BUSD to explore CIF options for high school

The Bonsall Unified School District board indicated support for Bonsall’s new high school to explore CIF Multi-School Teams Status.

The sentiments were part of a discussion item rather than a voting action during the January 9 BUSD board meeting, although the unofficial verbal support will enable BUSD superintendent Justin Cunningham to determine if Fallbrook High School or another high school with athletics would be willing to accept student-athletes from the Bonsall high school.

“We’d be interested in seeing if we can get a partner,” Cunningham said.

The CIF San Diego Section has a “Multi-School Teams Status” policy which allows athletes from certain schools to play for a specified other team. Unified team status is usually granted and renewed under one of three conditions. Ninth-graders in junior high schools which feed into the remaining high schools which start with tenth-graders can play on the high school team under the Multi-School Teams Status policy. An independent study or other specialized school (other than a continuation school) affiliated with a comprehensive public school may lead to unified status for the comprehensive and alternative schools. In 2004 the San Diego Unified School District split three existing high schools into smaller academies within those campuses and the CIF granted Multi-School Teams Status to the individual schools which made up each of those campuses.

In all three of the historical conditions, the schools in a Multi-School Teams Status agreement are in the same school district. The Bonsall district would need to utilize the athletic programs of another school district. “The other district has to be willing,” Cunningham said.

Fallbrook High School is Cunningham’s preference. “These students are part of a community. They’ve been playing sports together forever,” he said. “We don’t want to disrupt the community athletics.”

In November 2012 the voters of both the Fallbrook Union High School District and the Bonsall Union School District approved Proposition BB, which will transform the Bonsall district from a K-8 feeder district to a K-12 unified district while removing that area from the FUHSD boundaries. The actual transition will take place on July 1, 2014, although in February 2013 a transitional Bonsall Unified School District including a board identical to the elementary school board was created to handle transitional matters. The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and the Vallecitos School District will remain as FUHSD feeder districts after the Bonsall unification process is complete.

In addition to Fallbrook High School, the Fallbrook Union High School District also includes the Ivy High School continuation program and the Oasis High School independent study program. In June 2009 the CIF Board of Managers unanimously approved a Multi-School Teams Status request allowing Oasis High School students to compete for Fallbrook High School athletic teams. That arrangement took effect with the fall 2009 seasons.

The Bonsall Unified School District initially planned to have a limited athletic offering. CIF Board of Managers approval would be needed either to add the BUSD to the CIF Board of Managers and grant CIF membership for the Bonsall high school or to grant Multi-School Teams Status.

The CIF San Diego Section Board of Managers consists of a representative from each public school district in San Diego County and Imperial County along with representatives for Catholic and non-Catholic independent schools. The most recent addition to the CIF Board of Managers was the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, which was created by the 2000 unification of the Valley Center and Pauma Valley elementary school districts and transferred Valley Center High School from the Escondido Union High School District to the unified district. The Jaguars participate in 25 of the 28 CIF sports with the exceptions being gymnastics, badminton (offered only in the City Conference), and roller hockey (offered only in the Metro Conference). The most recent K-8 district to obtain CIF membership was the Lakeside Union School District, whose River Valley Charter School has both junior high school and senior high school students. The Snow Leopards, whose athletic existence began in 1997-98 with girls soccer only, currently field teams in nine CIF sports. Prior to Bonsall the last K-8 district to unify and add its own high school was the Warner district, which unified in 1995 so that Warner Springs students wouldn’t need to be transported to Julian High School. The Wildcats offer five sports, including eight-man football, while Julian High School’s Eagles field 14. Warner Springs High School’s 2012-13 enrollment figures indicated 49 students from ninth through twelfth grade. The CIF did not have Multi-School Teams Status when Warner Springs High School or River Valley Charter School were granted CIF membership.

The application for Multi-School Teams Status for the 2014-15 seasons must be submitted prior to May 31.

9 Responses to "BUSD to explore CIF options for high school"

  1. Warrior Pride   January 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. I see words like community and pride but BUSD HS I think it’s nonsense. Another way for Bonsalites to seep rate themselves from the BROOK.

  2. Angry Fallbrook Parent   January 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    So the Bonsall district/residents break away from Fallbrook High School to start their little exclusive high school and take away students/funding from Fallbrook, and they now want the kids attending this school to be able to play sports at Fallbrook High School because they can’t offer that to their students? They want their cake and want to eat it too at the expense of the Fallbrook High students and taxpayers. I hope the Fallbrook High School administration says NO in a BIG WAY. If these kids want to play high school sports at Fallbrook, then they should attend Fallbrook High School.

  3. Predictable   January 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    If those kids want to participate in sports, send them to a high school that offers sports. Simple.

    For all the talk about how this school would be a better option for Bonsall students, in the end most kids want a legitimate high school experience. Particularly so when the middle school they have attended for three years will be the campus of the new Bonsall High School.

    You put your trust into a School Board largely comprised of folks who think they know more than they do about education, and a Superintendent, whose expectation is that high tech companies will be so enamored with this new school that they’ll fund construction of an actual high school campus. Good luck with that one.

    Having a vision is great. Bringing it to fruition is another matter. Beginning a new high school is a massive undertaking. I hope they get it right.

    Be careful what you wish for Bonsall parents, it looks like you will get it (except athletics, that is).

  4. ERIN   January 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

    You have got to be kidding me. Please Dr. Mitchell send a message and tell BUSD to pound sand.

  5. Fallbrookian   January 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I echo the sentiments of Angry Fallbrook Parent and ERIN. Bonsall wants to be exclusive but still wants to have the perks of a comprehensive high school. It’s a slap in the face of Fallbrook – they took kids away (which equals funding) from Fallbrook. They hurt Fallbrook. And now they want the Fallbrook Board to say "oh sure – we’ll let your kids play sports here for free". Disgraceful.

  6. Wally   January 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Looks like BUSD school board and superintendent Cunningham finally realized enrollment numbers wouldn’t meet expectations without some sort of sports program. Hopefully the Fallbrook school board remembers the laid off teachers resulting from Bonsall H.S. before they allow Bonsall to join Fallbrook athletics.

  7. Been there, done that.   January 26, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Keep the Bonsall kids in Bonsall. Personally, I went through this with all four of my kids with the Sullivan vs Potter deal. Initially, I felt that the Bonsall kids got so much more than the Potter kids. I was on the border and could choose either school. After speaking with many of my friends who were dismayed by the drug problems at Sullivan, I decided on Potter. It seemed that the Sullivan kids had so much expendable cash and they spent it on partying and drugs MUCH more so than the Potter kids. Thankfully, I had chosen Potter.

    High schools are going to be the same. I do not want my kids exposed to the rampant drug problem that exists in the Bonsall schools. If that high school ends up like Sullivan…..ugh, please don’t let them invade Fallbrook High. Keep those kids in their own little castle, put a moat around them and keep them away from my kids.

  8. DR DR   January 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Potter has drugs, don’t kid yourself. If kids want it, they will get it no matter what school, what parking lot, what soccer field, etc. The beauty of Bonsall, kids have to go home after school, there is no uptown or neighbors’ house to hang out and party, every place is too far to walk. Bonsall has been trying for 25+ years for a high school.

    Bonsall needs to start up their charter school again. It will never become a Div 1 school – but great athletes have come out of San Dieguito Academy, Christian Schools, etc. Tech school – at least students can get a job in this ever minute by minute changing tech world, that is what is important.

  9. Fallbrook Grad K-12 with Masters and doctorate   January 27, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    DR DR
    Hopefully that title doesn’t stand for your title. Bonsall is beautiful nobody is negating that but if you want Bonsall High stay in Bonsall district. Bonsall school district has a lower SES population =less low socioeconomic families. having homes spread out so they can’t hang out doesn’t mean it’s a better community. We just have more diversity.

    So Fallbrook High will lose money with Bonsall kids not coming- that’s a fact. I agree with first 7 comments. Bonsall kids should stay in Bonsall in their little bubble. FUESD is preparing kids for 21st century skills and leadership skills. Technology is embedded into common core standards and that is being taught in our schools in fallbrook. I don’t want my kids going to a heterogenous school district- I want them working and learning with different cultures like they will in the real world. If you think your kids will get a better education in Bonsall- go for it!!!


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