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August 27, 2012
Board of Directors calls Special Board Meeting to mark beginning of construction of the long-awaited Santa Rosa Academy permanent school facility
MENIFEE, CA — A Special Board Meeting for Santa Rosa Academy was called to order on August 27, 2012, on location of the new school facility. Executive Director, Laura Badillo, reported on the Grading Permit issued by the City of Menifee that now allows for the site preparation and subsequent school construction. This state-of-the-art facility on 25 acres will include Elementary, Middle and High School buildings serving all tracks on the same campus in phase 1 of building. Additionally, a Performing Arts Center, Gymnasium and various sports fields will be completed in phase 2. The new construction site fronts onto La Piedra Road to the north with Sherman Road on the west and the Paloma Wash on the east. The site was chosen for its proximity to the future center of the City of Menifee and its central location to the area served by the school. The Board of Directors includes Dr. William Loftus, President; Midge James, Chief Financial Officer & Community Representative; Charlotte Lucey, Community Representative; Niki McMullen, Teacher Representative; Daniel Temple, Parent Representative; and Darryl Dugan, Parent Representative. The Board heard remarks from the school’s “Founding Faculty” who include Nerni Miller, Niki McMullen, Tina Shannon, Theresa Heron, and Kim Ciabattini. These five staff members, along with Mrs. Badillo, obtained the original approval in 2005 from the Menifee School Board to open one of the first publicly-funded California Charter Schools in Riverside County. The original enrollment of 59 home-schooled students has grown to now include 1170 students (K-12) for the 2012-13 school year.
The Board recognized Dave Pettigrew, Principal of Competitive Edge Construction, and Brad Burke, Architect, for their service to the Board, staff and school community. Progress reports on the new school construction will continue to be posted on the school’s website at http://www.santarosaacademy.org
A school-wide ceremony is tentatively scheduled for mid-October at the construction site.
November 17, 2011
SANTA ROSA ACADEMY and REGENT PROPERTIES
New School Site Selected
Santa Rosa Academy Enters into Agreement for New School Site
MENIFEE, CA AND LOS ANGELES—The School Board of the Santa Rosa Academy, a public charter school (Santa Rosa), has approved and entered into an agreement to purchase a site for the construction of a state-of-the-art $23 million school facility which will allow the school to unify its programs onto one campus. The school site is approximately 25 acres within the master planned Menifee Town Center project, which is being developed near Newport and Haun Roads, by Los Angeles-based Regent Properties. The school will front onto La Piedra Road to the north with Sherman Road on the west and the Paloma Wash on the east. The site was chosen for its proximity to the future center of the City of Menifee and its central location to the area served by the school. Working in close cooperation with the City of Menifee, Santa Rosa expects to start construction of the new campus in June of 2012 and be ready to open to students in the 2013-14 school year. The new campus will contain approximately 150,000 square feet of school buildings including a technology center, performing arts center and athletic facilities serving over 1,000 students in grades K-12. The Menifee Town Center project, approved earlier this year by the Menifee City Council, will create a landmark activity center for the City by mixing commercial, residential, hospitality, entertainment, dining, recreational and public/civic uses in the heart of Menifee. The Town Center Specific Plan envisions a development at a scale, mix, intensity and level of detail that distinguishes itself from other projects in the region. The Town Center’s central location provides a unique opportunity for the City to establish a landmark place in the community that represents economic prosperity and serves as the City’s center of activity.
“We are ecstatic about finally moving forward to create our new home in what will be the new center of the City of Menifee. We appreciate the ongoing support of the City’s leaders and staff as we move forward to create a facility and school community that will continue to make this area of the Inland Empire a top choice for families” said Santa Rosa’s Principal Laura Badillo.
“I am a big supporter of traditional public schools but they are not adequate; charter schools are filling the gap and meeting the needs of students. As a college professor, I realize the need for students coming prepared for college level work. So many students are ill prepared; however, we see that students coming from charters and/or those who are home schooled, are often the ones that are ready for college level work. Santa Rosa Academy has a great reputation, we are supportive of their program and we are very proud to have them here” said Menifee Mayor Wallace Edgerton.
“Santa Rosa Academy has a history of offering quality education for our children at a time when California ranks 49th out of 50 on test scores. It is refreshing to see growth of serious education happening in this community. We are delighted to see them locate in the Menifee Town Center” said Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone.
“We believe that as a result of the Santa Rosa Academy’s status as one of the top schools of choice in the area that it will be a sustaining anchor for the Menifee Town Center project and we are very excited to be working with the school and the City to bring make this vision a reality” said Regent Properties Executive Vice President, Daniel Gryczman.
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Santa Rosa Academy is currently in the process of obtaining the proper permits to build a permanent state-of-the-art facility on 25 acres in Menifee. The school will include Elementary, Middle and High School buildings serving all tracks on the same campus in phase 1 of building. Additionally, a Performing Arts Center, Gymnasium and various sports fields will be completed in phase 2. If you are interested in supporting our building project, please contact Laura Badillo, Executive Director or donate directly to our Building Fund on this website.