The Del Mar Times published an update on the district’s new “Design 2022” school at the Heights. We found the district’s math sort of … well … interesting.
The district reports that the new, increased field size has grown to 76,020 square feet, which the board President described as a “pretty impressive response” to community protests about the field reductions.
Sounds like movement, unless you remember that on October 30 – in the very same Del Mar Times – the district told our community the field was 79,221 square feet. Last we checked, 76,020 was actually a smaller number than 79,221.
Likewise, the district reports that the total green space is now at 110, 393 square feet.
Again, sounds like movement, unless you remember that on October 30 – in the very same Del Mar Times – the district told our community the green space was 142,919. Last we checked, 142,919 was actually a smaller number than 110,393 – by 32,526.
In our previous post to you, we were wrong about one thing. When we reported the district would increase the fields by 9% – in what appeared to be slight pull back from slashing them by 62% – we were flat wrong. What we should have reported was that the district said they would increase the fields by 9%.
We learned our lesson. From now on, we’ll focus on what the district does, rather than what it says.
Another thing that bothered us in today’s article was the district disputing that the new Heights’ school field would be the smallest in the district – without bothering to identify which school would actually have a smaller field. We have an inquiry into the district planner asking him the obvious question: which school are you saying is smaller? We’re wondering if it will be “Design 2022” math on that, too.
One last point – a very important one.
You know from elsewhere on our site that we’ve measured the fields as 57,500 square feet – a far cry from the “high 70s” numbers the district is telling you yesterday, today, or likely tomorrow. We stand by those measurements. The district changed a couple small things in their latest site plan, but the changes are insignificant when it comes to the size of the fields. It’s easy to see, and we’re working on getting you the exact numbers and visuals to let you take your own look at what they’ve done, which we think you will find amusing and disturbing at the same time.
Thanks for supporting our effort to save the fields for the current and future kids of Del Mar Heights’ school and our community. We will continue to bring you the facts: accurately, honestly, and transparently, and we are grateful for your overwhelming encouragement to stay the course.