RANCHO SANTA FE — Though the renovation of the R. Roger Rowe facilities is currently under way, the school board took time out of its busy schedule to honor the services of the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation co-chairs and many teachers and employees at its monthly meeting May 7.
As the current school year comes to an end, Superintendent Lindy Delaney thanked the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation Co-chairs John Cappetta and Barbara Edwards. “The time and energy you have put it in is enormous,” she said. “Everything you do is appreciated.” John Cappetta reported to the school board that 85 percent of the families with children in the school contributed toward the foundation, which set a goal of $800,000 worth of contributions to the school. According to Cappetta, the integration of the foundation and the Parent Teacher Organization took two years. “It was like a corporate merger, but it has been a good experience.” Cappetta was proud to report that 11 major donors have stepped forward with multi-year pledges totaling $440,000.
“We’re grateful to Wells Fargo, our corporate sponsors, to the school board, teachers and staff and to the superintendent and the administration team,” Edwards said.
The school board also gave special recognition to district employees who have given five years of service. Members honored for five years include Liz Amendolagine, Shelby Backman, Jennie Bergstrom, Jill Cadieux, Lindsey Donaldson, Sandi Lubenow, Rosie Martinez, Janel Maud, Vivian Patten, Kim Pinkerton, Janis Reeser, Beth Richardson, Jo Roach, Cindy Schaub, Danielle Shulman and Michael Tompkins. Katrina Gerace was honored for 10 years of service and Carole Kamery and Denise Stevenson for 15 years.
To honor those recognized, an all-girl choir performed three songs under the direction of music teacher Michael Tompkins.
After the recognition, Delaney gave a report on the R. Roger Rowe facilities renovation. “It’s going really well,” she said. “We’re on schedule.” Delaney said that the project managers, Katy Wright and Tim Ireland, were receiving Department of State Architecture approvals with more to come. Bids for projects were coming in and remaining on — or under — budget.
Delaney, Assistant Superintendent Cindy Schaub and Suzanne Roy, principal for grades five through eight, delivered the State of the District presentation. The presentation focused on goals established with their Committed to Learning program, STAR Math, English Language Arts and Caring Community programs. Next year, the school also hopes to establish a science program with nearby Scripps Institute, a program which, according to Schaub, has all of the teachers excited and could be a great opportunity for the students. Board member Jim Cimino, who also serves on the board for Scripps Institute, has offered to help establish the program, which would allow students to work with scientists from the Oceanography Department. “We’re very excited about this,” Delaney said.