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Lease Changes Approved
for El Rancho School

The GUSD Board of Trustees has approved new leases for the former El Rancho School property (7421 Mirano Dr., Goleta, CA 93117).

New leases will split the campus between two private schools, Santa Barbara Montessori School (SBMS) and the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara (WSSB).

Both schools have leased space from the District for over 10 years and both have experienced significant enrollment decline recently. SBMS no longer needs to lease the entire El Rancho campus with only 70 students.  WSSB has been leasing a small space from GUSD at the Fairview Ave. site, and the rest of their students were at Hope School District’s Vieja Valley School. Their move to El Rancho will allow them to consolidate their students together. The leases are for three years and allow the District or tenant to terminate with one year’s written notification.

This new shared campus concept will allow both schools to continue operations, and keeps the campus used for educational purposes until such time that the Goleta Union School District may need to re-open it as a public school. The combined enrollment of both schools is projected to be about 180 students for the upcoming school year, a number of students approximately equal to the enrollment of SBMS at its highest point and well below the 350+ students that were on the campus when it was closed in 2003.The two schools will be held to high standards of minimizing traffic impacts on the neighborhood and to continue to allow free use of the campus for recreation by the community during non-school hours.

The Goleta Education Foundation 5K – 10K – Fun Run Is Coming!


GOLETA, CA— The Goleta Education Foundation’s race is on Sunday, September 20. The Goleta Education Foundation Lemon Run has more choices for runners and walkers this year, including competitive 10k and 5k races and a kids 1k race. Runners and walkers will start and finish at Goleta Beach, and will travel along the Obern Trail. Log on to active.com to register for the race.

Runners are encouraged to wear their corporate, school, or club t-shirts to highlight your participation and support of Goleta Education Foundation and your pride in Goleta!

This event will attract both serious and casual runners and walkers. The Goleta Education Foundation Lemon Run is the first event of Lemon Locals week in Goleta. This week of activities is designed to show pride in Goleta— and the quality of life residents, businesses and students in the Goleta Valley enjoy— and will kick off with the Goleta Education Foundation Lemon Run and end with the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Lemon Festival.

Proceeds from the Goleta Education Foundation Lemon Run will benefit the elementary students in the nine schools in the Goleta Valley. For more information about Goleta Education Foundation, Lemon Run sponsorship and details go to the Foundation’s website or register on active.com.

This is the 10th year the race has been held in Goleta. After a one year hiatus, the board of directors is happy to have the race back for fun, competition and support for Goleta Union School District students. The Goleta Education Foundation is dedicated to engaging the community to invest in and enhance an excellent education for all students attending schools in the Goleta Union School District.


Lisa Rivas, President
Goleta Education Foundation
Board of Directors
(805) 637-6816