Village News Reporter
The Bonsall Unified School District board approved a new Animal Science and Agriculture Enrichment Program Worker staff position.
The board’s 3-0 vote May 17, with Larissa Anderson and Pascal Lapoirie absent, approves a memorandum of understanding with the Bonsall chapter of the California School Employees Association. The position will be a 12-month staff position and will be at salary range 13 of the Classified Salary Schedule, which equates to a salary for an entry-level employee new to the district of between $45,801.60 and $48,089.30.
“This one I am excited about,” said BUSD superintendent Joseph Clevenger.
The school district works with Rawhide Ranch to provide day trips and camps for students to participate in Rawhide Ranch activities. An on-campus facility also provides agricultural experience for students.
“We’ve been able to add an incredible farm for our students to use,” Clevenger said. “This farm is really designed to allow students K through 5 a chance to explore and learn science hands-on.”
The farm is on land occupied by Bonsall Elementary School but is for all BUSD elementary school students. The school district also operates Bonsall West Elementary School and Vivian Banks Charter School as well as Sullivan Middle School and Bonsall High School.
Clevenger noted the importance of agriculture in Bonsall. “It’s a major character trait of this community,” he said.
The Animal Science and Agriculture Enrichment Program Worker will facilitate animal and agricultural learning experiences for students in the district. The staff member will create an outdoor learning laboratory and provide hands-on experience for students, both by working with students directly and by assisting with the supervision of students handling and interacting with animals and tools used in agricultural and other animal activity.
The staff member will maintain schedules and routines for facility operations and work with classroom teachers to support student learning. He or she will select seeds and saplings to be used in the program, develop soils and use district-approved fertilizers and nutrient soil supplements, and maintain the greenhouse.
The staff member will be responsible for watering and feeding on days when students are not at school and will also respond to frost or other climatic conditions that may impact agricultural yield or animal well-being.