School holds groundbreaking ceremony

RANCHO SANTA FE — The first week of the new school year had plenty of excitement bringing students together in temporary educational units with a slew of back-to-school activities. The highlight was a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school, which will be ready for next year’s classes.
On Sept. 4, Rancho Santa Fe School Board members were joined by Superintendent Lindy Delaney, staff, teachers, the entire student body and members of the community to witness the official groundbreaking for the renovation of the R. Roger Rowe School. Board members put on hard hats provided by construction builder C.W. Rider and used special ceremonial shovels to break dirt for the new school.
“I’d like to thank the entire community who helped make this possible,” said Delaney, praising the Association, the school board, the Foundation, Garden Club, The Inn, and the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, among others.
School Board President Carlie Headapohl also thanked the community. “When our kids are winners, we’re all winners,” she said.
With construction of the new school in full swing, the first day of school Sept. 3 went well, all things considered. “There was a little confusion among parents concerning the pickup and drop-off areas for students. But overall, things went very smoothly,” Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser, who was there to supervise, said. Children were redirected through a classroom because a ramp from the first floor of the new two-story building was not completed until 2 p.m. Now that the ramp is complete, students will no longer have to traverse a classroom.
At a school board meeting held that evening, the board received an overview of how the first day of school went. Tim Ireland, project manager, was out sick and could not give an update on the school renovation, but Superintendent Delaney, who is in constant contact with Ireland, assured the board that the project is on schedule.
Prior to the first day of school, a Newcomers’ Orientation and Barbecue was held at the school gymnasium. Family members met staff and faculty in the gymnasium before a barbecue was held on the track/field for students and family members.
On the morning of Sept. 3, after the kids were dropped off, parents were invited to a Back to School Coffee, which was also held in the gymnasium. The administration addressed the crowd and got the new school year off to a good start.