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Carey Bartlow was recently confirmed as the new principal at Solana Ranch Elementary School. Courtesy photo
Carey Bartlow was recently confirmed as the new principal at Solana Ranch Elementary School. Courtesy photo
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New principal to lead Solana Ranch Elementary

SOLANA BEACH — Students at Solana Ranch Elementary can expect to see a new leader at the school’s helm this fall following the Solana Beach School District’s recent confirmation of Carey Bartlow as principal.

In April, Solana Ranch saw the departure of beloved principal Jerry Jones, who had led the school since 2014. Doug Kramer served as interim principal through the end of the school year.

Bartlow is a 24-year educator who has been a teacher and administrator in elementary and middle school settings. She previously worked as Dean of Students in the Conejo Valley Unified School District and most recently as a principal at Cypress Elementary School, both located in Ventura County.

In a press release, Solana Beach School District spokeswoman Christine Huard said Bartlow is looking forward to building strong relationships with the district community.

“She prides herself on being visibly present on campus, greeting the school community before and after school, engaging with students at recess, visiting classrooms, and attending special events,” Huard said. “Ms. Bartlow’s passion has always been and will continue to be about educating students and creating a safe environment for all to build lasting friendships and childhood memories.”

Bartlow’s position became effective July 1, and she can now focus on helping to foster a supportive learning environment for the Hawks, Huard said.

“As a school leader, Ms. Bartlow shares her desire to work with the school community to ensure that all students are provided with a rigorous, engaging, and supportive educational experience that enhances their opportunities to foster a lifelong commitment to learning,” Huard said. “Ms. Bartlow strongly believes that to inspire greatness as future leaders, students must be provided opportunities to grow as learners grounded in both academics and social-emotional development.”

Solana Ranch serves around 550 students from kindergarten through sixth grade.