Tensions between San Diego Unified and charter schools are an ongoing theme in the district. Our Mario Koran reports on the latest dust-up in Scripps Ranch. The district want to end its practice of selling land to generate revenue and instead lease it to developers to generate money. On the Scripps Ranch land, that means a charter school will have to move:
The deal in Scripps Ranch isn’t finalized, but it’s moving forward. Last week, the district approved the project’s term sheet, and agreed to extend negotiations. Innovations Academy’s lease has been extended to the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
For Christine Kuglen, the school’s co-founder and director, that’s a bit of good news. She and other leaders will have more time to plan for the move. But that doesn’t mean she’s happy about it.
“We’ve been nomads,” said Kuglen. “We’ve made it work. But moving is definitely a disruption.”
The deal is a bummer for Innovations Academy, the charter located on the land, which has already moved three times since 2008. But it also highlights a big problem for charters across the district: They all want to find a permanent space, but many can’t afford it.
City Council Is Not Fun
And she’s a got a point! The pay is not that good. Zapf represents the city’s beach and bay neighborhoods, which often have troublesome issues and she’s in a real tough spot about what to do with Airbnb and other vacation rentals. At one point during the interview, Zapf implied that she wasn’t going to be running for re-election two years from now.
Her chief of staff told me that Zapf’s still undecided on that front. She also said that, despite appearances, Zapf’s a big fan of her job.
“If you didn’t love it,” said Zapf chief of staff Kelly Batten, “you couldn’t do it.”