Palomar College hosts drive-through commencement ceremony

More than 400 vehicles filled with graduates and their cheering families rolled through the main Palomar College campus Friday evening, May 28, in an upbeat drive-through commencement ceremony. Cars began to line up around 4:30 p.m. In Parking Lot 12, college leaders gathered at a “finish line” of sorts to congratulate the graduates and hand off diploma covers. Earlier on […]

Though ‘horrible decision,’ county school board denies Epiphany Prep two-year renewal

It was a decision they clearly didn’t want to make – but said they had to anyway. In a 5-0 vote, the members of San Diego County School Board last week denied the request of Escondido’s Epiphany Prep Charter School (725 Escondido Blvd.) for a two-year renewal of its operation, one board member saying the denial was forced by state […]

EUSD board members back city’s resistance to marijuana dispensaries within city limits

The board of the Escondido Union School District at its May 13 meeting said it will back the city in denying the location of marijuana dispensaries within the city limits. It was recommended that two board members should attend the city’s May 18 meeting to speak to the board on the issue and present a letter or resolution stating EUSD’s […]

Science class wins 1st in PepsiCo Contest

Joshua Medrano’s 6th grade science class at St. Mary School in Escondido participated in the PepsiCo Recycling Competition and won First Place. They won $2,500 which they plan to use towards expanding their recycling program and purchasing 3D printers to learn coding and printing. “What inspired us to promote awareness about recycling was our unit on ocean currents and the […]

EUSD prioritizes Mission and Del Dios Middle Schools for major capital upgrades

The EUSD (Escondido Union School District) board last week looked to the next phase of the district’s capital expenditure projects, deciding that its top priority would be major improvements to both Mission Middle School and Del Dios Middle School, rather than doing “piecemeal” work at each school.  Both projects would provide new classrooms in two-story buildings, thus removing what the […]

 Local science class a finalist for recycling competition

Joshua Medrano’s 6th grade science class at St. Mary School in Escondido participated in the PepsiCo Recycling Competition and was selected as a finalist in the West Coast and Southern California region.  “What inspired us to promote awareness about recycling was our unit on ocean currents and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” Medrano told The Times-Advocate. The competition is based […]

For EUSD’s Tracy Schmidt, adjustments, need for ‘engagement’ are everyday certainties

Every morning, when Tracy Schmidt heads to work at the Escondido Union School District, she pretty much expects one thing – something has changed and necessary adjustments will have to be made. And with outbreak of COVID-19, Schmidt found herself with a unique new assignment:  creating a system for recording the data concerning the virus, coordinating with county and local […]

Escondido Elks Lodge awards 26 scholarship applicants

Escondido Elks Lodge March 27 hosted an awards dinner for 26 local high school seniors that applied for an Elks National Foundation(ENF) Scholarship. The evening began with a presentation by Past Exalted Ruler Tim Lyons about what the Elks are all about followed by a spaghetti dinner attended by members of the Elks Lodge and the families of 9 of […]

EUSD expects to receive, must prioritize, $68 million in one-time state, federal funds

How to spend $68 million?  The Escondido School District expects to receive that amount in federal and state funding to mitigate effects of the pandemic, and board members at last week’s Study Session began the process of considering its use.  The money will be allocated just once – and with a variety of restrictions — for expenditures over the next […]

Charter schools lawsuit versus state certified as class action

A class-action lawsuit — Reyes et al. v. State of California et al. — filed last September by three public charter schools and thirteen students, has now been certified to represent 308 public charter schools in the state. This lawsuit is challenging California’s failure to fund students at these public charter schools that are non-classroom-based. That failure, the charter schools […]

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