La Mesa-Spring Valley School District oversees a total of 21 elementary and middle schools and covers 26 square…More miles with an annual budget of $101 million. It offers free pre-school programs at two La Mesa campuses -- La Mesa Dale and Northmont Elementary -- for families who meet income and other eligibility criteria.
The La Mesa-Spring Valley Educational Foundation holds an annual Casino Night to raise funds "to help bridge the gap between what would be ideal and what is real in the classroom by providing funding for special projects, known as mini-grants, to enhance the educational experience."
Peter Pan Junior Theatre Shop 6845 University Ave, La Mesa, CA92115 Peter Pan Junior Theatre Shop is a theatre group for students in the La Mesa/Spring Valley School District. The La…More Mesa/Spring Valley School District supports Peter Pan Junior Theatre by providing rehearsal facilities free of charge. Auditions and rehearsals take place at school facilities after school and on weekends, while the production itself is at the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Community Theater. It accepts donations.
La Mesa was incorporated by 700-plus citizens on February 16, 1912, growing out of La Mesa Springs. Throughout 2011,…More the city and its La Mesa Centennial Committee will hold events as part of a yearlong countdown. The civic center on Allison Avenue, including La Mesa administrative offices, opened in 1958.
City offices now serve a population of about 57,000 residents in a nine-square-mile area between San Diego to the west, El Cajon to the east and Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro and Spring Valley to the south. Money from Proposition D bonds of 2004 provided a new police station, renovated fire station and new La Mesa branch library of the county system.
La Mesa is a general law city with a council-manager form of government. The five-member City Council, elected at large, decides policy, and the city manager carries out policy, with help from a 2010-2011 budget of $122.4 million.
As the gateway to East County, La Mesa is bisected by three major freeways and two trolley lines, and hosts five trolley stations. Most public schools are in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District or the Grossmont Union High School District. The city manages 14 public parks, and shares some roles with the large Harry Griffen Park on the El Cajon border.
La Mesa's crime rate in 2009 was touted as being the lowest since 1967. The city's general plan—a blueprint for growth and development that governs everything from traffic and housing mixes to noise, safety and historic presevation—will be revised in 2011, with citizen feedback welcomed.
Kempton Elementary School 740 Kempton St, Spring Valley, CA91977 Since 1960, Kempton Elementary School has been a place for families in the Spring Valley community to come together. As…More a school, a resource center and a gathering place, the faculty and staff help students strive for high level achievement. The school, located next to the Spring Valley Public Library, has many programs for adults as well, including ESL classes and parental workshops. According to Principal Elisa Holston, it is the only school in the La Mesa-Spring Valley District to offer a biliteracy program, encouraging students to learn both English and Spanish. With approximately 700 students, it is also the largest elementary school in the district.
The warehouse-like building is the main operations facility for the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and its…More support services, including child nutrition services, transportation, maintenance, operations and facilities.
Equipment and repair materials are housed at the facility, and dispatched to any of the district's schools when needed. School buses are also housed in a lot, and maintained and repaired in a giant garage.
All deliveries for the district are also first made at the operations center, before being distributed to various schools. Deliveries range from food for the child nutrition programs, books, paper, furniture or any item required or used at the school sites.
When payment is required for transportation or child nutrition services, cash or check is accepted on-site. Payments can also be made online with a credit or debit card.
With a recent API score of 918, among the highest in the area, this school prides itself on its parent volunteers as…More much as academics. Parents put in 10,000 volunteer hours last academic year. Halloween Happenings (with carnival rides, game booths and cake walk) and Spring Fling for parents involve the community, and a Science & Math Night is held.
The PTA puts out a monthly newsletter called Mustang News and presents Honorary Service and other awards. The school is named for Glenn E. Murdock, who served for 24 years as superintendent of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. Students are encouraged to wear the school colors — red, white and blue — on Fridays.