VISTA — A committee comprised of Vista Unified School District teachers, parents, administrators and community members is beginning to explore recommendations regarding the future of several school sites.
The District Asset Management Advisory Committee was established to explore and make recommendations on options for District owned real property in support of the development of the Vista Unified School District Long-Range Facility Master Plan.
Authority: Recommendations to the Board of Education regarding school consolidation and property (assess) management.
Establishment: At the regular Board of Trustees meeting on January 19, 2023, direction and authority were granted to the Superintendent and designee, the Chief Operations Officer, to form the District Asset Management Advisory Committee.
Council Focus for 2022-2023: Final direction will come from the Board of Education at the date and time of the initial appointment of members and the adoption of the bylaws of the committee. At the February 8, 2023 Board Workshop the Board directed the Superintendent to create a matrix of data for each elementary and middle school in the District to be used by the Asset Management Committee using the following criteria:
The declining enrollment in Vista Unified, the district has convened the Asset Management Advisory Committee to help determine what changes, if any, need to be made at four identified school sites — Rancho Minerva Middle School, Monte Vista Elementary, Beaumont Elementary, and Vista Innovation and Design Academy, or VIDA.
The members from over 20 applications at its April 6 meeting were selected. The advisory body will meet several times over the next two months, gather community feedback and make recommendations this summer to the board of trustees. Possible proposals could include school closures, consolidation or transitioning campuses to magnet schools.
The representatives selected were to ensure proper representation of district voices. Kristen Rose, CEO of Foresight Planning Management, the newly-formed committee will also help make other district site recommendations.
Major General Raymond Murray High School principal Dr. Narciso Iglegsias was selected to fill the administrator requirement on the committee, and Grapevine Elementary School’s Craig Groschup is the teacher representative.
Other members are business owner Tory Walker, property owner/renter Amanda Remmen, parent Sophia Ramos, expert knowledge representative Kevin Kirby, and California School Employees Association representative Mario Bojoquez, representing the district’s demographic composition.
While the committee can have as few as seven members, and appointed two at-large committee members, Charles Bradshaw and Keri Avila, a representative from the Vista Teachers Association.