Cold Spring School’s New Superintendent

Dr. Tricia Price has been selected as the new superintendent and principal of Cold Spring School District. Price, currently principal at Aliso School in Carpinteria and Summerland School in Summerland, begins her three-year contract with the District July 1.

“I’m very happy to be able to stay at one school the entire school day!” Price laughs when asked what she is looking forward to in her new position. She has been principal at Aliso and Summerland for the past six years, sharing her time between the two campuses. “I spend the morning at one and the afternoon at the other; it’s really important to have presence at each school,” she said.

Price is a Santa Barbara native, attending Washington Elementary, La Cumbre Middle School, and Santa Barbara High School. After spending two years at Cal Poly, she returned home to graduate from Westmont. She earned her master’s degree at Cal State Channel Islands and her doctorate from the Fielding Institute. Her teaching career began at Montecito Union School; her first full-time position was teaching the second and third grade at Crane Country Day School. She has also taught at Carpinteria’s Canalino School, and is the former Curriculum Coordinator at Summerland School. Price and her husband, Craig, an attorney for Griffith & Thornburgh, have two daughters who also live in Santa Barbara.

“I’ve spent a lot of time teaching at local schools, and Cold Spring is highly successful. I’m looking forward to learning what they are doing which makes them such a great school,” she said.

Dr. Price says her first goal at Cold Spring is to get to know the community, parents, students, and staff. She will be working with a school of 166 students; Aliso and Summerland Schools have 420 and 50 students, respectively. “I’m happy to be able to get into the classrooms, working hands on with students, which is what I love. This really is a dream job for me,” she said. Price will oversee the installation of new playground equipment over the summer, as well as the Safe Routes to School pathway slated to be built in front of the school.

Price replaces Dr. Bryan McCabe, who retires this June after ten years with the school and 39 years in education. McCabe and his wife, Pam, a teacher at Mountain View, are retiring simultaneously.

In other Cold Spring School news, next Tuesday, May 24, Public Works staff will present the Cold Spring drainage and road shoulder improvement project to the public at a meeting in the auditorium. The project includes road improvements along Eucalyptus Hill Road and Cold Spring Road to enhance pedestrian access. It is funded by a federal grant through the Safe Routes to School Program. The meeting is at 6:30 pm at 2243 Sycamore Canyon Road. For more information call Chris Sneddon at 568-3047.

Smoking Ban in Carpinteria

Effective Monday, May 16, the City of Carpinteria began implementing a new law banning smoking in almost all outdoor locations, becoming the first city in Santa Barbara County to do so.

The law, Ordinance 646, prohibits tobacco use in business entryways, outdoor worksites, bar and restaurant patios, public events, on public streets and sidewalks and in common outdoor areas in multi-unit housing complexes, with the exception of designated smoking areas. Business owners may install a marked designated smoking area pursuant to ordinance provisions; no special permit is required, but signs identifying the area as a smokers’ “outpost” need to be installed.

Smoking code violations are considered infractions, with a fine of up to $100 for a first violation, $200 for the second violation, and up to $500 for each additional violation.

The City of Carpinteria adopted a ban on smoking in public parks and on beaches in 2004; violations of that ordinance cost $250 for each infraction. Carpinteria City Council cites tobacco-related deaths, health hazards associated with secondhand smoke, health care expenditures, and the fact that cigarette butts “are a major and persistent source of litter” as reasons behind the laws.

For more information, visit Carpinteria’s website at www.carpinteria.ca.us.

Zoo News

The Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed a new “resident” earlier this month; a seven-feet-tall lifelike dinosaur named “Duncan” stars in the Zoo’s new live stage show Saturday and Sundays until June 15.

Duncan was designed by Chiodo Bros. Productions, which specializes in live action puppetry, prosthetics, special effects and costumes. Their work has been seen in such movies as “Elf,” “A Power Ranger Movie,” “Gremlins,” and “Critters,” among many others.

Duncan’s show, “How to Train Your Dinosaur,” attempts to show audiences the special care received by the Zoo’s animals, and the training necessary for the animals in order to receive such care as oral hygiene or allowing zoo keepers to pick up their feet to file hooves or clip nails. “We wanted to give our guests a behind-the-scenes look at the ways we work with our animals; Duncan adds a dimension of energy and focus that is tremendous fun,” says the Zoo’s head honcho, Rich Block.

Duncan is operated by a human, who wears the costume and a backpack, which has full control over the dinosaur’s actions, including his head, jaw and tail movements. The operator also wears a headset, which allows his voice to be synthesized.

The show is performed twice daily, at 11 am and 3 pm Saturdays and Sundays through June 15. Shows are free with Zoo admission.

In other Zoo news, the shoe company Teva has collaborated with Zoo officials to make a custom shoe for “Lucky,” a young Humboldt penguin with an impaired foot.

Lucky, hatched in April 2010, showed signs that his leg was not developing properly. Treatments, including splints, were tried but did not successfully heal his foot. He then began developing sores from putting pressure on the wrong parts of his foot. Public relations coordinator Julia McHugh tells us bird keeper Rachel Miller recalled seeing a story that Teva had constructed a boot for an elephant in San Antonio with foot issues. With the shoe company located so close – Goleta – zookeepers made a video of Lucky and sent it to Teva, hoping for a response.

Teva designers responded immediately, and various versions of the boot have been made to see what works best for Lucky. His current boot is completely waterproof and contains special traction on the bottom so he won’t lose his footing going in and out of the water.

Teva has committed to providing boots for Lucky for his entire lifespan; they are changed daily so they can be washed.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is located at 500 Niños Drive. For hours and information, visit www.santabarbarazoo.org.