen fields before they even get out of high school,” Cunningham said.

Net Tech and Big Picture also involve interdisciplinary fields, for example the combination of biology and physical education studies for biophysics, and concurrent enrollment with a community college allows students to earn early college credit. “The student would be able to graduate with an AA degree at the same time they get their high school diploma,” Cunningham said. “It’s quite a savings when you look at the cost of college now.”

Schools where students interact with industry also have reduced truancy and other behavioral problems compared to traditional high school campuses. “These kids, there’s meaning in what they’re doing,” Cunningham said. “You’re working on your future and you’re working in the business world.”

Net Tech and Big Picture were visited by a 15-person Bonsall contingent including staff, board members, teachers, and parents.

The consultant arrangement will enable Bonsall district staff and board members to keep abreast of various models of interest. The district itself will create arrangements with local industry. “We have to start doing the heavy work ourselves,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham noted that the district would look outside its boundaries for industry partners. “It’s pretty exciting,” he said.

3 Responses to "BUSD considers models for high school design"

  1. Debbie   July 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Tucker against models and wants to pay for design-build, architects, engineers and so on…when there are thousands of schools already built with up-to-date building codes, permits and most importantly already constructed for your own personal viewing only miles away. Go to Murrieta HS, Otay Mesa, San Marcos and the schools that have been built in the last few years. Find the one you like and THEN, EXISTING PLANS can be modified to fit the property. This is 2013.

    Students are now required to take two on line classes (FHS) – we will see more and more students at home doing school work. This lowers the costs dramatically – infrastructure of computer systems with fiber optic cabling is the future, and no books. Webinars – One on-line teacher can teach 1000’s of students at a time by log-in.

    Beware Bonsall-build for the future and don’t waste taxpayers money on re-inventing the wheel. Contact CW Driver or Belfour (etc) for plans of the schools they’ve built.

    Same with the Fire Stations – Good Grief!! It goes like this…build houses-a school and fire station has to be built per capita, where is new housing?? Temecula, Murrieta, Otay Mesa…get their info.

  2. Debbie   July 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

    PS-Learning the trade in HS for your future, Japan and China have always done this…about time!

  3. JoAnne   July 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I’m sorry, but Grandma Tucker really needs to get with the times. She’s done a good job for BUSD, but she needs to get on board with today’s technology.


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