Hello Rowland Families,
I am excited and proud to announce that we will have some new facility available as we open our 2018-2019 school year. This will include our new ASB Student Store with attached classroom, the reopening of our student-run restaurant known as the JAR and a new student stage with a portion of a courtyard area.
Also during this school year we will see the opening of additional facility at the beginning of the second semester. When staff and students return from winter break we will be able to enjoy and operate in a new two-story building with the main office on the bottom floor and a library on the top. The first floor of the building will be the main office and will house the administrative services staff to support the fiscal, guidance, attendance, health and school safety components of the campus to support the operations of the school. The second floor library will contain our general book circulation, textbook room, computer lab, comfortable furniture to support literacy, meeting spaces and three adjoining rooms to use for presentations and projects.
There is still a large amount of work to do over the next year, but we are slated to have the remaining facilities of phase 2 of the modernization effort released to us at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. This will include the Hideout (multipurpose room), nutrition services, a Performing Arts Center with over 600 seats, Band and Choir rooms and the remaining courtyard area in the center of the campus.
With these changes to the campus it is important to keep you up to date on what is happening so that you may make adjustments as needed. Things that you need to be aware of include:
The construction areas on the campus are going to be fenced off for the duration of the work. This will minimize student contact with the areas under construction.
The parking lot has reduced in size and traffic during drop-off and pick-up will be challenging. Please utilize the pedestrian entry gates as much as possible with gates located at the front and M building steps (as traditionally done), and we will also open the gates on Valencia Street near the baseball and softball fields.
This work is necessary for Rowland High School to become the state-of-the-art facility that the community envisioned and supported. Know that throughout the construction on the campus the first priority will be for the safety of our students with the protection of the learning environment from distraction as the second.
Rowland High School Principal