Rocklin Unified opens Sunset Ranch Elementary with dedication

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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In a time when other districts have closed school sites, Rocklin Unified celebrated the opening of their newest school — Sunset Ranch Elementary School. The school’s dedication ceremony was held Tuesday evening with students, parents, educators, staff and leaders in attendance. At the start of the school year, Sunset Ranch opened, giving the residents of Whitney Ranch a neighborhood school for their children. Although the decision to open the school was met with some skepticism, Whitney Ranch parents encouraged the opening. “This community pulled together … turned out in full force at school board meetings … sharing your desire and commitment to have a school in your neighborhood,” Rocklin Unified Superintendent Kevin Brown said. With expected enrollment at approximately 400 students, the school currently has more than 500 students, Brown said. “This is a school where excellence will become a tradition,” Brown told the crowd. Guest speaker Congressman Tom McClintock said he remembered when his daughter started at Cobblestone Elementary School 15 years ago. He said it’s nice to see a school open it’s doors when others are closing. “It is unusual these days to see the dedication of a new school like this,” McClintock said. Other guest speakers included Placer County Office of Education Superintendent Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, Mayor Scott Yuill and representatives on behalf of Assemblyman Ted Gaines and Senator Sam Aanestad. Betty Wilson of Daughters of the American Revolution presented Principal Jim Trimble with an American flag, which flew over the country’s capitol, she said. Fourth graders performed the school’s song and sixth-grader Keegan McLean performed a poem he wrote about his new school. Trimble said he applied for the job as principal of Sunset Ranch three years ago – before the school opened. Now he splits his principal duties between Sunset Ranch and Rocklin elementary schools. “I watched this place being built,” Trimble said. “It takes a community to build such a great school.”