RUSD names new school

Geography, history high priorities in ‘Sunset Ranch’ choice
By: Michael Althouse, The Placer Herald
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The new school, which will be located ½-mile south of Whitney High School on Bridlewood Drive, will be known as Sunset Ranch Elementary School. After several months of discussion, the Rocklin Unified School District Board, at its March 5 meeting, unanimously passed the resolution naming the school. Assistant Superintendent Larry Stark said the name reflects on the history of the area. The board wanted it named for the geography and the history of the area, he said. One of the names that was seriously considered that also had historical significance was Spring Valley, but we already have schools named Spring View and Valley View, Stark said. Construction is expected to begin in June with completion scheduled in time for the beginning of the 2010/2001 school year, Stark said. When it opens, the school will be home to about 400 students, however, it will eventually accommodate 650 to 700. The school will have approximately 28 employees, including teachers and administrators. The total cost for the new school will top out at about $24 million, Stark said. It is being funded by state funds and local funding from Mello Roos Community Funding Districts. Mello Roos districts are set up to fund local improvement projects, usually in new developments, and are paid by those in the district who will benefit from the public improvements such as roads, sewers and schools.